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Cenovus Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, good work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Great people, very friendly and helpful (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor decisions by upper management (in 24 reviews)

  • This was reported to senior management and nothing was done (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to streamline processes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

    Advice to Management

    - Make it easier to get ideas up to senior leaders
    - Try to fix a few of the silos that exist within the company (and the in-group/out-group relationships)


  2. "Good company to work at"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus as a contractor

    Pros

    Well rewarded for your work. Good benefits. Great offices.

    Cons

    A bit of bureaucracy within operations which can make it slow paced sometimes.

  3. "Upstream"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good Team
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    lots of layoffs in 2014


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    Former Contractor - Asset Data Tech in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Asset Data Tech in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Excellent team
    Good pay
    Great boss

    Cons

    Great place to work however last couple of years were uncertain in terms of leadership's direction, unplanned workforce reductions killed the morality.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus as a contractor

    Pros

    They couldn't have hired better people. Everyone works as a team and is open to new ideas and concepts.

    Cons

    Obviously, the downturn has had an effect on the company. While they are a great place to work, their ability to handle lay offs has left a bad taste in current and former employees mouths.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Foster Creek SAGD"

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    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Cold Lake, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Cold Lake, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Extensive learning opportunities & great hands on experience.

    Cons

    New & young crew & they don't promote from within. Can be very political.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking to improve!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Constant Change"

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    Current Employee - Group Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. A number of talented
    individuals. Management focus and willingness to embrace innovation to improve efficiency and improve bottom line. Commitment to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization. Some individuals promoted to leadership positions but lack emotional intelligence and authenticity - more focused on 'me' vs 'we'.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the pace and number of changes is impacting staff and leading to 'change fatigue'. Some change can't be controlled, but try to better manage what is in your control.

  8. Helpful (13)

    "Work on Finding Good Leaders!"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great company staff moral requires attention"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People
    Great opportunities
    With new acquisition we are well positioned to be a strong company for many years to come
    Great salary

    Cons

    Too much legal oversight, we get that legal is watching our backs, but they've crossed the line and it is too hard to get anything done
    Hours are too long - either bring back the Friday's off or give us regular 8 hour work days.
    Lots of benefits were cut during the downturn - though it seems other companies did not make similar cuts (no more service awards, no grant money to employees kids in university, no 1st and 3rd Fridays off, less flex dollars for many)

    Advice to Management

    You have asked for our feedback many times - do something with that feedback.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cenovus"

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    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.


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