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Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated March 14, 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. "Chemical Engineering Student"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "High Calibre of Employees - but set in their ways without taking much notice of alternative energy"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very High Calibre of employees. The interview process was very thorough, and they are quite selective. At the same time it was quite a bureaucratic process, with them strictly following a checklist

    Cons

    not enough focus put into alternative energy. Typical employee is the 'older, white male' but they are trying to change this demographic.

    Advice to Management

    alternative energy focus, a company like BP is doing a much better job of this


  3. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cold Lake, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cold Lake, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to expand knowledge and to be involved in one of the biggest companies in the world

    Cons

    Remote locations and pull a lot of hours

    Advice to Management

    More facilities should be provided such as flexibility in transportation.


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  5. "Great experience thus far"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent new grad program allows for exposure in multiple rotations

    Cons

    Sometimes too bureaucratic with policies


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The best company to get an experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Sarnia, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Sarnia, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Imperial Oil may be one of the best company to start your career if you want to work in the petroleum industry. First of all, it offers you a lot of opportunities to learn in a number of different aspects. It provides you various trainings. You feel that you are fully trusted about your knowledge by other senior employees.

    Cons

    There is not really challenging tasks. If you are familiar with working in fast-paced laboratory environment already, you would not find any difficulty getting tasks done in a timely manner (According to my experience). Furthermore, IT service is really slow-paced since ExxonMobil took over most part of IOL. Other than that, I cannot find any problems to work for this company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Straight Forward Interview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Oil full-time

    Pros

    From 8am to 2pm, starting with a presentation, followed by 2 main interviews with Professionals, Lunch and 1 last interview after lunch. Very nice ppl and nice environment.

    Cons

    nothing specific that I can mention, overall was a good experience.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A collaborative environment with a lot of responsibility, even for an intern."

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

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

    Pros

    - Strong culture
    - Great intelligent people
    - A lot of responsibility
    - Never boring
    - Sense of community and collaboration
    - Continuous Improvement

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic to the maximum
    - Too many processes
    - Forced distribution performance rankings that do not promote teamwork per se
    - Sometimes hard to communicate with others in various departments and levels of the company (a lot of people to sift through / a lot of personnel changes and role ambiguity)


  9. "Can't complain about working for this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential to work from home frequently
    Travel opportunities domestic and to the US in lower ranking positions
    Great people to work with at Imperial and ExxonMobil

    Cons

    Fixed Distribution Annual Performance Rankings. These can be fairly demotivating


  10. "Overall great company"

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

    Pros

    -Great opportunities for growth and career development (they want you there until retirement)
    -Great safety culture- employees are empowered to take action
    -Good compensation, benefits and relocation packages
    -Challenged to continuously improve company processes

    The company has been trying to make major changes to how it is being run in becoming more efficient, modern and open. Evident with the new branding, new campus, and technology (iPhones only!).

    Cons

    -The company is very lean so longer hours are expected - though more opportunities/ responsibilities to learn
    -Lack of culture - not a lot of employee engagement and networking
    -Differences between upstream, downstream and corporate - upstream gets more perks than everyone else
    -Employees are always moved around from city to city, position to position - great for career development but employees need to be even more involved in conversations

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to what your employees have to say- allow them provide anonymous feedback
    - Make changes to performance ranking
    - Pay more attention to your interns and new grads and what feedback they have to offer
    - Invest in employee engagement


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Co-op Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work for a leading O&G company
    Safety focused work environment
    Felt similar to new hires
    Excellent compensation

    Cons

    Only got to work 8 months! Sad to go.



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