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NOVA Chemicals Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2019

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Todd Karran
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  1. "Good company in Sarnia"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

      Pros

      Continuously adding benefits and reviewing company culture

      Cons

      Usual politics, some micromanaging by leaders

      NOVA Chemicals2016-12-11
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      "Excellent Company"

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      Former Employee - Chemical Engineer Co-Op in Calgary, AB
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Decent workload, lots of interesting things to do even as a co-op. Very good place to gain first hand experience. Fantastic safety culture at the company, safety is taken very seriously

      Cons

      Sometimes there is just too much work to do, especially for projects with tight deadlines. Also the chances of coming back to NOVA after a co-op term is low, because they mostly hire masters degrees or higher.

      NOVA Chemicals2016-11-20
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      "They don't follow policies or procedures"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Worked for the company for almost ten years. Great company to work for.

      Cons

      I was fired for complaining about leadership harassing me. Like others stated, HR is not there to help you, they are there for damage control. Do not call the harassment hotline unless you want to lose your job as I found out.

      Advice to Management

      You have policies in place and posters everywhere, yet HR and leadership do not follow them. Make a company where good employees get recognized not fired.

      NOVA Chemicals2016-10-26
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      "Human Resources"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      The people are friendly and compensation is good although you rarely move up in pay.

      Cons

      DO NOT Trust HR Leadership. The HR Leadership group manipulates their own staff and also manipulates and lies to all employees. HR Leadership speak of upholding the company values yet they are the first to lie, cheap and break all the rules having their own agendas at play. The face they represent to you in completely false and will turn on you the second you walk away in order to meet their own agenda and needs. ...

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      Advice to Management

      Get rid of HR Leadership group as they are untrustworthy and have little business knowledge.

      NOVA Chemicals2016-10-13
    • "Great company"

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      Current Employee - Technician in Joffre, AB
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Safety is priority. This is a culture at Nova. Flexibility is one of the keys to satisfaction that NOVA does well. Pay is competitive to market

      Cons

      SAP is not the most intuitive system. Lots of bureaucracy. Slow processes and two amu meetings.

      Advice to Management

      Challenge employees to find barriers to there productivity and use brainstorming by the affected individuals to resolve.

      NOVA Chemicals2016-06-18
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      "research tech"

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      Former Employee - Senior Lab Technologist in Calgary, AB
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      flex days, vacation time, benefits, autonomy in most of the day to day tasks

      Cons

      HR is NOT on the employee's side. KNOW that. It's VERY hard to advance your career at Nova i.e move to another position, change departments or labs, do something completely different within the org that you'd really like an opportunity to try, etc (even if you beg for it), once you get wedged into and are doing a good job in any lab, position or specialty (which WILL lose its luster after a certain amount of time)....

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      Advice to Management

      Most of the people on the bottom of the Nova ladder of hierarchy are invaluable in their expertise, abilities, offerings and thoughtfulness. These are the people who keep Nova Chemicals humming day in and day out - making it profitable, world renown, competitive, timely, advancing, a force to be reckoned with - it is NOT management, team leaders, or scientists (most of the time). Try and remember that when you need to...

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      NOVA Chemicals2016-06-20
    • "Solid Company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at NOVA Chemicals

      Pros

      Good starting salary for engineers.

      Cons

      Don't know if people want to live in their plants forever.

      NOVA Chemicals2016-05-17
    • "Department manager"

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      Former Employee - Department Managet in Calgary, AB
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at NOVA Chemicals

      Pros

      Collegial, friendly but competitive environment,

      Cons

      Very few opportunities for promotions

      Advice to Management

      Listen to what we have to say

      NOVA Chemicals2016-04-11
    • "Research Technologist"

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      Current Employee - Research Technologist in Calgary, AB
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

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

      Pros

      Great environment and people Salaries and benefits are great

      Cons

      Lack of opportunity to advance after 5-10 years

      NOVA Chemicals2016-02-23
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      "Project Leader"

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        Current Employee - Project Leader in Red Deer, AB

        I have been working at NOVA Chemicals

        Pros

        -Compensation & Benefits. -Work life balance.

        Cons

        Culture, Career opportunities, Location, Weather, no more words.

        NOVA Chemicals2016-02-15
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