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
Lee Tillman
11 Ratings

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.  

    Pleased with the work environment and co-workers.

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    Current Employee - Lease Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lease Analyst in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good benefits, and great life-work balance

    Cons

    lower paying salaries as opposed to competitors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Good

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    Current Employee - HES Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - HES Intern in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great projects to gain expereience

    Cons

    Communication was lacking at times between projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to consult for

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    Current Employee - HES Advisor  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - HES Advisor in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Even though I am a consultant, they keep me busy. My consultant rate is good.

    Cons

    Expenses are high in Houston.

    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Grass is not greener - hard to find a more satisfying company to work for in the E and P sector.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Recruited to Marathon and interested in its unique blend of entrepreneurial freedom and process controls. Seemed just about right. Found that Marathon went the extra-mile for employees with "scarce-skills". First rate facilities, benefits, amenities and employee quality of life. Can be a proud, productive and fulfilled employee.

    Cons

    Strong paradigms of long term employees often hard to shed resulting in resistance to change with the company, it's business strategy and the times. Increasing controls overhead dampens productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to differentiate Marathon from its competitors and retain the competitive advantage in attracting talent. Find oil and grow organically.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very nice place to work.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    Very friendly staff, nice offices. The interview was very relaxed and the HR reps made it very comfortable. A very low stress experience.

    Cons

    None that I am aware of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    People are great, they care that you learn as much as you can. I really enjoyed my time working there.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, company going through a hard time right now because of the split. They are still trying to find their identity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risk with your portafolio

  8.  

    Marathon offers its employees opportunity for growth and development.

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    Current Employee - Advanced Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Advanced Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Gives back to the community, supports career development, promotes safety awareness

    Cons

    Needs a little more organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start

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    Current Employee - Adv Geologist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Adv Geologist in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great work life balance with 9/80 flexible schedule, gym, 401, etc..
    Senior staff is allways willing to help.
    No massive layoffs even in the bad times.

    Cons

    Stratigical direction of the comany isn't quite clear.
    The only constant thing is a new supervisor every year or even six months.
    Poor manegement of low or high performers. Whater you do, you get about the same..

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company behind the times

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Marathon has decent pay and good benefits. If you can manipulate people then you will be able to get raises without doing much actual work. This is a great company for people who are poor performers.

    Cons

    Every decision is made by company politics and corporate bureaucracy. There are few opportunities for promotion outside of the field. Rather than acting as a single organization with a common goal, each department takes an "our way or the highway" approach that prevents work from being done. The "good-old-boy" network and flagrant nepotism make many workers untouchable. The managers are greedy, self-serving, and refuse to take responsibility for their inept leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not good for technically strong employees, Managers lack minimum technical depth and understanding

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    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance is great. Flex days can be taken on any day of the week. Family friendly company. It is a great company if you lack technical depth and but can build relationships. You can spend your entire without adding any real value to company.

    Cons

    Good technical work is never recognized. There is a bias in promotions. Managers lack technical depth and often promote people based on individual liking. There is no incentive to do good quality technical work. Most of Reservoir Engineers at senior level are technically challenged and can only do budget work. You will hardly ever find Reservoir Engineers presenting in technical conferences. Very little diversity - in terms international employees with higher degrees. Culture is not good for international employees with other nationalities. If you are dumb but a slick talker, this company is made for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should convey to employees that good quality technical work is still king. They should reward hard working and technically strong people, who add value. This will not happen unless they get rid of poor performing middle level managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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