Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Marathon Oil

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    Former Employee - Geoscientist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geoscientist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are generally good and easy to work with particularly in the asset teams.

    Cons

    No real complaints, they treated me pretty well.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Whispers and Fear...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Scientist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries paid, good office location, nice working conditions

    Cons

    Lack of imagination in methods and exploration; initiative is strongly discouraged, and no leaders want to be responsible for anything that could possibly fail; extremely risk-averse culture; stock price continues to decline despite oil price stabilization;"forced-ranking" annual evaluation system brings about distrust and an "every man for himself" attitude;

    Advice to Management

    Marathon was the first sizable company to lop off large numbers of high-quality, experienced people in response to the drop in oil price. This was done to reassure investors that funds were being used conservatively, but it had the opposite effect of frightening stockholders who responded to this measure by a strong sell-off of the stock. Large layoffs are usually associated with companies fearing bankruptcy or anticipating a takeover, and this point has not been lost on Marathon employees or the investment community at large. Marathon decimated their technical workforce including entire teams of the best and brightest minds who could have taken the organization away from its fixation with $65/bbl-break-even shale projects. The upper ranks need to be swept away. Their secretive and short-sighted decisions have done nothing to move the company forward and they have left a highly demoralized staff in place after an unnecessarily large workforce cut.


  3. Helpful (6)

    How to destroy a great company in under 2 years!

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

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule that is very flexible lots of knowledgeable employees with years of experience great access to on-sight gym There used to be many more "pros" before the current executive management was put into place. Lee Tillman and JR Sult have destroyed what used to be a really great company!

    Cons

    JR Sult is a bully and regularly belittles people unnecessarily..that's when he's not going on and on about how great he is. The culture has changed drastically over the last 1-1.5 years and not in a good way. When Lee Tillman came in, all employees were worried that he would bring in an Exxon-type culture...and slowly, its getting there. But I think JR Sult has more to do with that than Tillman as Tillman appears to be nothing more than a puppet while letting Sult call the shots.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the Board...clean house and start over. Advice to remaining employees...RUN!!! Get out while you can.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Poor Management

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

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have had good opportunities for learning and development. Good comp and benefits overall, even if not the best for each benefit.

    Cons

    New senior management. CEO is a micromanager with need for approval of CFO, so it's like roles are reversed. No other executives make any decisions because the CFO belittles them and finds fault if they do. Miserable work environment for those in compliance roles since introduction of rank and yank rating system.

    Advice to Management

    Board needs to revisit decisions about senior management. Mitch Little would be a great CEO. The Board should emphasize compliance with Code of Conduct and all laws. Failure to be ethical will come back and bite Marathon.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Sails are flapping...no captain at the helm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - generous time off & 9/80 flex option - generally friendly & knowledgeable coworkers

    Cons

    - management is secretive, even at lower levels - complete disconnect between C-suite, upper and middle management - lack of trust has permeated through organization - XOM-style employee review process is flawed and promotes cut-throat atmosphere - total lack of agility for a company this size - intolerance for new or creative ideas despite this being a stated goal - lack of diversity in projects - Tower employees bound to pricey & repulsive cafeteria food

    Advice to Management

    You claim a desire to be The Premier E & P company, but are following the lead of so many other medium-sized, lackluster E & P companies. The prestige of this once-great company is fading every day. Dare to be different. Learn to lead, not just manage to get by. Truly embrace (and foster!) novel & creative ideas. Truly respect and invest in your people -- a line in SI7 doesn't get you off the hook.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Need better execution

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation Diversity in type of work Lot of field experience available Lower and mid level managers are well selected for their positions

    Cons

    Marathon is stuck in doing things the "marathon way" which new management is challenging. This is good but they are having difficulty executing their vision which is causing a lot of dissatisfaction for employees. No one likes change.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge employees to make economical and effective decisions. A lot of good people left the company. It doesn't seem like the premier place to be now.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Lots of organizational change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good location.

    Cons

    Lots of organization changes due to the falling oil prices.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to your employees. They have the knowledge to move the company forward.


  9. Helpful (2)

    This was a great company to work for until it split into upstream and downstream companies.

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    • 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

    Great benefits and salary. This was a great company to work for until it split into upstream and downstream companies.

    Cons

    Very inexperienced management. This was a great company to work for until it split into upstream and downstream companies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Work/life balance is excellent.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people. Work/life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    Highly layered and structured management style makes it difficult to get anything of value accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in and take care of your people.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Keep your resume fresh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and 9/80 flex plan

    Cons

    Don't treat the employee with respect during a layoff. Don't respect new ideas from experienced and older staff.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you too are going to be "older" one day and may get the same treatment you gave out.



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