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NOVA Chemicals Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • The overall environment in great and the work life balance is too (in 7 reviews)

  • great people , lots of new projects (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very few leave!

    Cons

    Compensation is average for a petrochemical company


  2. "Safety Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Pros

    Very safety oriented company from top to bottom. Great working environment for all workers.

    Cons

    Jobs in safety field come every once in a while


  3. "Havent had better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    As an operator, no one is constantly looking over your shoulder, have the ability and are encouraged to change and develop new ideas. Great atmosphere where employees are treated well. Management connects with employees.

    Cons

    It has been getting better over the years but, work life balance is affected due to newer staff and extra work hours however i can see this getting better in the future.

    Advice to Management

    As operators have a very large influence in the success, continue to engage. Happy employees mean better trained and engaged employees.


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  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Pros

    The pay is extremely good

    Cons

    Dysfunctional leadership decisions has caused issues with employee satisfaction


  6. "Great Company!"

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

    Pros

    focused on employee development, promoting internally where it makes sense, compensates very fairly, provides excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    some promotional opportunities may be limited due to the smaller size of the workforce in the US compared to Canada

    Advice to Management

    ensure consistency and accountability


  7. Helpful (3)

    "plastic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Pros

    very good company to work

    Cons

    to cold in the winter time


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Team Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Pros

    Great company with strong leadership and safety culture - I truly feel that the leaders and employees care about my safety and well being.

    Cons

    Aging workforce that has a more traditional outlook on how to get work done, but that seems to be shifting.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what the next generation workforce values and needs to be successful. Provide opportunity for that demographic to thrive.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very safety oriented, very helpful and friendly co-workers, moderate work load

    Cons

    No cons, it was a positive experience.


  10. "Supply Manager"

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    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Progressive in managing supply chain. Considerable training. Valued employee input.

    Cons

    Not much structure on performance objectives

    Advice to Management

    Overall a great company to work for!


  11. "One of the best companies I have ever worked with."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Decatur, AL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Decatur, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This plant was ran by a man named Nabial Alghanma. He trained all the employees in TPM and Autonomous maintenance as well as creating an environment of process ownership and team responsibility. The plant has made unbelievable strides forward in production, cost of doing business and employee ownership. Every employee is happy to work there and they all know their worth.

    Cons

    Chemical plant environment, most of the plant is outdoors and no a/c or heat in summer and winter. Plants operates even in inclement weather.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt the leadership style of Nabial Alghanma or properly train the people in all your plants



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