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NOVA Chemicals Reviews

Updated Nov 11, 2019

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4.1
80%
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NOVA Chemicals CEO Todd Karran (no image)
Todd Karran
24 Ratings
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  1. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Operator 

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    have to work shift at night

    NOVA Chemicals2019-11-12
  2. "Great Company to Work for"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer Co-Op in Joffre, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing mentor-ship. They give you projects they would complete themselves if you weren't taking them on.

    Cons

    Have to live in Red Deer

    NOVA Chemicals2019-10-19
  3. "Wonderful workplace to develop technical and soft skills as an intern, great emphasis on safety"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals

    Pros

    Worked as an engineering intern for a while, supervisors and team members were all very friendly, got plenty of real hands on experience and had real responsibilities. Nova has a great safety culture and that’s reflected in everyday work

    Cons

    Some learning curve at the beginning, work hard and you will get through it quickly

    NOVA Chemicals2019-10-08
  4. "People and Culture"

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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of team building events.

    Cons

    Joffre is not a fun place to work.

    NOVA Chemicals2019-10-16
  5. "Nova is a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineering Co-Op in Sarnia, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge emphasis on safety. Other operators take the time to answer questions for newbies. Clean, well-kept facility.

    Cons

    None, had a great experience

    NOVA Chemicals2019-09-29
  6. "wonderful place to work that aided myself and my family"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Sarnia, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great career, great pay, and wonderful employees

    Cons

    dealing with hazardous materials and waste management

    Advice to Management

    best of luck with your new plant.

    NOVA Chemicals2019-07-28
  7. "Safety Culture"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Red Deer, AB
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best among peer companies in Canada

    Cons

    Leaders are not picked based on merits

    NOVA Chemicals2019-06-21
  8. "Good starting point"

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    Current Employee - Automation Engineer in Red Deer, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is typically above average for it's local operating regions (not to be confused with Industry salaries), lots of opportunities to explore and learn, genuinely smart and talented employees everywhere that work hard to help you if they can.

    Cons

    Company undergoing a present change culture to address shortcomings in organizational adaptation. Leadership is struggling to convey the necessary need to change processes to facilitate a newer more modern approach to business. Present Corporate initiatives favor Experience and Tenure over Diversity and insight to new Technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Cultural initiatives that require big change sometimes need to bare teeth to get the job done. Areas where open hostility and pockets of resistance are opportunities to learn but should not be detractor's on the Organizations transitional scope. Leveraging your younger more diversified workforce could potentially give greater insight and scope than 30 year tenured NOVA employees with no external influence or... experience (work on building trust with your newly hired technical experts vs. seeking third-party external influence to shape business scope).

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    NOVA Chemicals2019-05-29
  9. "Great Workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent safety culture. The people are friendly and compensation is good

    Cons

    didn't find any cons so far

    NOVA Chemicals2019-05-08
  10. "Life in Nova"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Pros

    great Work/life balance Mostly great people of work with Committed employees

    Cons

    Harder to move from technical focus career

    Advice to Management

    Good job!

    NOVA Chemicals2019-04-14
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