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Canadian Natural Resources Reviews

Updated 17 August, 2018
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Pros
  • "Fly in fly out from Edmonton or Calgary" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Stock options and savings plan are excellent" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "An important Observation"

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

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

    Pros

    Love working for this Company. Proud to be an employee.

    Cons

    Service groups impede efforts. It’s frustrating and there is a lack of collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Support the teams that build assets and get rid of the non performers.


  2. "A place for hard-workers"

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

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have some great colleagues who know their stuff.

    Cons

    CNRL is so cost-focused that supervisors and managers don't have management backing to do performance management on low-performers out of fear they won't be allowed to refill the position! CNRL 'brags' about not doing layoffs, which is great, but there is a lot of deadwood at times.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your supervisors and informal leaders; they know more than you realize!

  3. "Not a happy place anymore"

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    Current Employee - Field Worker in Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Field Worker in Fort McMurray, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fly in fly out from Edmonton or Calgary

    Cons

    Low wages for long hours, lowest in the industry
    No compensation for awful travel time (frequent delays, flight cancellations, overbooked flights)
    Front-line workers incredibly under valued
    Production over safety and people

    Advice to Management

    You're going to lose a lot of good employees from Albian Sands. Your big salaries and bonuses come at the expense of those you keep down. I don't understand how you can treat so poorly and sleep at night. Every "cost" you cut and money you give back to your precious shareholders comes at the expense of those with their boots on the ground. I work in the field and I'm genuinely worried, we don't work with pride anymore or feel good about what we do. I have never been so mistreated or undervalued as an employee since CNRL bought Albian out. My advice to you, although I doubt you care, is to come to site for a week. Cram yourself into our tiny camp rooms, eat our salty overcooked food, sit in the cab of a hot D11 dozer for 12 hours. Get yelled at by team leads because production is low, be delayed by 4 hours trying to get home to your family. Put yourself in our boots and maybe you will have some empathy.


  4. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Stock options, hire on options

    Cons

    flat org structure and no increases in pay for promotions


  5. "Business Systems Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Business is well run and very competitive in the peer group.

    Strong operations and cost focus is refreshing.

    Cons

    Soft on managing individual under-performance in some areas and low salaries do not attract highest quality. Strong leadership offsets this by keeping low performers in check.


  6. "CNRL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Safe during downturns with no mass layoffs

    Cons

    Low Salaries, just a number


  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    a stock matching benefit

    Cons

    no pension plan provided by company

  8. "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - SCADA Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - SCADA Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A benefit, Bonus, opportunities, salary, stability

    Cons

    no retirement plan in general is a great company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Supply Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Savings plan is great. Most people are awesome. Lots of experience to be gained.

    Cons

    On the lower paid side of the industry but doesn't bother me. Too big of a workload but doesn't bother me. Micro managed but doesn't bother me. No room to grow but doesn't bother me.

    Favorites move up even though they don't perform (somehow room is created for them). Management is two- faced. No accountability from management to staff. Zero trust. Leadership does not back the 'little' guys. Hard work and delivering results will get you nowhere without playing the politics game. 'Integrity' is only found in the mission statement. This bothers me.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to inspire people. Instilling fear is not the way.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be great, not so much anymore"

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

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

    Pros

    Stable job, does not have layoffs, large company with strong performance compared to other Canadian E&Ps.

    Cons

    -Targets to pay bottom 25 percentile base salary with high risk pay (options/stock) to bring total comp to median. No chance for great employees to do better than median
    -"Fun" only exists in the mission statement. It used to be a very fun workplace 5 years ago, today that is gone and it's all about trying to squeeze every last drop of productivity out of overloaded employees through fear and intimidation. Ironically it's had the opposite effect on productivity since everyone hates being in the office and know that working extra never results in recognition or rewards.
    -Bureaucracy has gone from minimal to excessive in the last 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    The company was stronger when the philosophy was management knew all their employees on a first name basis, had an open door policy and had great people who were trusted to create value. The new philosophy is trying to manage mediocre people with corporate policies and processes and hammering in the message that no success is good enough and everyone needs to work constantly on evenings and weekends because we're all afraid of Murray Edwards.


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