Nexen
3.4 of 5 44 reviews
www.nexeninc.com Calgary, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 09, 2014

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Nexen Interim President, CEO, and Director Kevin J. Reinhart

Kevin J. Reinhart

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62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Positive, fulfilling and worthwhile

Process Control Co-op Engineer (Former Employee)
Fort McMurray, AB

I worked at Nexen as an intern for less than a year

Pros- the people: though there is a recognized management system, everyone is treated equally
- company safety policy: 12 rules that are followed very strictly!
- exposure: being at the Long Lake SAGD & Upgrader facility allowed me to witness the process first-hand. It is a completely different learning experience as compared to looking at a textbook or computer screen
- the facility had it's first major turnaround begin in Aug 2012: this allowed me to get up close to vessels and machines and learn much more about the way things work

Cons- this could be viewed as a pro too, but there was quite a bit of change in the company in my short time there. The CEO got fired the morning of my first day of work (Jan 2012), my own boos got fired 3 months after that, and the company was bought out by CNOOC in Aug 2012.

Advice to Senior Management- to continue to put safety and people ahead of production, as this will ultimately lead to better production and profits

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Senior Accountant (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Nexen full-time for more than 5 years

ProsI gained alot of valuable experience from working at Nexen

ConsNot sure how the most recent takeover by Cnooc will affect the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A work in progress

Maintenance (Former Employee)
Fort McMurray, AB

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

ProsGood Group of People, which are very welcoming and friendly. The new Chinese company that is taking over hopefully improve the way the place is run.
The benefits and bonuses offered are one of the ways to forget about the problems.

ConsMany individuals are in positions they are unqualified for and because of that work processes/ procedures are horrible.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet fly in/ fly out, you may be able to get qualified people on site that way.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Average Employer

Staff Compensation Analyst (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Nexen full-time for more than a year

ProsThey have many of the right programs in place.
The people hired are top in their fields.
Great team members.
Good compensation, average benefits in comparison to large producers

ConsManagement does not always support or backup their employees.
Management rarely follows through on Ethics complaints although they have a great program in writing.
There are few balance and checks in most of their programs, so allows leaders to run their own "companies"
Do not do work load manage, so no work/life balance and excessive overtime involved, no reward but is an expectation.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake every manager accountable to their employees and the corporate programs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A solid company (review of experience before CNOOC takeover)

Technical Summer Student (Former Employee)
Fort McMurray, AB

I worked at Nexen as an intern

Pros- Very intelligent and helpful people to work with
- Freedom to pursue projects as you like (depending on your manager of course)
- Fantastic culture
- Great work/life balance

Cons- Very disorganized operation (difficult to get the info you need, backtracking, etc.)
- Unstructured student work term
- Super high turnover (so loss of expertise was common)

Advice to Senior ManagementMore strategic alignment between business areas will make for a smoother operation. Define your objectives clearly and specifically, and be sure that these are communicated through the corporate ladder.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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So So..

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

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

ProsGreat benefits, decent base pay
Good career advancement opportunities
Great at giving back to the community, and offers employees days off to volunteer

ConsVery top-heavy and far too high of G&A for the production levels
Unmotivated employee base now (that 5 years ago was much more satisfied)
More concerned with appeasing the masses than in retaining and rewarding the top performers
Fairly uptight environment

Advice to Senior ManagementToo top-heavy -- too many VPs for size of company

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Excellent Company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

I have been working at Nexen as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGreat people to deal with, very selective in getting the best people into the organization and that makes you deal with the best people in the industry. No micro-management and management is supportive.

ConsI couldn't find any so far!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work if you are in the right team

Engineer (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

I have been working at Nexen full-time for less than a year

ProsTries to be environmentally responsible... gives back to the community.. my team is a bunch of young engineers.. all great to work with

ConsCNOOC take over means uncertain future..aslo your experience depends a lot on your team and manager

Advice to Senior Managementtake a second look at the org chart..

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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God company to work

Engineer (Former Employee)
Fort McMurray, AB

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

Pros1. Great training opportunities, not budget driven
2. Great people to work with
3. Small company atmosphere
4. Good corporate values and intention to pursue them

ConsCompany suffering because of long lake. Company has good values but struggles on business front. No definite career path, often ad-hoc. Not production oriented or agressive in pursuing business objectives. Long lake is perhaps the plant in Alberta that suffers the highest number of power failures every year, no focus on reliability. Site management pays more attention to consultants

Advice to Senior ManagementThink different.... consultants (Shell) do not own your plant, your employees own it. Empower them and make the environment they can deliver their best. Dig deep to understand why people are so busy yet not very productive. Fix maintenance at LLK, can't understand why mgmnt can't see the disfunction. If flyin/flyout really solves operator attrition, why hesitate to implement? At first, you are here to do business ( in a safe and responsible way) and not to express your love for community. The 'community' will love people coming to Fort McMurray because when the communiti-ian leaves Fort McMurray, he will get higher price for his/her house!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very good company to work for. Good benefits, great environment, friendly staff. Prestigious company.

Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

I have been working at Nexen

ProsInternational Operations, Canadian Based. Good benefits

ConsCubical offices. Training could be better, not only courses offered within the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is doing a great job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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