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Updated 21 February, 2018
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Pros
  • Fly-in fly-out option allows employees to live in Edmonton/Calgary while working in Fort McMurray (in 9 reviews)

  • Excellent Savings Plan, Good stock options (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • No pension for incentive to maintain long term employment (in 5 reviews)

  • Low retention of students to full time jobs (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "exploitation engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid company, very knowledgeable managers

    Cons

    hard work teams with excellent results

    Advice to Management

    keep the good work


  2. "A stepping stone to something better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    - Savings plan
    - Great peer co-workers
    - Good downtown location

    Cons

    - Unsuitable management (yes-people, not people-people)
    - Little room for growth
    - A culture that propagates mediocrity and complacency

    Advice to Management

    Understand human behavior and how to motivate and reward employees. The 'low cost provider, world class company' mentality is a self-derived moniker. True world class companies possess the humility to look at their peers and acknowledge their faults and opportunities for corporate improvement. A dictatorship culture that denigrates employees is not 'world class'... but it does meet the 'low cost provider' portion of the mission statement.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn because you’re thrown into a mixed bag of projects.
    Reasonable benefits. (RRSP matched to 150%)
    Stock options (when times are good)

    Cons

    The only part of the mission statement that management cares about is “providing value to shareholders”.
    Only a select few that management really care to develop and promote. Not much opportunity for the rest to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Balance the pay between old staff and new staff


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  5. "2nd power engineer"

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    Current Employee - Second Class Power Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Second Class Power Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good team work environment
    Shift work

    Cons

    Remote location
    Cold weather
    No family life balance

    Advice to Management

    Nil


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard and you will do ok. Don't expect a lot of perks or extras."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always lots of work and challenges. Middle management accessible. Teams have good people that are dedicated and talented.

    Very generous savings plan.

    Fridays off in summer and time off between Christmas and New Years. This policy is reviewed annually. Other benefits for dental, eye care, vacation time are average.

    Cons

    Old school oil exploration and production company. Employees used to be empowered and held accountable but since downturn it has become very top down micro-management style.

    Very poor to "develop people" despite being in mission statement. Training and industry courses discouraged due to cost and work demands.

    Doom and Gloom atmosphere even in good times.

    Some management bullies and berates staff openly in meetings.

    No openness in compensation. Never know if your bonus was above, below or average.

    No pension plan but good savings plan instead. All savings plan contributions and bonus shares are in CNQ shares. No other investment options.

    No perks like fitness facilities, etc. in Calgary office. Complicated optional wellness plan to earn money for gym memberships and extra medical coverage. Limited flex hours and most departments don't allow work-from-home option.

    Lack of consistency between managers in applying corporate policies.

    Some poor performers aren't dealt with since corporate philosophy is against paying severance packages to remove them.

    Despite all the executive VPs, this company is run my Murray Edwards with an iron fist.

    Advice to Management

    Stop motivating by fear and "just be thankful you have a job" attitude towards staff. Stifles creativity and morale.

    Hard for employees to hear management brag about billion dollar acquisitions and how strong the company is then be told no raises for 4 years now because times are tough.

    Get back in touch with staff like it used to be. Remember Al Markin's "Touch the steel" mantra.


  7. "Company does not develop their people as per the mission statement"

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    Former Employee - Transportation Coordinator in Fort MacKay, AB
    Former Employee - Transportation Coordinator in Fort MacKay, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    compensation, benefits, stocks and shares program

    Cons

    Not a company that provides clear direction to employees or develops their people

    Advice to Management

    better communication and development of their people. Should not promote a mission statement that you do not adhere to company wide.


  8. "lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    team work is the key to be the best CSU FOR VDU, DRU,GOHT.NHT,HYDROGEN,

    Cons

    WORKING HARD To KEEP PLAN RUNNING ALL THE TIME

    Advice to Management

    Be prepare to have a daily challenge


  9. "Overall Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly. Fly in Fly out option. Camp is first class. Competitive wage.

    Cons

    Not much proper training given


  10. "Great Team"

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    Former Employee - Planner in Fort McMurray, AB
    Former Employee - Planner in Fort McMurray, AB

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a consultant TAR Planner and I found that the staff members were helpful and interactive in the process

    Cons

    Salary for staff members was low in comparison to industry average


  11. "Field operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start and get your foot in the door

    Cons

    Management needs some work with people skills


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