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NOVA Chemicals Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2019

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Todd Karran
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "plastic"

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      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

      NOVA Chemicals2016-03-24
    • Helpful (1)

      "Team Leader"

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      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.

      NOVA Chemicals2015-11-05
    • Helpful (1)

      "Engineering Co-op"

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

      I worked at NOVA Chemicals

      Pros

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

      Cons

      No cons, it was a positive experience.

      NOVA Chemicals2015-06-04
    • "Supply Manager"

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

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals for 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!

      NOVA Chemicals2015-05-16
    • "One of the best companies I have ever worked with."

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

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals

      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

      NOVA Chemicals2015-01-20
    • Helpful (4)

      "Good experience."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

      Pros

      Great work life balance. Good benefits.

      Cons

      No career advancement opportunities. Limited movement.

      NOVA Chemicals2014-11-22
    • Helpful (1)

      "Diverse, varied experience across company"

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      Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pitts, PA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      culture, work-life balance, opportunites for the right people

      Cons

      traditional, decision making can be slow or stretched sometimes

      Advice to Management

      Be bold, take tough calls, it's ok to fail if efforts made are sincere

      NOVA Chemicals2014-01-07
    • "Great experience"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

        Pros

        They value the employees and have good benefits.

        Cons

        tough industry due to oil market, ups and downs and a restructuring.

        NOVA Chemicals2013-09-10
      • "Maintenance"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

        Pros

        Excellent pay and benefits. Advancement possible with hard work and dedication.

        Cons

        The thought process of - Because you are an engineer you are a leader.

        Advice to Management

        Keep doing what your doing.

        NOVA Chemicals2013-03-10
      • Helpful (3)

        "A great place to work, at the plant level. Avoid corporate HQ"

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        Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst/Telecom Support Analyst in Monaca, PA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        At the plant level: Great work atmosphere People friendly and easy to work with Great pay and benefits Active in the local community At corporate HQ (Pittsburgh, PA): Morale much lower Much more cutthroat political games

        Cons

        Bloated upper management Too much bureaucracy. Too much time spent on the defining the "process", not enough on getting results. As a result, many good projects die because they become too complicated and expensive to implement. Some in the Canadian management show a clear anti-American bias.

        Advice to Management

        You have been told by every financial analyst that Nova Chemicals is too top-heavy. Start listening and trim the fat. There is no need for one department to have 5 directors!

        NOVA Chemicals2012-07-02
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