Shift Lead (Former Employee) – Christina Lake, AB – 18 July 2017
Cut, cut and cut. Every time there is a business announcement it seems something in the field gets cut. Moral is very low and all flights were but Calgary and Edmonton after they recruited in Saskatoon, Loyd, Kelowna and Medicine Hat.
Process & De-oiling Area Technician (Former Employee) – Conklin, AB – 11 May 2017
Cenovus has a good work culture and high professionalism within its ranks. That is shown by low SOR, and industry-leading safety standards. However, it needs to maintain its experienced staff which will be vital for next up turn ( prevent attrition).
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 17 April 2017
If you get a great manager or VP you will be in a happy place. If you get a bad manager or VP look out. Run mostly by men that promote other men. No work life balance. They work the people that are knowledgeable to the bone. If you have more education or work experience than others then you are kept down due to insecurities. Do not promote and no employee development. Salaries and bonus are good.
Reliability Engineer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 March 2017
Cenovus gave me an opportunity to use my skills in a richly varied workplace. The workplace had many opportunities for improvements in both the industrial manufacturing processes and the organizational effectiveness processes. Engineering and operations individuals and teams were dedicated to helping the company improve. This made for a good workplace. The challenge as I see it is that many individuals in supervisory and management roles were promoted for the wrong reasons. There was a predominance of individuals who wanted to both be experts and have authority. The Harvard Business Review warns that this is a dangerous situation.
Lots of problems to solve. Dedicated coworkers
Management had unclear expectations, methods of communication and implementation
Earthworks Advisors who report to head office only care about keeping themselves out of trouble
Contract Earthworks Consultant (Former Employee) – Pelican Lake and Foster Creek Projects – 16 March 2017
The contract earthworks advisors at pelican lake and foster creek who report to head office about the daily field activities only care about keeping themselves out of trouble. Be careful, they are quick to point fingers and lay blame on others if they get put into a situation that makes them uncomfortable.
Contracts Administrator (Former Employee) – Alberta – 8 March 2017
Work/life balance was hard to narrow down for this one. This position was located on site to which Cenovus did not provide any air transport too, instead relying on workers to drive to site direct and only arriving at a specified time as to not create a traffic jam on the roads.
Work days were long due to the amount which in itself is not bad, but management had no real leadership to get the disciplines under control, therefore certain agenda items may be pushed back in favor of more urgent ones which was fine, but people were "silo'd" in the work they did and rarely would get back to the original agenda items, leaving them sometimes not to be handled at all.
Tank farm operator (Former Employee) – Foster Creek, AB – 27 February 2017
Fantastic company to work for, great pay and treated their contractors fairly. The position was a camp position and the camp was clean and comfortable and the food was good there. Busing was provided to and from camp, as well as from a depot to camp.
Mechanical Construction Supervisor (Former Employee) – Cold Lake, AB – 9 February 2017
Cenovus was a great company to work for. Very busy every day on shift. I did learn lots with Cenovus, mostly in a management position, The overall culture was awesome until the downturn of the oil sector. Attitudes at end of the job were negative as we try to keep the morel up with the workers. Knowing that the new construction was almost over and learning that my part of the job was closing was very hard. I loved working for Cenovus . The most enjoyable part of my job was knowing that the workers were safe each day and they were happy.
Operator (Current Employee) – Conklin, AB – 20 January 2017
This company knows that the current economic times are to their advantage and use that leverage well when dealing with employees. They don't mind taking more and more away from those who create the wealth because they know there are 1000 resumes a month coming in. Management at both the site and Calgary level are disconnected with the field sites and the actual operations issues plus site moral. This was the company to work for, that is no longer the case as it lags with compensation and long term focus sustainability. Too many managers worried about stock performance and not focused on production equipment or people as assets.