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great place to work.
Warehouse technician (Former Employee) –  Christina Lake, AB14 September 2017
It is difficult to work away from home, but the company and coworkers were very good overall. A 7/7 shift with a 12 hour day is tough but very rewarding.
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Morale and attitudes on site have been very bad since the down turn in 2014
Pipeline / Facility Construction Manager (Current Employee) –  Pelican lake4 September 2017
Cenovus is not a great place to work. Room for advancement is almost non existent. Transfers within the company are the same. Management has no care for there employees especially top tier management.
Pros
shift work is nice
Cons
upper management is brutal. no job security. employees and contractor both dislike working for them
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Too much uncertainty
Sr. H&S Advisor based in field (Former Employee) –  Wabasca, AB30 August 2017
Great people, real family atmosphere. Managements philosophy of open and honest is a bit to their detriment because their peers are not doing the same.

All this being said the uncertainty of the future is too much to take I am moving on to a different company or industry.
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Good place to work
Camps and Lodging Site Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 August 2017
Always enjoyed my time there. It was great working with the staff in the field . Corporate managers are a little bit to be desired but that is common place in the industry.
Pros
Good work environment
Cons
No fly in for contrctors
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The strategy at Cenovus is to increase cash flow through disciplined production growth
IT Telecom Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB15 August 2017
The strategy at Cenovus is to increase cash flow through disciplined production growth from their vast portfolio of oil sands and Deep Basin natural gas and liquids assets in Western Canada. They’re focused on maximizing shareholder value through cost leadership and realizing the best margins for our products to help us maintain financial resilience and deliver sustainable dividend growth.
Pros
Oil & Gas
Cons
Contract work
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Challenging yet rewarding
Group Leader (Former Employee) –  Cold Lake, AB14 August 2017
Integrating industry operations with those of DND. Significant driving required. Emergency management interface with all industry stakeholders.

Very difficult to manage expectations and fears of all employees.

Political challenges were the most demanding aspect of the job, in that maintaining industry's ability to expand and produce whilst not impacting DND's ability to train.

Enjoyed the interface with all companies very much.
Pros
Good Benifits
Cons
Long hours, many afterhours requirements
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Moral Really hurting
Shift Lead (Former Employee) –  Christina Lake, AB18 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.
Pros
good gym
Cons
no trust in the cuts or how far they will go
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Overall, Cenovus has provided an environment that has enabled me to continue to grow my skill set while providing value back to the organization.
Supply Chain (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 July 2017
Great personal and company level opportunity associated with the planned transformation; however, the organizations ability to adapt to change while executing at pace has been challenged.
Pros
Benefits, Culture, Pockets of Capability
Cons
Cost Cutting Execution, Stock Performance, Executive Leadership Performance
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I worked winters which this company allowed me to do
Drilling Administrator (field) (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB24 May 2017
Company pays well.
You really need to know someone to get into this company
Since the oil industry has taken a downturn I have not worked with Cenovus
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High Productivity
Process & De-oiling Area Technician (Former Employee) –  Conklin, AB11 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).
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Very well managed and great team work place environment
Project Cost Controls (Former Employee) –  Nisku, AB9 May 2017
Nisku Cenovus was very well managed and a very effective work place. Team management played a huge factor in the production and cost savings in the company. Great environment to work in.
Pros
team environment, good salary, good management
Cons
long hours, no job security
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Good Overall
Petroleum Engineering Summer Inrtern (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 April 2017
Good environment, friendly staff, competitive internship pay. I learned a lot while here and the environment was friendly and inviting. It was a pleasure to work there
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Do not practice what they preach
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB17 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.
Cons
no work life balance
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Great place to work
Safety Advisor (Former Employee) –  Foster Creek16 April 2017
I enjoyed my time with them and camps as well as food was great, team I had the pleasure of working with were great also. Management team was solid and knowledgeable.
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Great Experience
Project/Program Coordinator/Training Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 April 2017
I sure enjoyed the culture at this company. The job was challenging and I learned a lot from my time here.

The management styles were different and here were many departments involved with the program I worked on.
Pros
hours were flexible
Cons
was a contractor, would rather have been and employee
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Improving
Foster Creek Process Engineer (Former Employee) –  Cold Lake, AB11 April 2017
Reasonable company all around. Would work for them again if the opportunity arises. Recent restructuring seems to have aligned the company in a more functional manner.
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Excellent coworkers
Reliability Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 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.
Pros
Lots of problems to solve. Dedicated coworkers
Cons
Management had unclear expectations, methods of communication and implementation
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Faced paced work with good chance for advancement
Assistant Engineer, Plant Operator (Current Employee) –  Steam/Water Reuse22 March 2017
Great place to work
Face paced challenging work environment
Good opportunities for advancement with the addition of new phases to the plant
Great coworkers.
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great company to work for.
HSE Advisor (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 March 2017
The company is trying to change the safety culture. I have spent the last few month in various divisions. Overall, Its a great place to work and the people are great as well.
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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 Projects16 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.
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