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Imperial Oil Overview

Calgary, AB
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (IMO)
$500 million to $1 billion (CAD) per year
After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada’s energy resources. As Canada’s largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil, a key petrochemical producer ... Read more

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Top CEOs: 2015 (#6)

Company Updates

  • Can't attend one of our on-campus events? We're hosting a virtual information session for students in human resources, labour relations and industrial relations programs.

    Our current employees will talk about co-op and career opportunities in human resources, as well as the recruiting process.

    Date: September 23, 2019
    Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. MST

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  • On September 24th, we're hosting a virtual information session for students in accounting, finance and tax programs. Join in at 4:30 to 6:30 pm MST.

    Our current employees will talk about co-op and career opportunities with Imperial, as well as the recruiting process. Register here:

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Imperial Oil – Why Work With Us?

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As an integrated energy company, we explore for, produce, refine and market products essential to society. Learn more about our perspective on topics that affect our company, our industry and our world.

Over 130 years of industry leadership and innovation

Since 1880 Imperial has consistently demonstrated unwavering high standards, pioneering Canadian spirit, innovation and leadership in the challenging energy industry.  

While much has changed over 130-plus years, remaining true to these fundamentals has kept us at the forefront of the race to meet the world’s growing demands for energy.  Our goal is to do business in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner while delivering superior long-term value.  

At Imperial, we believe that we can have reliable and affordable energy, a strong economy and a clean environment, and we're committed to making it happen.

What we do

As an integrated energy company, we explore for, produce, refine and market products essential to society.

Whether it's finding oil and gas, making and selling high-quality petroleum products, or investing in innovative research, our business helps ensure Canada's quality of life and energy future. 

In our upstream business, we are contributing to reliable, affordable supplies of oil and gas for Canadians.  From coast to coast to coast we play a major role in developing Canada's oil and gas resources, investing billions of dollars to select the highest quality resources from opportunities in diverse geological and geographical environments.  

We are Canada's largest refiner of petroleum products.  We refine raw hydrocarbons into about 650 petroleum products essential to consumers and businesses: gasoline, diesel, heating oil, natural gas, lubricants, and chemicals used to make plastics.  It’s hard to imagine life without the products manufactured from hydrocarbons.  They fuel our economies, heat our homes and make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Like you, we are concerned about the effects of chemicals on health and the environment and we have integrated Responsible Care® into our business practices.

Imperial offers these products and services to consumers across Canada as well as in export markets.  In total, we manufacture and sell about a quarter of the petroleum products used every day by Canadians.  We are a leading marketer of fuels, lubricants, asphalts and specialty products.

  • In addition to Imperial’s industrial and wholesale businesses, our retail brands, Esso and Mobil, are familiar fixtures across Canada.

How we do it 

We start by hiring the best and brightest and insist on maintaining the highest standards in ethical conduct and legal compliance to bring integrity to all aspects of our business.

The safety of our workforce is a company-wide priority and is a value that guides us to strive to achieve a very simple objective – Nobody Gets Hurt.  

We apply innovative thinking and continually invest in research and technology, growth projects and the communities where we operate.

To uphold our commitment to responsible development we strictly adhere to government regulations and follow detailed management systems.  While we are pleased with our progress in our environmental performance, we know there is still more work to be done. We will not relent in our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations.

Our stakeholders have an important voice in how we conduct our business.  Open and constructive dialogue provides an understanding of the issues that concern government, community and environmental groups, Indigenous communities and the public, and it helps us collaborate on solutions. We are building long-lasting relationships with our neighbours.

We take a long-term view, drawing on best practices and decades of experience to advance projects efficiently and responsibly in phases, allowing us to incorporate new best practices and technologies. 

Standing out from the crowd: research and technology

Imperial is distinguished for its long-term commitment to research and technology. We are one of the select few energy companies in Canada with dedicated research facilities.  Scientists at our Calgary and Sarnia facilities conduct research and also partner with academic experts and scientists at ExxonMobil. Together, these efforts create better ways to recover energy resources, reduce environmental impacts and produce new or improved products for Canadians.

Why Imperial

As one of Canada’s largest companies and a leading member of the country’s energy industry, Imperial provides a foundation for a rewarding and successful career.

Our leadership and commitment to the highest standards have proven successful since 1880 and continue to drive industry leading safety, environmental and financial performance today. Imperial’s integrated business provides countless opportunities to make an impact and the possibility to explore many career paths. 

