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The grass is always greener.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
Current Employee - Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
Approves of CEO

Pros

Career advancement is key, young engineers are given a lot of opportunity to advance. Global presence is obvious, but the technical teams tend to form small families, so you really get to know the experts in the entire world. Job security is high and salary is ok. Morale can swing, but most times they are good. Safety is always something to keep in mind, but the industry understands how to run the business. In the end, a good place to work for young folks, worse case you can always good to another company after Exxon has trained you up. Thanks.

Cons

Red tape, public perception of the company.

Advice to Management

Don't be so scared to spend a little OPEX ....... M/E of 25 to 1, c'mon.

Other Employee Reviews for ExxonMobil

  1. Helpful (2)

    ExxonMobil is not an employee oriented company nor a stockholder's company. It exists for the company itself.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is competative, there are opportunities for international travel or assignments, the company is very stable. Being an integrated oil company there are a very wide variety of job opportunities. Engineers, lawyers, doctors and nurses, pilots, oil field workers, ranch managers. No matter what your profession, the job likely exists in ExxonMobil. Exxon is one of the last large companied to have both a savings plan and a defined benefits plan for retirement. This is a benefit that should not be underestimated for people that are looking for a long term career. The employees that Exxon hires are typically very competent so your coworkers are very good to work with.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is "command and control". Information about your career is on a need-to-know basis and you don't need to know. The words "...up to and including termination" are used continuously in connection with relatively minor infractions of rules. The HR leaders have no clue how to create a corporate environment where people want to work for the company. The Mobil side of ExxonMobil was lightyears ahead in this aspect but the merger seems to have gone completely with the Exxon style in this area. The company is actively working to move jobs to low cost centers in other countries. If your job can be done from any site then it's only a matter of time before it is moved to a place where someone will do it for a fraction of the typical US saleries.

    Advice to Management

    Gut the HR department and start over. Take learnings from the Mobil management style.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not a very people friendly company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Exxon is stability. For the permanent employees there is not a significant risk of being laid off even in an economic downturn. If you are picked as one of the "golden children" (which not many are) there is a monetary reward in that your salary will far out pace your peers. There are opprotunites to work outside of the US for someone who wants to see the world. There is an advantage a good support structure for young employees to learn quickly from many mentors (but in about five years almost all those mentors are going to retire).

    Cons

    There are downsides to working for any large corporation but they are blatantly clear in Exxon. The corporation is very slow change to meet the changing priorities of the younger employees. A forced ranking system is in effect for all professional employees which breeds discontent as even if an employee is performing at a very high level the employee can still be ranked at the very bottom....and being ranked at the very bottom means that salary increases are less and less frequent. As far as I can tell, people in the bottom 20% get raises about every 20 - 22 months at the rate of of inflation if not less. The company does not offer an alternate work schedule and management will not even entertain the idea for their professional employees. The overall culture of Exxon breeds managers who place morale very low on the priority list and treats the employees as if they were interchangable with anyone off the street. There also does not seem to be any clue about family and work balance. If by chance a people friendly manager does come about that person typically ends up in low middle management and does not go farther than that.

    Advice to Management

    The simple advice that I would give Senior Management is to become more people friendly and not continue to believe that just because "We are Exxon" that everyone has a desire to come and work for us.....The economy has diversified in the area of technology over the last 20 years and there are a lot more choices for professionals (esp engineers). Although salary is important in retaining good people it has become less important than the benefits of a company who recognizes that employees want more than just a job.


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