Imperial Oil

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Serious but stable

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Current Employee - Corporate Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)
Current Employee - Corporate Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

Pros

stable company with awesome cash position
generally good people, if not a bit stifled
lots of activity and future plans

Cons

root bound, older, serious, conservative people unwilling to try new things- the old way has been highly profitable
forced ranking makes for unfairness, and the high flyers get the opportunity
seriously over influenced by majority shareholder ExxonMobil- and they get all the good jobs

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Majority shareholder does not mean control
Try to break out of the humdrum leadership style
New generation feels smothered by needless checksheet
Controls are good, but sometimes people need to be allowed to be creative
Work life balance not existent for some people

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    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)

    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
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    Favouritism

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Imperial Oil as a contractor

    Pros

    Decent salary and knowledgeable co-workers

    Cons

    Management played alot of favouritism with it's workers
    Management were hardly around to answer any questions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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