Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
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  1. Contractor

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    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.

  2. Kearl Lake, AB

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    Current Contractor - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    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.

  3. Discarded after many years with no separation pay

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    Former Contractor - Sales Representative
    Former Contractor - Sales Representative

    I worked at Imperial Oil as a contractor (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Cant think of any.

    Cons

    very poor management, too much internal red tape, everyone if fearful of losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing on motivating the people that make you money and growing the business.

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    Kearl Lake

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    Former Intern - Kearl - Anonymous in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Kearl - Anonymous in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    *The Salary and benefits are competitive with other O&G companies
    *Safety is HUGE - much more than any place I've worked
    *Given the initiative, there's a chance for learning a lot and meeting many different types of people on site
    *10 days on/9 days off

    Cons

    *Broken promises from Senior Management to Kearl employees
    *Tough to get your voice heard amongst supervisors and managers
    *A lot of politics
    *Things seem unorganized here (not in terms of Safety)

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with promises to employees.

  6. Helpful (1)

    It's a job and nothing more.

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    Former Employee - Trades
    Former Employee - Trades

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Good compensation, limited opportunities and very archaic culture.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and great benefits

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, career progression seems to be mostly tied to appearances vs individual ability

  8. Helpful (2)

    INCONSISTENT OIL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    - Excellent Pay
    - Ongoing Training
    - Varied cross functional opportunties within Imperial Oil and Exxonmobil

    Cons

    - Poor work/life balance. Although the company encourages work/life balance on paper they do not support it. Employees are continuously expected to attend late night meetings, travel on Sundays, respond to requests from management in the evening/during weekends.
    - Inadequate performance appraisal system. Employees are forced into quintile rankings (Q1-Q5). I.e. although a manager may feel that all his/her employees performaed at Q1 and Q2 levels they have to force some of their employees into Q3 or Q4 based on HR's percentage requirements. In addition an employee's annual accomplishments are summed up by his/her manager in a mere 3 minute dialogue with other managers and a HR representative. The more vocal and aggressive an employee's manager is during the session the higher the employee's ranking will be. The current system rewards one based on popularity and company needs (I.e. corporate reolcating employees are automatically ranked as Q1 performers because senior vp or ceo needs to sign off on relocation approval) rather than on factual performance results. This type of forced appraisal system demotivates and pits employees against each other rather than foster teamwork and energize employees.
    - Many managers are unfortunately promoted into the management role even though they do not posess the skills and qualities of a leader. Many managers are unfortunately not people oriented and possess a sole contributor focus.
    - The company is overly focused on business controls and processes. I.e. there is a process map for everything!!!!. Although I am a strong believer in business controls and processes Imperial Oil overdoes it, more than any organization, including Exxonmobil.
     - Employees with 15-20+ years of experience do not perform the duties they are supposed to but somehow get away with it and are not held to the same standards set for employees with less senority. I won't tell on you and you don't tell on me metality.
    - The company believes 'everything' is preventable. As a result, no matter what happens (weather, third party action, etc) managment will not back up the employee although the safety incident or business result was not caused by the employee's actions. This puts many employees on edge and causes uncertainty in one's career.
    - Although the company emphasizes that they assist employees in planning their career in reality they do not. Employees are simply moved around from department to department, city to city, based solely on the organization's needs with no formal career planning structure in place. Employees do not know what they are working towards.

    Advice to Management

    - Hold all employees to the same level of accountability despite seniority levels.
    - Prior to promoting individuals to management positions ensure they have the want and skill to lead others.
    - Get rid of your performace forced ranking system as internal surveys have told you on mulitple occassions that many employees and managers do not like the system. It is also not aligned with other companies in today's workplace.
    - Focus less on ticking the box for the sake of ticking the box and focus more on creativity and reacting quicker to the competitive environment.

  9. I am very disappointed in this organization and their treatment of mid-career employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil

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

    Pros

    Income was hard to leave, above average.
    Early Career challenges were great and helped me develop strong management skills.

    Cons

    Mid and late career employees are not seen as valuable, focus is soley on early career employees and retaining these employees.
    Forced ranking system puts mid and late career employees at the lower end to allow for rapid advancement of early career employees.
    Leadership is minimal, forced ranking drives a popularity contest mentality vs. development of true leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect to your mid career and late career employees before they have to decide to leave the company to look for overall satisfaction and pride in where they work.
    Your downstream business is disappearing, the focus unit margins has caused a large volume loss and your ability to cover your fixed costs is suffering.
    Get some leadership in place vs. promoting those that you like most - a recent promotion of an indivual who has lost 1/2 of their business makes no sence to those working the front line.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great money but too much politics, bureaucracy and checklists. Good to have as an experience on your checklist :)

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

    I worked at Imperial Oil

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

    Pros

    Money, status, some of the training provided, responsibility, free food. Occasionally meet really cool people but they don't seem to stay long with the company.

    Cons

    Red tape and politics. Forced rankings resulting in popularity contest. Not a great place to work if you are a minority, even though management claims otherwise. Not the place to showcase creativity - basically they need robots who are replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Need more open culture, so that people can actually enjoy working at Imperial. Read a book or 2 on "Slow Death" and you will understand where the company is heading..hopefully. Give minorities and immigrants a chance

  11. A day in the life at IMO

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil

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

    Pros

    Training, and International Opportunities with Exxon Mobil

    Cons

    Hours, and expectations of Management

    Advice to Management

    Put more leaders in the ranks, not just managers that can handle a situation

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