ExxonMobil Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance outside of month-end close (in 22 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are great as it is big oil (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • This can be a good thing, but not when you desire a strong work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Rating & Ranking system is antiquated at best (in 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company, sometimes overly bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Law Clerk  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ExxonMobil as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, co-workers are very nice. Projects vary and are interesting. The position is what you make of it. New employees get straight down to work. You can always ask your co-workers in case you have any questions, there is in an open-door policy, where anyone can approach anyone else. All this in a very informal atmosphere where people call each other by their first names.

    Cons

    Entry positions are tough to come by, with many employees coming in with substantial experience already.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and maintain junior staff. This will breed loyalty and subject matter expertise, rather than only hiring from outside.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Some Good Things, but Time for a Culture Shift

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance, lots of company-paid-for training and professional development opportunities, great people for the most part, stable company, good pay

    Cons

    Antiquated rating/ranking system, very bureaucratic and stuck in their ways, software developers get no respect and are treated as "second-class" by the majority of the non-IT employees, not "agile"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that your company wouldn't be able to run without your Computer Science people and put more effort into changing the culture that treats those individuals as lesser than the other organizations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, Biased Ranking/Career Path based mostly on perceptions

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    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Advisor in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    People usually start straight out of college and have their entire careers here. The environment is fosters blind loyalty and those who are not aware believe that this culture is the only one that exists. That is fine, unless you disagree with management... Perceptions weigh very heavily here, more so than at other companies.

    The claim is that the company is so large that there is ample opportunity to move around to different positions within the different companies. This is not true. Your career is at the mercy of your manager and how he/she "defends" you during the ranking session. The extremely competitive ranking session is partially based on actual business results and unfortunately, a good amount is based on perceptions.

    Pay is good, but they expect you to work on your evenings and weekends too. A true life/work balance is very difficult to achieve here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A lot of work, but with smart people for decent pay

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Advisor in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working with smart people is the best benefit. Additionally, the company does not skimp on international cross functional team and traveling to international locations to work with global counterparts is a huge plus. The maternity leave is very generous versus other companies as is the flexibility with unpaid leave and returning part time for a period.

    Cons

    No control / limited over your career as everything is done in secret and new positions can be foisted on you two days before you start them. Work life balance is scoffed at. Paternal leave is non existent and the gap makes female employees using the program look weaker. Moving from DC area to Houston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make job moves more transparent and move towards allowing employees to bid on jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IT Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The job stability is great because contract lengths are mostly on an annual basis.

    Cons

    Working as a contractor, there are no benefits and your chances of becoming a full-time employee are slim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not micro manage. It demotivates us the folks that make you look good.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Given challenging work that had real company value

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    At ExxonMobil, you are working with the best and brightest across the world. You are given tasks that are challenging and have real value in the company schematic. Interns are not given busy work or coffee or copy tasks. The intern program has many opportunities for networking with senior management and employees outside your direct functional organization. There is a constant focus on improving work-life balance and you are urged to make sure you are making positive life decisions and not just what's best for your job. There are amazing benefits as an ExxonMobil employee including an almost unmatched salary and retirement pension plan.

    Cons

    The only cons of working for the company are brought out by others outside of the company and choices you make for yourself. Working for ExxonMobil, you will have to constantly combat rumors and stereotypes about the work environment at ExxonMobil and also the industry that it is in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great growth opportunities and significant benefits, but at what cost?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and compensation, opportunity to develop new skills and experience various parts of the organization, including global assignments. Employees are well-trained, highly capable and often better-positioned for similar assignments when compared with employees from other companies.

    Cons

    Most employees are overworked, given constant management focus on efficiency and expense reduction. Work-life balance is thus very difficult given resulting high workload and demands. 40-hour work weeks are rare; 60-hour weeks are the norm. Significant focus on process and internal controls, though important to a point, draw attention away from running the business at times and reduce the ability to adapt to an ever-changing business environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand that senior executives model work-life balance to front-line employees for better morale, listen to and work with employees regarding personal considerations and allow the organization to be more flexible in meeting the needs of customers and end-consumers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong company but less focus on people

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues. Technology starting to step up with industry and be more open to risk. Depending manager, different considerations for work/life balance

    Cons

    Too much subjectivity and forced ranking system for employee assessment. Not as much people focus after merger. Information on career opportunities known by management only

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to review risk and consider level of controls that are required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tough, but worth it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Advisor  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Advisor in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    If you are willing to work hard and smart, you will be rewarded. The culture is tough, but manageable if you are a driven and self-starting employee. You also have the opportunity to be placed in challenging assignments across many lines of business and areas expertise without changing companies.

    Cons

    Ranking system is often portrayed as a negative; however, I would prefer the controlled and measured ranking system to having 1 person determine my promotions and career path. Relocation opportunities are often presented with little notice or flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the best Benefits and Salary in the industry (and entire private sector).

    Cons

    Very cut throat. "UP or OUT" mentality. You're ranked against your peers and the bottom 15-20% are pushed out the door. No work/life balance at all. Be ready to work 50+ hours per week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the corporate culture you're creating. If you don't want top talent to jump ship after 3-5 years, look at making some culture changes. You're losing a long term talent battle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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