Imperial Oil Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2021

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3.8
69%
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Imperial Oil CEO Brad Corson
Brad Corson
37 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay, interesting work that kept you busy all day(in 25 reviews)

  • "Lots of mentoring available, collaborative work environment, possibility of neat experiences(in 23 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Ranking system is garbage (still), too many silos(in 29 reviews)

  • "Hard to maintain work - life balance(in 28 reviews)

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    1. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Honestly, if I can give 0 stars I would.

      May 27, 2021 - Estimator in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Pays well. Benefits are good. Thats it.

      Cons

      I cannot even begin to list the amount of cons at this place. This company deserves a reality TV show with the level of drama that there is in the work place. - You will be guilt tripped if you leave at 5 pm after your 8 hr work day. - You will have to work weekends - Management is severely judgmental and toxic - Probably the most toxic environment in an oil company in Calgary (I've worked at others and certainly Imperial was the worst) - Management compare employees to each other (they even rate you against each other) and this creates a toxic competitive environment where the competition is not beneficial to anyone. - Middle management bullying employees - No opportunity to learn and grow. any question is judged heavily. - Overworking and handling way too much for your plate which eventually leads to burnout. If you ask for support they will tell you that you have no skills or you cannot prioritize well which then leads to meetings with higher management to discuss why you suck simply because you cannot work 7 days a week and handle 20 projects.. - HR will not do anything when issues are brought up to them. - Constant comparing, shaming and embarrassment in meetings if you did anything differently for any valid reason than another co-worker. - Get ready to defend your work as if you are a lawyer in a trial.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t

      Jun 17, 2021 - Mining Business Team Leader in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Many opportunities for training, building large professional network, exposure to full integrated business over career. Solid financial fundamentals. Pension plan. Savings plan.

      Cons

      Very difficult for women and minorities to progress into operations leadership, many implicit biases drive very old fashioned work culture. Very average health and dental benefit options, focused on traditional allopathic / pharmaceutical care - lacks coverage for most wholistic treatment options including those for mental health.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      good job

      Jul 12, 2021 - Summer Student Field Operator in Cold Lake, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      learn the skills required to be a operator in a safe and deficient way.

      Cons

      very safe and you have to buy into the culture might not be for everyone but it important to all employees and contractures that work there and there injuries are very low

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

      Jul 10, 2021 - Project Manager in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice building, flexible project budgets, full gym at work. Money is ok.

      Cons

      Management/Execs are mostly hypocritical when it comes to climate change and they like to pretend they are doing good in the world. Bulk of the staff are like sheep and the workplace is borderline a cult. Rather than disappoint shareholders, my department went all out and hired a new RM to layoff the younger women making babies, and the little amount of POCs we had. Then they had the nerve to say it was performance based.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Bad corporate culture

      Jul 16, 2021 - Technical Contact in Sarnia, ON
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      Pros

      Good pay, pension, benefits, RRSP match. Career opportunities since so many people quit.

      Cons

      Terrible corporate culture at Sarnia site, cannot speak for other sites or corporate office in Calgary. Performance ranking cycle creates environment where people are afraid of being let go, and feel as though they need to work 50-60 hour weeks minimum to get extra done to get a good ranking. Sold that you can move around easily or work for Exxon but that is not the case.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Competitive pay, good benefits

      Jun 28, 2021 - Process Engineer in Sarnia, ON
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      Pros

      Solid starting salary and benefit package, challenging and engaging work.

      Cons

      Ranking and advancement system is very opaque.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Culture

      Jul 20, 2021 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good training opportunities offered at imperial

      Cons

      Company culture has taken a big hit over the last two years, they raise the dividends but will cut employees

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Okay

      Jul 19, 2021 - Analyst in Edmonton, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay and opportunities to move

      Cons

      Bad culture and lots of politics

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place!

      Jun 21, 2021 - Procurement Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits Good pay Great staff Good vacation policy Good technical resources

      Cons

      Favoritism Being blindsided Ranking system Inconvenient location for HQ No opportunity for advancement or even literal moves, if you are a "work horse", you are stuck

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Engineer

      Jun 25, 2021 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great workplace culture. flexible hours.

      Cons

      can be cliquey. workplace politics

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