Marathon Petroleum

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Marathon Petroleum Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
91 Reviews
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Marathon Petroleum President and Director Gary R. Heminger
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47 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance seems really good for a larger fortune 500 company (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, strong safety culture and great work environment (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance could be improved (in 4 reviews)

  • Relocate frequently, company headquarters in Findlay, OH, conservative company (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Marathon Petroleum

    Pros

    Pros: very dedicated towards growth

    Cons

    Cons: highly competitive environment, can get lost in shuffle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Safety Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marathon Petroleum as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The opportunity introduced me to the oil industry and provided interesting work.
    Supervisors were very supportive in helping me learn the industry and provided good assignments.

    Cons

    Although a safety intern, I had great concern for safety (especially related to security).
    Pay
    Working at a refinery was an excellent opportunity for an internship, although not one I would wish to pursue professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure workers have adequate time off between shifts.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Think twice if you are considering a position with Marathon that is anything other than an entry level.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management in Findlay, OH
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management in Findlay, OH

    I have been working at Marathon Petroleum full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is very profitable, they stick to what they know, and they do it well.

    Cons

    If you are being recruited for or are considering a position with Marathon that is anything other than an entry level position, let me tell you now that you’d better think twice.

    As background, Marathon is currently struggling with a large age gap between its front-line, rank-and-file staff and staff that are at the manager level and above. So to fill this gap, Marathon has been aggressively recruiting and hiring more experienced staff to enter the company at the manager level or higher. It is important to understand that Marathon historically has not hired staff externally into anything other than entry level positions; they have typically developed and promoted staff only from within whenever possible.

    So back to why you should think twice before joining Marathon at anything other than an entry level position. This age gap dynamic has resulted in a horribly unwelcoming environment for all experienced hires. As you might expect, the rank and file Marathon staff see these experienced hires as taking their promotions and cutting off their career advancement, and the way they have chosen to deal with it is by downright harassing and hazing the experienced hires. And I’m not talking about ‘you’re new here’ type condescension; oh no, it’s far worse. Here’s some highlights:
    • To begin with, the experienced hires are referred to as “outsiders” versus the Marathon “lifers.” Even experienced hires whom have been with Marathon for 10+ years are still referred to as “outsiders.” But it’s more than just a label. Whether or not people are included in key work related conversations, meetings, decisions, or simply educated on the cultural protocols and understood practices of Marathon, correlates to their outsider vs. lifer status. If you’re a lifer, rest assured that you’re in the club and you’ll be in the know. But if you’re an outsider, you’d better watch out. Because when the outsiders are left out of the loop on things, depending on the situation, they're set up to look foolish and ignorant in front of senior management, or they make a mistake because they weren’t given the same information as the lifers, or worst of all, are held accountable and even reprimanded for business problems that occurred due to the outsiders’ lack of awareness of one thing or another that s/he was intentionally excluded from. It’s terrible.
    • Outsiders are relentlessly harassed and retaliated against – for nothing other than being outsiders – through misuse and abuse of Marathon’s internal systems. Calls to Marathon security to nitpick or even falsely report infractions of outsiders is common. Anonymous complaints to Human Resources about the behavior of outsiders – that is never even verified – are even more common, and worse, welcomed by an attention seeking HR department who gladly adds such unverified complaints to that outsider’s HR file. They then collect these complaints until they eventually bring a stack of them to the attention of the outsider’s supervisor, all before the outsider is even made aware of any such complaints. Oh, and for lifers that report to an outsider, absolutely slamming that outsider in the anonymous Marathon Employee Engagement Survey that recurs every two years is basically a given. See, if someone in a management position gets low enough ratings from their staff on the survey, it will impact their promotion potential and even their annual bonus, and the lifers are fully aware of this. And yes, the lifers absolutely talk and share with each other their harassment and retaliation techniques; there is no other way to explain the coincidental timing, frequency, and similarity of it all. But being a lifer myself, I can confirm that I've overheard many conversations of lifers sharing notes with each other of their latest conquests to punish an outsider.
    • Now, all of the above might be tolerable if Marathon’s senior and executive management were aware of it and supported the outsiders. Just some reassurance from an outsider’s boss is all that would be needed -- that they know what’s being done to them and why, but the outsider can ignore it and get back to work because they have their boss’ full faith and support. Unfortunately, this is not the case. See, Marathon’s senior management, most of them lifers themselves, are fiercely defensive of Marathon’s self-perceived ‘Mayberry’ culture and refuse to acknowledge that the outsiders that they so desperately need are being treated this way. Even when they are presented with multiple verified examples of this treatment and its undeniable correlation to the victims’ outsider status, they are in complete denial. For them, acknowledging this obvious problem would be an indictment of the company they’ve built. So when the waves of calls to security, or complaints to HR, deplorable survey ratings, or whatever the latest guerilla technique is to harass the outsiders, is brought to the attention of management, the way it’s dealt with is to put it right back on the outsider. Oh yes, outsiders are routinely hauled out to the whipping post or forced through some kind of HR intervention process for infractions they weren’t even aware were infractions, and sometimes for flat out accusations of hearsay. To be fair, there are a few lower-level senior managers willing to acknowledge the poor treatment of outsiders that do what they can to protect the outsiders reporting to them from it, but they are in a small minority.

    In short, if you’re an experienced hire at Marathon, you start on Day 1 with a scarlet letter tattooed to your forehead, you are treated like it, management won’t acknowledge it (let alone do anything about it), and you will never live it down. And it will absolutely impact your time there in material ways – bonuses, promotions, etc. So if you’ve read this and accept a position at Marathon as an experienced hire anyway, don’t say you weren’t warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above. Should be pretty obvious.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company for the Midwest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assist in Findlay, OH
    Current Employee - Administrative Assist in Findlay, OH

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

    Pros

    If you are an employee with Marathon vs. contractor life will be good -- plenty of vacation and job openings. Findlay isn't the best town especially for young people but it is what you make of it. Company has a very positive attitude for keeping the employees satisfied and safe.

    Cons

    Personal growth is very weak. I have had very little to no mentoring on where I could go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to assisting employees with growth and not trying to keep them down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very challenging, but rewarding and worthwhile internship experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Procurement Intern in Findlay, OH
    Former Employee - Global Procurement Intern in Findlay, OH

    I worked at Marathon Petroleum as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly culture and wonderful colleagues. Projects that are given feel very important.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of work to be given, but only occasionally.

  7.  

    Internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Procurement in Robinson, IL
    Former Employee - Global Procurement in Robinson, IL

    I worked at Marathon Petroleum as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good compensation, friendly

    Cons

    bad location, easy work, must intern before getting a job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company with Great People

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

    I have been working at Marathon Petroleum

    Pros

    Company has great compensation packages as well as benefits. They really work with what you want to do. You can completely change your career path and stay in the same company. The people are great and the Marathon is one of the most socially responsible oil companies. They put employee, public, and environment safety first.

    Cons

    The headquarters is located in a smaller town in Ohio. Not very appealing to recent college graduates who are looking to work in a larger city.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great opportunity

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer Co-Op in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer Co-Op in Corpus Christi, TX

    I worked at Marathon Petroleum as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Safe company to work for also a great way to get experience

    Cons

    Its not a fast paced comnany

  10.  

    Great work environment and a company that really cares about safety and its employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Safety in Kennesaw, GA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and a company truly cares for its employees.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind as this is a great company to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to grow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marathon Petroleum

    Pros

    Working with great people and great management. Loved the company

    Cons

    Its in Findlay Ohio. I'm warm blooded and winters can be brutal

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