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Poor management, no structure
Natural Gas Plant Operator (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB13 September 2018
No incentive with poor wages and no job security, always threatened with job losses. Workload getting heavier due to cuts to service providers. Safety takes a back seat to cost.
Pros
8 and 6 shift
Cons
Everything else
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was a great place to work enjoyed my job
Production Admin (Former Employee) –  Bonnyville, AB12 September 2018
Everyday was something new . Was always learning new programs. Was nice change going into field every couple of weeks. Most of employees were always helpful when needed.
Pros
Being involved in Company events
Cons
Doing field work in -30 to -35 weather
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One of the worst Oil Companies in the market
Construction Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB8 September 2018
Never seen such a toxic work culture. Employees stick together and blame the contractors fo everything that goes wrong. Absolutely no accountability for employees. Treat contractors like second rate citizens. Doesnt matter if they are direct hire as a CNRL company representative or a subcontractor to complete field work. Most Employees apply the three "D"s if work ethic. Delegate, designate and disappear. The camp for non employees in Fort Mac is atrocious. Safety is all about Cover your buttocks and really is second to the almighty dollar. They will hire absolutely anyone that is cheap regardless of qualifications or experience. I have 25yr Oil and Gas experience and would only work here if there is nothing else.
Pros
Fly in and Fly out
Cons
Everything else in between
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Very top shelf
Control Room Operator (Current Employee) –  Fort Mackay, AB24 August 2018
I find this company very organized. They are good to there employees. The camp life is comfortable. The work schedule is very good and easy to follow. The company as a hole looks after there employees.
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Lots to learn but workload and growth can be challenging
Supply Management Analyst, Major Projects (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 August 2018
Good company that takes care of employees with good benefits. Workload can be demanding and challenging and can lead to long hours. Workplace culture is dependent on group project team assigned to.
Pros
Lots of learning opportunities
Cons
Not many opportunity to grow
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it is nice place to work.
Senior Property Accountant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB18 August 2018
The company gives great opportunity to learn and develop your career providing possible development courses on different aspects inside the company. .
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Have worked in CNRL, good company in canada
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB31 July 2018
Hi,couple years ago worked at Tracer,in CNRL,nice workplace They have good,management.hopefully,everything in Oregonian,people who working there have a good communication. work for them again.
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Canadian Natural is one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers
Human Resources Generalist / Training Specialist (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB25 July 2018
Provided strategic and operational day-to-day HR support for employees, managers, and executives, through implementing effective human resources strategies, including employee relations, relationship management, organisational planning, succession and workforce planning, talent acquisition and retention, on boarding, total compensation, change management, performance management and labour law and regulations.
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Fair Workplace
Data Entry Assistant (Former Employee) –  Downtown Calgary20 July 2018
It is a very quite workplace that all employees always focus on their jobs without interruption. People are nice and helpful whenever I asked for help.
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Oilsands workplace & culture
HEAVY EQUIPMENT PLANNER (MINING) (Current Employee) –  Alberta, Canada11 July 2018
Good place to work, salaries are fair at some locations but vary, promotions and career advancements are limited, camp accommodations provided are very nice.
Pros
camp accommodations
Cons
early travel to site
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Floor Level Staff is great
Fire Fighter/ Paramedic/Lieutenant (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB7 July 2018
Management in the Fire Department is a joke. The "Fire Chief" isn't Medically trained and once on his bad side, makes work H3LL. Do NOT question any of his decisions; if you do then you're being obstinate and insubordinate.
Culture is one of "Shut up and just do what you're told."
You cannot think outside the box or make decisions that are best for the situation.
The only thing that makes the Fire Hall at Horizon is the guys on the floor- true brotherhood
Pros
5 Free Drinks a day from water machine
Cons
Management
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an okay company
Production Engineer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB5 July 2018
A typical corporation that has grown very large and culture varies from business unit to business unit. Overall the management is a tight knitted bunch, with emphasis on meeting targets, doing more for less. The company culture is on the conservative side, they would not spend money if they don't have to operationally, even if it barely meets standards and regulations. Overall compensation is on the low end compared to its industry peers. There are some vicious people within the company and in the management. A lot of good managers and people working here, but also some bad actors with bad temperament and large ego.
Pros
stability
Cons
much higher workload and less compensation compared to its peers
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Lost In the Shuffle
Cost Administrator, Drilling and Facilities (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 July 2018
Same company as another review - different department. Moved from this group as I was not a good fit for management style. Changes in management and reporting lines put us back under this group 4 years later - nothing changed.
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Productive and safe place to work.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB21 June 2018
Very productive place to work. Great people and a good work culture. Camps are very clean and rooms are very big with your own shower and bathroom. good company to work for overall.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Short Breaks, Terrible lunches
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It is a good company.
Document Control Focal/ Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 June 2018
Organization is good, allowing for short approval paths.

Build some internal opportunity pathways to improve employee self improvement motivation. Allow us to become leaders of technology, not force us to be leaders in the board room. Engage current employees to learn what they can give, instead of seeking it from outside.
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Productive work with excellent people.
Long Range Mine Planning Student (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 June 2018
CNRL runs a lean and mean machine and there is no shortage of work. But you are surrounded by excellent people, and good management support. Growth and advancement is welcome. Great company.
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Good Place, good work environment
Contract Field Operator (Former Employee) –  Bonnyville, AB18 June 2018
worked for CNRL through a contractor for almost a year as a Field operator. It was a great learning experience as this was my first experience working in the oil and gas sector.
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Great experience
Summer Student (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 June 2018
Working at Canadian Natural was a great experience. I learned a lot of new skills around data management and administrative tasks. Everyone was friendly and willing to help.
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Cheap company
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Wood Buffalo, AB3 June 2018
CNRL is a cheap company, They take a dollar from the employees to save themselves a dime and make things as hard as possible on there employees, no pension, and the benifits are not that good, managment and the managment system is a joke.
Pros
None
Cons
Cnrl
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Down to earth people easy to work with
Document Controller (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 May 2018
In general is a very good company, Good culture and environement, normal issues with coworkers can happen as anywhere else. Due to the downturn salaries aren't the best
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