Marathon Oil

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Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
85 Reviews

3.7
85 Reviews
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Marathon Oil CEO Lee Tillman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Possible to have some of the best work / life balance in the industry (in 17 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Challenging internship with real business impact

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Houston, TX

    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
  2.  

    They care about their employees, but at times misses the mark on how to harness new technologies or ways of thinking.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HES
    Current Employee - HES

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, and competitive benefits (they still have a pension)!

    Cons

    Move and operate like a dinosaur even though we are a new "independent". Also lots of mis-management in the middle management area. Bad employees are allowed to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to bring excitement back to the company. Look at what companies are doing that are the new wave of business Google, Cox, etc. to see how to harness passion and retain young driven people that will work because they love to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Learning experience in upstream

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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company/!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Holds ethics and integrity as strong values

    Cons

    Lots of recent turnover in senior ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that you keep the company moving forward, but not at the expense of values.

  6.  

    Great place to work!

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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, lack of diverse projects

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

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Benefits and 90/80 work schedule but no real Succession Planning or opportunities for advancement

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

    Pros

    You walk in the door with no less than 3 weeks vacation and the opportunity to have every other Friday off. The company has great values and is pretty stable. Compensation and Benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    If you are not the type of person who enjoys staying in the same role for the next 20 or 30 years this is not the place for you. This organization is very flat! There is no visable development plans for non petro technical roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Succession Planning is key. It's very important to understand where I can go within "this" organization in my career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work environment

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

    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
  10.  

    Good growth opportunities in unconventionals and open to young employees.

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

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Neutral IT

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX

    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

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