Cenovus Reviews

Updated Sep 2, 2020

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3.0
47%
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71%
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Cenovus President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Pourbaix
Alex Pourbaix
70 Ratings
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  • "Calgary upper management was coming at you with a vengeance(in 28 reviews)

  • "camp stay in field was variable from site to site,(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Administrative Assistant"

    5.0
     

    I worked at Cenovus

    Pros

    Good vision and mission of the company

    Cons

    A lot of contractors instead of hiring employees

  2. "It was an okay place to be"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    There are good people and good teams, potential for development if you are looking for it.

    Cons

    Subject to the boom and bust of oil prices.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Cenovus is good to work for."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salaries, benefits and work-life balance. Good people to work with for the most part. I hope the changes that they made with all the cuts lead to something good!!

    Cons

    Takes too long to implement changes to Engineering documents. Too many cuts in certain departments and not enough in other departments.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to streamline processes"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    - Great people, good work-life balance. - They really do seem to care about your life outside of work.

    Cons

    - Hard to change the processes in place - Not a very mobile company

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "poorly managed"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance overall

    Cons

    poorly managed, many silos, lots of nepotism and in-crowd favoritism.

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  6. Helpful (11)

    "Feels like I’m back in high school and I’m not in the in crowd"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Paycheques come on time. Accepted the job as it seemed like an exciting new opportunity at the time. Boy was I wrong

    Cons

    I haven’t been bullied this badly since high school. People in leadership roles are totally under qualified and are threatened by anyone who is smarter than them. Was warned that I better not speak up or I would be fired or worse yet even when I wasn’t to blame that they would blame me for their mistakes. Oh and HR just because you say it in a nice way doesn’t make you nice

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Would not recommend working here"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    The benefits were great as were the vacation/ time off. People were top notch especially in the field.

    Cons

    There was no career path or ability to move upward or cross train into other areas despite the empty promises made in yearly reviews. There was not a balance between men and women in senior roles or leadership positions. It truly is one of those "good ole boys" companies that does little to none to promote or encourage women. There was a marked difference between how I witnessed women engineers / PMs and analysts and the constant questioning or cross examining of their work. I always thought I would return to the company but now that I am working for an organization that actively promotes women, I would never go back or recommend this company to others. I had an opportunity to voice my complaints and gave many examples but to my knowledge nothing was done to change or improve. Disappointing. The manager I had was new and was put in the role because he was in the right place at the right time - he didn't have the appropriate experience, training, education or aptitude to be in a leadership position. I left because I was tired of being belittled or constantly scratching my head over conflicting directions.

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  8. Helpful (18)

    "Fall From Grace"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and vacation time. Frontline workers and managers are great people to work with.

    Cons

    Year after year asset teams beat management expectations on production and costs, yet frontline employees are passed over for recognition. It use to be exciting to work for Cenovus but after the honeymoon phase, it's become clear that the executive team is not competent enough to manage a company. Case in point: "Double NAV by 2015" was a corporate goal that got swept under the rug as 2015 came and went without even coming close to attaining the goal. Meanwhile, the org structure continued to get to top heavy while fattening the wallets of senior management. This review is not a function of market conditions, the market conditions are just magnifying the management team's shortfall's and the company's deficiencies (top-heaviness and expensive support groups).

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  9. "SAGD pioneer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regulatory Specialist in Cold Lake, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    great coworkers leadership listened good work environment

    Cons

    camp stay in field was variable from site to site, camp to camp

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  10. "Software engineer review"

    5.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Work load is sometimes too much.

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