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ExxonMobil International Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
103 Reviews

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ExxonMobil International Chairman & CEO Rex W. Tillerson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is achievable but not guaranteed (in 6 reviews)

  • Great company, good learning experience (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Relative ranking system badly affects people who are less visible and less talkative in a global ranking system (in 5 reviews)

  • Employees have limited say on their own career development (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    good for people who trust the company to make decisions on their behalf and do well in conservative bureaucracies

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International

    Pros

    interesting industry, smart people, stable company, long-term career stability, change jobs every 2-3 years, professional management, pension plan, good benefits

    Cons

    no ability to determine one's own career path, company does not care about what employees think, employees are underutilized, not conducive to women's advancement as in order to succeed have to move around and uproot family, have to want to work in Texas, no room for creativity or risk, very bureaucratic, no autonomy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ask for feedback from employees in terms of job satisfaction and career path, make sure employees are challenged and fully utilized

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Corporate Clones

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International

    Pros

    -Money - much better than most other employers
    -Challenging work environment
    -Some of the coworkers you meet
    -Benefits package - better than most

    Cons

    -Corporate Culture - It's depressing how much humanity is lost when money is involved
    -Ranking System
    -Policies and Controls make it difficult to get work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management at ExxonMobil is too far up that I am not completely sure who I would be making suggestions to, but, from what I can see, there is a strong attempt from upper level management to prevent what is actually happening to the everyday employees so I would say I dont really have any advice or feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't walk, RUN away, if you actually want to do science.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Paulsboro, NJ

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International

    Pros

    -Decent compensation
    -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 travel

    Cons

    -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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    ExxonMobil doesn't have a clue because it only listens and promotes people that drink the kool-aid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International

    Pros

    Well Paid, Flexibility in Workplace (which means you can go to the doctor when you need to, but you have to get extra, special permission to work from home, even when fuel prices are over $4 per gallon), solid security and control measures. Global work and workplace opportunities.

    Cons

    Clandestine management decisions, including career choices, "command and control"-style management, inconsistency (we need new ideas, but can't get beyond year-2000 thinking), low-level leadership panics due to overbearing (and out-of-touch) senior management, lack of vision, lack of stated goals, lack of communication, management immune from hearing feedback from employees due to forced ranking, conducted by supervisors needing the feedback, that determines ones employment status from year to year -- because retribution is always a possibility, despite the controlled nature of the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up job postings from the clandestine S&D process and allow people to compete for good jobs and opportunities. The feedback alone from folks avoiding terrible supervisors/management will be enough to warrant change and employee empowerment. Eliminate the backward ideas behind "span of control" and "forced ranking" that deteriorate the camaraderie and teamwork necessary to make the workplace enjoyable. Reward out-of-the-box thinking that doesn't fit in the perfect "I'll promote those that think like me" philosophy that's running rampant in the organization that demoralizes the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Management issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities  in  Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Facilities in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some great team members, subsidised restaurant and deli, an opportunity to work with a number of different departments and disciplines

    Cons

    Most the current upper levels of management were promoted because of how long they have worked for the company rather than on merit and many are literally counting down the days to retirement. As a result there is no real room for innovation and interesting ideas to take root as the management just want to see out their remaining time with the company before retirement. Also as many were not promoted on merit they aren't always capable of doing the job and it is up to sub-ordinates to provide vision and guidance. There is an aversion to dealing with poor managers and they are left to spread their toxicity and there is an extremely high turnover in some departments one department went through 6 supervisors in 6 years due to the behaviour of the department head. There is a strong safety culture - don't come here if you aren't willing to investigate why a paper cut occurred and how you can prevent it from happening again - however there is mixed messages from upper management with some undermining the process by not reporting near losses and ignoring interventions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote on merit, deal with problems as they arise and don't let fester

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The company offers excellent stability, however, I did not find the work and atmosphere not very exciting.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at ExxonMobil International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, insurance and pension. The work guidelines are clear, international colleagues, and good exposure to senior management from the start (in a "BAR" / "BAP") position.

    Cons

    Repetitive work, limited moving opportunities, no internal job market (superiors decide on job moves, and you say "yes"), uninspiring atmosphere. One major con is the fact that before starting, the job was very well promoted during interviews, however, little was explained about the actual work. I.e. in the "BAR" / "BAP" jobs, everybody works on a fixed monthly schedule, closing monthly books; thus the job is close to accounting and requires much research of bookings in SAP. Also, before staring you should ask if you will be a 'business' or 'controllers' resource; it will determine the direction of your long-term career. Switching is possible, however, very uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At my department, many people were not very satisfied with their job, although the pay is good. Getting more 'positive motivation' from supervisors, more job freedom and challenges may help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Slow environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    + The company almost exclusively promotes internally, meaning that if you do well, you have a shot at a leadership role
    + Lots of money is spent on training
    + It's really hard to get fired
    + Good work/life balance

    Cons

    + The company is enormously bureaucratic - they have a strict formula for when you get raises and how much and how often you get promoted. Even if you're really good, you have to wait at least a year, and usually two, to move up in your role
    + The work environment is boring. Safety is the #1 concern and following the rules is #2. There is no room for creativity. The company doesn't attract a lot of people with interesting personalities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great name to have on CV, but not a place to have a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International

    Pros

    Reasonable pay & benefits. Final salary pension. People generally friendly.

    Cons

    No input in career progression. Lack of clarity in Ranking Process. Career progression can be limited if a Manager has an axe to grind, very little employee recourse.
    Very political environment, lack of team work & common goal. Those in management not necessarily the best at their job.
    Not a dynamic environment. An ageing workforce, with many waiting it out till retirement.
    Lack of opportunities and diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest when recruiting new employees regarding opportunities & the effect of the ranking system. Invest in career development. Managers should learn to manage their employees careers rather than their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Bad salaries and treatment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dedicated Customer Professional  in  Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Dedicated Customer Professional in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I have been working at ExxonMobil International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    easy work, no hassle much....laid back

    Cons

    no promotions if you are ambitios...you will stay on same level for many years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in people. give them money to be able to live better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    One of best places to work, with the worst co-workers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server Administrator  in  Curitiba (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Server Administrator in Curitiba (Brazil)

    I worked at ExxonMobil International

    Pros

    Allow you to have a great "international" experience, working with people from around the world.
    Many training opportunities, allow you to increase the knowledge in the area that you are working.

    Cons

    Growing in the company in based on how many year you work there (and not based on your competence), that means that the company has many unqualified managers, that never leaves the company and will make your life hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to evaluate people competence, and not based on loyalty (most of the employees have many years of house, not because they are good, but because ExxonMobil have the "never fire somebody" policy).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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