Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated 10 August, 2014
Updated 10 August, 2014
54 Reviews

3.7
54 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great on leadership with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Strong benefits and pension plan (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Although the company encourages work/life balance on paper they do not support it (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor work-life balance (upstream projects) (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good overall employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Frequenct job rotation keeps things interesting and gives enhanced learning opportunities
    *Compensation is excellent
    *Lots of training (a lot of it is computer based however)
    *Decent mentorship program

    Cons

    *Must be willing to continuously relocate to advance career
    *Bureaucratic (huge number of procedures and processes which is typical of any older large corporation)
    *Work life balance can be off (commonly working 50-60hrs/week on salary)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *reduce the amount of non value added paperwork

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Can't complain about working for this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Potential to work from home frequently
    Travel opportunities domestic and to the US in lower ranking positions
    Great people to work with at Imperial and ExxonMobil

    Cons

    Fixed Distribution Annual Performance Rankings. These can be fairly demotivating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic opportunity for young professionals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager  in  Fort MacKay, AB
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Fort MacKay, AB

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great training opportunities throughout Canada and the US
    -Good communication between employee and functional manager
    -People are always willing to help out
    -Bright future for the upstream groups
    -Benefits are second to none

    Cons

    -Not the greatest paying company
    -No retention bonus for remote workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You may want to look at some sort of bonus to retain the young talent at the remote site areas such as Kearl. With other oil sand developments on the rise and or already operating, these young folks will start to jump ship at their first opportunity. KEEP THEM!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Imperial is an industry leader in oil and gas - upstream and downstream to improve products and ensure employee safety.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Imperial provides a wide range of opportunities for a life long career that develops an individuals talents and aspirations. Being owned by ExxonMobil allows a lot of overseas assignment that can further develop one talents and travel experiences. Due to the large bubble of baby boomers the chance for earlier leadership advancement is good if the talents are demonstrated.

    Cons

    The company philosophy of changing to an open office cubical environment is very damaging to those that need peace and quite to be productive. Bureaucratic and processes to complete processes sometimes is over whelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better communication with the employees in the trenches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good career opportunities but poor work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    good career development opportunities, good pay, smart people to work with

    Cons

    poor work life balance...long hours required

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very busy office environment with records management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Associate  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Customer Associate in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Imperial Oil as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Working was very acceptable and training was the best. Great on leadership with work life balance.

    Cons

    There were no cons great opportunity to help finish with their files.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the Best company!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It's a job and nothing more.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trades
    Former Employee - Trades

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High quality employees. Always busy. Pay is good but its not free.

    Cons

    Politics are smothering and overwhelming at times. No seriously, the politics are out of control on all levels of this company. A lot of employees do not have hobbies because they don't have time away from work. They become fanatics and obsess over small things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give someone the power to make a decision, something good might happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Procurement Associate over Summer - 4 months

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    decent pay check, can keep your head down if you like

    Cons

    No Bonus, management old and prehistoric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more new grads. not just ones with experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    "Great Learning Experience"

    Current Employee - Technical Contact Engineering Student
    Current Employee - Technical Contact Engineering Student

    I have been working at Imperial Oil as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Variety of different projects
    - Lots of support/friendly team
    - Very fast paced and challenging work
    - Great learning experience for interns

    Cons

    - Lack of technical knowledge can be debilitating when team becomes busy
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  11.  

    A collaborative environment with a lot of responsibility, even for an intern.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Strong culture
    - Great intelligent people
    - A lot of responsibility
    - Never boring
    - Sense of community and collaboration
    - Continuous Improvement

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic to the maximum
    - Too many processes
    - Forced distribution performance rankings that do not promote teamwork per se
    - Sometimes hard to communicate with others in various departments and levels of the company (a lot of people to sift through / a lot of personnel changes and role ambiguity)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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