Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Marathon Oil CEO Lee Tillman
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Pros
  • Awesome great work/life balance with very nice co workers (in 21 reviews)

  • Flexible 9/80 is great for work/life balance and competitive benefits (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • No real career advancement unless you count staying here 30 years, then you can advance, maybe (in 4 reviews)

  • The good-old-boy system is alive and well at Marathon (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great E&P to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefit programs

    Cons

    Sometimes the company strategy is not clear


  2. Accounting Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Marathon Oil (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some good accounting professionals to work with.

    Cons

    Very small amount of opportunities for advancement.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Shaky Ground

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -nice offices -management supports training -good salary -solid benefits

    Cons

    -lots of (pointless) middle management layers -while preaching innovation and pushing the envelope, management actually extremely conservative -lots of conflict between people with "integrated" Marathon way of working and newer "independent" mindsets -since downtown started, there's been no productive communication to employees as to strategy or direction...just a lot of initiatives and buzz words with no substance -relative ranking performance review system pits employees against each other. I understand the logic in trying to evaluate everyone on the same playing field, but rather than force relative ranking, have your managers get on the same page to do a more traditional performance review...there's certainly no shortage of them with little to nothing else to do.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clear direction to employees so people can get to work and not be afraid they're going to be laid off after cutting most severance packages in half. Embrace innovation and get rid of the folks that are solely concerned with playing corporate politics. If you really want to be the 'premier independent E&P', embrace an aggressive stance and reward both your office and field personnel for achieving real performance goals, not just the nonsense that gets twisted to make us look like #1 in internal meetings.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    The New Marathon

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flex 9/80 Schedule -Competitive pay -Nice co-workers in general

    Cons

    -No vision/strategy from executive management -Technical work has dramatically reduced in quality -Few opportunities for advancement and exposure to new projects -Management continues to double-down on uneconomic shale plays and selling of conventional assets -Stock value consistently underperforming peer group -Good old boy system still in place, management suffers from lack of of technical knowledge (process or project managers, do not understand value of technical work) -Morale has not recovered from the layoffs 6 months ago. Top talent still leaving the company in a downturn. -Little to no exploration activity for foreseeable future

    Advice to Management

    Stop fooling yourselves on unconventionals. Swallow the bitter pill and become a diversified company once again. Listen to your technical people, they will keep you out of the ditch. Promote from within, importing managers does not build loyalty/trust from your employees. Stop with all the corporate nonsense (impact 2020, rise, the screen savers....), at this point employees just see this as a mockery and that executive management has no real plan.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sinking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 schedule Decent work/life balance Good benefits that is just about all I can say that is positive at the moment

    Cons

    Lots of negativity among workforce, some justified, some not


  7. Helpful (1)

    Former employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Senior Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Advanced Senior Geologist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, good benefits, interesting work

    Cons

    Political, technical standards not consistent

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, allow technical professionals to present directly to senior management


  8. Helpful (5)

    Used to be a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Smart folks. Interesting work. Used to be a company with strong corporate values. This is definitely gone. Possibly a good fit for younger employees that aren't bothered by a lack of focus on health, safety and the environment.

    Cons

    This is a completely different company than it was prior to the company split. Complete change in leadership. The new strategy and values are unclear and constantly shifting. The only strategic focus is on short-term gains. Exploration (except unconventional) is dead. Very reactive. No long-term focus, except fracking, fracking, fracking.


  9. Helpful (3)

    If you know someone high up - come work here!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    9/80 is good, that's it.

    Cons

    1) If you'd like to build your career based on your skills and capabilities - look elsewhere. Favoritism is alive and well here. 2) Make sure you behave! Be the Yes Man they want you to be. 3) Pay is below average here

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees, not just yourselves and your golden parachutes


  10. Good company, great benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people and leadership team.

    Cons

    Lack of career development and ownership in decisions about one's own career direction.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Administrative

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Vacation time accrual. Potential to move to different locations within the company if that's what you desire.

    Cons

    Carry only about bottom dollar and not people. Laid off more experienced people in favor of cheaper less experienced workers.

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort into retaining employees instead of suckling up to the CEO and VP's. Good employees are hard to find and even harder to keep in a fluctuating market.



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