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Imperial Oil Calgary Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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Calgary, AB, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • Work-life balance is compromised for individuals in specific finance function roles (in 17 reviews)

  • Ancient archaic performance ranking system (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Operator"

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    Former Employee - Oilfield Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Oilfield Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable, secure employment. Decent pay, they definitely stick to the 75th percentile. But will always be in business.

    Cons

    Probably not that exciting, very conservative.

    Advice to Management

    Do not reward the overachievers, they are actually counter productive to the team.


  2. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting salaries are good, broad scope of opportunities

    Cons

    Work-life balance is compromised for individuals in specific finance function roles. Constant change creating stressful work environment. Retiring demographic is significant, and along with that, knowledge loss. Lack of raises in the past few years. Relocations are expected for advancement and locations are often undesirable.

    Advice to Management

    A better understanding of what subordinates do.

  3. "Intern at Imperial Oil home office"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil as an intern

    Pros

    Very good training program for interns and EITs, a lot of networking opportunities at their home office

    Cons

    Because it's an old company, it's very old fashioned and lacks energy.


  4. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive salary.
    Job Security by being owned by Exxon. The emphasis on Safety is excellent and the company really does believe in it.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in large company of this size. Sometimes training can be slow. While being deliberate and thoughtful on company decisions this also means it can take time for them to execute ideas and changes.


  5. "Hello"

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    Former Employee - Process Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, benefits, work schedule. hours of work

    Cons

    Everybody is different so I will lets figure out your own cons.


  6. "Great, stable company"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Oil (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive remuneration & offers stability
    well-structured processes and controls oriented
    empowers employees
    provides constant learning

    Cons

    Oil and gas industry is not at its best currently, so this might scare potential candidates away.

    Advice to Management

    Promote team cohesion to get higher standard deliverables.


  7. "Lead I&C Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Lead Consultant Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Lead Consultant Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company with very talented team and good support for new knowledge and technology.

    Cons

    No mor projects at present.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good record of excellent work at Kearl Projects.

  8. "Summer Student"

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    Former Contractor - Engineering Co-op Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Engineering Co-op Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Imperial Oil as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly work place, term end student presentations

    Cons

    no field work, difficult to gain access to software needed for project


  9. "Good job if you're an engineer. Limited career development otherwise."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Technologist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Technologist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    Some flexible hours options

    Cons

    Your career path is completely at your manager's discretion. Very little opportunity for development if you aren't an engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to develop their own careers.
    Value employees without engineering degrees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worked for the company 5 years. It's a good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Various Roles in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Various Roles in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous salary compared to industry standards
    Fair performance evaluation cycle
    A lot of opportunity for company paid development - attend courses, seminars, university course/programs, etc.
    Opportunity to move around the company in various roles.

    Very strong company culture
    Quality of employees and managers are high

    Cons

    Performance cycle is based on 4 categories. Even if you are an exceptional employee, but there are 3 more employees who are more exceptional than you, you can end up in the 4th category, which puts to closer to termination is performance is not improved.

    Physical location is inconvenient now. Located in Quarry Park. If you live in the NW then commute is very inconvenient. Shortest commuting time, if there is no traffic, is 45minutes.


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