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ExxonMobil Reviews in Paulsboro, NJ

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
742 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance supported by management in a meaningful way (in 43 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are great as it is big oil (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • This can be a good thing, but not when you desire a strong work/life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Ranking system is flawed because hard work is not taken into account (in 66 reviews)

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    A company that provides excellent benefits and compensation with job stability.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advanced Engineer in Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Advanced Engineer in Paulsboro, NJ

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    This companies has many opportunities for you to broaden your experience and knowledge. Mostly engineering/science backgrounds start out at the bottom and work their way into the business and management areas or stay in the technical. Strong (and often times, obsessive) emphasis on employee health/safety and environmental awareness. Excellent training provided.

    Cons

    As with many large companies there are many layers of bureaucracy. Lots of paperwork and red-tape to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is great but would encourage further communication between management and employees at all levels. Invest in the young scientists and engineers and develop young talent quicker. The younger employees have more tools at their disposal to learn faster.

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    An Honest Opinion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Paulsboro, NJ

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries. Good retirement savings plan. Generally, nice people to work with. Solid company, will be around for decades. They will be a reliable employer, if you intend to be there for the long haul. Limited opportunities for relocation and foreign assignment.

    Cons

    Forced ranking system demoralizes most people. Too much bureaucracy. No real research - it's just product development, dependent on additive suppliers and blending optimization.

    People are recruited and assigned a "potential" rating and for those rated "high" (based on God knows what !), management designs s career path to get them to senior positions - even if they are completely clueless and maintain a track record of turning everything to dirt ! The rest of us have a pick up the pieces, make things right, cover up their mistakes, all for little or no reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake your ideas up ! The model you''re operating with is not sustainable ! You're promoting and rewarding the wrong people ! Everyone knows that forced ranking rewards those who market themselves best, but those don't tend to be the people who do the best work. Recognize "potential" ratings as a self-fulfilling prophecy, and throw them in the garbage.

    Oh .... What's the use ? I've been giving you this message for the last 10 years, and all it got me was a label of being "difficult "

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't walk, RUN away, if you actually want to do science.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Paulsboro, NJ

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    -Decent compensation
    -Convenient work hours - flexibly with work/life balance - can work from home on occasion if needed
    -Nice people, smart people
    -Nice benefits, 401k, pension etc.
    -Chance to travel

    Cons

    -Scientists do very little science. Most of the scientists are mired in tons and tons of bureaucratic nonsense. It is very frustrating! Brilliant people with Ph.D.s are spending the bulk of their time filling out forms in a database, jockeying samples and working the financials with vendors.
    -Most research isn't research at all. It's mixology and filling out forms. Nothing is very new, certainly not "cutting edge."
    -Bureaucracy is debilitating. 95% of the work comprises filling out forms, getting approvals and fighting with a database in order to actually get something fairly simple accomplished.
    -Performance expectations are vague; the rating system is not fair and pits peers against each other. People on wildly different assignments, doing wildly different jobs are ranked against each other.
    -Forget doing any kind of team research. Researchers pretty much work alone which means there's no constant banter and exchange of ideas with respect to what research actually is going on.
    -Sections need to be broken down into smaller teams so people don't end up working in a vacuum.
    -Technical expertise is not rewarded. Very political. Corporate clone-hood rewarded as opposed to fresh ideas and innovative thinking.
    -Culture is extremely dominated by white guys. Females are subtlely marginalized, given projects which are less technical; given more administrative tasks etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire adminstrators to handle administration. Allow scientists to do science. Allow researchers to work on smaller teams with the actual technicians being part of the teams!

    Doesn't Recommend

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