Nexen

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Nexen Reviews

Updated 29 January, 2015
Updated 29 January, 2015
68 Reviews
3.3
68 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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  1.  

    Many Changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should try to communicate more down the line.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging, busy, and fun summer at nexen

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB

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

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nexen Summer Student

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good major O&G

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Good Salaries, benefits, work schedules, and vacation time.

    Cons

    Not the same company after the takeover by CNOOC. Major job cuts, budgets slashed, and Chinese management now being put in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless you provide a career path to upper management for Canadian born employees you will lose the future of this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience and opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with and now with the restructuring more opportunities for the younger employees to grow their careers.

    Cons

    Loss of experience with the restructuring and senior management more detail oriented than strategic. The talk and walk of 'leadership' among senior management is not aligned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nexen has always been a company with great integrity. Ensure that this is not lost going forward under the new owners

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Tech in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Mechanical Tech in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    nice people nice envir nice supervisor

    Cons

    need more people to work in here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its pretty good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crazy change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    Nexen has a lot of good people. There are a lot of long-term employees there, those with 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of experience. The benefits package is very good.

    Cons

    These days (2014) Nexen = change. After the CNOOC acquisition a great number of employees left of their own accord, with a large chunk out of middle and upper management. Since then there have been significant layoffs. As a result reporting structures are completely turned around and no one really knows what's going on. Morale is very low. HR is currently a bull in a china shop, and showing very little sympathy for valid concerns. I had some integrity concerns that arose prior to my termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things may need to change in order to streamline operations, but don't push for change just for change's sake. Recognize that gutting a company or even a department also means losing excellent employees. HR needs to assist in the change by being helpful, sympathetic, and professional, rather than acting as the emotionless executioner.

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

    Co-op Student - Chemistry

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

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (more than a 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
  11.  

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    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

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