Nexen Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
53 Reviews
3.2
53 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 7 reviews)

  • Great compensation and benefits (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management is not college educated however has far too much power over decision making (in 3 reviews)

  • Not sure how the most recent takeover by Cnooc will affect the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good compensation, outstanding benefits

    Cons

    New Owner seems to slowly change the way this company operates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you retain your talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nexen Energy ULC

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    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Place to work and spend your day.

    Cons

    Not in the most desirable location of downtown Calgary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    up and coming SAGD producer with excellent corporate values and personnel.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    work/life balance, compensation/benefits, carpool program, environment, co-workers, approachable management

    Cons

    less vacation time than competition, no fly in-out, far commuting distance to town, lack of direction/focus, discrepancies between Calgary and Ft Mac HR policies/programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I really liked working at Nexen

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The car pool facility and the working envoirnment is awesome.

    Cons

    The driving distance is the only con.

  6.  

    Nexen Inc Accounting Department

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I gained alot of valuable experience from working at Nexen

    Cons

    Not sure how the most recent takeover by Cnooc will affect the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive, fulfilling and worthwhile

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Control Co-op Engineer  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Control Co-op Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - the people: though there is a recognized management system, everyone is treated equally
    - company safety policy: 12 rules that are followed very strictly!
    - exposure: being at the Long Lake SAGD & Upgrader facility allowed me to witness the process first-hand. It is a completely different learning experience as compared to looking at a textbook or computer screen
    - the facility had it's first major turnaround begin in Aug 2012: this allowed me to get up close to vessels and machines and learn much more about the way things work

    Cons

    - this could be viewed as a pro too, but there was quite a bit of change in the company in my short time there. The CEO got fired the morning of my first day of work (Jan 2012), my own boos got fired 3 months after that, and the company was bought out by CNOOC in Aug 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - to continue to put safety and people ahead of production, as this will ultimately lead to better production and profits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A solid company (review of experience before CNOOC takeover)

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    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern

    Pros

    - Very intelligent and helpful people to work with
    - Freedom to pursue projects as you like (depending on your manager of course)
    - Fantastic culture
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Very disorganized operation (difficult to get the info you need, backtracking, etc.)
    - Unstructured student work term
    - Super high turnover (so loss of expertise was common)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More strategic alignment between business areas will make for a smoother operation. Define your objectives clearly and specifically, and be sure that these are communicated through the corporate ladder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good student experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Good Experience and People, Paid Well

    Cons

    Too many layers of management

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you are in the right team

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Tries to be environmentally responsible... gives back to the community.. my team is a bunch of young engineers.. all great to work with

    Cons

    CNOOC take over means uncertain future..aslo your experience depends a lot on your team and manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a second look at the org chart..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    God company to work

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Great training opportunities, not budget driven
    2. Great people to work with
    3. Small company atmosphere
    4. Good corporate values and intention to pursue them

    Cons

    Company suffering because of long lake. Company has good values but struggles on business front. No definite career path, often ad-hoc. Not production oriented or agressive in pursuing business objectives. Long lake is perhaps the plant in Alberta that suffers the highest number of power failures every year, no focus on reliability. Site management pays more attention to consultants??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think different.... consultants (Shell) do not own your plant, your employees own it. Empower them and make the environment they can deliver their best. Dig deep to understand why people are so busy yet not very productive. Fix maintenance at LLK, can't understand why mgmnt can't see the disfunction. If flyin/flyout really solves operator attrition, why hesitate to implement? At first, you are here to do business ( in a safe and responsible way) and not to express your love for community. The 'community' will love people coming to Fort McMurray because when the communiti-ian leaves Fort McMurray, he will get higher price for his/her house!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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