Marathon Oil Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
89 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Possible to have some of the best work / life balance in the industry (in 20 reviews)

  • Flexible 9/80 is great for work/life balance and competitive benefits (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Career advancement limited to Engineers (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great place to work in Houston.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Procurement in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Global Procurement in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flex day scheduling allows for other than Fridays.

    Cons

    Very political as to promotion and advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People want careers - easy to find jobs in the oil industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Learning experience in upstream

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

    I have been working at Marathon Oil as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great. Most of the people are great. Company's completely focused on growing and making smart business decisions. Benefits for direct hire are great.

    Cons

    Company has miles of red tape on hr related issues. If a person is willing to put in extra time, they will ride that person until they break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the value of the individual, not just the position or job title. Think more than a few weeks ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Succession planning, integrity & values, family-like workplace, not a big fish in a small pond and of course the wonderful 9/80 flex schedule!

    Cons

    Retention and hiring good talent in a competitive Houston O&G market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue succession planning and never get rid of 9/80s

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging internship with real business impact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Marathon Oil as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly friendly and welcoming! The intern program is well-structured with training, social events, and leadership opportunities. They make sure the supervisors of interns have real projects for them to work on, not just busy work. I have projects with groups across my department, so I’m getting a lot of experience in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    If you don't like change or you can't deal with uncertainty it's a tough time to work here. In the past year they've gotten almost an entirely new executive board, so big changes are happeneing all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With all the changes make sure you stay true to Marathon's culture and values. Improve the company, but don't change it into something unrecognizable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great culture, lack of diverse projects

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

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

    Pros

    The people and open environment make it a joy to come to work. Flexible 9/80 is great for work/life balance and competitive benefits. Several internal organizations/communities make exchanging technical work across assets easy and fun.

    Cons

    Lack of diverse projects. Marathon seems to be focusing on onshore US and is reducing it's international and conventional assets. Lack of exploration success internationally doesn't leave many assets to work on outside of shale plays. Best assets and exploration are reserved for people with 20+ experience while anyone with less than 10 years is sent to the "shale factory"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on diversifying your portfolio and create opportunities for employees to gain conventional skills needed in the industry, otherwise they will leave to get those experiences elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Awesome great work/life balance with very nice co workers. Company does a lot of community outreach work and really cares about the community they work in.

    Cons

    Company was resistant to change at on point, but with the new management the culture is changing towards a more open minded mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employees for achievements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good growth opportunities in unconventionals and open to young employees.

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

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

    Pros

    Possible to have some of the best work / life balance in the industry. : 9/80 flex days, lots of vacation. Also possible to overwork, and give back vacation, depending on the project you have.
    Good projects in Bakken, Eagleford.
    Lots of room to grow for young employees as the older ones are retiring.
    Friendly, "family" culture with lots of long time employees.

    Cons

    Still too Bureaucratic for an independent. Company is working at becoming more efficient.

    Budget is Focused on Bakken and Eagleford - sensitive to oil price drops in the future. Needs to keep portfolio broad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Neutral IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great Company, clear direction, knows where it was going
    In IT everyone working to do the right thing

    Cons

    Significant Management change the resulting impact to the corporate culture remains to be seen.
    IT Leadership had no direction and somewhat disfunctional, tough to work across silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful not to ruin a great corporate culture.
    IT Leadership needs to figure out what IT needs to be and plot a course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Land in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Land in Houston, TX

    I worked at Marathon Oil full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, challenging projects

    Cons

    Big company, slow moving corporation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the risk giving junior leaders "popcorn stand" leadership opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Marathon has flexible schedules and great benefits. The people are the best part of this company, specifically the people in the field.

    Cons

    If you're not an engineer, you are not valued here. There is not a formal developmental program for new hires or experienced professionals (engineers excluded). Additional education (MBA, PMP, etc.) is not valued. Poor/average performers excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers, not enough leaders!

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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