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Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Large organization, lots of opportunities (in 14 reviews)

  • The other employees were knowledgeable and professional, and they offer a very competitive salary and benefits package (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can sometimes be a challenge (in 16 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. Helpful (3)

    "NOT A PEOPLE ORIENTED COMPANY"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good cafeteria serves descent lightly subsidized meals
    On site gym (not free)
    Credit Union
    Pension plan
    Involved with the Calgary Corporate Challenge and United Way Campaigns
    Some of the long time employees and managers are amazing
    Almost impossible to get fired
    Good career change potential
    Training (Not all departments)
    Work life balance (only select departments)

    Cons

    Low coverage rates for benefits in comparison to other O&G companies
    Benefits are hard to claim
    HR is nearly useless under all circumstances
    Have some extremely under qualified managers
    Extremely complex and rigid policies
    Compensation is below average (O&G) for many positions
    High turnover in many departments
    Forced rankings
    Corporate infighting
    Bad moral
    Future office location in the suburbs
    Work life balance (Most other departments)
    Your job will probably be outsourced in the near future

    Advice to Management

    A company with some amazing potential, however lacking the personnel with knowledge, experience, and motivation to make it great.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "This company is like a camp"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get money to pay your bills

    Cons

    Its too much politics and sucking up to Management
    I agree that Managers are puppets to Exxon
    If you are not liked by Managers, they do not represent you in their "ranking" session.
    No bonus
    You do not get recognized for your work
    Also agree with the comment that you do not know your career path or really have a say in it
    Extremely conservative
    Hard to move up unless you are an engineer or be recognized.
    Extremely retro-active in decision making. Not a market leader at all.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees
    Understand staff
    Push to get rid of rankings
    Stop playing favorites


  3. Helpful (4)

    "International Student Applying to Imperial Oil"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for growth, nice bunch of people

    Cons

    Horrible policies - If you're an international student in Canada and about to graduate, please don't bother applying here. They are not aware of any policies regarding post graduate work permit and stuff. You will get rejected straight away..


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  5. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent and higher salary than normal.

    Cons

    Too much work load and sometime the expect way too much from your. Remember the hard you work the more work you will be asked to do.


  6. "Safety Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Safety Advisor in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Safety Advisor in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I like to work with people and to make sure they do properly job as a safety

    Cons

    Every shift we have a meeting for safety and tool box for workers to understand working safety on the job and go home safety

    Advice to Management

    We keep connection with the manager to make sure everybody is doing the right think, and at this point everybody is happy and thankful


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent total compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Terrible bureaucratic culture, takes years to improve or implement new ideas
    New ideas and creativity is discourages and frowned upon ( just stay in the box you are assigned to and don't question the way things are done)
    Senior management only thinks about their own cash gains and care little about the business or people doing the work
    Ancient archaic performance ranking system

    Advice to Management

    If oil was not an essential commodity this place would have been out of business long ago.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Run"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best and only reason to work here is pension and benefits. You have a gold plated defined benefit pension with a very decent rate of compensation. You have excellent relocation and various other employee benefits.

    Cons

    Absolutely byzantine bureaucracy. People are so wound up in their internal politics they have no concept and do not care about making money or goals. I have first hand witnessed managers ruin excellent high return projects simply because the proposer spoke a counterpoint in a meeting 3 months ago. Conforming to the current practice is the only way to exist. Quintile ancient ranking system destroys teamwork and removes employees from a sense of ownership of business goals. No one cares about work and everyone adds delay. Ever person in the approval or review chain will add comments and validate their existence so that 99.99% of projects never go anywhere. Risk avoidance not risk management. This business is in serious trouble culturally and financially.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your priorities and how they are communicated to your teams. Remove the atrocious ranking system.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Hell on Earth."

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    • 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.


  10. "A day in the life at IMO"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training, and International Opportunities with Exxon Mobil

    Cons

    Hours, and expectations of Management

    Advice to Management

    Put more leaders in the ranks, not just managers that can handle a situation


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great money but too much politics, bureaucracy and checklists. Good to have as an experience on your checklist :)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money, status, some of the training provided, responsibility, free food. Occasionally meet really cool people but they don't seem to stay long with the company.

    Cons

    Red tape and politics. Forced rankings resulting in popularity contest. Not a great place to work if you are a minority, even though management claims otherwise. Not the place to showcase creativity - basically they need robots who are replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Need more open culture, so that people can actually enjoy working at Imperial. Read a book or 2 on "Slow Death" and you will understand where the company is heading..hopefully. Give minorities and immigrants a chance


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