Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Imperial Oil CEO Rich Kruger
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Pros
  • Great on leadership with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • good career development opportunities, good pay, smart people to work with (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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  1. Mine Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    High Pay, smart crowd. Lots of opportunities to grow and learn. Shift work is good for young but not when you have committments

    Cons

    Off-site work with bad working hours. Had to wake up at 4 am for my shift


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great company for experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, easy to get time off, lots of room for progression,

    Cons

    It feels like you are more of a liability than an asset in managements eyes. If oil is good life is good, if oil is bad better hope you have no blips on their radar or you will be cut.

    Advice to Management

    Using fear to manage makes no one happy


  3. Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people, interesting work

    Cons

    poor management, lack of communication


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  5. Senior information manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is excellent and great working enviroment

    Cons

    No work life balance, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees and contractors the same


  6. Helpful (1)

    A great place if you're looking for a stable career and a good retirement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Stable company to work for with competitive salaries and opportunities for job rotations - Possibilities to work abroad due to the company's affiliation with ExxonMobil (They own 70% of Imperial) - Pension is good - Lots of opportunities for career and leadership development - Job rotations as a new grad and also for more senior positions (the durations are longer)

    Cons

    - In certain departments, work-life balance is non-existent. Employees work 18 hour days and weekends during peak seasons - Organization is very flat, so don't expect to climb the corporate ladder in 5 years - The affiliation with Exxon (who's head quarter is in Houston) makes it extremely bureaucratic, and the culture is very authoritative - Functional departments segregated all over the world. So if you're trying to get something done through another department or work with someone from another department, tough luck - Upper management is putting the initiative to improve work-life balance, but they don't know that more than 50% of managers are still in the mind-set of stressing how many hours you put in - They treat contractors like lower-class citizens - If you are a team lead or higher in position, you are expected to work during your vacations - Most people have to work over-time before and after their vacations to prepare for and catch up to their work, so it's like they didn't even earn their paid-vacations - Most employees work during their vacations - Ranking system is flawed; no feedback from supervisors until the day of ranking, which is supposed to determine your salary increase for the next year

    Advice to Management

    Do you really know how everyone is contributing?


  7. iti s a good company provides good training

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    Current Employee - Retailer in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Retailer in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility to work it is not very pressurized work environment and co-workers are nice

    Cons

    only pay minimum wage to the employees which is doing nothing to motivate us

    Advice to Management

    as we are directly concerned with customers pay raise should be there or some bonuses can help too


  8. Imperial Oil Geotechnician

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    Former Employee - Geotechnician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Geotechnician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great perks and benefits, out of office lunches, teambuilding, etc - great training opportunities - lots of variety in the work that you do

    Cons

    - management can be an issue sometimes - hard to move vertically in the company


  9. good career opportunities but poor work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Procurement Associate over Summer - 4 months

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    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (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 Management

    Hire more new grads. not just ones with experience


  11. Field Operator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good money, good benefits. Lots of available overtime.

    Cons

    Over worked. Management have no idea what they are up to.

    Advice to Management

    Work loads are way too heavy. need to hire more to spread out the work.



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