Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated 8 April, 2015
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Imperial Oil CEO Rich Kruger
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Pros
  • Great on leadership with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay, many benefits such as travel, training, etc (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be off (commonly working 50-60hrs/week on salary) (in 10 reviews)

  • Poor work-life balance (upstream projects) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits
    Excellent savings plan, pension, group RRSP
    Lots of training opportunities
    Lots of opportunities for advancement and varied work

    Cons

    Terrible performance review process (forced ranking)
    Offer good compensation package, but don't take care of employees (you are a number)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work with managing balance sheet
    Get rid of ranking system
    Invest in refining infrastructure

  2. Long-term employment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Technologist
    Current Employee - Senior Research Technologist

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay, training, job assignments

    Cons

    Forced ranking demotivates >50% of staff

  3. A great place if you're looking for a stable career and a good retirement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Imperial Oil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Stable company to work for with competitive salaries and opportunities for job rotations
    - Possibilities to work abroad due to the company's affiliation with ExxonMobil (They own 70% of Imperial)
    - Pension is good
    - Lots of opportunities for career and leadership development
    - Job rotations as a new grad and also for more senior positions (the durations are longer)

    Cons

    - In certain departments, work-life balance is non-existent. Employees work 18 hour days and weekends during peak seasons
    - Organization is very flat, so don't expect to climb the corporate ladder in 5 years
    - The affiliation with Exxon (who's head quarter is in Houston) makes it extremely bureaucratic, and the culture is very authoritative
    - Functional departments segregated all over the world. So if you're trying to get something done through another department or work with someone from another department, tough luck
    - Upper management is putting the initiative to improve work-life balance, but they don't know that more than 50% of managers are still in the mind-set of stressing how many hours you put in
    - They treat contractors like lower-class citizens
    - If you are a team lead or higher in position, you are expected to work during your vacations
    - Most people have to work over-time before and after their vacations to prepare for and catch up to their work, so it's like they didn't even earn their paid-vacations
    - Most employees work during their vacations
    - Ranking system is flawed; no feedback from supervisors until the day of ranking, which is supposed to determine your salary increase for the next year

    Advice to Management

    Do you really know how everyone is contributing?

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  5. Imperial Oil Geotechnician

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    Former Employee - Geotechnician in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Geotechnician in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great perks and benefits, out of office lunches, teambuilding, etc
    - great training opportunities
    - lots of variety in the work that you do

    Cons

    - management can be an issue sometimes
    - hard to move vertically in the company

  6. iti s a good company provides good training

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    Current Employee - Retailer in Surrey, BC
    Current Employee - Retailer in Surrey, BC

    I have been working at Imperial Oil

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility to work it is not very pressurized work environment and co-workers are nice

    Cons

    only pay minimum wage to the employees which is doing nothing to motivate us

    Advice to Management

    as we are directly concerned with customers pay raise should be there or some bonuses can help too

  7. Very good experience - conservative culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management very personable, good benefits, manageable workload, good networking events in place

    Cons

    Conservative culture, no control over career progression, process/paper work driven

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of paper work and bureaucracy

  8. Great company and people but very cut throat

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well Managed
    Competitive Pay
    Great growth and travel opportunity

    Cons

    Limited resourcing, a lot of outsourcing

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to share your appreciate to your workers - remember they are more than just a number/position.

  9. Co-op Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work for a leading O&G company
    Safety focused work environment
    Felt similar to new hires
    Excellent compensation

    Cons

    Only got to work 8 months! Sad to go.

  10. Contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to to work in different departments, lots of new grads.

    Cons

    Contractor - unable to get full time as no jobs are posted, have to deal with a lot of people who have been there many year's, very regimented and formal culture.

    Advice to Management

    Open your postings to everyone and hire staff based on skills and fit, not who you know.

  11. Kearl Lake, AB

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    Current Contractor - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Contractor - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB

    I have been working at Imperial Oil as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable work, overall very friendly people

    Cons

    Treat contractors badly; poor managmeent

    Advice to Management

    Start rotating your people. Some should retire - bring in new blood with new ideas.

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