Life at Imperial

Beyond the many career choices available, our supportive culture of continuous learning and development empowers you to achieve your goals. To further cultivate your growth, we are building a workforce and work environment that values diverse backgrounds, skills and abilities. Collaboration and diversity are emphasized through development and networking programs, including employee led networking programs for women, Aboriginals, LGBT, and new hire groups. The company’s approach to diversity and inclusion (D&I) is outlined in the D&I booklet.

Whether you’re a student, recent graduate, or an experienced hire, we provide comprehensive onboarding, training, mentoring, challenging work, job rotations and more to ensure a rewarding career. Our wide-ranging programs and benefits are designed to provide security and value to you and your dependents, and to support a healthy and rewarding long-term career and retirement. 

Our people

We hire highly qualified people and support their success through development opportunities, training and a supportive work environment.

Whether working on the shop floor, in offices, out in the field or in communities across Canada, our employees are putting our company's commitments into action.

Our more than 4,800 employees are critical to our success. Their talents, ideas and actions improve our operations, keep our work environment safe, contribute to the community and help us to protect the environment every day.

Total employment offer

Our total employment offer is designed both to attract new recruits and encourage long-service employees to continue with Imperial. It includes:

  • competitive compensation and benefits
  • fully paid pension plan
  • personal development and training
  • paid education assistance
  • flexible work schedules


We continually renew our workforce through the recruitment of talented university and technical graduates as well as experienced professionals. We actively recruit from universities across Canada, and our operations support apprenticeship and technical career programs at local colleges.

Training and development opportunities

We provide employees with many opportunities to develop their skills. These include job rotation, classroom learning and mentoring.

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We offer many exciting opportunities across a wide range of business units and career paths for students, new graduates and experienced candidates. We primarily hire individuals with education and experience in operations, trades and technology, engineering, science and business.


University and college graduates


We place a great deal of importance on providing the top graduates with desirable challenges, resources and rewards, as well as the opportunity to work with highly dedicated and knowledgeable people. Our onboarding, training, mentoring, challenging work, and job rotations ensure a rewarding career from the very start.


We understand that just because you’ve completed school doesn’t mean you’ve reached your full potential. Your aspirations and goals are more extensive than that. So are ours. 


Career opportunities are available for graduating university and college students and recent graduates with less than three years of relevant work experience since graduation.


  • Graduate positions are posted on our website in early September.
  • Some graduate positions may be posted in January and throughout the year.
  • The application deadline for graduate positions posted in September is in early October; however, please see the individual job postings for exact deadlines.
  • First interviews are conducted on campus three to four weeks after the application deadline.
  • Second interviews are conducted in November and December at our offices.




Every year, over 200 university and college students join Imperial for challenging and rewarding work terms.


We want students to continue their learning while working with us. Our student job opportunities will allow you to apply your knowledge while also developing new skills and capabilities alongside our team of highly dedicated and knowledgeable people.


Co-op/internship opportunities are available for students currently enrolled in a university or college program.


  • Student term/coop positions are posted:
  • September for work terms starting in January
  • September and January for work terms starting in May
  • May for work terms starting in September
  • Interviews are conducted in October, February, and June. 
  • Student term positions are at least four months but may be longer.


Experienced professionals


Discover the possibilities and be part of our growth story.


We're investing in new technology to better face today's energy challenges.  You can expect to be faced with a wide range of challenges and presented with opportunities to take on new roles to further develop your professional or technical acumen and expertise and be presented with change to relocate to any number of our locations across Canada.


You could be one of the essential people who operate or maintain our facilities. You can expect a long-term career with competitive wages, great benefits and training assistance. Bring your skills to Imperial and make an impact in our oil sands and heavy oil projects, our refineries or our exploration and production businesses. Discover the possibilities.


We recruit in the following areas - plant operators, field operators, instrument technicians, control room operators, lab technologists, millwrights and other trades.


Imperial has more than 5,500 staff across Canada, needless to say we are not all the same – and that’s a good thing. Imperial’s focus on diversity and inclusion helps create a workplace where people’s unique contributions and perspectives are respected and valued. These different ideas and viewpoints ultimately strengthen the company and help it grow and innovate.

Why inclusion & diversity is a priority

Represent and respond to a diverse stakeholder base

Our company’s successful operation in Canada is based on a long history of understanding and responding to the expectations of our stakeholders. Our employees, customers, the communities where we operate, the contractors we work with, and governments all have a stake in what we do and how we do it.

