Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
54 Reviews

3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great on leadership with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Strong benefits and pension plan (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Although the company encourages work/life balance on paper they do not support it (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor work-life balance (upstream projects) (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good overall employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

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

    Pros

    *Frequenct job rotation keeps things interesting and gives enhanced learning opportunities
    *Compensation is excellent
    *Lots of training (a lot of it is computer based however)
    *Decent mentorship program

    Cons

    *Must be willing to continuously relocate to advance career
    *Bureaucratic (huge number of procedures and processes which is typical of any older large corporation)
    *Work life balance can be off (commonly working 50-60hrs/week on salary)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *reduce the amount of non value added paperwork

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic opportunity for young professionals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager  in  Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great training opportunities throughout Canada and the US
    -Good communication between employee and functional manager
    -People are always willing to help out
    -Bright future for the upstream groups
    -Benefits are second to none

    Cons

    -Not the greatest paying company
    -No retention bonus for remote workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You may want to look at some sort of bonus to retain the young talent at the remote site areas such as Kearl. With other oil sand developments on the rise and or already operating, these young folks will start to jump ship at their first opportunity. KEEP THEM!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Imperial is an industry leader in oil and gas - upstream and downstream to improve products and ensure employee safety.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Imperial provides a wide range of opportunities for a life long career that develops an individuals talents and aspirations. Being owned by ExxonMobil allows a lot of overseas assignment that can further develop one talents and travel experiences. Due to the large bubble of baby boomers the chance for earlier leadership advancement is good if the talents are demonstrated.

    Cons

    The company philosophy of changing to an open office cubical environment is very damaging to those that need peace and quite to be productive. Bureaucratic and processes to complete processes sometimes is over whelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better communication with the employees in the trenches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    "Great Learning Experience"

    Current Employee - Technical Contact Engineering Student
    Current Employee - Technical Contact Engineering Student

    I have been working at Imperial Oil as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Variety of different projects
    - Lots of support/friendly team
    - Very fast paced and challenging work
    - Great learning experience for interns

    Cons

    - Lack of technical knowledge can be debilitating when team becomes busy
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Opportunity to work in multiple / different roles throughout a career

    Cons

    Too many inefficient / slow / cumbersome processes and controls
    Not enough delegation of authority - need an approval for almost anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emcourage and actively support process simplification / streamlining

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want a company for life, Imperial Oil is an option

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-op Intern (Engineering)  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-op Intern (Engineering) in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    If you want a safe career for life, this is one of the better options. Great pay, amazing benefits, and the company tries hard to keep you there for life.

    Cons

    Ridiculous bureaucratic. It took me a full month to get computer access for a 4 month co-op term... The company is so paranoid about keeping everything secret and iit goes to extremes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very Good Place To Work!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer  in  Nanticoke, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Nanticoke, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is very good and the savings and retirement plans are superb
    Lots of opportunities and there are many career paths available
    Rewarding work and they ensure every employee plays an important role
    The safety culture is extremely strong and the risk assessment structure is very strong and effective.

    Cons

    The forced ranking system demoralizes employees.
    Opportunities within the company are in less than desirable places to live
    Work-life balance could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers always advertise how great it is to move locations and how that is the way to be successful. Management needs to understand that most families these days have both parents working and that it is very tough to pick-up and leave. More encouragement to stay in one facility should be given.

    Recommends
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    have had an extremely rewarding career but times are changing

    • 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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Outstanding safety culture, rewarding career and allot of variety in different roles

    Cons

    Allot of red tape and allot of old leaders from EXXON now running this company. Not the people company that used to exist. Too much toward $$ and safety stats and no longer an employee company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to get back to listening to the employees because the leaders at the top of IOL are EXXON puppets that don't understand IOL and Canadian culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Imperial Oil offers meaningful employment with a fair compensation package.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work from home option.
    Company invests heavily in new hires.
    Stable company & industry and job security.
    Roles with Imperial Oil are challenging & help you build new skills.

    Cons

    Performance Rankings are forced distribution.
    Downstream business is not a fast growth sector.
    Longer lead time to obtain manager position & promotions.
    Career plan is hidden from you.
    Good overall compensation package, but compared to other oil companies could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create expat opportunities for Canadians to other parts of the world for increased job satisfaction.

  11.  

    Excellent and Rewarding without absolute clarity abut roles and responsibilities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls Lead  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Controls Lead in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Imperial Oil as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experience of worlds most prestigious projects. Highly skilled teams of professionals. Respect ful work envoirment.

    Cons

    Kind of disconnect between Management and professionals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uncertainity and lack of clarity in roles creates confusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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