Cenovus Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
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  1.  

    Poor project management governance in the IT Technical Services area

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

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great to get first and third Fridays off
    Good hourly rate

    Cons

    > Manager not acting on reported problems about poor project management and abusive team member - puts project at risk and eventually leads to dysfunctional project
    > No consistency in the quality of project managers; PM neglecting the project schedule and communications basics -- where is the Group Lead for that PM; and then there are other PM's who are outstanding and who follow the PMLC and communicate very well.
    > Problems with role and responsibility definitions - solutions architects and BAs roles overlap and can lead to friction. Maybe BAs should not be on infrastructure projects?
    > Unprofessional somewhat abusive behavior tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    > Give your PMO some teeth and back them up rolling out governance of the PM process.
    > Get the PM group lead to set some basic milestones -- without a proper project schedule the team and the organization do not know where they are going.
    > Don't overload your PM's with too many projects. The PM in question had too many projects on his plate to give them the kind of attention they needed.
    > Governance: Ask PM for a detailed project schedule (MS Project) after Charter has been approved -- at least detailed for the planning phase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Political monster

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits with 1st and 3rd Friday's off and ability to purchase additionaly vacation time. Big company so there is the possibility of moving roles within the company.

    Cons

    Politicals rule. Leaders are picked from the pool of other leaders friends based on their brown nosing abilities and not leadership skills consequently this company is serverly lacking meaningful leadership. A good number of managers are more inclined to manage their own career instead of their team, so they spend more time networking and working out how to get to the next level.

    Senior management lacks vision and seems to spend a lot of time and effort creating new posters, but then forgets to actually follow up or enact change. Recent company internal survey has highlighted the general dissatisfication of the staff, so will be interesting if they can or try to turn things around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Cenovus

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work and industry standard compensation

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, lots of poster talk from upper management that doesn't translate to the working level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten and focus the organisation. We produce oil not youtube videos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not good place to work anymore

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Any "pros" that existed have been eliminated or removed from this organization.

    Cons

    My manager could not lead his way out of a wet paper bag. Who needs a manager who slaps his head, pulls at his hair, rocks back and forth and plugs his ears when your having business discussions? (True story)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps consider cranial MRI's for group leads and managers before appointing them into stretch roles .A leader’s job is to align the organization around a clear and achievable vision. This cannot occur when the blind lead the blind.

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

    Contract Employee

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    Former Employee - Reporting Analyst  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reporting Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Fridays Off
    Contract Pay was indsutry standard
    Enjoyed work

    Cons

    Contract was terminated with no warning - 5 of us across the division were let go all at once
    Manner and handling of termination very abrupt, disrespectful and degrading to contract employee
    Lack of leadership to very poor leadership at all levels
    Lack of trust and respect in leaders - feeling was they say one thing and do another

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your contract employees with more respect. We contribute as much if not more than "permanent employees".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Becoming a fearful, toxic environment

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

    I have been working at Cenovus as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    First and Third Fridays off. Good location, can be flexible work hours. Great commercials.

    Cons

    Too political - everything is based on pretense and relationships. Hidden agendas galore and people who are good putting on a facade are typically the ones that get praised while the "real" people do the work.
    No leadership skills for management
    Unfair treatment to contractors - contractors treated like second class citizens. Why bother hiring anyone as a contractor if they're not given respect/access/permissions to do work but are expected to deliver the same amount of work as employees. Alot of contractors and service providers aren't even shown on the org chart and are "hidden".
    Massive workload with unreasonable deadlines/expectations.
    Very low morale - everyone is working out of fear of job loss.
    Too much water-cooler whispering.
    Feels like a factory run by machines - no heart
    Messages from leadership regarding Cenovus culture are empty words - the Cenovus culture is almost opposite of what they portray it to be. Huge disconnect between Leadership and the actual goings-on in the company. The culture at EnCana before the split was better than what it is today.

    ....Cenovus "in a nutshell"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees AND contractors - be transparent.
    Put more value on the people - they are the ones doing the work. Its not all about the numbers and its not "fluff". The people produce the numbers. Contractor satisfaction is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical oil and gas IT crap contract

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Pays well! Oil and gas always pays great money.

    Cons

    Prepare to spend your days doing the kind of soul crushing, boring, out of date, factory coding. A 'new project' is something you dream of like the desert dreams of rain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I can't imagine how you could tell management how to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Comparable pay and benefits with its peers.

    Cons

    Top heavy management with no leadership. Managers and VP's from other organizations parachuted in as "axe men" lends itself to a toxic workplace, everyone in my department is on edge waiting for the other shoe to drop. Hidden agendas, lack of clarity, and extremely poor leadership makes for a lot of head scratching. Oh and by the way, the good - ol' boys club is very alive and well at Cenovus. If your not a member your in for some tough slugging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to business basics!!! Bringing in cast offs from other super majors in VP roles will not fix your business model. As the saying goes, if you want to know how your business is doing, get out on the floor, the employees will tell you how things are!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Don't know what some of these folks are talking about

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Cenovus full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Yes the money, benefits and 2 Friday's off per month.

    Cons

    Too many mangers (no leaders what-so-ever) for each project/department, no one takes responsibility for anything - just finger pointing, lack of management expertise, I never met the group leader even once in the three + years that I was there - we were even on the same floor...how crazy is that!

    Very little if any for career advancement, will pay for education but nothing with any substance, made many of my colleagues cry almost on a daily basis and one of them would toss their cookies in the washroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Money is not everything, especially if the environment is toxic.

    My advice, it sounds all good especially from folks who worked there for a year or less, however, give it time to sink-in and then the truth will all come out. Trust me when I say you will not last more than 2-3 years at this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Cenovus

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

    I worked at Cenovus for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay that can be to little for the amount of work required. Not a bad work life balance though not in season.

    Cons

    senior management to rigid at times. people only regard themselves. first come first serve when it come to promotions

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