Imperial Oil Limited
Imperial Oil employees at the organization's Strathcona Refinery in Edmonton, AB   (Photo credit: John Lehmann)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Imperial Oil Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

  • Imperial Oil helps employees plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit and 65 per cent premium coverage)
  • Imperial Oil supports ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies (up to $20,000 annually) and over 10,000 in-house and online courses available in various learning styles, from instructor-led classes to virtual classrooms and blended learning
  • Imperial Oil actively encourages employee volunteerism through the company's "ImpACT" initiative -- the company donates $25 for every hour volunteered by an employee, to a maximum of $500 annually
Employees at Imperial Oil onsite at one of the organization's facilities  

Employer Background

Industry Oil and gas production and distribution
Established in Canada 1880
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Exxon Mobil Corporation
Parent company head office Irving, TX, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Sarnia ON, Nanticoke ON, Fort McMurray AB, Edmonton AB, Cold Lake AB, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,429
Part-time employees in Canada 69
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 48 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Hybrid work formal Flex Your Day program to enable employees to design working arrangements that enhance work-life balance (including working remote work), adapted its wellness personal spending account to include equipment and services for home office set-up, offers discounts on furniture purchase
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, meeting rooms equipped with video conferencing technology, a dedicated IT centre, more than 400 pieces of Canadian art to reflect the various regions of the country, campus is connected to a 50-acre environmental reserve with walkways and trails
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, foosball table, board games, table tennis, summer and winter outdoor gardens with seating, private seating areas with WiFi access across the campus, balconies accessible during the summer
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Other food options at main location juice bar, cafeteria style food court, The Hub coffee station, after-hours self-serve sandwiches and snacks
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, strength training, spin, fit-ball, TRX), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, locker rooms, onsite massage studio

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name Social Club (est. 1972)
Past social events hosted a variety of virtual events over the past year, including National Indigenous People's Day celebrations, numerous virtual seminars on a range of relevant topics, and virtual lunch and learns and socials (from happy hours to trivia and games)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), fuel discount program (on purchases at Esso and Mobil gas stations)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 70% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $250 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 5 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,800 each year
Health spending account up to $400 each year
Health spending account (family $) up to $400 each year
Wellness spending account up to $300 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents, academic scholarships of up to $5,000 per child
Additional family-friendly information employee lounge features 4 mother’s nursing rooms complete with lactation pods, benches, pumps and a dedicated refrigerator

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 12 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition online recognition platform, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs over 10,000 in-house and online courses available in various learning styles, including onsite instructor-led, virtual classrooms, blended learning and web-based, network advisory program to help recent hires develop a network within the organization

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 900 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Edmonton's Food Bank, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, RiverWatch Institute of Alberta, Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta, Heart Lake First Nation, The Earth Rangers Foundation, The Edmonton Space & Science Foundation, The Fort Mcmurray Boys & Girls Club, True North Youth Foundation Inc., Tulita Dene Band, United Way (campaigns across Canada), and many more
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Imperial Oil's charitable program focuses on innovation and sustainability, Indigenous leadership and capacity building, and strong operating communities.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Imperial Oil Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

  • Imperial Oil offers paid internships and co-op placements in a variety of disciplines as well as a dedicated internship program for Indigenous students, providing training, mentoring and support throughout their term
  • Imperial Oil accelerates professional development for early-career employees across a number of its business functions, providing extensive training, formal feedback, developmental opportunities and a structured sequence of job rotations -- new employees are also connected with formal mentors through the Early Career program
  • Imperial Oil provides ongoing learning and development opportunities for employees at all stages of their careers, with access to a catalogue of almost 10,000 course offerings -- of note, employees can learn how to save for the future through financial planning courses, with separate offerings for early-career and mid-career staff
Imperial Oil employees use the organization's onsite wellness centre  

Highlights

Industry Oil and gas production and distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Sarnia ON, Nanticoke ON, Fort McMurray AB, Edmonton AB, Cold Lake AB, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,429
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities graduate hires are typically rotated through 3 different jobs within 5 years, apprenticeship programs include mentorship, reimbursement of exam fees, tuition, and school supplies (and the operating site may provide a living allowance for participants who cannot return to their daily residence), employees have access to almost 10,000 courses (including instructor-led on-site, virtual classroom, and web-based), financial support for CPA designation (exam prep courses, professional dues, paid time off to write exams)
Additional highlights tuition assistance program (financial assistance for employees completing job-related professional designations and degrees), Network Advisory Program helps campus hires develop internal networks and connect with senior employees from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, early-career financial planning course (instructor-led half-day course for employees in the early stages of their career, topics include repayment of student loans, budgeting tools, and savings plans)
Dedicated employee resource group Calgary campus student community network (events, lunch and learns, and socials)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Oil and gas production and distribution
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Parent company Exxon Mobil Corporation
Parent company head office Irving, TX, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Sarnia ON, Nanticoke ON, Fort McMurray AB, Edmonton AB, Cold Lake AB, Calgary AB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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