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ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
702 Reviews
3.7
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ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance supported by management in a meaningful way (in 40 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are great as it is big oil (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • This can be a good thing, but not when you desire a strong work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Ranking system is flawed because hard work is not taken into account (in 65 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    The retirement plans and health coverage are great. There are also many company discounts for gym memberships, cell phone plans, etc. There are some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Disconnect between management and worker. Inability to get anything fixed. It's always the worker's fault instead of the old, patched equipment that constantly breaks. The forced overtime is unreal. The workers that stab you in the back for advancement, that they can't even control because advancement is based off seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to feedback from your employees. We want the place to operate more efficiently too. We work with the equipment. Don't take our feedback and throw it out and ignore the building list of problems. And for crying out loud hire more people for once and quit forcing your people to work 1000 hours overtime a year.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loaded with money, full of dishonesty and negative employees, and little recognition/appreciation

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

    I have been working at ExxonMobil as a contractor

    Pros

    They have lots of money because America's still reliant on oil, and they emphasize a "culture of safety" which was really appealing to me....until I realized that it was merely a facade. I thought cultivating a safety mindset through one of their programs that recognized safe behaviors was a great idea because it required employees to consciously think of safe acts. It reinforced & reminded me of both the daily routine actions we took, as well as the not-so routine ones. Repetition is the mother of all skill so I thought this was a great program....but this was not their intention.

    I won the program for the 2nd time, and the card that was picked was one I filled out for a permanent employee. He received the gift card, but neglected to honor the award of the program for me because the cards were supposedly only for "above and beyond behaviors"...which does not explain the fact that my co-worker received the gift card.

    Cons

    Nearly everyone dislikes the politics, rules, regulations, and are overall very negative and glum. It was so sad to see so many dissatisfied employees, esepecially the lab technians, who would constantly complain about the company. Lab tech cannot travel & the company would waste millions of dollars to fly someone over to the site to be trained on an instrument by a technician (with decades of experience), fly the researcher back across the country to the instrument...just to get around the "techicians can't travel" policy.

    The majority of people working there are contractors, even technicians. Some labs had merely the researcher who sits in their office all day (doing no labwork), and 100% of the technicians on the team were contract technicians. Contractors have no access to gym (proven to fuel productivity), no paid time off, excluded from various events, and vastly underappreciated. Furthermore, the contract allows it so that a contractor can come into work one morning & be laid off. This happened to me. I went on my first vacation in 6 years and took 2 days off. I enjoyed the work I was doing and was finally able to pursue my dream....but then I come back from vacation and my ID card doesn't work at security. With absolutely no reason, warning, justification, I find out my contract position was terminated because "the project wasn't going where they wanted it". Yet, my co-worker who was not a contractor was still on the project... The idiotic thing was that I never even trained someone on the work I personally developed during my time there!

    Researchers also steal patents & ideas from eachother often. A technician might come up with an idea that's intiallly dismissed and then the next week the researcher claims he came up with the exact same idea!

    In the lab I worked, saftey was often neglected for the sake of "productivity" (hidden for years from the P.I.), with cracking pressurized lines, inhaling chemical vapors, and horrid ergonmic conditions...& was even encouraged to hide such acts from the PI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some research on what actually makes employees happy & top predictors of job success!.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Expect to get paid and shut up

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

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay.
    Awesome relocation. Most people make money when moving. Basically, the company will pick up the tab if you're underwater.
    Good for your resume.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance.
    Disregard for employee stability. They will move you to a new geography every few years. Refuse the move, and you will never get promoted.
    Extremely conservative management and values.
    Don't expect to provide any input on anything, including your career management. Promotions are decided by secret committee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trainee and fix term employee

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

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gives you a lot of exposure for the future. It is a good place to have you first work experience

    Cons

    Your opinion and choices about your future are not taken into account. Trainees are a way of saving money, because they work the same amount of hours than regular employees but are payed less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into account that the employees are people and have feelings and necessities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    chemical engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    a lot of money for the work

    Cons

    there was lots of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less work

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Advisor in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    People 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Built on the backs of interns and temps

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at ExxonMobil as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Ehhh....

    Former Employee - Gas Station Attendant in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Gas Station Attendant in Rochester, NY

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There'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

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working to death

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take into consideration providing better work life balance to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No challenges or opportunities for an electrical engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Beaumont, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefit packages are wonderful. Time-off policy is okay. Great company to work for if you are a mechanical or chemical engineer, specially for chemical engineers.

    Cons

    No career path for electrical engineers. Ranking system is flawed because hard work is not taken into account. If you show a perception of doing work (a lot of face-time), your ranking will increase even though you did not output a lot of work. A lot of young Supervisors are very inexperienced so your ranking may decrease if he/she does not adequately recognize or appreciate your hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Repair the ranking system. Build a career path or provide opportunities for employees, who are not chemical engineers. Develop solid Supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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