Attract and retain the best employees

The global pool of candidates is shrinking. Experienced workers are reaching retirement eligibility, and there will be fewer skilled people in the labour pool to fill jobs as they become available.1 For our company, women and men, new immigrants, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, youth, experienced workers and others are all important talent markets. When our workforce is diverse and our organization is inclusive, our company stands out in the competition to attract and retain talent.

Improve productivity, innovation, teamwork and decision-making

When our workplace is inclusive, new perspectives and innovative ideas will surface, resulting in new technologies, product ideas, markets, and ways of doing business for our company. Research has consistently demonstrated that diverse teams have the potential to be much more productive and innovative than homogeneous teams.2 Diverse team members can see the same thing differently, which provides entry into a variety of points of view and avoids groupthink. Diverse teams call for inclusive leaders and collaborative team members to ensure the benefits of multiple perspectives are achieved, and the potential risks of conflict are reduced.3

How we implement diversity

Develop skills through community outreach and investment

Educated communities, where all citizens are valued and productive members of society, help provide a stable and prosperous operating environment. Creating awareness of skills requirements and providing better access to training helps remove barriers to employment and builds local capability that allows companies, including ours, to access the full range of the best talent for building our workforce. Imperial has a long history of supporting educational programs and strengthening the communities where we operate.

Support and maintain an inclusive work environment

The benefits of diversity are not automatic. An inclusive work environment must exist to harness the benefits of a diverse workforce. Superior business results in the long term are promoted by having an inclusive work environment where individual differences are respected and valued and where all employees are encouraged to contribute fully. Maintaining an inclusive work environment requires specific and deliberate actions and behaviours – being aware, understanding and applying judgment in decisions that affect people – to foster an environment that respects people’s dignity, ideas and beliefs. Imperial expects all employees to support and maintain an inclusive work environment.

Recruit and select qualified candidates

To meet the business needs of our ongoing and growing operations, Imperial seeks to attract a premier workforce from the broadest possible candidate pool. Our recruitment strategy includes special efforts to reach out and attract a full range of qualified and diverse individuals – including those we might not have reached through our traditional methods and those who might not have previously considered a career in oil and gas. Our recruitment and selection processes emphasize qualifications, equity and fairness to ensure all individuals are considered equitably.

Employee resource groups

Imperial maintains a supportive work environment through a range of development and networking programs including, employee-led diversity networks. Examples of Imperial diversity networks are included below:

  • Women
    Did you know? Two out of four of our most senior managers are women. Imperial leads the top 25 Canadian companies in regards to female executive representation at 33 percent.4

    The company has Women’s interest networks at the majority of our sites to support the professional development and personal growth of women at Imperial.

  • Indigenous
    Did you know? Our operations/business activities are located within the traditional territories of one sixth of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
    Imperial has Indigenous employee networks at a number of our operating sites across Canada.

    Learn more about Rachel Marcel and her story as an Indigenous employee at Imperial.

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons
    Did you know? Imperial’s PRIDE employee resource group celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2017. The group was founded by two employees and has grown to more than 150 members in the first five years. The group is affiliated with the ExxonMobil PRIDE employee resource group, which has over 1,000 members globally.

    Learn more about Mark Matlock and his story as an LGBT employee at Imperial.

  • Visible minority
    Did you know? One-in-five people are foreign-born in Canada.5

    Learn more about Bhuvanesh Selvakumar and his story as a minority race employee at Imperial.

    In 2017, our BEST (Black Employee Success Team) employee network was formed.

Imperial is an Employer Partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).


1. Deloitte White paper, The Road to Inclusion: Integrating People with Disabilities into the Workplace, July 2010.

2. Scott E. Page, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Teams, Schools and Societies, Princeton University Press, 2007.

3. Only skin deep? Re-examining the business case for diversity. Deloitte Point of view, Human Capital Australia, September 2011.

4. 2017 Canadian Securities Regulators, Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices

5. 2011 Census, Statistics Canada.


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    Benefits package, flex schedule, challenging roles, structured and steady as it's fully integrated!


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Imperial Oil Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Imperial Oil (Calgary, AB) in September 2012.


    Full day interview process involving both current managers and functional manager. The downfall was having to participate in a luncheon with the other 3 gentlemen that were there for an interview as well. Awkward.

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Imperial Oil Awards & Accolades

  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009
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