Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
150 Reviews

3.3
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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih
Khalid A. Al-Falih
74 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. 4 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 for less than a 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
  2. 4 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 for more than a 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
  3. 4 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 for less than a 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for more than a 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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    very political, and beuqacratic overhead

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits for expats if they do not mind the dead career end

    Cons

    career death
    politics, very political indeed
    overhead in logistics, support, almost everything
    no trust, nor transparency, nor accountability or taking responsibility
    blame culture and trying to find the scapegoat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize an open mindset, be decision makers not paper pushers
    trust your employees
    fire the slackers and ass lickers

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

    Horrible, working with bunch of idiots in a dictatorial monarchy.

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

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

    Pros

    Money and benefits are excellent. Package is very attractive. If you live inside camp is a very family friendly and well kept compound. Lots of restrictions to just enter or invite some one to visit you.

    Cons

    Horrible, working with bunch of idiots in a dictatorial monarchy. Ridiculous amount of restrictions to just enter camp or invite some one to visit you. If you want to loose you skills and connection with technology and commit a carrier suicide its a place to be for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to hire qualified expatriates, who wouldn't get involved with racial, tribal, religious politics in making their decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Have your bags packed and ready

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

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Money, compensation, salary, benefit, dollar

    Cons

    incompetent management, no room for growth, Nepotism, Nothing is as it looks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to run a company as a company, not a political organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Job Security, Average Salary, baaaad!

    Cons

    No improvement
    Less Money than other oil companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No improvement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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