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Imperial Oil Reviews in Calgary, AB

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
27 Reviews
3.7
27 Reviews
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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 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Imperial Oil Geotechnician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geotechnician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Geotechnician in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    8 month Co-op Student in Commercial - Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - 8 Month Co-op Student In Commercial in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - 8 Month Co-op Student In Commercial in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Salary
    40 hour work week
    2 vacation days per term
    Raise after each term

    Cons

    Policy and procedure
    Lots of levels of management
    Unsure of company objectives and strategic direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    International Student Applying to Imperial Oil

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good for growth, nice bunch of people

    Cons

    Horrible policies - If you're an international student in Canada and about to graduate, please don't bother applying here. They are not aware of any policies regarding post graduate work permit and stuff. You will get rejected straight away..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful, company...though a bit cumbersome and slow (a good thing)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Project Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Intern - Project Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The people and the processes of how they do business. Worked primarily with an Exxon-Mobil team, where they have a edge with their project management experience and process. Great Pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Navigating IT issues and getting things done takes time. This is to be expected of such a large organization. Perf. rankings are a forced distribution which can be annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Can't complain about working for this company

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potential to work from home frequently
    Travel opportunities domestic and to the US in lower ranking positions
    Great people to work with at Imperial and ExxonMobil

    Cons

    Fixed Distribution Annual Performance Rankings. These can be fairly demotivating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • 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 (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
  8.  

    Procurement Associate over Summer - 4 months

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-op Procurement Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire more new grads. not just ones with experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great summer student experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot from my experience as a summer student. Everyone is really supportive. If you express interest in a certain topic/department, they will make sure you get a chance to explore that interest. Great chance to network and learn about other departments. NAP program is really helpful. Work is very process-oriented, but challenging and interesting all at once.

    Cons

    I really can't think of anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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 (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.

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