Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
163 Reviews
3.1
163 Reviews
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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih
Khalid A. Al-Falih
82 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and good place to raise a family (in 8 reviews)

  • Saudi Aramco is a great place for those seeking job security (not career security) (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There is differentiation between salaries based on nationality (in 3 reviews)

  • Middle management is what will bring this company down (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    What was is no longer - Should have read the recent Glassdoor.

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    After about 5 years you might get into some decent housing in a decent community. I am seriously finding it hard to be positive at them moment with the way Aramco has acted. I should be positive about the money.

    Cons

    Read recent reviews on this site prior to packing up and coming over here. Check out the trends for the ratings they are an accurate reflection on what has gone on at Aramco. It was great and you get some employees who have been here 10 plus years who have been happy all the way through. Beware however that the Company has gone on a recruitment drive and is saying anything it can to meet its recruitment goals. This means they are deceiving new employees, because they have pushed their established facilities beyond breaking point, and what was is no longer.

    Don't listen to them about amenities, housing, schooling, or anything else they say. When you get an offer think the only thing that you are going to get is the money. As a new hire you will not be on Aramco camps for several years, will not have ready access to any amenities, will be put on waiting lists that are several years long for the better recreation clubs, face your child being put in school classes where most of the children don't speak English fluently, have family isolated in off community apartments, limited transportation have a 1 hour commute each way to work.

    Just remember the only thing you will get is the money, the lifestyle they sell is a mirage.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Let Down after Long Wait

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can forget carrier and concentrate on something else because carrier is not going to happen.
    Petrol is cheap.

    Cons

    Waited about 10 months for my visa to come through, when I finally got processed and in KSA I was shocked nothing was as they said it would be. Job, Housing, Community, Management style. What I read on the companies web site and what the HR people gave me before joining was just complete horse manure.

    Really Really dangerous roads, you seriously have a risk of dying here on the roads even if you do the right thing when you self.

    No drink, No Bacon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loyalty begins with me, or is it with you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Does not follow its own proclaimed values.

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    On paper has some good company values, if it learns to follow the values it will be a good company.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the spin and appearance. Actions speak louder than words. The company has a set of values as most companies do, however it has little or no intention of making the slightest attempt to follow its stated values when dealing with its own employees.

    Local employees are promoted well beyond their capabilities and enthusiasm for work. Simply put the company does not put the best person for the job in the job. The company is suffering for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start getting your employee related departments to follow company values when dealing with employees

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

    benefits evaporate without notice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant I in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Accountant I in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the company has great physical assets in its portfolio. Oil oil and more oil. The pros of employ conditions have recently evaporated without notice, maybe they will return without notice

    Cons

    Culture driven by fear of upsetting superiors. Failure to deliver on benefits and conditions to staff. Lack of principals is pushing further and further into the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Principals start with you, direct your company to do what it says, and say what it intends to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    Not what you are being sold. Ask for a visit to check out where you will live before you resign your job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The money is above average, the people in the core production departments are friendly and helpful. As there is little to no chance of carrier progression for expats there is little to no back stabbing.

    Cons

    The housing and facilities provided are poor. It is not like it used to be, don't think the is the Aramco of 10 years ago. The company has no housing available and misleads employees in the recruitment phase. If you come beware that you will not get into any good housing for many many years. ALL new employees are being put off camp in high rise buildings on the freeway in the semi industrial area. There are no rec facilities, no shops, no transportation, no places for children. Recruiters are misleading applicants with nice youtube videos that bear no resemblance to the accommodation that is available. Because of the high number of people that are trying to find accommodation in the local community there are no places left in the English speaking schools. We were fortunate to get into a school a year ago but now for new employees there is no chance. Some families have split up because the wife has not been able to handle the bad conditions and has taken the children back to base country leaving the husband in Saudi Arabia. Seriously think twice, ask for a visit before you come to check out where you will live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The incompetence in planning and provision of facilities for employees unbelievable. There are now hundreds of employee families that can not reunite because there is no suitable housing available. How can you have an excellent company when you treat your employees with contempt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the Sand

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sn Civil Engineer in Dammam (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Sn Civil Engineer in Dammam (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have a real slick advertisements and feel good videos on youtube, so their marketing is real good. After you arrive and reality sets in you will work out how skillful the recruiters marketing was.

    Cons

    Lack of transport, No decent housing (no housing on camp), nobody is responsible for anything. NOT good for family living. No possibility for wife to work due to Saudi law prohibiting wife of expat working unless she is a geophysicist. The leave days are not as many as you think as they count the weekend as working days when you take leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management come meet some of the people who have joined your company recently. Stop living in the bubble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Deceptive Recruitment Practices BEWARE. You won't get what they tell you or show you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Officer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Environmental Officer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable and work place is neat and comfortable.

    Cons

    Deliberately misleads in relation to living conditions and housing during the hiring phase.
    You can't believe a thing they say in relation to housing, transportation, facilities provided.
    No flexibility or understanding of individual needs or preferences.
    Will put you in positions well below your capabilities.
    No career development opportunities for westerners.
    Don't have housing available for all the people they are hiring.
    Promises family status with beautiful housing and great facilities but puts people in shared bachelor accommodation that does not allow for family to come for nearly a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some integrity, it is pathetic that your recruitment department tricks people. If you want to be considered a great company and have loyal employees then lying to them at contract sign is not a smart way to start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Racist.. various payrolls based on nationality not qualifications

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Development is good, big impact and you see the results of U'r work faster than other places.

    Cons

    Favoritism, westerners are getting the best of the deal, paid up to 7-10 times more than locals. Highly political and decision makers r mostly incompetent. Least professional and most arrogant entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate what u have, and treat U'r ppl better. U'r wasting the country's resources and ppl r losing their moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going downhill

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good training. good education opportunities if you are still motivated.

    Cons

    expats get everything. no plan for young locals. lots and lots of bureacracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to your people. know where you are headed. stop caring about yourself alone. your people are your most valuable asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Many foreman and drilling superintendents with very little practical knowledge down time due to that experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drilling Foreman in Dammam (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Drilling Foreman in Dammam (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Consistency of work and the amount of different class rigs.

    Cons

    Superintendent with very little practical knowledge. Down time due to that experience. Going against the rest of the worlds oil company's policy's & procedures and think it's normal. Low pay the reasons for not getting and keeping oil field hands with practical knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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