Nexen Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Crazy change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nexen has a lot of good people. There are a lot of long-term employees there, those with 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of experience. The benefits package is very good.

    Cons

    These days (2014) Nexen = change. After the CNOOC acquisition a great number of employees left of their own accord, with a large chunk out of middle and upper management. Since then there have been significant layoffs. As a result reporting structures are completely turned around and no one really knows what's going on. Morale is very low. HR is currently a bull in a china shop, and showing very little sympathy for valid concerns. I had some integrity concerns that arose prior to my termination.

    Advice to Management

    Things may need to change in order to streamline operations, but don't push for change just for change's sake. Recognize that gutting a company or even a department also means losing excellent employees. HR needs to assist in the change by being helpful, sympathetic, and professional, rather than acting as the emotionless executioner.

  2. Generally a great place to work, strong emphasis on integrity. Big changes in the last 3 years lots of employee turnover

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation. Flexible benefit packages, compressed work week options (couple of fridays off per month in exchange for slightly longer days).
    Useful in house training.

    Cons

    3 yrs of change and uncertainty have taken a toll on employee morale. Lots of retirements have opened up promotion possibilities but the company has also contracted due to selling off domestic properties.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the emphasis on the core business of producing but don't abandon the socially responsible values.

  3. Co-op Student - Chemistry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Co-op Student - Chemistry in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Co-op Student - Chemistry in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, excellent compensation, excellent work schedule

    Cons

    I don't have any outstanding Cons.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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  5. Great experience to gain as a summer student!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of great and nice people have either been laid off or left.

    Advice to Management

    Look at more then the numbers.

  6. Busy with politics and changes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, used to have a good talent pool within the company.

    Cons

    Overworked without support because a lot of people from various departments have been let go!

    Advice to Management

    Don't make changes without considering full impact to business; don't make changes just for the sake of it.

  7. Over all was a good place to work, unfortunately some persons were there too long. This is no longer the case.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - N/A in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good place to work, many people cared and wanted to see the company grow.

    Cons

    Some persons that were there too long were difficult to change in their ways. Wages were lower than peers within the industry. HR department stated that they were competitive, but some of their opinions were dated as well.

    Advice to Management

    When it was Nexen Inc, it was a good company, many of the upper management cared, but were not open to have external companies review their culture, therefore they were unable to learn from their mistakes and grow. Those are only two of the many reasons they were sold. My rating on Upper management only refers to the last two prior to the sale, they are very good persons, but not the persons required for the position.

  8. Kind of so-so

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There is close proximity to the 7 St. cycle track and the LRT at the Canadian head office. Onsite underground bike parking is free. As the building is in the west end of downtown Calgary, surface lot parking is a bit cheaper than in other parts of downtown. There are cold drinks in the meeting rooms, along with free coffee, fruit and granola bars in the kitchen.

    Cons

    Morale has taken a big hit since the CNOOC acquisition of Nexen. Cutbacks and layoffs are a regular [monthly/quarterly] occurrence, and that has taken its toll. IT was recently restructured into a matrix management arrangement. Many IT projects are, to paraphrase one long-time PM, half-baked. Specifically, some IT projects have a very limited scope and budget with questionable business benefit, with poor support from both the business and IT, yet they go ahead anyway. I worked a few projects that could have been replaced by two or three facilitated meetings, and wrapped up in a week instead of dragging on for months.

    The building [Calgary head office] is very dated in terms of layout and decor, although the Marketing dept has a very nice space.

    Advice to Management

    Internal communication is a problem, as it is in many companies. Business units [corporate, oil sands, Nor Am gas, UK] are in silos, and aren't well integrated. Nexen UK is operating like independent corporation, and a way should be found to integrate them better with the other groups.

  9. Geology internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Geology Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Geology Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly, and very open to helping out

    Cons

    HR is quite unorganized

  10. Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate At Overseas Operation Team in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Associate At Overseas Operation Team in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Not well organized and no standards, principles

  11. Terrible Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers were fantastic and the only reason to stay.

    Cons

    Management only looks out for themselves, paid middle of the road but expected very high performance from employees. Middle management violates integrity policies.

    Advice to Management

    Look into what middle managers are doing, get more control over operations because lower and middle management is a disaster.

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