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Canadian Natural Resources Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Fly in Fly out job and good camps at Horizon (in 7 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)

    "Not too bad of a company enjoyed my time here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    -Didn't do any layoffs in downturn
    -Some great peers so much so that I can't find them in any other company since
    -More pros definitely then cons and this company is well positioned for the future I owe a lot of my wealth to CNRL stock

    Cons

    -Pay below average but not too too bad
    -Some nepotism you get ahead based on who you are related to but you can crack this code with some strong networking skills
    -Avoid certain groups! When interviewing always ask why the position is available take note of groups with high turnover there is a reason why there is such high turnover.
    -I've experienced the worst and the best Managers at CNRL. The worst are still there so much to a point that they had the audacity to openly issue threats to me in a one on one meeting if the iPhone existed during my time here I could have recorded the conversation and taken them to court.

    Advice to Management

    Some groups in particular need a re-haul. Employees are not honest during exit interviews because they don't want to burn any bridges. Groups with high turnover ask yourself why? Here is a reason some of the worst Managers I've met in my life terrible human beings using tyranny to keep there employees. Good luck with that even in a downturn people will leave. Coming from a family with no oil and gas connections I don't appreciate the nepotism, sure some employees hired were qualified but when you see them promoted with no postings you ask yourself why?. I really miss the Alan Markin era in this company I feel like the culture took a downfall with his exit.


  2. "CNRL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid well. Four ten hour work days.

    Cons

    Team lead micromanager. Long ride to and from work.

    Advice to Management

    Unsure


  3. "CNRL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Had company shares that you could cash in on yearly including a signing bonus.

    Cons

    Was very clicky and meetings could end up being personal when they should be business.

    Advice to Management

    I feel it's best to choose employees based on their abilities and not because you know them. Maybe work is not the place to let personal things get in the way of business.


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  5. "Terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  6. "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power Engineer
    Current Employee - Power Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary, lots of time off

    Cons

    being away from home living in camp


  7. "Environmental/regulatory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Secure company. Great schedule. Innovative.

    Cons

    Long commute to work, pays far below other companies in the industry


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Needs low level management change."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company had little to no lay offs during economic down turn, maintained a strong balance sheet.
    7/7 schedule is decent, probably one of the best for a commuter job.

    Cons

    Low level management has very little experience for particular industry, and are unable to make realistic decisions when planning. When bad management decisions or lack of planning cause delay in production, than the hourly employees are strong armed into sacrificing work schedule to rush the project.
    There is a large buddy-buddy system, where a friends career advances over the qualified person. Pay scale is very inconsistent with relative experience.
    No pension for incentive to maintain long term employment.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people with experience in particular area. Rethink the mission statement and see if its being adhered to. Create a proper grooming strategy to move qualified knowledgeable people into leadership roles. Hire external experienced area manager to avoid favoritism.


  9. "Admin Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. The staff is very helpful with onboarding and ensuring you understand your job so you can do your best

    Cons

    Travel time is quite difficult as you have a long way to travel everyday. Once you are used to it's fine

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing. Mangers are great, in my experience. I enjoyed my time. Continue being hands on and helping your employees be great.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Plant Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Bonnyville, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Bonnyville, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Savings Plan, Work Truck

    Cons

    Hourly Wage, Management, equipment tp perform your job

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your Operators


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Co-op student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Open door policy. Good feedback from colleagues and management.

    Cons

    Not any that I can think of.



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