Saudi Aramco

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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
186 Reviews
3.0
186 Reviews
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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih
Khalid A. Al-Falih
93 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and good place to raise a family (in 9 reviews)

  • Good Pay for All local, and expats (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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Life in the Aramco compound is safe, easy, and has all the creature comforts of any small town in the US. It is quite family oriented, easy to get hired help, nannies, drivers, gardeners, etc.. The benefits package, plus the salaries are out of this world, especially for US citizens. My colleagues are extremely professional, class sizes are manageable, children come from 2 parent homes with mom usually at home with the kids, so there are absolutely zero discipline issues (As compared to the US) Also, there is plenty to do if you are a sports-oriented person.

    Cons

    You are living in Saudi Arabia with a myriad of restrictions! No drinking, no pork, no music in public places, no driving for women, plus a few strange laws that seem to come and go… Life is not easy for a single person,(especially a woman) but it is ideal f you are a family with small children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with the worst leaders

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    Current Employee - Geologist III in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Geologist III in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about working in Saudi Aramco , if you are Saudi, is that you can develop your self technically and academically really fast. As most of the experienced consultants are willing to mentor you and help you as much as they can. Also, you can get nominated to advanced degree programs very easily.

    Cons

    Your team leader usually don't have the basic technical skills to be able to evaluate your performance. That leads to an unrealistic merit increase distribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change merit increase policies and try to say thank you to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent compensation package

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer III in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer III in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation package and low work pressure, really nice compound to live with family, more than 50 day-off per year and it is great for people retiring.

    Cons

    For an expatriate it is hard to move across business lines in case you were not allocated initially in your field of expertise, high bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Aramcon

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    Good Company and salary package

    Cons

    Accommodation a bit isolated from work place.

  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    What was is no longer - Should have read the recent Glassdoor.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    After about 5 years you might get into some decent housing in a decent community. I am seriously finding it hard to be positive at them moment with the way Aramco has acted. I should be positive about the money.

    Cons

    Read recent reviews on this site prior to packing up and coming over here. Check out the trends for the ratings they are an accurate reflection on what has gone on at Aramco. It was great and you get some employees who have been here 10 plus years who have been happy all the way through. Beware however that the Company has gone on a recruitment drive and is saying anything it can to meet its recruitment goals. This means they are deceiving new employees, because they have pushed their established facilities beyond breaking point, and what was is no longer.

    Don't listen to them about amenities, housing, schooling, or anything else they say. When you get an offer think the only thing that you are going to get is the money. As a new hire you will not be on Aramco camps for several years, will not have ready access to any amenities, will be put on waiting lists that are several years long for the better recreation clubs, face your child being put in school classes where most of the children don't speak English fluently, have family isolated in off community apartments, limited transportation have a 1 hour commute each way to work.

    Just remember the only thing you will get is the money, the lifestyle they sell is a mirage.

  7. 13 people found this helpful  

    Career Suicide

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    Current Employee - Scheduler
    Current Employee - Scheduler

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

    Pros

    A long list of project on the horizon that will be funded. Unlike most companies where you may be unsure of project funding Aramco has no balance sheets no share holder approval it is going to do the projects it wants when it wants.

    Cons

    Career Suicide. You are going to hit the brick wall here in terms of career. Doesn't matter how good you are or how much effort you put in, if you are not Saudi then forget a career. You are wanted for your ability to hold the Saudi up. Seriously forget this company if you have any illusion of progressing to a senior management position.

    Management are very focused on hierarchy more than at any other company. If you are not of a minimum job group of 15 then they are going to treat you like trash and not honor any illusion of lifestyle that they gave you. If you join at a job group of 11 or below simply forget about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geologist II in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Geologist II in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment for all kinds of professionals.

    Cons

    different payrolls depending on nationalities, or geographic regions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Something new for me, a very big company, with a future and a vision of management for minimum 25 years.

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    Former Employee - Industrial Skills Trainer in Al Mubarraz, Riyadh Province (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Industrial Skills Trainer in Al Mubarraz, Riyadh Province (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at Saudi Aramco as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, good payment, very good work conditions, a vision to ensure the future of the saudi arabian people because SAUDI ARAMCO represent 75% Saudi ARABIA

    Cons

    Here i find what is the arabian culture, habits, different hours to work, the values of this company and the golden rules must be respected very strict, is a requirement of the management, but the restrictions and social life after work program it be easy to pass when you look in personal bank account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Safety must respect all the time, take a chance for a people to maked a mistake in this documents, because is not a good ideea to terminate one contract without tell their person were is problem.
    The employees for the contractor = vendor is treated different like Aramco employees. Check how is treated expats by the contractors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great place from 1992-2012

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, excellent covered medical, save money, enjoy the lifestyle, and retire early and securely.

    Cons

    Not much negative when I was there except things changed after 9/11 for some locals (us vs. them). Since I left it seems the main gripe is where they are homing folks (far from work) and this is quite legitimate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You depend on Westerners -- treat them like you depend on them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful  

    Stranded

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

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

    Pros

    There is some remnants of good systems in place. Good attitude towards training of Saudi Nationals. They pay on time most of the time.

    Cons

    Not good for family status people. Schools inside camps are above capacity. No houses available on camp so must live outside and take bus to camp for school.Outside camp flats sub standard not good for family. Only recommend coming if you are happy to be on bachelor status, because you won't get a house for your family and will end up on your own unless you are Job Group 16 and up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shocked, deflated and fooled. Would it not be amazing if one of you actually took to read comments such as these, and pigs might fly as well!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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