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Imperial Oil Calgary Reviews

Updated January 13, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can sometimes be a challenge (in 17 reviews)

  • Poor work-life balance, career progression seems to be mostly tied to appearances vs individual ability (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great, stable company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Lead I&C Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Cumbersome monster treating workforce like slaves"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay was a pro when Bruce March was still CEO. After that any increases were cut with the statement ‘’You need to be glad working for such a great company’’.
    The parent monster ExxonMobil assures the stability, which makes the company virtually imperishable.

    Cons

    Once management was changed there are only promises left and ‘’motivational’’ talks. Management trying to brainwash you from the early start date so you would stay loyal and not move anywhere else. Poor work-life balance, as you are very encouraged to work overtime and expected to take remote assignments to move the career ladder (you hope). You are also expected to take your cell phone everywhere with you to answer emails while travelling and even during vacation.
     The environment is very bureaucratic with bunch of outdated policies that make lots of work you do idle. No promotion should be expected for years and years. Ranking system is just a joke – you are not in any control of you rankings independent of what you have accomplished. It all comes to how vocal your supervisor becomes during the annual review. People you work with are competitors in the shark tank, not partners at work.
    Good manager is a great luck, but Imperial likes shuffling the managers so I had five different ones within a few years with the company.
    This year they move everybody from downtown to newly built open-space office in Quarry Park. Commuting there is just terrible. No privacy in the office and everyone can hear every word you said on the phone. Two bosses who were the most obsessed proponents and advocates for the move to a fish tank suddenly retired the first day of move showing excellent example of rotten work ethics at the company.
    And yes, there are massive layoffs contrary to what CEO was proclaiming about the ‘’bright future’’.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value people who work for you. Presently, there are only beautiful words behind your talks, no actions.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Geology Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    a lot of training provided for geos starting in first 4 years
    they invest in employees
    high wages
    interesting projects for students

    Cons

    could only take 2 days off in internship, any other leave was unpaid.
    unpaid sick days
    must have a masters or phd for hire as full time geo
    very selective in hiring
    students and geos ranked against each other on performance


  9. "Solid Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Very smart and hard working people on staff

    Cons

    - Too many layers of hierarchy
    - Teams are somewhat isolated from each other

    Advice to Management

    Look and think outside the box.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Hell on Earth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    - Compensation was good until about mid 2014, at which point the global oil crisis began (raises are essentially flat and benefits are being cut by the day for the foreseeable future)
    - In general, the scale of projects is large, so you get to work on big things very quickly in your career

    Cons

    Overly process-driven dinosaur company with no ability to change its course. Its a very old company, and so you can expect the worst in terms of corporate hierarchy, politics, risk-avoiding culture, and its prehistoric employee ranking system. There is a huge population of baby boomers that refuses to retire - this has proven to be a big problem for the company. First, it prevents young people from moving up. Second, many of the boomers looking to retire take their technical knowledge with them in hopes of being hired back as consultants in retirement.
    If you are looking to move up in the company, prepare to relocate to several remote locations where the company operates its assets - this is a big part of "putting in your time" for a successful career. Overall, the lack of transparency regarding your career and the political games that take place in middle and upper management make it a miserable place to work. This place just can't compete in 2016. Avoid at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest challenge this company is facing (and there are many) is its retiring workforce with no replacement. It needs to do a better job of retaining its young talent - this is already a huge problem.


  11. "Lubricants advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company that offers many things (ie fitness refunds) to employees.

    Cons

    Forced distribution performance ranking.
    Move positions almost every 2 years.



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