Nexen Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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  1. Kind of so-so

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 I worked a few projects that could have been replaced by two or three facilitated meetings, and wrapped up in a week instead of dragging on for months.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 Management

    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.

  2. Geology internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Geology Intern in Calgary, AB
    Former Intern - Geology Intern in Calgary, AB

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly, and very open to helping out

    Cons

    HR is quite unorganized

  3. Terrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB

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

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Good company where you can gain experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    simplify procedures.

  6. Short Stay, felt like a time pocket

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

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

    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

  7. Senior Financial Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Did not like the overtime

  8. Stuck in a rut

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Nice gym in the head office. Compressed work week option.

    Cons

    Management is driving this company in the ground. The morale is very low. There are lots of changes that are driven at cost savings but here chasing dollars to save pennies and that's because management is weak. The changes being implemented are not going to save the company. They need to need to be more receptive to changing processes and stop doing business with itself.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change and put your ego aside. We are too too heavy and need to look at changing how we do business as a way to save money rather than cutting small things like catering.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Once a great company..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB

    I have been working at Nexen full-time

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

    Pros

    People: Excellent Team of highly talented people
    Benefits
    Great schedule
    Lots of potential

    Cons

    New management is destroying what used to be a great company.
    Lack of vision and lots of conflicting priorities.
    Low morale and highly stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs overhaul.
    Nexen used to be one of the best places to work.
    It had values and a strong work ethic.
    Be patient and the results will show.

  10. Great company - work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Nexen

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. Wellness subsidy. Compressed work schedule - Two Friday's off per month. Corporate events. Great community.

    Cons

    New management with new corporate goals and objectives - trouble understanding exactly what those are at this time

  11. Things are changing at Nexen

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

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I used to be a good company

    Cons

    Changes are coming in upper management

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