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NOVA Chemicals Overview

Calgary, AB (Canada)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Chemical Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Like a great big Chevy, NOVA Chemicals Corporation muscles into a long line of plastic and chemical products. Its Olefins/Polyolefins unit manufactures ethylene -- the most widely produced petrochemical -- and polyethylene -- the most widely used plastics material for consumer ... Read more

Mission: To be the leader in innovation that enables our customers to deliver plastic products that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer.

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  • Before starting at NOVA Chemicals, Zach says he admired our commitment to safety and investment in the wellbeing of our employees. He knew that someday he would be part of such a progressive company. Today, he’s on his second work term and is thrilled to be on the team.

  • We’ve partnered with Borealis and SYSTEMIQ to help reduce marine plastic debris. Take a look at the impact Project STOP has already had in Muncar, Indonesia as it creates sustainable waste solutions.

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NOVA Chemicals – Why Work For Us?


NOVA Chemicals is a leading producer of plastics and chemicals that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees develop and manufacture materials for customers worldwide who produce consumer, industrial and packaging products. NOVA Chemicals works with a commitment to Responsible Care® to ensure effective health, safety, security and environmental stewardship.

NOVA Chemicals creates value by focusing on our customers first.  We deliver innovative technology and products through service and collaboration, which means we place high-value on our relationships, as well as our research and development.

As a leader in Responsible Care®, we have an unwavering commitment to health, safety, and the environment - including stewardship of our products throughout their life cycles.

NOVA Chemicals and its employees practice a culture of dignity, respect, openness, and honesty with one another and in the communities where we live and work.


Our Brand 


To enable the development of great plastic products that make everyday life easier, healthier, and safer. 


NOVA Chemicals will be a recognized leader in our markets. We will realize our vision by:

  • investing in people, technology, and assets;
  • upholding the principles of Responsible Care®;
  • continuously improving everything we do;
  • and delivering value to our customers.


Responsible. We value the safety and well-being of our coworkers, communities, and the environment. Everything we do includes the goal of sustaining them for the future. We believe in a zero-injury workplace.

Focused. We know what we’re good at, and we participate where we can excel. When we commit, you can count on us for the long term.

Straightforward. We’re open and honest with our coworkers, customers, communities, and others. We like to get the facts out and deal with them. We make realistic promises and ke​​ep them. 

Collaborative. We’re a responsive partner to our customers, suppliers, employees, and communities. They inspire us to create solutions that add value. We believe their success is our success. 


At NOVA Chemicals we are committed to being a great company and a great place to work. We view people as individuals and everyone has the opportunity to achieve remarkable things.

As a valued member of our team, your experience at NOVA Chemicals goes beyond salary and benefits. Working at NOVA Chemicals is different; we truly care about each other and respect each other's individuality. Every day, we challenge each other to do our best work, and we recognize exceptional achievement in many different ways.

You will see that we nurture an environment rich in collaboration, we trust each other to make decisions and do our jobs, we are committed to being partners in our communities - and most importantly, we are firmly devoted to the safety of our employees.

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  • "Great but waiting to see what the future holds"

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    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time (More than a year)


    Well respected with a bright future. A lot of great technology that will open doors to further growth. They have a tenure average in the ball park of 15-20 years.


    Slow pace when it comes to progressing with changing times. Lack in young talent and significant new capacity coming on in the industry this will present challenges

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NOVA Chemicals Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at NOVA Chemicals in January 2018.


    Nova Chemical’s interview process was a very good experience. They asked a lot of question about how I handled situations in the past. In any interview process giving as many details is always key.

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