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Nexen Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  • Middle management is a disaster (in 8 reviews)

  • CNOOC acquisition has resulted in too much ambiguity regarding Nexen's role in the overall structure (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "HSE"

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    Former Employee - HSE in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HSE in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My experience was primarily based on pre CNOOC takeover. From the perspective of enjoying the work I did, enjoying the people I worked with, the challenge of the job, salary and benefits - Nexen was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Some personality conflicts and appearance of disjointed management - too many people making decisions about the same project caused confusion and took expert decision making out of the hands of experts.

    Advice to Management

    Clear authorities should be defined and left to people competent to make those decisions


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company till the Chinese buy-out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone knows everyone. Canadian culture was the best part.

    Cons

    Small Organization with limited avenue for growth

    Advice to Management

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  3. "Great Until Non-Op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People Culture, Benefits Package, Opportunity

    Cons

    Non-operated -- lack of interest for a technical person


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Too much politics."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Above average pay, good people

    Cons

    Bad culture, too much politics.

    Advice to Management

    Some tough decisions need to be made and decide what to do with Canadian assets.


  5. "Great company as long as they get their strategy and story straight."

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    Former Employee - General Manager, Marketing in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Manager, Marketing in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Generally a very positive place to work. Company had solid ehtics and principles and tried to live by them. The people were good and decent and always tried to help. Stock performance was usually quite good. Company has a solid future.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Slow and ponderous to make change sometimes. Believed itself too much and wasn't critical enough of its processes. Needs to take a hard look at some of the senior managers from outside their paradigm of being the best company in Canada.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with the poor morale beginning to brew within the rank and file.


  6. "Pretty good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Network Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was a contractor with Nexen, I found it relaxed, easy to get along with people, fun team, good company location

    Cons

    Stressful at times,
    Pay as a contractor should have been better, but I think that was more the recruitment companies fault
    Management jumped up and down at lots of small issues
    IT managers needed to be a little more understanding in terms of technical competence

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some layers of management. Seems to be managers for everything.
    Oncall pager is a real pain - needs to make better use of the outsourced vendor.


  7. "Sometimes rewarding, sometimes frustrating."

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They tend to treat people very well.

    Cons

    Very inefficient.
    Senior Management cant figure out why people dont want to live in McMurray... gawd do something.
    Change your agreement with Wood Buffalo and build a good camp.

    Advice to Management

    Learn and DO something about the deadweight.
    Learn who just blows smoke up your ass. There are too many people like that!!

  8. "it was great"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    wonderful program for new grad

    Cons

    for field engineering position you have to be away from home

    Advice to Management

    they are doing good


  9. "Good Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As far as Canadian oil and gas companies, Nexen is one of the best. They act with integrity, conduct their work in a socially responsible manner, and recognize that their employees are one of their greatest assets.

    Cons

    There appeared to be a considerable drop in morale over the last year or two, probably attributed to less than stellar performance of a few major projects. With some changes to executive level management, I can see morale improving.

    Advice to Management

    It's no big secret that several projects are underperforming. I think it's time to fess up and re-align the company's goals and expectations.


  10. "Very good company to work for. Good benefits, great environment, friendly staff. Prestigious company."

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International Operations, Canadian Based. Good benefits

    Cons

    Cubical offices. Training could be better, not only courses offered within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job.


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