Too much office politics, not enough recognition for contributions, good job security
PE (Former Employee) – Sarnia – September 21, 2016
Work/life balance can be a challenge, too much office politics, not enough direct recognition for contributions. Management seeks all the benefits of profitable business and often tend to take credit for results. The workers do not tend to work as a team as there is significant internal competition. The work environment is competitive and therefore offers a good learning experience to grow.
Work camp environment. Imperial takes the PC movement to a whole new level.
mechanic (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – September 19, 2016
Kearl is full of backstabbing weasels ready to throw you under the bus to try and get ahead, beware of offending anyone as you'll be fired so quickly it will make your head spin. If you enjoy working for a bunch of fairies who pretend to care about you it's a great place. No union equals no job security. They can do what they want with whomever and they do !
Politically correctness out of control, very limited food options
Area Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – September 4, 2016
A fast pace environment with great opportunities. Excellent coworkers and senior management. Worked on travel and expense. Calendar management. Catering for in house meetings.Invoice and time sheet follow up. Holiday tracking as well as on boarding and off boarding.
summer hours reduced with some Friday office closures
Labour Worker (Former Employee) – Dartmouth, NS – March 27, 2016
Now off the bat i will say why i gave it a one star in Job Security/Advancement. I was once again contracted threw this company with Labor Ready so i wasn't really going to advance here, BUT i still loved this Job due to everything being almost perfect with it. Safety was threw the roof, the people were extremely friendly, and the pay that even i was making and ALL i was told was i wasn't making half of what they make and i was making over a grand every two weeks. i NEVER had a bad day at all. I lost this sight due to an ex who was my dependable ride at the time as i had to be at sight before 6 am and no bus went out that way at said time and it was to pricey of a cab at the time which i lived in South End Halifax and the sight was in Woodside Oil refinery again i digress as i was also to blame for not implementing how imperative that i get there before 6 and she simply took to long getting ready.
Great Place. Great People. Amazing Safety. Amazing Pay. and Great Hours.
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – March 18, 2016
Everyone working in the Imperial Oil lab is very professional and respectful. Hard working, very well organized. Everyone works in all areas and help is always offered if needed. Hardest part of the job is keeping up with all the work.
Shift Engineer & Control Room Operator (Former Employee) – Alberta and NWT, Canada – March 15, 2016
The organization ain't perfect but it is pretty darn good.
They a a little overboard with the documentation process but that's the world we live in these days.
I did get to learn more and experience more opportunities than most did, as I was willing to move geographically as well as take on different responsibilities. This helped build a great resume' for myself.
Employee development and training varies due to the fact that any person that delivers training to a newbie will have their own level of quality job done. But still they do a better than average job at this as most everything has a procedure and training documentation is comprehensive and detailed. This is really important stuff.
Safety is good. The one thing that causes variation in that is each employee and how well the foreman or plant superintendent has a handle on how to deliver it and to support it. That's the case anywhere in the world you go. They are setup well to compel a safety mindset.
Quality of work life is good and for long stretches, has been fabulous.
Annual bonuses are belittling and badly administered. I expect the administration of a rewards system is always subject to politics and the abilities of the person managing it. That's a universal theme throughout the corporate world.
These are just minor picks. Considering all the others out there making Oil & Gas,___ they do a pretty good job. Better than most.
Good training, Good safety, Good employee developement, Good benfits and pension programs, Extensive opportunities for advancement and to travel the world if one has a mind to do so.
safety is number one,one team one goal nobody gets hurt.
Journeyman 309A Red Seal (Former Employee) – Nanticoke, ON – February 23, 2016
Great safe place to work and gain respect for procedures and others. Awesome staff, friendly always willing to help and get answers for you. The main focus at IOL is safety not production witch makes the worker feel comfortable and can stay focused on the task at hand.