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ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.5 421 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson

(223 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance outside of month-end close(in 22 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are great as it is big oil(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • This can be a good thing, but not when you desire a strong work/life balance(in 22 reviews)

  • Rating & Ranking system is antiquated at best(in 41 reviews)

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    Good pay, Biased Ranking/Career Path based mostly on perceptions

    Advisor (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsGood pay and good benefits.

    ConsPeople usually start straight out of college and have their entire careers here. The environment is fosters blind loyalty and those who are not aware believe that this culture is the only one that exists. That is fine, unless you disagree with management... Perceptions weigh very heavily here, more so than at other companies.

    The claim is that the company is so large that there is ample opportunity to move around to different positions within the different companies. This is not true. Your career is at the mercy of your manager and how he/she "defends" you during the ranking session. The extremely competitive ranking session is partially based on actual business results and unfortunately, a good amount is based on perceptions.

    Pay is good, but they expect you to work on your evenings and weekends too. A true life/work balance is very difficult to achieve here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Built on the backs of interns and temps

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsYou will find some really great people to work with in this company, depending on the department that you are in.

    ConsThis company is built on the backs of interns and temps. I met several people who have been long-term temps for several years. One in particular has been a temp for over 5 years. I'm not talking about leave and come back...I mean 5 solid years in one position and NEVER asked to be a full-time employee. If the work is sub-par, the person should have been replaced. But, obviously that's not the case. If you talk to people, you'll find that there are many people who have been long-term and never even offered a full-time position. I'd venture to guess it's because they don't want to pay benefits and such.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe way you show appreciation for the people who have showed you dedication is by offering them full-time opportunities, not by keeping them as a temporary employee indefinitely.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ehhh....

    Gas Station Attendant (Former Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsThere's room to grow with the company, but honestly it isn't worth it. You get paid a little more to do a hell of a lot more work

    ConsThere's room to grow, but the management positions are given literally to anyone. No degree is needed. No qualifications need to be met.

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    Working to death

    Drilling Engineer (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood money, good name, fly you business class, best accommodation, overseas opportunities

    Consoperating "skinny" meaning high workload, stiff processes in place, old school culture

    Advice to Senior Managementtake into consideration providing better work life balance to employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just another number

    Drilling Engineer (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsSolid training. Opportunity for international work while young

    ConsRed tape with every process. Company does business with itself

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great professional experience, odd culture in need of change, ranking...seriously?

    Intern (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsProfessional Development, Pay, and Exposure to Fortune 5 Company. As an Intern, I had the opportunity to really challenge myself, work on some weaknesses, present to executives, and get great exposure to a large energy firm.

    ConsHours and Culture. I worked 12-13 hour days regularly during my internship, including holidays and weekends. The culture is cultish. Very Texan and/or country. Those who don't drink the Kool-Aid and show outward enthusiasm and constant positivity are visibly frowned upon. Cosmopolitan, city-esque individuals with even a hint of a sarcastic sense of humor don't fit in well. Although there is some diversity, it's a bit of a smoke screen. The cultural and personality make-up of the company is very homogeneous.

    Safety culture is extreme. There are literally parking 'hall monitors" with orange vests reminding you to use the handrail. The safety minute presentations about how to appropriately cut an avocado were too much.

    The ranking system. Enron did something very similar to what XOM does in its ranking. Enough said.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep-up recruiting outside of Texas and the usual non-Texas schools. Diversity recruitment should include different personalities and outlooks, not purely demographics. Culture is a bit cultish. Look to more progressive and culturally integrated companies like Chevron and Shell as a best practice benchmark.

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    Not at all what I expected it would be.

    Field Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, compensation, job stability, in order to post this I must write 20 words, so I am adding this sentence so the fix errors will disappear and this will post.

    ConsHorrible ranking system for job performance, completely up to your one and only supervisor, who supposedly fights for a bucket of money between your peers....no cost of living adjustments, no bonuses in sales ( at least that's what we are told), under the table gift cards for superior performance, completely unfair company where knowledge and education mean nothing compared to personal relationships in company.
    Completely obsessed with safety protocols, but drinking and driving from company functions is AOkay! In fact, participating in the drunk arounds is surely to get you a better job ranking. If you do not partake in the extra curricular activities you are doomed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell your Board of Directors to get new management, that's my advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I was a store manager at a franchise ( Ridgeway petroleum) based Exxon for 5 years

    General Manager (Former Employee) Munster, IN

    ProsGood paying job without a college degree

    Consworking all holidays no matter what, working several hours a week, no bonuses, no benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to the owners of the specific Exxon franchise I worked for would be to respect your employees. They are working their butts off for you for way less than what they are worth. Also do not advance people into positions they are not ready for so fast and, maybe you would not have such a high turnover rate!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast-paced and technically challenging, but...

    Information Systems (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsFlexible work hours (varies with Supervisor)

    Cons[1] Contractors shouldn't expect to be treated with respect. That's reserved for the employees.
    [2] If anything goes wrong, it's YOUR fault.
    [3] If you get hurt on/off the job, it's YOUR fault.
    [4] If you need to work overtime, you're working inefficiently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLighten-up, it wouldn't kill you to be nicer to your employees and contractors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Follow Orders - No out of the box thinking - Drilling - EMDC

    Drilling Supervisor (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood rotational schedule - International travel only
    Vacation buy back - vacation not used is bought back
    Work life balance - month on month off

    ConsUnfair ranking determination - not driven by performance or contribution - who you know!
    Good Old Boy environment - preferential treatment handed out to the chosen one's.
    Non Challenging problem solving environment due to Conservatism.
    Non Diverse
    Going to OSLS on your time.
    Career mobility - non existent
    Nepotism

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize proper Management/HR skills to retain your people and not be a training ground - look at the current attrition rate. It speaks for it self.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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