Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
151 Reviews

3.3
151 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 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. 2 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 for 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 for 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
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    • 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad organization, but too rigid policies

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for 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
  7. 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 for 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
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for 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
  9. 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 for 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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Saudi Aramco the transformation from an oil company to accounting nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geological Research Consultant  in  Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Geological Research Consultant in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    When I arrived over 2 years ago, we immediately were attracted to the life style. The kids and wife loved it here. And most important of all, I loved my job. I couldn't wait to go to work. I actually worked from home. This has evolved over the years to an I productive mess.

    Cons

    The work is now only being done by a few. Saudis are capable, but uninterested in doing the job.m they leave it the people who have 25 years experience do the same job. Not a smart transformation. The has been pointed on to immediate management a number of times, but in classic sense, it's easier if you ignore the problem. It getting to late to ignore. 8 people in my division will be retire soon, and all of a sudden panic. Way to little to late. We get people to train, they are in classes for a year, and then sent off to grad school, in subjects that will no help them understand the problem, so no solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management is week an ineffective. You could remove three layers, and it would make Zero difference. People spend 3 days of the week writing fictitious weekly reports for upper management. Until this last group management knew what was going on. They were involved. Now I never even see anyone in management over my direct suppervisor. The current method at Aramco is broken

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mmmm!!

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

    I worked at Saudi Aramco as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work @!! Pay is just great!! Promising compensations that will assure your future!!

    Cons

    Nowadays, it is all about knowing someone to get promoted!! Hard work is barely attentioned!! Typical work most of the days!! Miss the old days when new adventures do crosses you!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenging tasks are in need!! Forget the routine and try new ways to attain success, yet within the process and procedures. Rules need to be bent every once in a while!! Finally, pls be aware of that promotions are controlled rather granted when deserved!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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