Saudi Aramco

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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.5 142 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih

Khalid A. Al-Falih

(71 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and good place to raise a family (in 8 reviews)

  • Saudi Aramco is a great place for those seeking job security (not career security) (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There is differentiation between salaries based on nationality (in 3 reviews)

  • Middle management is what will bring this company down (in 4 reviews)

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    Perfect career move....

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsJob security...Top pay...friendly atmosphere. ..A solid renowned company.

    ConsThere is none. Management is there to assist you taking all the cons out of the equation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThank you for having trust in expats! !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Well Organized

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSafety Precautions is highly Respected

    ConsTasks Take time in administration process

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep technically qualified persons

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    Positive work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proscompensation, vacation time, international work experience

    Consheat, restrictions to enter camp

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    Another bad year for the US Dollar Compensation Program.

    Petroleum Engineer (Former Employee) Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsIt is true the company has one of the leading 401k plans and still a competitive pension plan

    ConsThe overall salaries offered by the company are well below those of BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and ConocoPhillips. Saudi Aramco is not the top paying employer for US expats wishing to seek employment in the Middle East. Camp housing is completely full. The schools on camp are also full too. Expats with families can expect major delays. The company has not adjusted the US salary structure in years. The US program is below market and that "expat" lifestyle they continue to sale and advertise is a myth. If you want to earn top dollar in the KSA, don't start with Saudi Aramco.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've known about the housing situation for years and failed to react until it became a problem. You have zero housing available and the new addition will not be ready for another 2-3 years. Despite all of this, you are continuing to recruit expats with no housing and no availability in the school system because you allowed non-expat children in the camp schools. Camp is no longer an expat community any longer. You also know about the pay situation too. You used to be the #1 paying employer in the Kingdom and in the region too, but not any longer. Despite all of this, you still act and behave like you are still #1. Wake up gentlemen. Your situation is bad and getting worse because you still can recall the "good ol' days". Guess what? Those days are gone. Since you're fond of blaming someone and making excuses, this one is one you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad organization, but too rigid policies

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Madīnat Yanbu` aş Şinā`īyah (Saudi Arabia)

    Pros1. Job security
    2. Home ownership program

    Cons1. Tense environment
    2. Low merit increases
    3. Salary

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome changes on the compensation and appraisal policies are a necessity to retain the company’s reputation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    mechanical engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbig company, friendly employee, and organized management

    Consremote area, hot weather, salary

    Advice to Senior Managementgood environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Racist.. various payrolls based on nationality not qualifications

    Career Counselor (Current Employee) Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsDevelopment is good, big impact and you see the results of U'r work faster than other places.

    ConsFavoritism, westerners are getting the best of the deal, paid up to 7-10 times more than locals. Highly political and decision makers r mostly incompetent. Least professional and most arrogant entity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate what u have, and treat U'r ppl better. U'r wasting the country's resources and ppl r losing their moral.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going downhill

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood training. good education opportunities if you are still motivated.

    Consexpats get everything. no plan for young locals. lots and lots of bureacracy.

    Advice to Senior Managementtalk to your people. know where you are headed. stop caring about yourself alone. your people are your most valuable asset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Many foreman and drilling superintendents with very little practical knowledge down time due to that experience.

    Drilling Foreman (Current Employee) Dammam (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsConsistency of work and the amount of different class rigs.

    ConsSuperintendent with very little practical knowledge. Down time due to that experience. Going against the rest of the worlds oil company's policy's & procedures and think it's normal. Low pay the reasons for not getting and keeping oil field hands with practical knowledge.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Industrial Relations - ASC

    Industrial Relations (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsOn-site amenities (cafeteria, gym, clinic, workshops, etc.).

    ConsEgos and corrupt practices. Individuals in managerial roles with ineffective and often questionable leadership capabilities (with the exception of Technical/R&D roles). Non-existent on-boarding process. Lack of vision and communication between ASC and Saudi Aramco. Political/Hierarchal organization (refrain from addressing organizational gaps and contributing ideas).

    Advice to Senior ManagementOil reserves are a gift, but character is a choice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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