Saudi Aramco

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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
180 Reviews
3.1
180 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Industrial Relations - ASC

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

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

    Pros

    On-site amenities (cafeteria, gym, clinic, workshops, etc.).

    Cons

    Egos and corrupt practices. Individuals in managerial roles with ineffective and often questionable leadership capabilities (with the exception of Technical/R&D roles). Non-existent on-boarding process. Lack of vision and communication between ASC and Saudi Aramco. Political/Hierarchal organization (refrain from addressing organizational gaps and contributing ideas).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oil reserves are a gift, but character is a choice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start and learn.

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities, great courses to get free of charge.

    Cons

    Too much favoritizing and it's who you know which is wrong! POLITICS everywhere and if you disagree, you are OUT!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be humble, it's not always about the big dogs!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Monetary benefits not bad, stress, and management incompetencies high, political mess

    • 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

    Pros

    Monetary benefits
    Safe and secure for kids and families

    Cons

    Frozen Career path
    several layers of managements, and silos between divisions, departments, organisations and business lines that you feel helpless and stressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce layers of mgmt. and stop the nonsense

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

    Summer trainee

    • 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

    Pros

    Good place to make a few bucks

    Cons

    no formal training conducted during the summer

  6.  

    Human Resources

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

    I worked at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, see a bit of the world, diverse work culture, global experience, great peer group, it is what you make it.

    Cons

    Somewhat unethical recruiting practices, little accountability, no career growth for expats, housing can be an issue depending on your work location

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

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

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

    Pros

    Life in the Aramco compound is safe, easy, and has all the creature comforts of any small town in the US. It is quite family oriented, easy to get hired help, nannies, drivers, gardeners, etc.. The benefits package, plus the salaries are out of this world, especially for US citizens. My colleagues are extremely professional, class sizes are manageable, children come from 2 parent homes with mom usually at home with the kids, so there are absolutely zero discipline issues (As compared to the US) Also, there is plenty to do if you are a sports-oriented person.

    Cons

    You are living in Saudi Arabia with a myriad of restrictions! No drinking, no pork, no music in public places, no driving for women, plus a few strange laws that seem to come and go… Life is not easy for a single person,(especially a woman) but it is ideal f you are a family with small children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad organization, but too rigid policies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madīnat Yanbu` aş Şinā`īyah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madīnat Yanbu` aş Şinā`īyah (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    1. Job security
    2. Home ownership program

    Cons

    1. Tense environment
    2. Low merit increases
    3. Salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some changes on the compensation and appraisal policies are a necessity to retain the company’s reputation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    I do not know whether most oil companies are like this, but this is not the place for a good career path

    • 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

    Plenty of vacation days every year.
    Diversity in the community

    Cons

    No management opportunities for expats
    Too few females in the technical area

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Money is good.. rest ignores it for money you get

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

    I worked at Saudi Aramco as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Money is good. work life balance is great.. longest vacations ever.

    Cons

    politics, cultural issues, too much favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they are not good listeners..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    - Self starter, Initiatives, competently analysis of financial reports
    - Preparation of Advance Budget & forecasting.

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

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

    Pros

    - Wonderful working atmosphere, friendly and will be having freedom to show skills and caliber.

    Cons

    - Will be having excellent opportunities to have challenging tasks, where you can contribute the best way..as your contribution will be valued and rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Professional contribution should be taken into consideration, and appreciation are to be made, with out any discrimination, that gives employees confident to work and contribute the best of their ability,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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