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Top rated company with a solid business focused effort. They are in the midst of re organization now. With the CEO retiring it appears they are in tough internal times.
Pros
Nice work environment
Cons
Market instability
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I was at NOVA for 20 years. I came from Suncor. Far more civilized work place at NOVA than at Suncor. Hard work is rewarded. They work to analyze and improve their project processes and performance. High quality of engineering in design packages that work well in the field. High quality personal in key Leadership, Engineering, Operations and Maintenance positions. Always a great working atmosphere. Bad apples get moved on, but only after a dedicated effort to help them get back on track. Internal moves are available to broaden your experience in different areas of the site. Training available. I would work there again with out any hesitation.

You do not see the hire and then Layoff cycles that EPC firms have - it is steady work.
Pros
Great location (in Red Deer or Joffre site) - central to Edmonton Calgary or the mountains, commute is in open countryside, excellent safety programs, very good to employees, they work very hard to be environmentally friendly.
Cons
Can't think of any.
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Poor leadership and management. Several manager's had very little construction experience and had no idea what they were doing. Many people were not competent in their job, affected the performance of the project.
Pros
None really
Cons
disorganized
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Have contracted to them in the past. Great company to sub contract to. Great culture and mentors to collaborate with. Have gained a lot of knowledge and experience with them
Pros
Challenging but rewarding
Cons
Stressful at times
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Good money and benefits, but don’t go taking on any debt! They have turned from a great company, to a totalitarian regime in the past few years. They are now skidding loyal, competent, hardworking people out the door during the covid crisis, without cause. This is breeding a culture of stress and fear of losing ones job. So the moral is extremely low.
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Has been invaded by former Shell management and policy. Zero employee loyalty, you can be fired out of the blue, until then you get to be scared of it..
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Complex but rewarding career. Very high energy and productive workforce. Train as much as you want and need. Most managers are great. Shift work can be difficult.
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Sacked out of the blue. During the Covid crisis. Brutal. Of course their airtight contract allows them to do as they please without repercussions. No support from management. Dictated to from above.
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I enjoy working at Nova Chemicals. They are an excellent company and treat their employees well. The work life balance at Nova is excellent and they want you to take your vacation and time off so you don’t over work yourself.
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No staff loyalty. Management will cut your throat and terminate you on a whim. Illegal, immoral employment contracts written on behalf of ownership in Abu Dhabi and administered by anti-labor, ultra conservative agencies and their bosses, the conservative Alberta government.
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Worked here for a cooperative education experience. From recruitment to the actual job everyone was very accommodating and helpful. Was very lucky to have been able to learn about my trade here over the summer.
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Very enjoyable place to work. Fair pay with lots of opportunity available. Extra training is readily available and understanding of life outside of work.
Highly recommend.
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Learned many things from instrumentation, process fundamentals, and general information about NOVA as a company. The atmosphere is friendly and professional with strong value in a safe work place.
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A company that is changing very fast to adjust to market conditions. Very different working conditions in research and development, technical service, and operations.
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Nova Chemicals is a great company and I would 100% work there again. The salary is competitive, the engineering department is great, and the workplace is filled with people with a mentoring personality.
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Overall, NOVA was a great place for me to work. I worked at CAR. I worked there for 20 months. Lots of nice people. I would go back if the opportunity were to arise again.
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I would work here again. I was here for a contract term that was extended. Safety on site is top priority. Everyone is pretty easy to get along with.
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* Strong focus on HS&E and operational excellence
* Management in transition - strength in experience leaders and focus on growing new talent

* growth company
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Nova Chemicals is a great place to work. The company is very focused on safety and the environment. Management is very supportive with an excellent workplace culture.
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Excellent place to work, improving work skills under very compassionate managers and employees. I totally recommended this place for everyone who is looking for an engineering job.
Pros
work atmosphere
Cons
not having a restaurant
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I was a temporary contractor but was treated like staff. They are the most supportive and helpful bunch of people who truly care about their employees.
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Wish I had been able to stay longer but contracts end. Would have loved to find another position with Nova. Excellent People. Great work environment, supportive and open.
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