Imperial Oil

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Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated 20 January, 2015
Updated 20 January, 2015
69 Reviews
3.7
69 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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)

    Pros

    Well Managed
    Competitive Pay
    Great growth and travel opportunity

    Cons

    Limited resourcing, a lot of outsourcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Co-op Student

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

    I worked at Imperial Oil

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Kearl Lake, AB

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB

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

    Pros

    Stable work, overall very friendly people

    Cons

    Treat contractors badly; poor managmeent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Contractor

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

    I worked at Imperial Oil

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall great company

    • 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

    Pros

    -Great opportunities for growth and career development (they want you there until retirement)
    -Great safety culture- employees are empowered to take action
    -Good compensation, benefits and relocation packages
    -Challenged to continuously improve company processes

    The company has been trying to make major changes to how it is being run in becoming more efficient, modern and open. Evident with the new branding, new campus, and technology (iPhones only!).

    Cons

    -The company is very lean so longer hours are expected - though more opportunities/ responsibilities to learn
    -Lack of culture - not a lot of employee engagement and networking
    -Differences between upstream, downstream and corporate - upstream gets more perks than everyone else
    -Employees are always moved around from city to city, position to position - great for career development but employees need to be even more involved in conversations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to what your employees have to say- allow them provide anonymous feedback
    - Make changes to performance ranking
    - Pay more attention to your interns and new grads and what feedback they have to offer
    - Invest in employee engagement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company, employees are well valued here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at Imperial Oil as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for challenging work and recognition were demonstrated during my time. Very conscious about personal safety.

    Cons

    Some times processes are slow, but that comes hand in hand with a big organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moving in a good direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall great employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sarnia, ON
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sarnia, ON

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

    Pros

    There are many challenging opportunities for new grads and young hired. Excellent pay and very good benefits. Learned a vast amount to this point

    Cons

    The company runs lean. By that I mean they have a large workload relative to the amount of people on site. This tends to result in certain work being completed which should be. Also tends to hinder work/life balance at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Facilities Student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Student in Port Moody, BC
    Former Employee - Facilities Student in Port Moody, BC

    I worked at Imperial Oil as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, lots of great learning opportunity, interesting work.

    Cons

    Lots of work - have to be good at time management. You have to be eager to learn to make the best out of your opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Development Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Project Development Engineer in Sarnia, ON
    Former Employee - Junior Project Development Engineer in Sarnia, ON

    I worked at Imperial Oil as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Treated like a new graduate employee and given responsibility to complete projects
    Experienced and helpful coworkers
    Ample opportunity for development
    Opportunity to have field experience at the refinery

    Cons

    More networking opportunities should be provided for Co-Op students

    Recommends
  11.  

    8 month Co-op Student in Commercial - Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 8 Month Co-op Student In Commercial in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - 8 Month Co-op Student In Commercial in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Imperial Oil as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary
    40 hour work week
    2 vacation days per term
    Raise after each term

    Cons

    Policy and procedure
    Lots of levels of management
    Unsure of company objectives and strategic direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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