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Safe, Productive workplace.
Terminal Operator (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON9 February 2019
I worked at the Ottawa tank farm as a full time terminal operator, contracted employee for six years. As a contracted employee I worked at Imperial Oil Monday to Friday. I wore the Imperial Oil uniform but was paid by the contracting firm that hired me. After the six years, I transferred to Black & McDonald and continued working at Imperial Oil part time as a service technician/ terminal operator/ safety supervisor.
The average day starts at 7:30 and usually involves sampling/ testing petroleum products, as well as, preforming daily, weekly, monthly inspections and maintenance on pumps, valves, meters, gauges, etc. year round. End of day is 3:30 pm.
The workplace culture is all about safety. Every job had a description and a list of steps to be safely completed. Since every job is double checked there is no incentive for rushing /skipping steps. If a job meant working overtime, the only question was the importance of that job getting completed. If it had to get done, Imperial Oil paid overtime without question. If the job could be delayed to the next day, it was.
The hardest part of the job at Imperial Oil is being on call all the time. Even if you're not on call, you are. If the call center can't reach the person on-call, they call you.
The most enjoyable part of the job is training. First Aid, WHIMIS, Transportation of Dangerous goods, Gas Testing, Man lift operation, Working at heights, Forklift Operation, and so on.
Pros
Safety, safety, safety. Working with petroleum, you can never be too safe. Free uniforms.
Cons
Very limited opportunities for advancement and raises. Almost constant after hours on-call.
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Awesome to work for
Instrumentation Technician Intern (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB16 January 2019
Imperial offers everything in terms of benefits/salary/work life balance. I spent 4 months as an intern for imperial and i would return immediately if i could
Pros
great hours, benefits, work/life balance
Cons
few
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Good place to work
Laboratory Technologist Student (Former Employee) –  Sarnia, ON11 January 2019
Huge safety culture, good pay, flexible hours, EDO's, no need to work holiday's/weekends, technical seminars and numerous learning opportunities. Depending on the department you are in, advancement may be difficult until you have a lot of experience. As a coop student, we are only given 1 day vacation per term which was a little hard when you were there for a year
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Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Kearl Lake, AB11 January 2019
Great place to work, safety culture like no other company I have ever worked for. very well organized, clean new equipment, take pride in working for imperial esso
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Contract worker (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB3 January 2019
Camp was way too far from site. But the work environment was good. The Imperial staff were great, and the job was enjoyable, as far as jobs go........
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Great pay, The job you'd want to keep for life
Plant Operator (Former Employee) –  Wood Buffalo, AB31 December 2018
Great job, It the type of job that will set you up well for retirement. very safety oriented. Amazing pay.

Decisions can take a long time to be acted on because of the slow management. There is also some ambiguity with the job security.
Pros
pay
Cons
the uncertainty of the oil industry
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Self Employed
SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON23 December 2018
The company has high standards and are very professional in business practices. Learned a lot from working with them. Training programs is outstanding.
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Best petrochemical company in Canada for well over a century
Technical Advisor (Current Employee) –  Canada4 December 2018
Imperial Oil has been producing oil and petroleum products for nearly 140 years and is home to the widely recognizable and respected Esso and Mobil brands.

Imperial's never-ending pursuit of flawless safety performance is one that is shared by all employees; a strong safety culture is omnipresent at Imperial, no matter the site.

The company is extremely well-hedged in the upstream, downstream, and Chemicals businesses and so is positioned to operate sustainably and profitably in times of crude oil volatility. This provides employees with job security and is a great comfort. Opportunities for job variety and advancement are abundant.

The work environment is positive and supportive, but the workload can be hectic since the company operates with a fairly lean structure. This can make it difficult at times to find a healthy work-life balance, but this is not a major concern for most and is easy to overcome.

Imperial sites make fantastic neighbors in the communities in which they operate. The company and their employees routinely donate the majority share of United Way's annual budget in these communities which helps to support dozens of social organizations and programs for the less fortunate.

Financial compensation, benefits, pension are top-notch and likely rivaled by few, if any, within Canada.
Pros
Safety culture, challenging and rewarding work, financial compensation, job security
Cons
Workload
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Fun and enjoyable workplace
Process Advisor (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 December 2018
A great place to work. Explore more on the Company Web Site. Long history of innovation and success. Active community role.Integrity and safety-focus are core values rooted in the company culture and the way business is conducted.
Pros
Genuine interest in improvement.
Cons
Legacy is pretty strucured and risk-advese. Change is WIP.
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Great company
Field Operator (Summer Student) (Former Employee) –  Cold Lake, AB25 November 2018
the company is very good to work for. the overall work load is not to bad but is heavy. the pay is fairly decent and was good with the work. advancement within the company need a degree.
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Excellent job
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Kearl Lake, AB7 November 2018
Politics within. People will talk about you behind your back, try to set you up for failure in order for them to advance. If you can keep your mouth shut and just be a soldier then this is an excellent work place.
Things are done for unexplained reasons for example -moving material 3-4-5 times with no explanation Company could be saving a load of money however when you got billions to spend I guess spend it on silly things
Pros
Pay is great
Cons
Backstabbing coworkers. Love drama
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Great work environment
Co-op work (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 November 2018
Work environment is well looked after with focus on ergonomics and comfort to be able to remain productive. The new campus style buildings provide great amenities and easy access for driving.
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Very rewarding
Technical Contact Engineer Co-op (Former Employee) –  Sarnia, ON28 October 2018
Competitive work culture, and you always have work to do. They are very good at making sure their employees are always continuously learning, and striving to be better.

I would want to work for them again in the future.
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Kearl Lake HEO
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) –  Kearl Lake, AB25 October 2018
Time to get through interview took awhile. Job was to be automated soon. Quit due to injury, and due to the headaches I had to deal with dealing with them and WCB Alberta in an RTW.
Pros
Remunerations
Cons
Gone over half my life
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Great place to work
Office Manager (Former Employee) –  Dartmouth, NS22 October 2018
Was a great job lots of variety people were great to work for salary was good lots of overtime if you wanted it boss was fantastic, employees were great
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Great place to work with great people
Document Control Clerk, Kearl Lake Project (Former Employee) –  Alberta, canada15 October 2018
Great place to work. Turnaround Campy job which is my preference and a great 2 week on 2 week off turnaround with flights and accommodations paid for by company. Only short contract.
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A very safety driven site managed by people who do not deviate from that culture
MAINTENANCE FIRST LINE SUPERVISOR (Current Employee) –  Ft McMurray7 September 2018
Safety driven facility where there is no tolerance for being unsafe regardless of the urgency of a task.
Decent camp, Wapasu.
The work force is very friendly with no acceptance for bad behaviour etc.
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Imperial Oil Employees are better than everyone else
Shipper/Receiver/Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Sarnia, ON30 July 2018
IOL employees think they are much better and more important than any contractor that works there. Contractors don't get the perks that IOL employees get.
Pros
I had straight days
Cons
Working for IOL
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Very structured organization
Accounting Analyst Co-op, Upstream BAR (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 July 2018
Typical Day At Work:
*Do the workday routines set up everyday
*These included things like financial analysis and controller audits/internal checks

What I learned:
*Learned more about what accountants do
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this job gives one all aspects of the oil and gas
FIELD SAFETY TECHNICIAN / SAFETY (Former Employee) –  Cold Lake, AB24 July 2018
enjoyed working there Especially at the SRU I have made some changes and management has agreed to them which makes me so very happy. The culture there is one of a kind but it really works. As a safety officer that is the name of the game.
Pros
different aspects of the operation that is cold lake
Cons
no cons here
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