16 Month Co-op with Nexen

Position title
Systems Analyst Co-op & Business Process Improvement Co-op
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,501 to 4,000
How long was your work term?
16 months
Work industry
Oil & Gas

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

I held two roles in my 16 month co-op, one as a Systems Analyst Co-op in IT for Application Support, and one on a project team for the management system. The best part of my co-op was the people that I got to work with. Each of them taught me valuable skills that I currently and will continue to use in the workplace. The opportunity I was given to work in different roles really gave me an idea of what I like to do and what I am passionate about. The level of responsibility I was given really made me feel like I was an important part of the team and gave me an opportunity to learn as much as I could.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

As my internship started in 2016, it was sad to see employees that I had just met and just started building a relationship go due to layoffs and company organizational changes.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

During my time as a co-op student at Nexen, I had 4 managers due to organizational changes, as well as my role change. They all had different managerial styles, but I can say that I did feel as though they all truly cared about my experience at Nexen and wanted me to grow and learn. They were all there for support and guidance whenever I needed it.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Describe the office environment/culture.

The culture at Nexen was similar to that of a family, where in we are all working towards the same goal, and each of our work impacts each other.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Company gym Free coffee Free prepared meals/snacks Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Social activities Tickets to entertainment events Volunteering day Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Work types
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Nexen provided me with a great learning experience. Take this opportunity to learn as much as you can and meet as many people as you can.