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Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated February 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. "Imperial Oil"

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

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance and decent pay

    Cons

    Long Hours and there were no benefits

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Instrumentation and Control Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    - Compensation and benefits
    - Work / life Balance

    Cons

    - Everything but compensation / benefits and work / life

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Cumbersome monster treating workforce like slaves"

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    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     The environment is very bureaucratic with bunch of outdated policies that make lots of work you do idle.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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Imperial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    Early career compensation above average for industry.

    Cons

    No show-stopper cons. Leadership encourages late nights with laptop open.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Be wary of the retail group"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, and quality of co-workers.

    Cons

    Personal development ranking process is flawed. Getting hired into the retail group is career suicide. Due to the recent sale of the retail business to 7/11, Couche-Tard, Harnois, etc., mobility of employees was not considered. New hire engineers who cost the company way less than 20-year-experienced middle management were sold to the buyers. Retail upper management only looks out for themselves and selfishly put their own careers ahead of the people who actually do the work. No organization within the company - an engineer who was only hired 8 months into the group was sold and they hired his replacement BEFORE HE LEFT.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy your vested options that you made on the backs of asset management employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay.
    Good responsibilities given to young people from day one.

    Cons

    HR did seem to do a good job of filtering people who had MAJOR personalities flaws. This lead to a toxic work environment: throwing people under the bus.

    People were promoted/placed on leadership positions not because of merits but rather tenure. Some managers lack important people/leadership skills.

    Very political environment

    Advice to Management

    Really focus on cultural fit when hiring people and stop hiring young people who take themselves extremely seriously when they have so much to prove.


  7. "Kearl Lake, AB"

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    Current Contractor - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Site Administrator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Imperial Oil as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable work, overall very friendly people

    Cons

    Treat contractors badly; poor managmeent

    Advice to Management

    Start rotating your people. Some should retire - bring in new blood with new ideas.

  8. "Contractor"

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to to work in different departments, lots of new grads.

    Cons

    Contractor - unable to get full time as no jobs are posted, have to deal with a lot of people who have been there many year's, very regimented and formal culture.

    Advice to Management

    Open your postings to everyone and hire staff based on skills and fit, not who you know.


  9. "Discarded after many years with no separation pay"

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    Former Contractor - Sales Representative
    Former Contractor - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Oil as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cant think of any.

    Cons

    very poor management, too much internal red tape, everyone if fearful of losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing on motivating the people that make you money and growing the business.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Kearl Lake"

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    Former Intern - Kearl - Anonymous in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Kearl - Anonymous in Fort MacKay, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *The Salary and benefits are competitive with other O&G companies
    *Safety is HUGE - much more than any place I've worked
    *Given the initiative, there's a chance for learning a lot and meeting many different types of people on site
    *10 days on/9 days off

    Cons

    *Broken promises from Senior Management to Kearl employees
    *Tough to get your voice heard amongst supervisors and managers
    *A lot of politics
    *Things seem unorganized here (not in terms of Safety)

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with promises to employees.


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