Canadian Natural
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I am going to retire from CNRL. I had to move to the USA due to family matters. CNRL is a great company and the people make it enjoyable. It’s a very stable and has a strong economic value to the energy industry.
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Great shift great camp great fights great people
Cons
Nothing really for me to comment on
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Management doesn't listen to employees unless it's a way to save them money. If you think of a way to save them money, there is no recognition for it. Training is terrible, staffing is terrible (if short people, they don't call anyone in and expect you to cover 2 positions). Bare minimum for safety, starting wage and vacation. If you did all the extras they require to do, you'd never have time to do the job you were hired for properly.
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Free pop
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High pace and high expectations. Overload of wells and compressors. Workload is difficult to achieve. Too many old wells and compressors which occupy much of your time. Not enough time for inspections and safety compliance. Fellow employees good to work with.
Pros
Some good people there
Cons
Poor upper management
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Had a good time working there, good group of guys I worked with, close to home, good money, all in all, great workplace, some new equipment and a lot of old equipment
Pros
Made own schedule
Cons
Long hours
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No respect for workers or contractors. Slap talk and non professional behaviour is the normal out in the field. Managers attend training but frequently do not act professional. Nepotism present in the company. No respect for long term employees. Just look at their stock price over the last ten years and return on investment. Don’t make any major financial decisions for a job at CNRL as you most likely will get burned in the end. I witnessed lots of good people thrown under the bus over the 10 plus years that I was there. Bottom management lies to upper management (country club mentality). Upper management should tour facilities more often to really understand what is going on.Pay is excellent if you can stomach abuse however.
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Pay
Cons
Toxic work environment
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The old boys club is fully imbedded in the company management. I have not met anyone at site that feels they are a valued part of the company. There is no loyalty between management and employees.
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Zero work life balance. Unreasonable expectations and work loads. If you don’t take your work home you fall behind and get penalized for it. Terrible training. I would not recommend working here to my worst enemy.
Pros
Free pop
Cons
Long hours and expected to take work home with you always
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Very stable Company and good salary , reputable and very wise and acting very logic both in operation and specially in Finance . and honestly I miss this great stable compoany.
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No Pros
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Almosat all
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Without question the worst company I've ever worked for. Low morale and very low encouragement to be better from management. They care about one thing and its not this people.
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High paced work environment, met some great workers and contractors along the way but management is aweful. Incompetent Unreasonable, unrealistic, unprofessional and combative. Watch your back. Absolutely no individual thinking or outside ideas wanted. My advice is to keep a journal and write absolutely everything down.
Pros
Great benefits and long hours with great shift work, decent pay.
Cons
Management especially the local Old Boys Club
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The employees within the SAGD and production engineering departments of CNRL are exceptional people with plenty of knowledge to share, asking questions and developing skills within this environment is extremely pleasant.
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Friendly Staff, Personal Work areas, Free beverages
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Great team and interesting project.Good cooperation between owner company team members and the engineering contractor.Owner company was open to inovative cost saving ideas.
Pros
Team environment.
Cons
Site was a long way from Calgary.
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Totally great time working at CNRL during my time there. Flexibility for family, work assignments and review of current projects. Access to other departments and individuals was unfettered and encouraged. High degree of integrity and professionalism with expectation and recognition for jobs well done.
Pros
Joint venture accountant
Cons
Joint venture accountant
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Amazing company with great people! Only reason I left was the 7/7 shift and having to travel so far. They treat their employees with respect and go the extra mile. The accommodations are exceptional and the food excellent!
Pros
Accommodations A++++++
Cons
7/7 shift not good travelling eastern Canada
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I worked for several years at CNRL. The work load is extremely heavy, with very little support or appreciation of the employees.My experience is that the Commercial Operations is a toxic environment due to the management. Quite often walking on egg shells with no consistency in processes.Any added extras in the compensation package are "taxable benefits", there are no pluses to working here other than being employed.
Pros
Working in a downtown office with vibrant surroundings in the
Cons
Management, Work load and life balance, compensation
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CNRL is really a fantastic company to work for, but it solely depends on which department you are in. Document Control is a department to closely mimics Junior High School! Management and their so-called "document control Leads" are buddy-buddy and will belittle anyone who speaks up. I felt bullied nearly every day and often went to work with shivers up my back. I lost many tears being backstabbed by these fake and high-on-themselves "Leads". If someone said anything, it was often misconstrued and spun around. Not sure why, but with the exception of Managers and the so-called Leads, most of the employees in this department are Spanish and Filipino with poor language skills.
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Compensation, High Paced Work, Lots of Work
Cons
Management, Atmosphere, Harassment, Bullying, Forced Fun Activities
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Safety focus is the last thing on this company's mind! There is more effort and energy put into covering up incidents rather than investigating for root cause to initiate actions to mitigate incident recurrence. It's only a matter of time when the numerous minor/serious incidents result in this site (Horizon) having more fatalities to add to it's record. CNRL is utilizing the current COVID crisis as a means to force service providers to provide them with rates that makes it impossible to attract and retain a quality workforce with little to no profit margin for the contractor service provider. The department head consistently misleads contractor service providers with false praise and dangling increased scope with no intention in following through. There are some contractor service providers that are provided increased scope based on the value of gifts they provide to individuals. The management style of CNRL is one of the "old boys club" if your in you will get recognition and if not your efforts don't reap any of the benefits of the club.
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The pay here is great and the 7x7 shift works very well for the family but the job can be very frustrating due to a lack of resources required to complete tasks efficiently. (Tools, parts etc)
Pros
Great pay and great shift
Cons
Frustrating work environment
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My time at Cnrl was great. Great People and colleagues. Procedures were stablished well before operations started. Good safety knowledge. Safety Group needed more operational skills but good overall
Pros
Team Work safety Knowledge
Cons
Some managers were disconnected with the facility operations
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Working at CNQ is fast paced and although the company is well managed from senior management, certain divisions with female management is NOT performance based, but based on their personal feelings. Management will do its best to force you to quit.
Pros
Being employeed
Cons
Pay, bullying, work life balance, covering cost of employment during the pandemic
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Good conservative company that thrives in good and bad market conditions. Work, life balance. understanding management and friday holidays in summer months. Decent Stock options
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