Imperial Oil Reviews

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

3.7
54 Reviews
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Imperial Oil CEO Rich Kruger
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Straight Forward Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    From 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.

    Cons

    nothing specific that I can mention, overall was a good experience.

  2. 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company to get an experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Technologist  in  Sarnia, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Sarnia, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Imperial 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.

    Cons

    There 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great summer student experience!

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

    I worked at Imperial Oil as an intern for 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
  7.  

    Very Good Place To Work!!!

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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company is like a camp

    • 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 5 years

    Pros

    You get money to pay your bills

    Cons

    Its too much politics and sucking up to Management
    I agree that Managers are puppets to Exxon
    If you are not liked by Managers, they do not represent you in their "ranking" session.
    No bonus
    You do not get recognized for your work
    Also agree with the comment that you do not know your career path or really have a say in it
    Extremely conservative
    Hard to move up unless you are an engineer or be recognized.
    Extremely retro-active in decision making. Not a market leader at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees
    Understand staff
    Push to get rid of rankings
    Stop playing favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    have had an extremely rewarding career but times are changing

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    • 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.  

    Good compensation, limited opportunities and very archaic culture.

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and great benefits

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, career progression seems to be mostly tied to appearances vs individual ability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Imperial Oil offers meaningful employment with a fair compensation package.

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    • 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.

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