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NOVA Chemicals Reviews

Updated May 28, 2019

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3.9
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Todd Karran
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  1. "Great but waiting to see what the future holds"

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    Current Employee - Market Development Manager in Moon, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well respected with a bright future. A lot of great technology that will open doors to further growth. They have a tenure average in the ball park of 15-20 years.

    Cons

    Slow pace when it comes to progressing with changing times. Lack in young talent and significant new capacity coming on in the industry this will present challenges

    NOVA Chemicals2017-11-28
  2. "Good salary, benefits, but no growth prospects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Pros

    Good people, great salary & benefits, decent job for a research technologist position

    Cons

    no growth prospects, management doesn't listen to employees

    NOVA Chemicals2018-09-19
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Apply Literally Anywhere Else"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monaca, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It was not that long ago, NOVA was a decent place to work. People were proud of the job they did, the company was setting sales and production records, people wanted their children to work here. Now, however, the new management has driven employee morale to an all-time low.

    Cons

    The plant is being run from the HR office, the focus of day to day business has shifted from producing a world class product to micro-managing employees daily lives. Lower level middle management is no longer permitted to make decisions regarding the operation of their departments, and their jobs are threatened if they attempt to take any control over their staff. It seems that someone is being given time off every...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to run the plant from the front office. Return to HR hiring/firing and managing benefits and allow plant managers to run the factory.

    NOVA Chemicals2018-05-13
  4. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    A Competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of Career development or progression

    NOVA Chemicals2018-03-25
  5. "Best company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Pros

    Best company to work for. Competitive benefits. Really bright employees

    Cons

    Lean on staffing at times

    NOVA Chemicals2017-08-30
  6. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very few leave!

    Cons

    Compensation is average for a petrochemical company

    NOVA Chemicals2017-02-06
  7. "Safety Intern"

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      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

      NOVA Chemicals2017-02-02
    • "Havent had better"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time for 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.

      NOVA Chemicals2016-11-19
    • Helpful (2)

      "Manager"

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      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

      NOVA Chemicals2016-11-04
    • "Great Company!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals

      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

      NOVA Chemicals2016-10-10
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