Saudi Aramco

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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
183 Reviews
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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih
Khalid A. Al-Falih
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and good place to raise a family (in 9 reviews)

  • Good Pay for All local, and expats (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  

    Bureaucratic in processes

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

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High growth operations
    Total comp package

    Cons

    Tighten up on hiring processes
    Benchmark their expat comp elements - premium

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more nimble and less hierarchial

    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    It used to be the best 15 years ago, not anymore, here is why;

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

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

    Pros

    Pros as a Saudi:
    1- They send you to a undergrad/grad school.
    2- Less work, more time to focus on your personal things.
    3- You'll meet good people (both Saudis & expats).

    That's it...

    As an expat (american, british etc):
    1- All the above + the below
    2- Money Money Money. You get 3x 4x or 5x the salary of any other nationality (including Saudis).
    3- You get schooling allowance for all your kids.
    4- Good IRA plan
    5- Money Money Money...
    6- You get a housing
    7- ALL your taxes are paid by the Comapny (i.e. money money monaaaay)

    Cons

    Cons as a Saudi:

    1- You get way less money than your American friend sitting next to you in the cubicle doing exactly (maybe less) what you're doing.
    2- Say goodbye to "advancing" your technical skills. Once you Join them your technical skills will stagnate or fade away by time (due to being idle).
    3- You're faced with the most advanced types of governmental bureaucracy and nepotism.
    4- If you're lucky, you'll get something called "chapter 8" or out-of-kingdom assignment which pays very well. But hey, these are always reserved for the sons of VP's and general mangers.
    5- Worst merit increases ever. We're talking 3-9 % maximum increase every year. I guess they still think they're the only employer in Saudi Arabia until now.
    6- Be ready to wait 4-5 years to get promoted. The company doesn't promote you when you have potential. They have this old system based on seniority.
    7- Diversity is a joke. Most expats never talk to Saudis unless it's work-related. The extreme level of favoritism in this company made the word "trust' to disappear between Saudis and expats. Go to lunch breaks in Dhahran and you'll rarely find Saudis eating lunch with their expat friends. They don't trust each other.

    Cons as an Expat (American, British etc.)

    1- Congrats. You chose "money money money" over career. Your career for the most part is over once you join them.
    2- You'll be tricked by all these ads on you tube by the life in camp etc. Once you get here you won't find what you were watching in those videos.
    3- Life in Saudi Arabia is tough. Unless you never leave camp.
    4- Be ready to do the Job of your manager and lose all the credit. He'll take your work and present it to his VP as his own and he expects you to never complain about this.
    5- You were hired because of your expertise and skills. Say goodbye to ever improving them once you've joined the company.
    6- You'll regret coming to Aramco after about 1 year. But the money money money will still win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can I say. I have never seen such dysfunctional management like I did with you. I believe that you won't change and see the things like they really are until the crude price goes down to $10 per barrel or your reserves run out. Your Saudi employees are not happy, they're leaving the company in large numbers like never before and you still think you're the winner and what you're doing is right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    disorganized

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

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

    Pros

    don't get attached to the work, therefore makes sure you always put family first. You know there is no chance of promotion so you wont be tempted to bust yourself trying

    Cons

    very little job satisfaction if any at all and the place is real real boring. Seriously you will not have been to such a boring place previously.

    Work is chaotic as management do not like to make decisions until it is way to late to have any semblance of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company with the worst leaders

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

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working in Saudi Aramco , if you are Saudi, is that you can develop your self technically and academically really fast. As most of the experienced consultants are willing to mentor you and help you as much as they can. Also, you can get nominated to advanced degree programs very easily.

    Cons

    Your team leader usually don't have the basic technical skills to be able to evaluate your performance. That leads to an unrealistic merit increase distribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change merit increase policies and try to say thank you to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 11 people found this helpful  

    Career Suicide

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

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

    Pros

    A long list of project on the horizon that will be funded. Unlike most companies where you may be unsure of project funding Aramco has no balance sheets no share holder approval it is going to do the projects it wants when it wants.

    Cons

    Career Suicide. You are going to hit the brick wall here in terms of career. Doesn't matter how good you are or how much effort you put in, if you are not Saudi then forget a career. You are wanted for your ability to hold the Saudi up. Seriously forget this company if you have any illusion of progressing to a senior management position.

    Management are very focused on hierarchy more than at any other company. If you are not of a minimum job group of 15 then they are going to treat you like trash and not honor any illusion of lifestyle that they gave you. If you join at a job group of 11 or below simply forget about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Stranded

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

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

    Pros

    There is some remnants of good systems in place. Good attitude towards training of Saudi Nationals. They pay on time most of the time.

    Cons

    Not good for family status people. Schools inside camps are above capacity. No houses available on camp so must live outside and take bus to camp for school.Outside camp flats sub standard not good for family. Only recommend coming if you are happy to be on bachelor status, because you won't get a house for your family and will end up on your own unless you are Job Group 16 and up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shocked, deflated and fooled. Would it not be amazing if one of you actually took to read comments such as these, and pigs might fly as well!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Made the wrong move comming

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

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

    Pros

    The companies has some really good systems that have been put in in the past, unfortunately current attitude means these systems are not being maintained.

    Cons

    Some real non logical policies recently that are breaking down past gains. While safety is mouthed, they are placing people more than an hours drive from work on the most dangerous roads in the world. Every day you take a risk driving to work. Some drive 1 hr from A to B in order at the same time others drive 1 hr from B to A to work no logic in location. Can't leave and get a house near work for medium term assignments 1 or 2 years because will never be able to get a house back in original location.

    There are people particularly westerns doing jobs that are totally not in there field there are instrument engineers working on projects with no instrumentation requirements for example.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be an alignment of KPI's to logical benefits to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 15 people found this helpful  

    Another bad year for the US Dollar Compensation Program.

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

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is true the company has one of the leading 401k plans and still a competitive pension plan

    Cons

    The overall salaries offered by the company are well below those of BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and ConocoPhillips. Saudi Aramco is not the top paying employer for US expats wishing to seek employment in the Middle East. Camp housing is completely full. The schools on camp are also full too. Expats with families can expect major delays. The company has not adjusted the US salary structure in years. The US program is below market and that "expat" lifestyle they continue to sale and advertise is a myth. If you want to earn top dollar in the KSA, don't start with Saudi Aramco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've known about the housing situation for years and failed to react until it became a problem. You have zero housing available and the new addition will not be ready for another 2-3 years. Despite all of this, you are continuing to recruit expats with no housing and no availability in the school system because you allowed non-expat children in the camp schools. Camp is no longer an expat community any longer. You also know about the pay situation too. You used to be the #1 paying employer in the Kingdom and in the region too, but not any longer. Despite all of this, you still act and behave like you are still #1. Wake up gentlemen. Your situation is bad and getting worse because you still can recall the "good ol' days". Guess what? Those days are gone. Since you're fond of blaming someone and making excuses, this one is one you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    bad place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and easy life.Good place for one about to retire

    Cons

    No career growth.Nepotism everywhere.Very hard to get anything done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plenty of room for improvement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great pay, nightmare to work for

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

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

    Pros

    As an expat, if you want to make a lot in a sort period of time, it's a nice option. Also, you will gain experience like nowhere else on Earth. As a matter of fact, you will feel like you're not on Earth.

    Cons

    Because of nationalization, completely incapable nationals get management and executive positions. They have no idea what they are doing, but get these positions because they have contacts. The company never speaks of profits or margins, so there is no accountability; money is wasted everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring people with global experience, regardless of their nationality. Get deadwood managers out of the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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