Nexen Reviews

Updated 6 September, 2014
Updated 6 September, 2014
53 Reviews
3.3
53 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 7 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)

  • Not sure how the most recent takeover by Cnooc will affect the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be Careful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Chemist in Fort McMurray, AB

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

    Pros

    Very nice people, excellent co-workers, great pay, car pool is awesome

    Cons

    HR department is so far disconnected from the needs of the company, its very easy for someone to "backstab" you so you always have to be on guard, not much opportunity for career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a handle on your HR or you will lose all your good people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Technically Lost

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    There is a great deal of work to be done
    Genuinely nice people
    Business units (other than IT) genuinely happy
    Much more opportunity for meaningful work for IT employees

    Cons

    Fundamental misunderstanding of technology/architecture
    Heavy reliance on Gartner reports
    Get it done at all costs mentality in many cases
    Not meaningful or challenging work for senior contractors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in senior people from other environments to help craft a longer term view

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulltime employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    Good hiring package, good work to off time balance. Vacation time is very competitive, good pension options

    Cons

    Compensation pay is barely competitive for work expected. People in management that are not qualified, do not by Nexens values at mid level. HR is out of touch with industry competitiveness to retain good employees, no accountability of work by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes men are not your best employees for management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good money

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nexen full-time

    Pros

    Culture is nice and supporting

    Cons

    Chinese involvement has ruined canadian autocracy

  6.  

    Excellent Employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nexen

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and a bright future

    Cons

    Lots of time away from home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    up and coming SAGD producer with excellent corporate values and personnel.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional  in  Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Fort McMurray, AB

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

    Pros

    work/life balance, compensation/benefits, carpool program, environment, co-workers, approachable management

    Cons

    less vacation time than competition, no fly in-out, far commuting distance to town, lack of direction/focus, discrepancies between Calgary and Ft Mac HR policies/programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different company, talks lots no direction of policies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good values, good structure, flexible hours

    Cons

    Poor Management, no workers too contractor orientated, treated better than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real support employees don't hinder

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I really liked working at Nexen

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort McMurray, AB

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

    Pros

    The car pool facility and the working envoirnment is awesome.

    Cons

    The driving distance is the only con.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Waste Your Time

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Contractor in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good and that's about it.

    Cons

    Management lacks direction. They've had a lot of initiatives and 'meet the VP' over the years and nothing changes. There are a lot of expensive team events without regard for the bottom line. Needs serious downsizing, carrying dead weight. No opportunities and doesn't like to promote from within. There are people there who aren't qualified working there, but have nice personalities. Be prepared to pick up their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take charge and make your people accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nexen Inc Accounting Department

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    I gained alot of valuable experience from working at Nexen

    Cons

    Not sure how the most recent takeover by Cnooc will affect the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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