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Nexen Reviews

Updated 5 August 2014
Updated 5 August 2014
52 Reviews

3.2
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 7 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 3 reviews)

  • Not sure how the most recent takeover by Cnooc will affect the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person 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)

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Technically Lost

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good money

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture is nice and supporting

    Cons

    Chinese involvement has ruined canadian autocracy

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nexen USA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Decent pay, Nice building, generally well meaning company, but...

    Cons

    The US version of this company is kind of on the ropes. Loosing a lot of staff, for a variety of pretty good reasons, and though they are no longer an immediate extension of the canadian way, it still ends up being the default management style.
    I dont think it is unfair to say this companies future is definitely a question mark, a previous poster called it a "Bright Future" and I hope for the sake of those who remain that is true, but that was not the consensus opinion of the average individual when I was there.
    I would strongly suggest you ask a lot of questions at the interview about staffing, future, scope.
    The good news is that all of this bodes well for negotiating your pay. Trust me, they need you, just dont think you are going to retire here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break out of the Canadian mold, you are carrying a fair amount of dead weight in low level managers who are out of their element.
    Best of luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulltime employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Good hiring package, good work to off time balance. Vacation time is very competitive, good pension options

    Cons

    Compensation pay is barely competitive for work expected. People in management that are not qualified, do not by Nexens values at mid level. HR is out of touch with industry competitiveness to retain good employees, no accountability of work by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes men are not your best employees for management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and a bright future

    Cons

    Lots of time away from home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    up and coming SAGD producer with excellent corporate values and personnel.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    work/life balance, compensation/benefits, carpool program, environment, co-workers, approachable management

    Cons

    less vacation time than competition, no fly in-out, far commuting distance to town, lack of direction/focus, discrepancies between Calgary and Ft Mac HR policies/programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different company, talks lots no direction of policies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good values, good structure, flexible hours

    Cons

    Poor Management, no workers too contractor orientated, treated better than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real support employees don't hinder

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Waste Your Time

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good and that's about it.

    Cons

    Management lacks direction. They've had a lot of initiatives and 'meet the VP' over the years and nothing changes. There are a lot of expensive team events without regard for the bottom line. Needs serious downsizing, carrying dead weight. No opportunities and doesn't like to promote from within. There are people there who aren't qualified working there, but have nice personalities. Be prepared to pick up their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take charge and make your people accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I really liked working at Nexen

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    The car pool facility and the working envoirnment is awesome.

    Cons

    The driving distance is the only con.

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