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Old technology, ridiculous beauracracy to do anything meaningful as far as improvements. Want all software in house but refuse to pay for it. Low pay for the industry.
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I enjoy working for Cnrl, especially horizon and scotford I spent a lot of time at both cites , not fussy about the sagd sites though

What is the best part of working at the company?Safety standards, permit system and the cnrl employees are generally good to work with What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Certain people can be challenging to work with What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Usually very good , always get a few bad apples tho unfortunately What is a typical day like for you at the company?Usually positive , it's always good to have a job with decent pay
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Great Place to work

It's been great pay and a safe place to work. Although, it is a tough place to move up in the Ranks. Would recommend to anyone who is willing to learn.
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It was the worst company I have ever worked for

What is the best part of working at the company?There is no good part of working for this company, all idiots in management positions, better off if they were Walmart greetersWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?The people they promote, idiotsWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Sucks, all feel they are entitledWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Stress , stress and more stress
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Good place to work with lots of ceiling and room for advancement

Solid pay and stock options, regular work and histories of usually avoiding layoffs as a whole company through tough economic times and have aligned themselves with the top sector of oil and gas companies with all the benefits an employee should get. Hardest part of the job would be that services sometimes are not readily available to me and for the most part it is not the companies fault it is the economic times and then workers available. Best parts are the work schedule and pay. It allows me to do a lot of things outside of work that others wouldn’t normally have time for with just a weekend off.


Good work schedule, pay


Lack of staffing
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  • Fair pay for job
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  • Inclusive work environment

Sort of like "Limbo". Not horrible but not great.

Largely ineffective management in the areas I worked in. Broken promises and lies were pretty common when you could get some attention on any reasonable issues you could have. The level of general competence was extremely low. You don't need to know anything you just need to know who to call to fix it.


Good pay and benefits if you can make it long enough to get hired on


Terrible corporate culture and bad management at the Foreman/Superintendent levels.
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Hard work but good people

Room for advancement and work-life balance. Assistance with education. Good benefit program. People are great, training is good, job expectations are fair.


Free drinks, good opportunity


Some overtime
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Awful management in a toxic environment. They push vendors to work as cheap as possible regardless of ethical responsibility. They take pride in overworking their employees.
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Good Company to Work For

Enjoyed my many years with CNRL. The pay was decent and the bonuses were good. The stock options were fantastic. The benefits were excellent. Management was ok. Depends who you get. Work life balance was great. The culture was decent especially for an oil and gas company. There was room for advancement especially at site. Women and minorities were treated well.
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Old School/Pay OK - No retirement - Backward

Great place with great manager if you are luck. Baby boomer management holding on. Old on technology and ways of doing business. Do what you are told. Decision are made at VP level , micro management is their best trait. If you are luckly to join at a good time, you will get good stock benefits if they dont split the stock.
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Worst place I’ve ever worked

Toxic work environment. Everyone is grumpy and miserable. Lots of backstabbing and buddies protecting buddies. Very bro’s club atmosphere. Only way you’ll move up at Albian is if you’re a white Newfoundland buddy of someone higher up. Very cut-throat. Not worth the money at all. Camp is a miserable place also. They seriously need to work on mental health and equality culture at CNRL. You’ll take the job for the money and very soon regret that!




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The worst company in Canada to work for , run as far away trim these guys as possible.

The management is oblivious to how to run an oil company, their wages are the lowest in the industry. It is a very bad place to work. Out of the 45 guys that I worked with 3 are left there , everyone else quit or walked away . These guys should be ashamed of them selves, I went to my broker and told them to pull all my assets from them , I would never invest in this company. It’s a horrible company to work for .




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Dry and non-technical

Your experience as a student here will largely depend on your team (people and specialty wise). Some of us have nothing to do most days, others are yelled at by managers as if they are full-time engineers. Hard to find a middle ground, very hit or miss.
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Great place to work

Lots of politics, top heavy management. good job security. I provided guidance, support, and direction to a team of 15 employees. I ensured that each team member understood their roles and responsibilities, and I encouraged professional development through training and mentoring programs. By fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment, I promoted teamwork and encouraged open communication among team members.
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Great culture

Fridays off in the summer, great social events, great culture. The location is nice too as it's in the core, close to the mall, near restaurants so good for team lunches
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Lost it's way

Company used to be a great place with lots of opportunity, good morale, and fantastic management. In recent years, with large acquisitions and upper management changes, the company feels like it has lost its sense of direction. There is no prioritization on people and so the best have left, leaving an ever-increasing ratio of the incompetent, apathetic, or sycophantic. Possibly the company is starting to become a victim of its early success and growth.
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Good place to learn and start.

Great place to start your career and learn about the equipment and how operations works. Management and co-workers do not micromanage and make sure you're learning.


Great management, Lots of opportunities to learn, Great culture of helping out


Pay is lower compared to competitors
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Good company to work for in my business unit.

Overall a good company to work for. It varies with supervisors as with any company. Pay is fair but lower compared to other major O&G companies. Difficult to be hired on as an employee. They like to use contractors primarily especially in the gas production side. Do provide the option of driving company vehicles for contactors. Safety is a core value. Staffed properly in the field to manage workload effectively.


Company paid SAIT training courses.


Difficult to be hired on as employee. Like hiring contractors.
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Not a nice place to work

Unfortunately the company went to good to bad in a few years, I was working there for 15 years and at the end simply became the most selfish company ever, not caring for the employees at all - middle management really not good, all about politics and burocracy! -
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It’s okay

High workload. The work can be interesting and because of how new thermal is, we’re always trying new things which keeps it engaging. Outside of thermal I can see it being very boring.
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Good experience, more or less

Seems to depend on what group you're in. Great security, good pay, lots of demands, burn out is a real possibility if you take it too seriously. My group is flexible.
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Based on 466 reviews

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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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