Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. It is a good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good career with excellent training opportunities

    Cons

    low pay for national compare to other same companies in the regoin. But for Expat it is very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Try to rentain the talant of national employee.

  2. The best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dammam (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dammam (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Development and reward are the best

    Cons

    Nothing at this time I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees dirctly

  3. Helpful (2)

    Poor Management

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money is good but with what you need to put up with it needs to be. There is certainly certainty as an expat you will not be given opportunities to develop and you will not be promoted and not given the review increases you should. The positive you ask, Certainty.

    Cons

    Assignment will not be what was indicated, responsibilities not as indicated. Have been here three years and it aint getting better. Managers who are less experienced and less competent are managing because they are locals. If joining beware there will never ever be advancement (except maybe in finance or law dept). Major problem is not able to trust what management say! There is not a culture of following through on commitments.

    Advice to Management

    Run the place like a business.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    No progress for Expats. Biased performance reviews!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planner in Ras Tanura (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Planner in Ras Tanura (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you wait the 5-10 years it will take to get any sort of housing on Camp then there is real nice facilities there. It is unfortunate that a chaotic policies mean that there is not enough houses for people to be able to utilize the facilities. They are building some more houses but have slowed down the finish date for the housing until the never never because the oil price is low.

    Cons

    Complete bias in performance reviews, the local Saudi is going to get the good reviews and so the good bonus and raise. As an Expat you will do the hard professional work and get a bucket of dodo dumped on you at the end of the year. Saudi work colleagues who did much less will be rewarded much more.

    There is little long term thinking that goes on, they recruit when they don't need people, all the major projects closed down lately but for some reason they still recruit people even though they do not have anywhere to put the people they recruit.

    Advice to Management

    Do some proper planing, be realistic.

  6. only student and have dedication to achieve any goal.

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Give full effort and do something big in life.

    Cons

    only interested in my future bright.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Interesting place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will make a lot money in a short time.
    You will meet very interesting people.
    if you get housing in the main camp or hills area ypu will experience life in 1970s west Texas
    you will wear a jacket indoors in the summer
    if you are outside the camp areas you will get to experience the middle east experience

    Cons

    Your boss is directly responsible for your raises Not your performance.
    Your will get to work with lots of paperwork .... meaningless paperwork
    thou shalt learn patience ... quickly
    you will learn to work with the system ... there is no out of the box thinking. .. the box is sealed shut
    Beware of visas and expiration dates
    Remember to count travel days carefully
    The video on campus life is greatly exaggerated
    the only high school in town does not have adequate teachers.
    keep a copy of fenefits promised you.
    You wil not work on what you think you are hired for.
    You will stagnate as sn expat

    Advice to Management

    Get to managing people and jovs.work instead of building empires.

  8. Helpful (2)

    NOT GOOD and getting WORSE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unless you believe the nonsense about Solar and Wind Saudi Aramco has many years ahead of it. It WAS good WAS being the crucial word.

    Cons

    They do not deliver on what they offer. Increases not based on merit. You become an insignificant little number. Social life and life for families is not good. How far can they push you before the employee jumps is the game.

    Advice to Management

    Deceptive Employment Services will not gain anything. Loyalty Truth and Honesty breed Loyalty Truth and Honest.

  9. good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    good work environment, competitive teamwork, and good salaries.

    Cons

    long hours, but generally it's good

  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Salary/Benefit, decent work environment, horrible politics player

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

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary - Above average of what you make in North America, tax free.
    Benefits - including saving account and retirement funds
    Work environment was good,
    People were kind

    Cons

    Lots of behind the curtain activities,
    Backstabbing and politics.
    Obvious preferable treatment
    Lower standards of urban living

    Advice to Management

    Try some honesty

  11. Helpful (2)

    This opportunity is what you make it.

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Come in, make your money, gain global experience and have an exit plan within 3-5 years. There is really no reason to stay any longer. Say bye, bye student loans!!!

    Cons

    Heed the warnings on housing. Whatever you've been promised it's simply not true. What is true is that you will absolutely not be living on camp...it's 100% full and has been for some time. They are building, but it will be at least 3 years before housing is ready on main camp. If you're heading to Riyadh, ask about your housing situation. Al wadi is a total dump...so is Star compound. The only acceptable option is Al Bustan Village, where the American School is located.

    Advice to Management

    Just be honest with folks.

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