Nexen Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
59 Reviews
3.3
59 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Co-op Student - Chemistry

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    Former Employee - Co-op Student - Chemistry in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-op Student - Chemistry in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great people, excellent compensation, excellent work schedule

    Cons

    I don't have any outstanding Cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Generally a great place to work, strong emphasis on integrity. Big changes in the last 3 years lots of employee turnover

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

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation. Flexible benefit packages, compressed work week options (couple of fridays off per month in exchange for slightly longer days).
    Useful in house training.

    Cons

    3 yrs of change and uncertainty have taken a toll on employee morale. Lots of retirements have opened up promotion possibilities but the company has also contracted due to selling off domestic properties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the emphasis on the core business of producing but don't abandon the socially responsible values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience to gain as a summer student!

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

    I worked at Nexen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of great and nice people have either been laid off or left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at more then the numbers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Busy with politics and changes.

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

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, used to have a good talent pool within the company.

    Cons

    Overworked without support because a lot of people from various departments have been let go!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make changes without considering full impact to business; don't make changes just for the sake of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Over all was a good place to work, unfortunately some persons were there too long. This is no longer the case.

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    Former Employee - N/A in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - N/A in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a good place to work, many people cared and wanted to see the company grow.

    Cons

    Some persons that were there too long were difficult to change in their ways. Wages were lower than peers within the industry. HR department stated that they were competitive, but some of their opinions were dated as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When it was Nexen Inc, it was a good company, many of the upper management cared, but were not open to have external companies review their culture, therefore they were unable to learn from their mistakes and grow. Those are only two of the many reasons they were sold. My rating on Upper management only refers to the last two prior to the sale, they are very good persons, but not the persons required for the position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Kind of so-so

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

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is close proximity to the 7 St. cycle track and the LRT at the Canadian head office. Onsite underground bike parking is free. As the building is in the west end of downtown Calgary, surface lot parking is a bit cheaper than in other parts of downtown. There are cold drinks in the meeting rooms, along with free coffee, fruit and granola bars in the kitchen.

    Cons

    Morale has taken a big hit since the CNOOC acquisition of Nexen. Cutbacks and layoffs are a regular [monthly/quarterly] occurrence, and that has taken its toll. IT was recently restructured into a matrix management arrangement. Many IT projects are, to paraphrase one long-time PM, half-baked. Specifically, some IT projects have a very limited scope and budget with questionable business benefit, with poor support from both the business and IT, yet they go ahead anyway. I worked a few projects that could have been replaced by two or three facilitated meetings, and wrapped up in a week instead of dragging on for months.

    The building [Calgary head office] is very dated in terms of layout and decor, although the Marketing dept has a very nice space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal communication is a problem, as it is in many companies. Business units [corporate, oil sands, Nor Am gas, UK] are in silos, and aren't well integrated. Nexen UK is operating like independent corporation, and a way should be found to integrate them better with the other groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Geology internship

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    Former Employee - Geology Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Geology Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    People are friendly, and very open to helping out

    Cons

    HR is quite unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible Management

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

    I worked at Nexen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were fantastic and the only reason to stay.

    Cons

    Management only looks out for themselves, paid middle of the road but expected very high performance from employees. Middle management violates integrity policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into what middle managers are doing, get more control over operations because lower and middle management is a disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company where you can gain experience

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

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good pay, more than what I expected

    Cons

    complicated procedures on everything. It is hard for new hire to focus on work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify procedures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Short Stay, felt like a time pocket

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Great people, Easy to juggle work and family, compensation was on par

    Cons

    Mundane, no challenge presented itself while i was there (aside from staying awake and in the building)
    IT is years behind and fighting to get ahead. Management doesn't pay attention to their employees. Not counting Team Leads

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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