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Canadian Natural Resources Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Canadian Natural Resources President Steve W. Laut
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Pros
  • Fly-in fly-out option allows employees to live in Edmonton/Calgary while working in Fort McMurray (in 8 reviews)

  • Excellent Savings Plan, Good stock options (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Sweat shop mentality, little connection to the final project, do your job and don't question anything and no flexible work hours (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours (10-12 hr days when operating) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "CNRL is a well run company especially for its size"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A well managed company with lots of talent throughout. It is a 'no frills' environment - they don't waste money trying to look good. Salaries are middle of the road, stock compensation used to be great. The expectations to deliver work on time are high, and that makes it rewarding. You expect to work hard here, and because of that the company is lean and doesn't do massive layoffs when times are tough. It is really a company you can be proud to work for overall.

    Cons

    This is a 'command and control' organization. Management sticks together and supports each other - even when they're wrong. HR clearly works for management(as in most companies) and won't help the front line staff in issues with bad bosses. There are more than the regular share of bullies in management. Some are cleared out after a few years, others have been there forever. Take care to research the dept you are going into before accepting a job.
    The hiring process is not quick.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work on fiscal responsibility, but work on a 'kinder, gentler' work environment.


  2. "Projects Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Projects Coordinator
    Current Employee - Projects Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Quick Decision Making
    Cost focused approach

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end of the spectrum
    Hard to find opportunities to grow

  3. "Firefighter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Great company, very well managed

    Cons

    the location is in Fort Mcmurray

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  4. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    best industrial environment that i have ever seen in my career

    Cons

    lack of trainee and competition


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Supply Management - The future not so clearly defined"

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    Former Employee - Supply Management Professional in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Management Professional in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, Christmas week off, Fridays off in July / August. Stock Purchase Plan is a great way to save up money for retirement.

    Cons

    Slow adopter of IT - often projects go to IT and die. Silo approach between the Business Areas, Accounting, Finance etc. This causes waste in the processes and causes finger pointing. The driver culture that existed 5 - 10 years ago is fading, now it's a "what can the company do for me" which is sad. The Allan fireside chats are missed. Office environment is closed door - with low collaboration among employees.

    Advice to Management

    I spent five years at Canadian Natural - there's a lot of empowerment and the ability to move as quick as you want. This is great and allows you to get a lot done at the ground level - but things get stuck in the politics of senior level (Director / VP) leaders politicking and peacocking to defend what's important to them, not what's best for the company in working together. Eventually the value of the idea is eroded and a skeleton is put into process leaving the company worse off. My advice is to stop bringing in consultants to lead the organization - they only want experience to pad their resumes so they can take on partner roles elsewhere. Develop those that live the culture and want to see the company grow and succeed .


  6. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent compensation. Good work/life balance. Great people.

    Cons

    Gilded cage. "Develop people" seems to only apply at a certain level. Union mentality - advancement opportunity based on longevity, not skill.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared for an exodus. Recognize skill and the people who still care. Quit protecting the slackers, cut them free.


  7. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid Senior Management.
    Proven to deliver on expectations of shareholders

    Cons

    Over the years the company has become more bureaucratic. My department treats employees too much like children, but this is not indicative of other areas of the company.

  8. "Programmer analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Really enjoyed people I worked with. There was a good stock option package benefits were sub par to most other oil companies

    Cons

    Management did not support employees.


  9. "Decent oil company with room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fly-in fly-out option allows employees to live in Edmonton/Calgary while working in Fort McMurray. Good work schedule.

    Cons

    Lot of disorganization with integrating new employees in the company. Poor compensation compared to other oil companies in the region.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great teams, great culture and lots of opportunities for growth and development.

    Cons

    Takes too long to get rid of bad apples.

    Advice to Management

    Great job in creating a world class company! Keep up the good work!


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