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Cenovus Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2018
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Cenovus President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Pourbaix
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Pros
  • Great people, good work-life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Great people, very friendly and helpful (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Just recently, the major shake-up in upper management has brought doubts to the public whether this company would survive or not (in 26 reviews)

  • Operators at some gas plants are an old boys club and don't welcome interns (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "I love it here"

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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 Cenovus full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work is challenging, recognition is based on merit, very capable peer group and leadership team in EIS. EIS has worked well as a team on major projects supplier consolidation in 2016 and Deep Basin integration this year. A lot to be proud of.

    Cons

    I am aware in other departments of poor/incompetent leadership impacting morale of high performing staff. Disappointing that it seems to be pervasive in Finance and SCM.

    Advice to Management

    Please fix the stock price, tell our story of great assets and people and we have a strategy to be a proud Cdn company. However explain the plan, let folks know how they fit in, we can all be in it together to put us back on a strong footing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "could be better"

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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 Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    descent pay, do like the one week on and one week off schedule, this allows for getaways with out burning up vacation time

    Cons

    less then stellar camp even within Cenovus organization and the food is subpar. HR is completely oblivious to many of the employee practices that happen in the organization, absolutely no consistency in hiring, firing or promoting of staff

    Advice to Management

    New CEO seems like a breathe of fresh air and ideas, nice to see a lot of layers of management have been removed to eliminate a lot of un-needed bureaucracy to get decisions made. Employee practices are quite bewildering and a lot of the practices are unknown and hidden from the top. still operate on 70's practices and need to get into the current day philosophies of managing people. I am putting faith that CEO Alex Pourbaix will accomplish this

  3. "Company in transition"

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

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

    Pros

    Well established company with good support groups, training, community involvement, and events.

    Cons

    Lack of a clear path forward and functional structure leads to groups only targeting individual agendas at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize common goals, reduce silos.


  4. "In transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New CEO looks to be setting a good path for recovery after several missteps of previous regime.

    Cons

    A lot of organizational flux at the current time


  5. "Okay place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, good pay

    Cons

    Decision making not transparent enough

    Advice to Management

    Make information more readily available


  6. "Forward thinking company. Staged for the future of the energy industry in Canada"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great salary.
    Lean structure. Forward thinking. Great place to grow a career

    Cons

    Recently gone through a lot of restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Cut till it hurts and then back up a little. Then you know you've cut far enough.


  7. "Good company Driving the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lac La Biche, AB
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lac La Biche, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good time off and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Shares are up and down but look good for future

    Advice to Management

    You are on the right track management keep the pace to Develop narrows and drive production safe efficient get more oil to rail to offset until pipeline open. Drive share value ,this company shares are going to 25 in near future a excellent company that is safe and has a lot of valuable people

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Large com0any going through many changes"

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    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, time off all very good. Work space and location downtown good. Quality peers to work with

    Cons

    Cenovus is restructuring and changing. After purchasing many Conoco assets, they have a lot of debt. Little activity, and many employees left with little do, and the worry of more imminent rounds if layoffs. Poor communication from the top down, but they are trying to get better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive package
    Good team environment
    Nice building

    Cons

    Workforce stability
    The future for the company


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for !!"

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    Former Employee - Group Lead in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Group Lead in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and supportive work environment.

    Cons

    Confused management and takes too long to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    Focus on equal opportunity at work place for visible minority


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