ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson
Rex W. Tillerson
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Pros
  • Employees generally respects work-life balance (in 43 reviews)

  • The company offers great pay and benefits (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance seemed really skewed towards work (in 37 reviews)

  • Rating & Ranking system is antiquated at best (in 66 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Don't bother

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money was plentiful and freely thrown around

    Cons

    Everything bothered me, down to the style of carpet in the building.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. Helpful (2)

    If you are dynamic, intelligent and results oriented, don't go to ExxonMobil.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Associate in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Associate in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HR does a great job in providing "golden handcuffs" to experienced employees. Benefits (pension plan, 401k) are pretty good, and the job seems safe right now.

    Cons

    Career path is pre-determined before you start working there. Excellent work performance does not give you any recognition. Only if management really likes somebody (because of a nice smile, or the ability to endlessly talk smoothly), that person will get a series of easy tasks to accomplish, and that leads to promotions and recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Lower management (department managers) is way too often doing a lousy job communicating and supporting senior management guidelines. There are many such managers that should not only not be manager, they should not even be in the company.


  3. Helpful (3)

    The very best company.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baytown, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to die at early age, XOM will be your top choice. Good benefits and salary without bonus. You can get some safety bucks and some free lunch if you are in research and development department.

    Cons

    None if you like to work harder than others. The company has force ranking system. Feedbacks from high level engineers are very subjective. In the ranking season, everyone is trying to show off in meeting. It is always the best strategy that you brining up very simple data and draw a straight line that can easily understood by the management and most of the audience. There is no 9/80 schedule and everyone works at least nine hours to impress their boss.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and you may see.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    The company will continue to be profitable under Rex Tillerson.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is well known - it's the largest publicly traded company in the world. The name carries a lot of weight to other potential employers.

    Cons

    Company culture is very rigid, it's a good ol' boys network. It never was about what you know, it's about who you know...company is lacking in diversity.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a check and balance system in ensuring equal opportunity especially for minorities.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Large bureaucracy, no room for any creativity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation is decent. That's about it.

    Cons

    Does not inspire any creativity, huge bureaucracy, no fairness to the ranking system. "Performance Review" will be based on how much you kiss up to your boss.

    Advice to Management

    Change outdated HR policies.


  7. Helpful (3)

    One has to be very aggressive to survive in Exxon

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer (R&D) in Annandale, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer (R&D) in Annandale, NJ

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting research state of the art equipment and facilities stable company, good books (accounting) competent pay and benefits emphasis on safety

    Cons

    relative grading for deciding compensation...serial (not coarse) grading Highly aggressive and extrovert people rewarded Lot of politics, competition Managerial skills rewarded more than technical competence

    Advice to Management

    Take steps to reduce stress associated with relative grading. Create a nurturing environment for all kind of personalities. Create respect for technical ladder,


  8. Helpful (1)

    ExxonMobil Global Services Company, Controllers Group

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fast paced culture, friendly on the outside. A very large and stable organization with a global presence.

    Cons

    Training is dependent on where you are, some in Fairfax still believe that they are working for Mobil and will dispell any direction from the Houston counterpart. Training recieved was one of two forms, a verbal dissertation lasting 20 minutes or more, without the ability to take notes, covering multiple key strokes one could never possibly remember OR a quick "Here is the report I prepare" now check this box saying you were trained. Overall, a very discombobulated group with some stars, some helfpu and some NOT. From the inside, it'd be hard to tell that this organization is making any money with their relentless pursuit of headcount reduction.

    Advice to Management

    I'd recommend training and reports be standardized-and done from Houston as much as possible. Too much of the old Mobil culture and at times "good ole boys" network may prevent hard working new employees to succeed in this location. This is particularly true if the person who has been assigned to "train" you, on the countless nuances of her/his reports; is too busy to give you enough information to do your job. you'll check off all the boxes saying that everything was "taught" to you when in effect it was dumped on you. Spend enough time in this situation and the CYA process will start and end in your dismissal.


  9. Helpful (3)

    #1 in size does NOT equal #1 best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    International opportunities, international scope and experience (at least in the marketing group)

    Cons

    -VERY political and VERY bureaucratic- an incredibly frustrating culture for people that want to work and get things done -Slow moving and risk averse, even for Big Oil -Workforce lacks the levels of diversity seen in other Fortune 500 firms -Software, etc. is extremely out-dated and difficult to work with -Pretend to be friendly toward alternative energy but behind closed doors often openly deride all that is not oil/gas

    Advice to Management

    Drop the arrogance. It, combined with the slow moving, conservative nature of your firm and your out-dated software and processes are going to continue to deter the younger generation from applying for jobs with you. As your workforce continues to age and near retirement, you are going to have to make A LOT of changes if you want to attact Gen X and Gen Y as future leaders.


  10. Don't stay too long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Support in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay check Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Every year you could make less than the year before if you are a contractor. Last year they cut our pay seven percent, mid contract. Management gives safety lectures that a 10 year old would find condescending. You get a new manager every two years. Don't expect opportunity for advancement, You have to follow so many ill conceived processes to get the simplest task accomplished. Hard work goes unrewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  11. Helpful (14)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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



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