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Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated June 25, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can sometimes be a challenge (in 16 reviews)

  • Ancient archaic performance ranking system (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Chemical Engineering Student"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineering Student in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Student in Ontario, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sustainable learning experience and training opportunities
    Exposure to different projects
    Work for a big company that provides you with resources from ExxonMobil

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    fast-paced environment


  2. "Pluses and Minuses"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organization, lots of opportunities
    Great benefits package
    Employment stability

    Cons

    Luck of the draw can determine internal growth
    Archaic ranking system
    Too afraid to do anything

    Advice to Management

    The work environment has shifted in the last decade, cannot continue on the principles from 30 years ago. Need to reevaluate value proposition.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company but industry subject to swings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, company considered employer of choice in the town where I worked

    Cons

    It's the oil biz. Up today, down tomorrow. Way down today, maybe up tomorrow. Got tired of the swings and moved to a less volatile industry.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, most employees are happy with the status quo. There is not a whole lot of options to buffer against industry swings.


  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. "IOL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. You get good amount of vacation starting.

    Company has many processes that can hinder efficient work.

    Cons

    Ranking system is the worst. Doesn't foster team work.

    Advice to Management

    Need to recognize your stronger players.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Fleet and delivery supervisor, accounts receivables, stewardship"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, good employee development and succession planning. Great mentors and continuous learning opportunities, fantastic people and good atmosphere

    Cons

    Unless you live in Calgary or are willing to relocate there, choices and jobs are very limited. Even if you are fantastic at your job, unless you move you will eventually lose your job

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the managers you have are good at talking to people. Save the super-smart and socially awkward people for the individual roles as they tend to demotivate the staff.


  8. "IT Project Lead"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Imperial Oil (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits make for competitive compensation.
    Employee hiring is on a career basis providing for a certain degree of income security.
    Global projects provide challenging opportunities.

    Cons

    Top-down management practices adds a lot of red tape
    Ranking system is de-motivating
    Career will not last beyond mid-50s. Most employees leave at that point, either on a voluntary basis or not.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen management controls and focus on actively motivating employees. Eliminate age bias.


  9. "Shift Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Shift Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Shift Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to their employees.
    Great management at Kearl lake

    Cons

    To much red tape, and Engineering not listening to the people out in the operating units.

    Advice to Management

    Use a little more common sense


  10. "A good way to make some money short term."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were great, including vacation and internal job opportunities. If you work hard and are ambitious you can go pretty far.

    Cons

    Unprofessional management overall and unhealthy workplace culture. I imagine they will continue to have difficulty retaining new hires, especially as new industries emerge in Alberta that actually invest in making a healthy culture for employees. IOL in general does little beyond providing a decent salary and that isn't enough to keep people for the long term when the culture just isn't there. HR was also not helpful when concerns were raised.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and lead by example. While my experience with management was fine, and I had some good managers, I also witnessed instances of disrespect and unsafe attitudes and behaviours modeled by "leaders" that were bad enough to make me leave the company.


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