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ExxonMobil Chemical Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated May 29, 2014

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2.9 17 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

ExxonMobil Chemical President Steve Pryor

Steve Pryor

(8 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • very good pay and very good income (in 3 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great insurance, loads of vacation, no stress (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Rating and ranking system is opaque and at times arbitrary with longer term consequences on future roles and salary treatment (in 9 reviews)

  • Less work life balance for certain role (in 4 reviews)

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    Great place to collect a paycheck

    Technician (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsJob stability since the oil, gas and chemical industry is currently thriving.

    ConsNo one seems to know where there career is headed. Way too much secretive behavior concerning potential employee development and opportunities. Not knowing where your career is headed is ridiculous. Pay is good but is still relatively lower than some of the other major oil companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to value your employees more or you will lose your more ambitious ones.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Machinery Engineer (Current Employee) Baytown, TX

    ProsGood company, growth opportunities, benefits, challenging

    ConsLarge company so things move slowly, lots of "red tape"

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Engineer (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsEmployee Benefits, Perks, Perquisites, work schedule

    ConsStrict Rules, boys club, not best listeners

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou treat employees. But women see a boy's club culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You need to manage your own career

    Planning Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsExcellent management
    Diverse career paths
    Working with top talent
    Ability to have high potential early in your career

    ConsForced ranking system
    Inability to change to meet new hiring environment
    Slow to take on new programs to become innovative
    Career is based solely on your line management

    Advice to Senior ManagementCareer development and ranking needs to be taken out of the hands of supervisors and implement team or progress goals such that people feel successful on a year to year basis.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Individual Contributor Model vs. Team Model

    Information Technology (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsCentral management is the norm at ExxonMobil not a federated model. This can help in pushing management initiatives downward. However, this can be difficult in getting things accomplished without a number of stakeholders approvals.

    ConsAlthough there are a number of job opportunities for advancement this is a very individual contributor mentality driven company. There is very little team development and only those who are aggressive at the expense of others they are ranked against on the same team will move forward. If you are good at selling your own agendas at the expense of others and sacrificing your work life balance you will be rewarded monetarily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward teamwork and accountability for team development and goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Variety and challenges

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsDisciplined environment where long term focus prevails in terms of business decisions and staff treatment. Good employee benefits and higher performers treated very well. Company has strong balance sheet and so can and does invest strongly in future growth.

    ConsRating and ranking system is opaque and at times arbitrary with longer term consequences on future roles and salary treatment. Creativity is limited by culture of rules for safety and business conduct

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very high pay but be a drone

    Process Engineer (Former Employee) Baytown, TX

    ProsPay is best in industry typically 10-15% over Hayes study. Very stable company with freebies over meetings like cokes and snacks. Excellent safety record - best in industry.

    ConsYou will have every mistake you made and might have made persecuted endlessly. Don't think for yourself here you will be very disappointed. The most conformist culture and "nice guy" cutthroat backstabbers who "like you" but would never defend you. Do not stand out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou might want to relax a little. Apple beat you in market cap not just because you are commodity and they are niche. There approach with their employees and public is like a normal human being and not a robot. You don't have to put a foot to a guy's throat to get work done. Niceness goes a long way and my god maybe even a compliment once in a while wouldn't hurt. Your company isn't the military so don't pretend it is. The company's success is not due to its environment of strict "tow the line" cog in a wheel but in spite of it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsWork with top experts in their fields. Wide range of potential jobs to do. Great benefits. Good salary.

    ConsRegimented chain of command. Lack of proper care for people. Lack of interest in people needs. Risk averse management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Invisible Hand knows all...

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Baytown, TX

    ProsBenefits are among the best in industry

    ConsToo much talent. Nowhere to go.

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    Difficult to move around. Little feedback in possibilities for either lateral movement or responsibility increase.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsManagement generally respectful to employees, although contractors still can find it difficult to 'integrate' with 'coworkers'. Flex time is one of the best things they have done (ability to be flexible with work hours).
    Work environment is very relaxed (IT network). (Most) Employee environment is generally welcoming and interesting to be around. Teamwork good.

    ConsIT personnel (network admins) not having admin rights to their own laptops as a given. Imagine being unable to do a job because you dont have the drivers installed for a USB cable (to console cable, laptop didn't have DB-9 serial port...)

    Biggest problem was overbearing restriction in work duties. Read only access is given to network techs who support the 'customers'. (No port VLAN changes, etc.). VERY inefficient and demoralizing to employees, especially those who had their rights taken away when the change first happened. Also greatly increased downtime of 'customers' by making techs unable to
    make port config changes instantly (must submit request up).

    Contractors have been treated better recently, but lack of ease to become permanent hired was not what I expected from the "contract-to-hire" description on contract.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees and don't let other groups get in the way of getting what your group needs. Don't give your group more responsibilities while at the same time taking away necessary tools (such as Telnet write access). It is okay to not know anything about IT, if you can at least listen to your employees when they tell you what needs to happen. It is your job to make things happen, not just blindly give orders.

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