Imperial Oil
3.5 of 5 50 reviews
www.imperialoil.ca Calgary, Canada 5000+ Employees

Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014

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Imperial Oil CEO Rich Kruger

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Imperial is an industry leader in oil and gas - upstream and downstream to improve products and ensure employee safety.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsImperial 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementDevelop better communication with the employees in the trenches.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very busy office environment with records management.

    Customer Associate (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsWorking was very acceptable and training was the best. Great on leadership with work life balance.

    ConsThere were no cons great opportunity to help finish with their files.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are the Best company!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a job and nothing more.

    Trades (Former Employee)

    ProsHigh quality employees. Always busy. Pay is good but its not free.

    ConsPolitics 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 Senior ManagementGive someone the power to make a decision, something good might happen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Procurement Associate over Summer - 4 months

    Co-op Procurement Associate (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Prosdecent pay check, can keep your head down if you like

    ConsNo Bonus, management old and prehistoric

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more new grads. not just ones with experience

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Great Learning Experience"

    Technical Contact Engineering Student (Current Employee)

    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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    A collaborative environment with a lot of responsibility, even for an intern.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Strong culture
    - Great intelligent people
    - A lot of responsibility
    - Never boring
    - Sense of community and collaboration
    - Continuous Improvement

    Cons- Bureaucratic to the maximum
    - Too many processes
    - Forced distribution performance rankings that do not promote teamwork per se
    - Sometimes hard to communicate with others in various departments and levels of the company (a lot of people to sift through / a lot of personnel changes and role ambiguity)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFrom 8am to 2pm, starting with a presentation, followed by 2 main interviews with Professionals, Lunch and 1 last interview after lunch. Very nice ppl and nice environment.

    Consnothing specific that I can mention, overall was a good experience.

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    The best company to get an experience

    Research Technologist (Current Employee)
    Sarnia, ON (Canada)

    ProsImperial Oil may be one of the best company to start your career if you want to work in the petroleum industry. First of all, it offers you a lot of opportunities to learn in a number of different aspects. It provides you various trainings. You feel that you are fully trusted about your knowledge by other senior employees.

    ConsThere is not really challenging tasks. If you are familiar with working in fast-paced laboratory environment already, you would not find any difficulty getting tasks done in a timely manner (According to my experience). Furthermore, IT service is really slow-paced since ExxonMobil took over most part of IOL. Other than that, I cannot find any problems to work for this company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for

    Territory Manager (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmcourage and actively support process simplification / streamlining

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Co-op Intern (Engineering) (Former Employee)
    Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsIf 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.

    ConsRidiculous 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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