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Canadian Natural Resources Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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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. "Too Big"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Automation Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Senior Automation Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the times they leave you alone as long as you get the job done. Early on when the company was smaller things are pretty good because there are less people in the company.

    Cons

    As the company gets bigger and bigger the following thing starts to happen. Too many buddy buddy thing within the company. Too many management layers and politics going on. The higher managements don't have a clue what is going to the workers. Demands from the higher managements are unrealistic. The middle managements take all the credits from the workers.

    Advice to Management

    Higher management should minimize the politics. Wake up and be realistic on your demands. Come out of your office and talk to your workers to understand the situations.


  2. "Programmer analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Great mission statement - reality fails to live up to it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and positive team working
    Reward package positive in terms of share offering

    Cons

    Culture - negative and climate of fear pervading many levels, even if below the surface
    Mission statement not lived out in terms of developing people and integrity - in my experience patchy and not across the organisation
    Laggardly attitude towards flexible working

    Advice to Management

    Live the reality of the mission statement - words are meaningless without corresponding actions and behaviours


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Cliques and popularity contest not actual performance"

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    Former Employee - Field Production Administrator in Saint Albert, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Field Production Administrator in Saint Albert, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    able to interact with many divisions and learnt a lot about the industry.
    money allotted for individual training

    Cons

    nepotism abounds. management does nothing to promote team cohesiveness


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Maintenance Planner"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fly in Fly out job and good camps at Horizon

    Cons

    They laid off a lot of employees; contract and full time


  6. "No Work, No Interest, No Care"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources as an intern

    Pros

    Well paid, camps are reasonably nice, free food and gym and internet.

    Cons

    Barely any real work as an intern. Presumably hired as a tax write-off somewhere up the chain.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - E I T
    Current Employee - E I T
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, stock savings plan, lots of resources given to take courses, friendly people

    Cons

    Limited vacation, not technologically innovative, rather inefficient, boring work is relatively unchallenging, development plan not followed

    Advice to Management

    Don't do a rotational EIT program if you aren't going to execute properly. While field experience is important, spending 2+ years in various roles that are almost entirely devoid of actual engineering experience is relatively demoralizing.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "completions engineering position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. Lots of opportunity to get hand on experience but under micro management and direction which meant what you learnt may not be the best and up-to-date
    Great team social function and i only meant social function. 15% long term incentive stocks matching for 10% contribution is great and hard to beat.

    Cons

    Base salary and year end bonus is from average to under average for the heavy work load. Few years behind peers in term of trying out new technology. Very competitive working environment where superintendents look down on engineers when it comes to operational experiences and engineers don't speak highly of the sups from engineering perspectives. It is absolutely a sweat shop. Mgrs are of the old school and are afraid to try new things or things that have been tried and proven by others because they are afraid of making mistakes which could affect their year end bonus and possibly their status. If you can not swim, the team will continue to stab behind your back until you can handle no more and quit.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of micro managers, hire few more staffs to leverage the work load and give the working bees a small breathing room.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Instrumentation Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Instrumentation Specialist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Specialist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary, provision for fly-in-fly-out from Calgary and Edmonton, new camps, recreation and good food!

    Cons

    Poor work culture, poor coordination with staff and execution group, incentives depends on how good you are to your Boss and no pension. Be aware!!!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "OK income, but cost cutting and increase workload tip the balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Bonnyville, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations in Bonnyville, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good savings plan and safety incentives with good time off.

    Cons

    The constant push to have more menial tasks best left to professional service providers while increasing daily workload to create impressive stats for the region left less time to concentrate on specialized tasks for which the employee was hired "sacrifice a quarter to save a nickle" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Put greater emphasis on employee moral. Lose the shut up and do your job attitude.


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