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"Heartless" (worked in management for ExxonMobil for eleven years before switching to another major (at for three years)

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Treasurer (Finance) and Commercial (Gas Marketing)  in  Houston, TX
Former Employee - Treasurer (Finance) and Commercial (Gas Marketing) in Houston, TX

I worked at ExxonMobil

Pros

- Stable company; not about to go bankrupt
- Slightly-above-average initial base salary
- Some employers value the name on the resume / CV

Cons

CULTURE
- Oppressive culture and heartless senior managers have turned the employees into unhappy robots
- Institutional arrogance, i.e. "ExxonMobil is #1 at everything; our competitors are pathetic"
  -- Morphs into personal arrogance common among the employees, e.g., senior managers think that they are gods
  -- Displaying emotional intelligence is taken as a sign of weakness; thoughtful employees are stuck in middle management
- Extremely conformist
- Office politics unduly thick
- In the energy industry, known as adopters, but not inventors
- Backstabbing common among team members (collaboration is not consciously encouraged), i.e., peer will try to embarras one another during meetings

FINANCIALLY
- No bonuses (almost all the other majors do) while the base salaries are very close one another
- Significant, early raises following by (inflation-based) plateuing salaries

WORK-LIFE BALANCE
- No 9/80s, i.e., employees do not get every other friday off

MECHANICS
- Heavy nepotism; national origin, marital relationships, region of the country, etc.
- Agism
- National originism; culturalism; Texan culture and the good-ole-boys network
- Most parts of the globe; tolerated racism
(All of the above at unduly extreme level)
- Personnel decisions are made without direct employee input (unlike at most ther majors), e.g., no internal job postings
- (Low) quality of supervisors make employees worse future supervisors

MORALE
- Psychologically demeaning; low emplyee morale
  -- Employees (incl. supervisors) scared of doing anything
  -- Usual management style is to bully your employees; no 360s, i.e., supervisors do not get graded on how their direct reports think that the supervisors are doing
- Humor or aving fun is looked down upon
  -- If you want to die at an early age ("right after retirement" is quite common), ExxonMobil should be your top choice
- "High pay and the name attract people; rigidity and low morale drive them away."
- Most older employees feel trapped; very few happy employees

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Hire open-minded people
- Value your employees not because a cost-benefit analysis tells you to do so, but because they are human beings
- Your stock price has been doing horribly for two years now. Admit that there is something wrong, and be open to new ideas on how to ameliorate the situation

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Enslaved

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    Good Retirement at age 55, Job Security, Good Pay

    Cons

    Overtime is all the time and mandatory, they do not assist you when you need time off, Contract is up every 3 years risking potential strike or lockout, you are treated horribly, you work nights/weekends/holidays/days = 12-16 hour rotating shifts, you are put in "catch 22" scenarios on a daily basis, and with 10 supervisors telling you to do different things it makes work harder than it should be, the job is dangerous, and if something happens to you they find a way to make it your fault! Good Luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You'll have better production & reliability if your workers want to be here. Treat them better and make there job easier rather than creating more red tape on a daily basis to protect yourselves. I also believe that Exxon Mobil is a great Corporation but certain locations are better than others to work at. If you want to be happy here, do not be a Process Operator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Well run company but only favorable to a few employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    the pay is above average, he management is honest for the most part, good business ethethis but not straightforward with emloyees. good office environment, private offices not cubicles

    Cons

    Computer science people just carry water for the engineers. All decision making is the engineers, they are better paied as well. Maganement (line supervisors) are rewarded for building the career of one or two people, the rest be damed, no oppertunity at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone has talent that can be used. Anyone can be a leader in the area they are strong in. Don't just single out one person and give them all the oppertunity

    Approves of CEO
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