ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
460 Reviews
3.6
460 Reviews
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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 26 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are great as it is big oil (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • This can be a good thing, but not when you desire a strong work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Employee ranking system can be demotivating unless you are regularly in the top 20% in performance (in 46 reviews)

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  1. 1 person 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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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

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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    Ehhh....

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

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time for more than a 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just another number

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Solid training. Opportunity for international work while young

    Cons

    Red tape with every process. Company does business with itself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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

    I worked at ExxonMobil as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Professional 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.

    Cons

    Hours 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 ManagementAdvice

    Step-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.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not at all what I expected it would be.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, 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.

    Cons

    Horrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Tell your Board of Directors to get new management, that's my advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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