Nexen

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Nexen Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
69 Reviews
3.3
69 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 8 reviews)

  • Great compensation and benefits (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management is not college educated however has far too much power over decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • Low morale and highly stressful (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Put a stop to SPIN DOCTORS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Current Employee - Engineering in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits Package
    Flexi Fridays
    People mainly a good group of people

    Cons

    No Clear focus
    Middle Managers do not really know what their staff are working on some openly admitt to doing nothing
    Pet projects seem to be worked in under the radar without following process. Often as a result they are not strategically aligned with other projects
    Lack of accountability
    Redundancies likely in UK during next 6 months
    People scared to speak up as those who have tried seem to leave suddenly.
    Too few workers getting extremely overloaded. Can appear as though 5 managers to 1 worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really look at the issues facing company.
    Too many employees/contractors have been brought in for specific work and been absorbed into head count.
    Question middle management about what their staff is doing do they really know.
    Too many people think sending email is a job.
    Tackle the culture of spin doctors who make self promoting their main agenda. Actual look at what they have achieved. Not what they have taken credit for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging, time-pressured, fun but demanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Technical in Uxbridge, England

    I have been working at Nexen

    Pros

    Work with technically-focussed people
    Opportunities to take on a lot of resposibility
    High exposure to senior management

    Cons

    Can be time-pressured in some teams, meaning that technical work can be sacrificed, for example, to meet rig schedule. Management can sometimes demand answers without sufficient time allocated for the technical work behind the answer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your technical people do the technical work required to get the best answer.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Many Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    The teams I worked with were very friendly and helpful - everyone pulled together to get a job done. There was a good amount of support from the managers and team leads on projects as well.

    Cons

    Going through an economic downturn was not funm, but not the companies fault either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should try to communicate more down the line.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging, busy, and fun summer at nexen

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    First of all, there were around 80 other interns and summer students starting at the same time, so lots of group activities throughout the summer and you meet a lot of awesome people. Every student has a manager looking after them and mine was very helpful. I personally got an amazing project that was quite challenging and took me the whole summer. Also, competitive pay for sure.

    Cons

    Some of the other summer students found that there wasn't enough work for them so they ended up bored a lot of the time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nexen Summer Student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Professional work environment, flexible work hours
    - Opportunity to learn from industry professionals
    - Modern technology and software used in analyzing reservoir properties

    Cons

    - Very few summer students hired as full time employees
    - Not a large enough company to achieve their goals in Shale Gas and Oil Sands. Resulted in takeover by CNOOC

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Application Developer

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Large company so as always, one's opinion depends on which group one is working for. For me...

    Nexen treated contractors much like employees offering many benefits normall reserved for employees such as concierge services, access to health facility (which is one of the best centers in Calgary) and matching charity donations. Lots of smart good people to work with there and they were really open to my suggestions and allowed me to be pretty flexible in my design and framework choices.

    Cons

    Currently they are going through some major company wide re-org and as such, the place is a bit unorganized. Given some time I think they have potential if the right senior managers in put in place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good major O&G

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Good Salaries, benefits, work schedules, and vacation time.

    Cons

    Not the same company after the takeover by CNOOC. Major job cuts, budgets slashed, and Chinese management now being put in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless you provide a career path to upper management for Canadian born employees you will lose the future of this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience and opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with and now with the restructuring more opportunities for the younger employees to grow their careers.

    Cons

    Loss of experience with the restructuring and senior management more detail oriented than strategic. The talk and walk of 'leadership' among senior management is not aligned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nexen has always been a company with great integrity. Ensure that this is not lost going forward under the new owners

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Tech in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Tech in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    nice people nice envir nice supervisor

    Cons

    need more people to work in here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its pretty good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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