Nexen Reviews

Updated 25 April 2015
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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. Civil Structural Engineer

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

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Minimal politics, very good environment to work in, great people to be working with.

    Cons

    The limitations and deep budget cuts the company is undergoing at the present

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep as much people as you can, as you will need them for sure when the price of oil goes back to normal again.

  2. Worked for Nexen's US Division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, competitive pay, people are intelligent and well-meaning.

    Cons

    Organization is flat and projects are scarce.

  3. Business analyst student

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People were great. Welcoming and patient team.

    Cons

    Sometimes, process could be more efficient.

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  5. Very challenging environment

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  6. Medium company with big company problems

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

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and open-door company culture

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get anything off the ground

    Advice to Management

    More transparency with employees

  7. Helpful (1)

    Supply Chain practitioner

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

    I worked at Nexen full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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....

  8. start your carreer here then run like hell!

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

    I worked at Nexen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.

  9. Great place to work as a consultant

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They listen, they are collaborative, and some of the best people I have worked with in the industry.

    Cons

    Going through a lot of changes to try and right size their budgets for enabling services like IT and Accounting

    Advice to Management

    IT can't function without money and people, things you take for granted like infrastructure is going to break soon.

  10. Run for the hills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nexen

    Pros

    insight into China and need for energy

    Cons

    Cut everyone there - only nationals left there.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the values

  11. manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    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

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