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Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • This ends up creating an environment where most weeks are only 4 days long and leaves a lot of time for work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great people, very friendly and helpful (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not understand what senior management does (in 17 reviews)

  • Upper management out of touch with those on the front lines (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Work on Finding Good Leaders!"

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

    I worked at Cenovus (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good values (environment, health, safety etc.), the company's processes and procedures are streamlined and impressive (accounting, their intranet, communications etc.), when the industry was doing well they had great events and recognition programs.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the bottom and in the middle of the company. Employees are not able to give honest feedback, and leaders are threatened by more skilled workers underneath them.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who are good at leading or hire people with leadership skills. You have a lot of people hiding in middle-management roles that are afraid to properly lead because they aren't naturally good at it, and the leadership education program has not helped them. I think a lot of current leaders are threatened by skilled experts under them, insecure bosses do not make good leaders.

    I was smart and never gave honest feedback or spoke out with a different opinion than my bosses, because of this I was able to fly under the radar and escape the layoffs. However, I would say the people who were let go were the most competent workers and the most "real" or "down to earth". I think a lot of this has to do with the poor leadership discussed above. Good leadership fosters honest and straightforward conversations that are respectful so each employee is heard even if the decision of the company is not to go that way. Good leaders are also not threatened when their team has people who are experts or are smarter than them, good leaders don't even need to be experts in that area to lead a team well.

    I honestly left because I was tired of being surrounded by idiots who were insecure and being led by "yes men" who were only looking out for themselves.

    Find a way to make your employees, especially the leaders, play for the team on the front of their jerseys and not the name on the back.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cenovus"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, good benefits, Fridays off in the summer.

    Cons

    since the layoffs over the last few years morale is not good.


  3. "Sr. Advisor, IT Executive Support"

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    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 Cenovus (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management cares about the employees

    Cons

    The Bow Building has heating and cooling issues


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Tough times but hopefully things are turning around"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Team Lead in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Team Lead in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - maybe not what they used to be, but certainly still in line with other companies. It's not the same environment it was five years ago - people need to realize that and appreciate what they have.

    Cons

    It's hard to see good people exited and then top management VP roles go to candidates that would never qualify for that role if their resume was among true qualified candidates. HR has to realize they can't recycle VPs into open roles and expect the ranks to accept and follow. You have people working for new unqualified leaders, and those workers carry the bulk of the work. All HR is accomplishing is gender balancing.

    Advice to Management

    Start assessing roles and ask if the available talent are solid matches for the roles and will these leaders inspire and motivate. Be honest, transparent and back up your decisions so people can understand the changes. But if you can't sell it, don't expect the ranks to buy it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Millwright in Conklin, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Millwright in Conklin, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Seven and seven shifts and great food as well as a good variety of recreaction

    Cons

    Remote location and took away Haagen days ice cream, lol

    Advice to Management

    Remember to listen to the workers!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Brooks, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Brooks, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun and interesting work for an engineer!

    Cons

    Repetitive days sometimes, mostly safety inspections and monitoring


  8. "Lots of work, and that's a good thing"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus as a contractor

    Pros

    Great for a contractor as there is lots of work. The 2 major SAGD operations should be operating long-term.

    Cons

    They've really been cutting costs over the last 12-18 months and the perks are going away. They weren't big on extra perks even before, so sometimes morale can be low compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep costs low in order to remain competitive in this tough market. Need to sort out some of the middle management and set clear roles and responsibilities.


  9. "Student Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Pay, Awesome People, Challenging Work

    Cons

    Very long site work commute


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Good pay and work environment always getting more challenging work, pace high to keep up with, great support from engineers

    Cons

    Low opportunities royal move in your career a lot of changes in the departments and lack of training and development


  11. "Training Consultant in CES"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Training Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Training Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people at Cenovus are incredible. I was fortunate to work closely with an extremely talented and dedicated group of people. Additionally, Cenovus takes the first and third Friday of every month off. This ends up creating an environment where most weeks are only 4 days long and leaves a lot of time for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Typical Canadian Oil & Gas mentality. When times are good (high oil prices), they tend to over hire and over pay the employees (not a bad situation when you are on the receiving end) but when times are bad (low oil prices) they immediately cut hours, wages and fire employees. Better work forecasting would provide stability but having to watch oil forecasts and update your resume accordingly leads to a lot of anxiety within every level of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Forecast better and look at other cost cutting measures. Modified hours are far preferable to outright unemployment. How many people have lost their homes because of poor future planning?


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