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Nexen Reviews

Updated 25 April 2015
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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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    Current Employee - Engineering in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Current Employee - Engineering in Aberdeen, Scotland

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (3)

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

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Challenging, time-pressured, fun but demanding

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    Current Employee - Technical in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Technical in Uxbridge, England

    I have been working at Nexen

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Civil Structural Engineer

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    Former Contractor - Alberta in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Alberta in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Minimal politics, very good environment to work in, great people to be working with.

    Cons

    The limitations and deep budget cuts the company is undergoing at the present

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep as much people as you can, as you will need them for sure when the price of oil goes back to normal again.

  6. Worked for Nexen's US Division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, competitive pay, people are intelligent and well-meaning.

    Cons

    Organization is flat and projects are scarce.

  7. Business analyst student

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People were great. Welcoming and patient team.

    Cons

    Sometimes, process could be more efficient.

  8. Very challenging environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of project management and project profitability is low or negative

    Advice to Management

    Projects must generate positive cash flow for company's benefit

  9. Medium company with big company problems

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and open-door company culture

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get anything off the ground

    Advice to Management

    More transparency with employees

  10. Helpful (1)

    Supply Chain practitioner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, compressed work schedule, health insurance, savings and pension plan.

    Cons

    Totally a different company since it was acquired by Chinese owned entity. All networking, and social events were cut-off due to an unreasonable cost reduction goal. All senior employees either have since retired within the first transitional year, leaving all the rest of employees to slowly quit while contractors were quietly terminated. In the recent massive lay-offs, employee seniority and loyalty towards the company was not appreciated and those that remain have been reassigned without consultation to existing operating projects. It was indeed a toxic working environment, were your work was not valued at all by your superiors!

    Advice to Management

    Good luck hiring competent work force once the industry picks-up....

  11. start your carreer here then run like hell!

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    Former Employee - Texas in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Texas in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Nexen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, pay good (due their desperation to keep you), good location.good stepping stone.

    Cons

    Too many mid-level managers swinging around their political weight and far removed from the actual work. No support from HR director or Office management team. I watched 80% of the staff here slowly exit throughout my 5 year tenure. I was an excellent employee who started as a temp and moved my way up to a permanent position and three promotions before I realized this was no more than a few stepping stones toward a better career.Office morale in Houston is terrible; no one liked working here and it showed.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Get rid of dead weight middle managers. Stop the nepotism/favoritism and hold managers accountable for their shortcomings.

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