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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. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Operator in Valleyview, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Contract Operator in Valleyview, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Balance work and family life. Decent pay but still well below any other company.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Lots of cut backs and wage decreases. Maybe it was just my foreman. Had zero respect for your concerns. Forced away overtime. Camp was absolutely terrible. No Internet. Bring your own food and have to cook it. Shared bathrooms. Clean up behind other people.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Poor middle management"

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

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    4 day work weeks in the summer. Staff shareholder lunches. 1 week off at Xmas.

    Cons

    No career development - they advertise that they have a $3000/employee for career development but in the 3 years I was there I was not able to get any career development, and I was there when the price of oil was $100/bbl. Lack of career advancement opportunities. Management lacks integrity and doesn't treat people with respect.

    Advice to Management

    If senior management wants their mission statement to be more than words they need to put processes in place that ensure that people are receiving career development, that the work is being done right, and that management has integrity and treats people with respect.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Field operatot"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Wabasca, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operator in Wabasca, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security. They provide coveralls ppe boots etc. Steady work

    Cons

    Poor pay
     Treated like they own you
    Old cheap camps.
    Back stabbing
    Shut up and work. Attitude

    Advice to Management

    Ask employees first about changes ( pay. Camps. Progressive system.etc) before you just do it and shove it down there throats.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sweatshop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Learn what you can and go...

    Cons

    If you are a non white male you are being abused big time...pay you peanuts..

    Advice to Management

    Stop exploiting people and pretending you are doing them a favor...


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Sweat shop"

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    Former Employee - Area Surface Admi in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Area Surface Admi in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have no other oppositions, at least it's a job until you find something else. Don't expect any flexibility for appointments to find a new job, you may get stuck there longer than you want.

    Cons

    Sweat shop mentality, little connection to the final project, do your job and don't question anything and no flexible work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people like human beings instead of cogs in a wheel.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Pathetic"

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    Former Employee - Reservoir EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reservoir EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I don't any pros of working here. Parties are great.

    Cons

    There is lots of politics involved. Not a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Run Away!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Very open door policy

    Cons

    Horrible HR and horrible incompetent recruiters. Waay too much top down micro management. Do not live up to their mission statement of "Developing People". If your boss is not your coffee or smoking buddy you will never be promoted. Pretty sad environment. Better off across the street

    Advice to Management

    Clean house!

  8. Helpful (5)

    "DO NOT WORK THERE"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Document Control Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Document Control Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    maybe if there is a pro, you can gain some experience?

    Cons

    the company promises one thing and never keeps the promise.
    no integrity there and no leadership
    the leadership will constantly remind you that you are disposable and sometime can be called as garbage (that says it all)


  9. Helpful (10)

    "The place to become disengaged, lost in disorganized management, and stuck in a dead end career."

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    After four years with CNRL, the pros include an unpretentious environment, Fridays off in July/August, office closures in December and several get togethers with food and drink (such as Stampede, Christmas, and Employee Day BBQs).

    Cons

    If you have not noticed already, the pros listed above predominately revolve around getting away from the office. This is not the typical focus of an employee who loves his/her job and company.

    Executives are approachable and express an open door policy, but do not actually expect to have your thoughts heard. This applies to both execs and middle management. Directors and managers superficially express an interest to hear all thoughts and opinions, but the end result always comes back to the management's original decision. Very top down approach by managers who lack innovation and openness to differing ideas.

    Management's idea of receiving department feedback is to handout an "anonymous" survey which then requires employees to send their responses through Outlook emails, which obviously has their names associated to it. The questions on the survey were strategically written to convey criticism and negativity. Other companies I have experienced actually hire third party vendors to conduct truly anonymous surveys.

    The relations between employees themselves are toxic and lacks trust. Project and work responsibilities are often taken when employees are on vacation or credit is not given where deserved.

    Employees are treated as sweat shop workers. Safety is said to be a core focus of the company, yet take a look at their latest safety incident records in comparison with their competitors. They have significantly higher injury records.

    Benefits revolve around stock options, which is great when the Canadian oil economy as a whole is performing well, but terrible when stocks are down. Individual employees have no control over the payoff of their own performance.

    Outdated software and systems. Implementation of new software often involves stakeholders that have absolutely no experience in the field, yet have authority to make decisions on which to implement. Often leads to software that is purchased but do not meet the needs of stakeholders using it on a daily basis.

    It is humorous to think that the company's slogan even bothers to include the word "fun" within it. This company is anything but.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Odd ball of the oilpatch"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Server Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes get free Flames tickets

    Cons

    Cheapest company in the oil patch


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