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Nexen Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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  • Middle management is a disaster (in 8 reviews)

  • Very low morale since 2015 and continued with recent layoffs and reorg (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "start your carreer here then run like hell!"

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    Former Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, pay good (due their desperation to keep you), good location.good stepping stone.

    Cons

    Too many mid-level managers swinging around their political weight and far removed from the actual work. No support from HR director or Office management team. I watched 80% of the staff here slowly exit throughout my 5 year tenure. I was an excellent employee who started as a temp and moved my way up to a permanent position and three promotions before I realized this was no more than a few stepping stones toward a better career.Office morale in Houston is terrible; no one liked working here and it showed.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Get rid of dead weight middle managers. Stop the nepotism/favoritism and hold managers accountable for their shortcomings.


  2. "Managers focused on their career, not the employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are great, nice office, good location. Safe parking, decent benefits, 9 80 workweeks little perks like free coffee and fruit in the coffee bars

    Cons

    Big expectations from small staff with no budget. No company culture since bought by Chinese. Experienced staff treated as an excess expense.

    Advice to Management

    Listening to experienced technical staff, not the filtered feedback from Middle managers.

  3. "Seismic Data Processor"

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    Former Employee - Geoscience Data Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geoscience Data Administrator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Nexen (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady work, decent benefits, decent bonus.

    Cons

    company lack of direction/vision. Top brass listening too much to middle/lower management.

    Advice to Management

    Top heavy, getting rid of too many worker "bees".


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Worst place to work in my 15 years of experience"

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    Former Employee - IT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is good and everything else sucks.

    Cons

    No respect for human rights and freedoms. They will kick you out regardless of performance because of political games and greediness of people who are there for long time. They would ignore abuse toward other people. Even good compensation is not worth amount of frustration you have to go through.

    I'm very glad I'm out from there !!!

    Advice to Management

    Respect for basic human rights. Shame on this company and it's management.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Technically Lost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great deal of work to be done
    Genuinely nice people
    Business units (other than IT) genuinely happy
    Much more opportunity for meaningful work for IT employees

    Cons

    Fundamental misunderstanding of technology/architecture
    Heavy reliance on Gartner reports
    Get it done at all costs mentality in many cases
    Not meaningful or challenging work for senior contractors

    Advice to Management

    Bring in senior people from other environments to help craft a longer term view


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The worst managed company out there."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, great work schedule (Monday-Thursday), great pay (for a company that doesn't make much money!), car pool is great compared to bussing

    Cons

    No training, no accountability, uneducated and unprofessional management, poor planning, weak leadership, cannot retain good employees, reactive not preventative, too many "retirees"

    Advice to Management

    Time to spend the money and bring in real leaders from other companies.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good benefit so far up to 2014

    Cons

    sucks. poor culture, no integrity

    Advice to Management

    poor culture, no integrity

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Supply Chain practitioner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nexen full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary, compressed work schedule, health insurance, savings and pension plan.

    Cons

    Totally a different company since it was acquired by Chinese owned entity. All networking, and social events were cut-off due to an unreasonable cost reduction goal. All senior employees either have since retired within the first transitional year, leaving all the rest of employees to slowly quit while contractors were quietly terminated. In the recent massive lay-offs, employee seniority and loyalty towards the company was not appreciated and those that remain have been reassigned without consultation to existing operating projects. It was indeed a toxic working environment, were your work was not valued at all by your superiors!

    Advice to Management

    Good luck hiring competent work force once the industry picks-up....


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Very challenging environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of project management and project profitability is low or negative

    Advice to Management

    Projects must generate positive cash flow for company's benefit


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Don't waste your time in NEXEN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nexen Tries to offer better pay and benefit to attract people and to compete with other companies. However, these could be good for just new students or contractors to get experiences and dollars.

    Cons

    Nexen is a naughty boy spoiled by CNOOC. It treats CNOOC its Papa/Mama bank ATM. Work life not well balanced. Your career development will not be taking care of. You will find your self unnecessarily busy and heavily loaded with works.

    Advice to Management

    Mid-level management is not well organized. Pipeline leak is just a corner of the management issues.


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