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I have been working at ExxonMobilPros
-Convenient work hours - flexibly with work/life balance - can work from home on occasion if needed
-Nice people, smart people
-Nice benefits, 401k, pension etc.
-Chance to travelCons
-Scientists do very little science. Most of the scientists are mired in tons and tons of bureaucratic nonsense. It is very frustrating! Brilliant people with Ph.D.s are spending the bulk of their time filling out forms in a database, jockeying samples and working the financials with vendors.
-Most research isn't research at all. It's mixology and filling out forms. Nothing is very new, certainly not "cutting edge."
-Bureaucracy is debilitating. 95% of the work comprises filling out forms, getting approvals and fighting with a database in order to actually get something fairly simple accomplished.
-Performance expectations are vague; the rating system is not fair and pits peers against each other. People on wildly different assignments, doing wildly different jobs are ranked against each other.
-Forget doing any kind of team research. Researchers pretty much work alone which means there's no constant banter and exchange of ideas with respect to what research actually is going on.
-Sections need to be broken down into smaller teams so people don't end up working in a vacuum.
-Technical expertise is not rewarded. Very political. Corporate clone-hood rewarded as opposed to fresh ideas and innovative thinking.
-Culture is extremely dominated by white guys. Females are subtlely marginalized, given projects which are less technical; given more administrative tasks etc.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Hire adminstrators to handle administration. Allow scientists to do science. Allow researchers to work on smaller teams with the actual technicians being part of the teams!Doesn't Recommend