Saudi Aramco
3.5 of 5 140 reviews
www.saudiaramco.com Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.5 140 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih

Khalid A. Al-Falih

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68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Bureaucratic in processes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHigh growth operations
    Total comp package

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more nimble and less hierarchial

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Another bad year for the US Dollar Compensation Program.

    Petroleum Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementYou'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    bad place to work

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

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

    ConsNo career growth.Nepotism everywhere.Very hard to get anything done

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlenty of room for improvement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great pay, nightmare to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsAs 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Biggest waste of time and education

    Young But Senior Employee : ) (Current Employee)
    Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsCooperate culture is good but no application for it in junior managers!

    ConsPayment is bad, no female development, promotions very low, non-business and leadership oriented management! People who get promoted are mostly non-qualified (favorable ones!)

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees specifically mangers must be psychologically tested before being promoted not just at hiring!! Promotions range should be raised. Mangers must have business degrees!.. Females must get equal treatment from managers and promotions specially in core business's admin areas. Employees must FIT the jobs they're in (engineers aren't supposed to be business professionals unless they have a business or management degrees) some logic in placing staff against their specialization is required. It's just turning a doctor into a mechanic ! Young Saudi staff MUST have a chance instead of holding them in very junior positions for years tho they're are performance is outstanding, just cause of the (number of years of exp must be 10+) !!! No wonder they're leaving and so am I to your competitors! Qualified and with outstanding performance contractor Saudis must be hired or they will as well leave!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PowerPoint Engineer (Current Employee)
    Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsCash is definitely good! Nice vacation allowance and good repat payment for vacation travel.

    ConsPowerPoint and nothing but power point! Career kill if you are youngster. Experienced engineers can live of their previous knowledge and just milk the cow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere do i start? Middle management sucks big-time! Creating little empires and have wicked egos that consume anything in sight. For more information please check the definition of Narcissism!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad work environment

    Process Engineer (Current Employee)
    Khobar (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsShort working hours 8 hours/day

    Consno career advancement, Training sucks

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good retirement benefits, kids suffer academically, career flushes immediately, no worries.

    Will Not Disclose (Current Employee)
    Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsYou have a lot of free time on your hands and get paid on time for a lot for simple things!
    The retirement and health benefits are good though they have eroded a bit over the past decade.
    No one real knows what you are doing so you can browse the internet about 80% of your day if you are efficient. No real sites, just news.
    No electric, water or maintenance bills; cheap rent for mediocre housing.
    Great place to plan vacations from. Face it, you are retired from the day you start working here.

    ConsYour technical career is over for the most part. If you don't please your immediate boss you will never get promoted. Once you are stuck in a job, you are there for a long time.

    The professional training classes offered as training are often outdated, too long and often irrelevant to the activities you call your job.

    The scholastic standard for the children's school is sub-standard when compared to US PUBLIC schools and downright horrible when compared with private US schools. There is no provision for advanced placements nor is any planned. Teachers plan their vacations more than scholatics. Kids learn horrible values from a "rich kids" school and will have serious issues in college ... unless you ship them off to boarding school. There is no motivation to learn; homework is not graded and the curriculum certainly does not prepare them for college nor even 10th grade.

    A deep paranoia and distrust of employees by middle management and IT does not permit the free flow of ideas. It's hard to get any real work done and most of your time is spent in mundane tasks or presentations.

    Access to the internet is limited from home as well. Do not try to learn anything at work since the web filters block most library and professional bloggling sites. You do as you are told and you will be fine.

    The right hand does not know what the left hand (or foot) is doing. Knee jerk, contradictory edicts make life difficult for employees. For example, community buses run infrequently in one direction only - so you have to go around the entire route just for a quick trip. Roads in the camp are never impoved to handle changing demographics like more cars or bikers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of your office and walk the halls. Look at the coffee bar, smoking areas in Midra and *listen* to the employees conversations. Learn about the lack of efficiency and sheer incompetence at the middle management level. See why your employees are frustrated in their ability to get anything done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unfair to Expats

    Project Purchasing (Current Employee)

    ProsSaudi Arabia is an exciting and vibrant company. Saudi Aramco is an exceptional company in terms of their history and potential in the future due to their joint ventures.

    ConsSeveral expats have been terminated within the last year while on probation due to no fault of their own. The most damaging termination to the morale of the expats from the U.S. involved an expat terminated after he was burned in a fire while back in the U.S. as he was preparing his house to be sold. Even though he was burned he was determined to return to Saudi Aramco but he was terminated two-days prior to his departure. This incident is talked about in private to this day by the expats and the incident took place in July, August and September of 2011.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview all expat terminations for the last 15 months that occured while an expat was on probation and re-hire the expats that were terminated even though they had legitimate reasons for their injuries. Management needs to realize that most people have no interest living and working in Saudi Arabia and to find an expat who, even after being injured, wants to return to Saudi Arabia and work for Saudi Aramco should be embraced by management. I can't stress enough to management how much better the morale would be if this individual were rehired and allowed to return and work for Saudi Aramco. Whoever works in management for Saudi Aramco and who reads this post needs to bring this matter to the attention of their manager. Make no mistake, the expats believe this individual was unfairly treated and it has led to extreme mistrust of the Saudis running Saudi Aramco.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was not bad except Saudi Aramco does not pay well.

    Process Engineer Process (Former Employee)

    Pros"Aramco" looks great on the resume. That's it!

    ConsI got only SAR 2000 a month as an intern plus free food. That is all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere internship program sucks a big time. They don't have a clear vision for the interns what to do and how. All what we did was facebooking and sleeping.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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