Imperial Oil

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Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
65 Reviews
3.8
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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 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Discarded after many years with no separation pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Cant think of any.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Kearl Lake

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Kearl - Anonymous in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Kearl - Anonymous in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with promises to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job and nothing more.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trades
    Former Employee - Trades

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (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
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  5.  

    Good compensation, limited opportunities and very archaic culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Good compensation and great benefits

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    INCONSISTENT OIL

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A day in the life at IMO

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

    I have been working at Imperial Oil

    Pros

    Training, and International Opportunities with Exxon Mobil

    Cons

    Hours, and expectations of Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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