Nexen

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Nexen Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
61 Reviews
3.3
61 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 8 reviews)

  • Great compensation and benefits (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management is not college educated however has far too much power over decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • Low morale and highly stressful (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work, lots of change

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good people
    Opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Senior management lacks direction and is not financially responsible.
    Low Morale
    Poor direction

  2.  

    ehs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nexen

    Pros

    Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands

    Cons

    organizational alignment and improper support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    step back and help guide

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nexen Energy ULC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Place to work and spend your day.

    Cons

    Not in the most desirable location of downtown Calgary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Standard Interview

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Environment to work in

    Cons

    Work is not very demanding

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The worst managed company out there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Close to train
    Lots of new technologies
    Mostly great people

    Cons

    Management a little old world
    Lots of after hours work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The internship program at Nexen is a great way to get exposure to the many aspects of the oil industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company offered many interesting courses regarding the theory and applications in oil industry, as well as courses for self-improvement. The department I worked for also provided me with several different interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Some of the downtime in between projects left time to yourself. But you must make the best of this time for independent study.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of Middle Management

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    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor

    Pros

    free coffee, tea, snacks, lunches weekly, great retirement parties with open bars

    Cons

    Middle management is not college educated however has far too much power over decision making. Contractors are treated like second class citizens and if you are a contractor you will more than likely hear "Oh but your a contractor so..." or "Thats not available for contractors" They are well known for micro managing time as well, closely following to the minute when you come in and leave for the day and at lunch. Feedback loop for peer review on work often delayed 2 weeks or more they then wonder why work was not completed to their satisfaction. The team lead on this team is not organized and is quite unstable you do not know who you will be getting on a day to day basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease off and stop micro managing and have faith that you hired the right people to have the job completed. When you take memos and notes from open door conversations do not turn around to your lead team and present them as your own. Have a quicker turn around time on peer review and make it a priority. Learn how to take accountability for lack of leadership. Offer real opportunities for growth and development for senior members of the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be Careful

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Chemist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice people, excellent co-workers, great pay, car pool is awesome

    Cons

    HR department is so far disconnected from the needs of the company, its very easy for someone to "backstab" you so you always have to be on guard, not much opportunity for career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a handle on your HR or you will lose all your good people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to collect a pay cheque...but If you are entrepreneurial and driven, look elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Planning/Economics in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Planning/Economics in Uxbridge, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nexen as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - 2 fridays per month off
    - nice pension
    - great work/life balance
    - country club atmosphere, off-sites at expensive hotels

    Cons

    - no clear strategy, no long-term targets ever provided
    - heavy operational focus with little clue about the future
    - company is run by accountants who are obsessed with precision but do not understand the big picture
    - many people very busy working on things that do not add value, overstaffed
    - employee rank stack system is largely subjective, managers have no authority to properly rate their own people as other managers can overrule
    - zero autonomy, all decisions made at the top by arguably unqualified people
    - current power struggle between Calgary head office and UK division where the money is made
    - ongoing commitment to fund disaster mega-project which vacuums cash from the rest of the company. Poor capital allocation.
    - poor communication to staff following CNOOC takeover
    - Calgary management has not yet grasped that Nexen is now a subsidiary of another company. Current org structure makes no sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of talented people. Give some autonomy to staff and good things are likely to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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