Saudi Aramco

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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated February 14, 2015
Updated February 14, 2015
44 Reviews
3.0
44 Reviews
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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih
Khalid A. Al-Falih
44 Ratings

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.  

    good experience

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    good work environment, competitive teamwork, and good salaries.

    Cons

    long hours, but generally it's good

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    This opportunity is what you make it.

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Come in, make your money, gain global experience and have an exit plan within 3-5 years. There is really no reason to stay any longer. Say bye, bye student loans!!!

    Cons

    Heed the warnings on housing. Whatever you've been promised it's simply not true. What is true is that you will absolutely not be living on camp...it's 100% full and has been for some time. They are building, but it will be at least 3 years before housing is ready on main camp. If you're heading to Riyadh, ask about your housing situation. Al wadi is a total dump...so is Star compound. The only acceptable option is Al Bustan Village, where the American School is located.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be honest with folks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very strict, no room to move or innovate

    • 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

    benefits and compensation are good. got to utilize some of the new technologies

    Cons

    no career progress, no learning o f new skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust and give more freedom to employees. establish accountability and responsibility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 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
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 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 a 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

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