Nexen Reviews

Updated 16 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. Business analyst student

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst Student in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Student in Calgary, AB

    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.

  2. Medium company with big company problems

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB

    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

  3. Supply Chain practitioner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    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....

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  5. Great place to work as a consultant

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB

    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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Many Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The teams I worked with were very friendly and helpful - everyone pulled together to get a job done. There was a good amount of support from the managers and team leads on projects as well.

    Cons

    Going through an economic downturn was not funm, but not the companies fault either.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should try to communicate more down the line.

  9. Challenging, busy, and fun summer at nexen

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    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First of all, there were around 80 other interns and summer students starting at the same time, so lots of group activities throughout the summer and you meet a lot of awesome people. Every student has a manager looking after them and mine was very helpful. I personally got an amazing project that was quite challenging and took me the whole summer. Also, competitive pay for sure.

    Cons

    Some of the other summer students found that there wasn't enough work for them so they ended up bored a lot of the time.

  10. Nexen Summer Student

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    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB

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

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

    Pros

    - Professional work environment, flexible work hours
    - Opportunity to learn from industry professionals
    - Modern technology and software used in analyzing reservoir properties

    Cons

    - Very few summer students hired as full time employees
    - Not a large enough company to achieve their goals in Shale Gas and Oil Sands. Resulted in takeover by CNOOC

  11. Senior Application Developer

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company so as always, one's opinion depends on which group one is working for. For me...

    Nexen treated contractors much like employees offering many benefits normall reserved for employees such as concierge services, access to health facility (which is one of the best centers in Calgary) and matching charity donations. Lots of smart good people to work with there and they were really open to my suggestions and allowed me to be pretty flexible in my design and framework choices.

    Cons

    Currently they are going through some major company wide re-org and as such, the place is a bit unorganized. Given some time I think they have potential if the right senior managers in put in place.

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