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Cenovus Reviews

Updated Jan 25, 2020

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2.6
39%
Recommend to a Friend
75%
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Cenovus President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Pourbaix
Alex Pourbaix
65 Ratings
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  • "Calgary upper management was coming at you with a vengeance(in 27 reviews)

  • "unorganized at time, disconnect between Calgary and field sites(in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competetive salary, benefits, vacation time. Nice building and convenient work settings. Managers help create work life balance for employees.

    Cons

    Some systems are a bit old creating unnecessary manual work

    Cenovus2019-01-02
  2. "Great pay, challenging work"

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    Current Employee - Operator 

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay New equipment and technology provides opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Not all of the new equipment is well planned

    Cenovus2020-01-12
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Culture of fear"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, bonuses are ok

    Cons

    many leaders instil a culture of fear through intimidation and bullying....say they want diversity but they want people that agree with them. HR of no help because they are scared for their jobs too and suck up to bullies even more so they aren’t on their bad sides. Open cubicles make the work environment even worse, you have no where to hide from the bullies. Losing a lot of good technical people because the politics is excruciating.

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    Cenovus2020-01-25
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of mobility"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits & flexibility Advancement is relationship-based - Not performance based

    Cons

    Poor upward or lateral mobility Poor opportunities for advancement Development opportunities are aesthetic only

    Cenovus2019-12-08
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganized and quick to deviate from planned procedures. No communication between departments on location at all."

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    Contractor Safety Compliance Officer in Christina Lake, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus

    Pros

    Steady employment, fair compensation, most people are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Managers and leads are very condescending and try to lead by intimidation, Not open to any input at all from outside of the “bubble”. Very unorganized and inefficient polices and procedures with no symmetry at all between and within departments. People just do whatever they want with no accountability.

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    Cenovus2019-10-12
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Trying to Improve"

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

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Work life balance -Many attempts to increase morale -Trying to add mentor/mentee programs to develop employees

    Cons

    -very little training for technical development or leadership development -still has lots of work to do in terms of employee retention

    Cenovus2019-08-22
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Administrative 

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    - Great if you are a FTE employee as opposed to a contractor - Great atmosphere with awesome coworkers

    Cons

    - Contractors do not get the same benefits and advantages

    Cenovus2019-08-21
  8. Helpful (1)

    "up's and down's like any"

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    Current Employee - Plant Operator 

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits, with good bonus program

    Cons

    Cuts when things are steady didn't always make sense.

    Cenovus2019-08-16
  9. Helpful (11)

    "Same old"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wages are still ok, benefits blow

    Cons

    Alex came in and he had good ideas, but at the plant level everything is back to the way it was. Bare bones on the floor, and still talk of job cuts but now they’re in the control room- this is coming from senior Coordinators that were actually doubled in amount after all the last cuts were done. Advancement, forget about it, unless you are buddies with the boss, same goes for the bonus system. It should be scrapped and come up with a fair system. This one benefits the butt kissers, not the actual good workers. As for their development plan, there is no development-they tell you what your doing , not asking where your future plan in the company would be. It’s a complete joke As for the company itself, it put the screws to the communities near the plants by moving workers away to Calgary, destroying the housing market (Cold Lake/Bonnyville). When hired before, you had to relocate to the area, which actually helped the communities, now they will pay you to travel. Benefits- they were decimated during the cuts, bring them back instead of hiring again. Look at the jobs they have listed now, after getting rid of hundreds of good people during downturn 4-5 years ago. So in closing, things were looking good in what Alex had in mind, but with the same people running the show the plan is a huge failure, look at getting rid of the people in charge, then company might change, might. Morale still sucks

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    Cenovus2019-09-08
  10. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - RFO OPerator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and very helpful. Everyone wants everyone to be successful. Schedule and camp allowed for a good work/life balance

    Cons

    Company transitioning to FIFO only

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    Cenovus2019-08-10

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