Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
167 Reviews
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167 Reviews
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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih
Khalid A. Al-Falih
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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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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Deceptive Recruitment Practices BEWARE. You won't get what they tell you or show you.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Officer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Environmental Officer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable and work place is neat and comfortable.

    Cons

    Deliberately misleads in relation to living conditions and housing during the hiring phase.
    You can't believe a thing they say in relation to housing, transportation, facilities provided.
    No flexibility or understanding of individual needs or preferences.
    Will put you in positions well below your capabilities.
    No career development opportunities for westerners.
    Don't have housing available for all the people they are hiring.
    Promises family status with beautiful housing and great facilities but puts people in shared bachelor accommodation that does not allow for family to come for nearly a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some integrity, it is pathetic that your recruitment department tricks people. If you want to be considered a great company and have loyal employees then lying to them at contract sign is not a smart way to start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    I had served the company in an excellent manner and enjoyed my entire service and I am proud of it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Systems Technical Specialist in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Communications Systems Technical Specialist in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary, long terms benefits, rich development sources along with working relationship as you feel owning company.

    Cons

    Peaceful working environment and promotions are given in according to performance of each individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each individual has assigned tasks and given fair evaluations on base of their performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    mechanical engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    big company, friendly employee, and organized management

    Cons

    remote area, hot weather, salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good environment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Another bad year for the US Dollar Compensation Program.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    You'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad organization, but too rigid policies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madīnat Yanbu` aş Şinā`īyah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madīnat Yanbu` aş Şinā`īyah (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Job security
    2. Home ownership program

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place to live and work

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    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting place to live and work. Multicultural environment. Great work-life balance and good place to raise a family. Employer is at times exceedingly benevolent, and employee programs are in general quite good. Winter weather is fantastic. Pace of life is relatively slow and relaxed. Work is varied and interesting, often challenging (in a good way).

    Cons

    Summer weather - yes, it really is that hot (especially in July-August-September). Limited managerial opportunities, if that is important to you. Must drive very defensively and carefully. Shopping can be challenging and limited, particularly if you are in to food.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Racist.. various payrolls based on nationality not qualifications

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Favoritism, 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going downhill

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Consistency of work and the amount of different class rigs.

    Cons

    Superintendent 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    I do not know whether most oil companies are like this, but this is not the place for a good career path

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of vacation days every year.
    Diversity in the community

    Cons

    No management opportunities for expats
    Too few females in the technical area

    Doesn't Recommend

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