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ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
738 Reviews
3.7
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ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson
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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Great job security, training opportunities, and highly skilled workforce, but lacks operational agility

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Geologist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Job security, compensation and benefits are great, excellent training opportunities, workforce is highly skilled and knowledgable, ability to move around different job types and gain new skills.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be stifling. Too much oversight by management and technical leaders makes it difficult to be agile. Demographics are still top heavy with older workforce making upward mobility difficult. Some projects are overstaffed. Forced ranking is not constructive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline decision making process by enabling technical staff to operate with more trust.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil as an intern

    Pros

    Very good environment, challenging work, great benefits.

    Cons

    The ranking system could be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Baytown, TX

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, Networking globally, Great pay, opportunities for travel and ample training

    Cons

    Research was slow, Company performance reviews, Rigid management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    An Honest Opinion

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineer, Eight Years, Experienced Hire

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    - Global opportunities: travel, expat assignments, international workforce.
    - Disciplined focus on safety. Top to bottom commitment to safety and environment that is more than just slogans.
    - Rigorous, methodical approach to risk identification and mitigation.
    - Consensus building to reach decisions.
    - Competitive compensation.
    - The new campus is truly magnificent.
    - Ability to get through the business cycle without dislocating layoffs or hiring binges.

    Cons

    - Insular attitude that disregards or dismisses "outsider" thinking.
    - Inwardly-focused, bureaucratic processes that stifle creativity and result in churn without actual progress towards the goal.
    - Antiquated ranking system grades everyone on a forced curve. Somebody has to get an F. Every year. No matter what.
    - Major time lag between performance assessment and change in compensation. Performance bonuses and stock options only for executive pay grades.
    - Antiquated gender-based expectations of work habits, to the detriment of men who want to see their kids for more than 5 minutes per day.
    - Fanatical opposition to 9/80 schedules and inconsistent implementation of flexible workplace policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The world is becoming more decentralized. Adapt to that.
    - Too late to get out in front of workplace trends like 9/80s. Maybe try to get ahead of the next trend?
    - Keep up the good work on investing through the business cycle and managing cash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Frustrating at times, and not challenging enough.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Nice gifts given for achievement milestones made, at least at the plant I'm working at. People in general are nice.

    Cons

    Management moved around too much. Part of the process to cross train and promote people, however, causes a lot of projects and basic supervisory and management items fall short. The company is so big they have everything globalized and not enough things taken care of within local region/area. Too many chains to go through for approvals to accomplish anything. Pay roll system is a nightmare. Checks are confusing to understand due to strange payment methods. Preventative maintenance is non-existent. Company does not put enough towards updating equipment and facilities, they have a run to failure outlook so equipment used until it breaks and a lot of things are ancient, 20, 30 years old. I'm just not impressed with the way things are ran where I'm located. Everyone is just another number in this large corporation. Also, 12 hour rotating shifts are awful on a person's health. Understaffed and work a lot of overtime and never get holidays off being a newer employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully staff areas of facility. Consider better work hours for operations, lab personnel for a healthier safer way to work people. Actually remember to fulfill supervision responsibilities if in that type of position to maintain fairness and orderliness in facility areas to prevent workers from taking advantage of others and the system.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The day goes by fast because we are so busy

    Cons

    Micro Management is being enforced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much micro management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work but a lot of favoritism between supervisors and their pets.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High safety standards, they do everything within their power to help everyone stay safe. Great pay with a lot of overtime. Coworkers and supervisors are mostly friendly, with a few exceptions. Excellent training for all crafts.

    Cons

    A lot of gossip and drama among employees. Some supervisors can be very immature and unprofessional but it was easy to ignore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Attorney

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and bonus pay.

    Cons

    If you don't like to travel this is not the job for you.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really care about their employees, and want to see you grow with the company very much.

    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great pay, very healthy work environment
    -Brilliant co-workers that inspired you to go beyond yourself
    -This company will be strong in the future as well as the present

    Cons

    Some people are very intelligent but a little geeky and tougher to socialize with. Most are extremely sociable though!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think upper management actually does a pretty great job

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