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Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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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. "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.


  2. "Structured Company"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Nanticoke, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Nanticoke, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good processes and Structured
    Excellent Standards
    Good training

    Cons

    Very less flexibility to work from home

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Lots of opportunities if mobile to undesirable locations.
    Top notch benefits.

    Cons

    Constant job rotation so you never become proficient.
    Working at operating site is a constant grind. Always fighting fires versus real improvements

    Advice to Management

    None. They are great most of the time. Annual review process is demotivating.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "Lots of stretch, many levels of management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good compensation, lots of available training, good mentorship network

    Cons

    slow promotion and progression, culture of "doing your time" and company comes first. Hard to get positions you actually want. Job location can be challenging if no roles in the city you want.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Don't like it"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Money, gym, travel, some people, they say there's a lot of opportunity to moves round the company, there is not

    Cons

    The money isn't comparable to other big oil and gas companies, no variable pay, no way to move up quickly

    Advice to Management

    Every young person is going to quit your company in the next 5 years


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