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    Nice place to collect a pay cheque...but If you are entrepreneurial and driven, look elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Planning/Economics in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Planning/Economics in Uxbridge, England

    I have been working at Nexen as a contractor (more than 5 years)


    - 2 fridays per month off
    - nice pension
    - great work/life balance
    - country club atmosphere, off-sites at expensive hotels


    - no clear strategy, no long-term targets ever provided
    - heavy operational focus with little clue about the future
    - company is run by accountants who are obsessed with precision but do not understand the big picture
    - many people very busy working on things that do not add value, overstaffed
    - employee rank stack system is largely subjective, managers have no authority to properly rate their own people as other managers can overrule
    - zero autonomy, all decisions made at the top by arguably unqualified people
    - current power struggle between Calgary head office and UK division where the money is made
    - ongoing commitment to fund disaster mega-project which vacuums cash from the rest of the company. Poor capital allocation.
    - poor communication to staff following CNOOC takeover
    - Calgary management has not yet grasped that Nexen is now a subsidiary of another company. Current org structure makes no sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of talented people. Give some autonomy to staff and good things are likely to happen.

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Nexen Interviews

Updated 4 Nov 2014
Updated 4 Nov 2014

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    Graduate Petrophysicist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England
    Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Nexen in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    The whole process was really smooth. I was invited for after the review of my CV. The first stage was purely technical with the division technical leads. Basically focused on petrophysics- testing both in-depth knowledge and applications. The second stage was a technical presentation on real field petrophysical interpretations followed by Q&A and the final stage was a typical HR interview with the HR team.

    Interview Questions
    • The bit that threw me a bit off balance during the technical interview was a question on the application of a particular experience stated in my cv to petrophysical interpretation. I struggled a bit in articulating my answer on that but in general, it went well.   Answer Question
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Nexen Awards and Accolades

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Canada's Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2012
Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List, Corporate Knights, 2010
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Headquarters Calgary, Canada
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue £2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
Competitors Cenovus, Suncor, BP

"Where next?" is the question asked by Nexen, a globe-trotting oil and gas company. It has exploration and production activities primarily in the UK North Sea (which account for more than half of Nexen's total annual oil and gas revenues), the US Gulf of Mexico, western Canada (including unconventional natural gas resource plays such as coalbed methane and shale gas, and the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta), Yemen, offshore West Africa, and Colombia. In 2010 the company reported proved reserves of 987 million barrels of oil equivalent. Nexen is also involved in power... More

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