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Aramco Services Company Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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Basil A. Abdul-Hamayel
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Pros
  • Every other Friday off, great work life balance, excellent pay (in 8 reviews)

  • 9/80 schedule good for getting out of town every other weekend (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible sexual harassment issues for women to deal with that get overlooked by HR, legal group and management (in 3 reviews)

  • No benefits (no health/dental plan, no 401k, (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Environment and Excellent Opportunity to Grow Professionally"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very familiar environment, lots of opportunities to network and excellent location in Houston.

    Cons

    So far, I cannot find any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working as well as you are doing it now.


  2. "Good People"

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    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aramco Services Company full-time

    Pros

    Most everyone is very nice and responsible.

    Cons

    Sometime difficult to understand how to make progress.

    Advice to Management

    Improve relationships between organizations that have overlapping missions.

  3. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Aramco Services Company full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and environment too

    Cons

    Not many full time positions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  4. "Summer Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    9/80 schedule good for getting out of town every other weekend

    Cons

    Did not provide hosing assistance for summer students


  5. Helpful (12)

    "If you are under 50 and in a technical trade you should avoid this place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aramco Services Company full-time

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are pretty strong as long as you don't compare to any of the larger oil companies in Houston (Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, etc) because then the argument is not so compelling.

    The upside becomes a little less obvious and it is skewed towards older employees who are finishing their careers there (pension vests at 5 years). If you were to start here in your early 50's at a high grade code, it could be a wise financial decision for a lot of people (9% 401K match is quite nice).

    It's part of the largest oil company in the world so the potential to work on and support the biggest fields, plants, terminals is very attractive to outsiders. 9/80 work schedules and decent PTO make it pretty strong for work/life balance

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the potential to work on world class problems is rarely delivered upon. You will quickly learn that ASC is nothing more than a vessel to procure & ship high end oilfield chemicals and equipment to the parent company in Saudi Arabia. It also is the company that manages the 1,000's of Saudi students studying in the US by paying their tuition and wire transferring them their stipends. While these may not be sexy sounding, you can at least argue their merit to Aramco in performing those functions.

    Where things tend to unwind is the technical side of the house both in engineering and research. Neither group seems to have access to data or asset information from the parent company. How can you provide engineering guidance without knowing what is going on operationally or at least what the development plan is? I'm not quite sure. It's even more difficult when your Saudi counterparts view ASC as a nuisance (and even a threat to their expertise and ego) and can simply ignore your emails. There's really nothing that can be done about that nor recourse to be had.

    So the general feeling is that there are many dozens of intelligent, some very experienced, and well paid technical staff but they are not allowed to see or know data/details of the problems they are trying to solve. Therefore a couple white paper studies with some data you made up is about as mature as projects can get.

    It seems most of the US-based technical work is done in a vacuum and the primary drive has been to "show value" for what I guess is the upcoming IPO. The management seems to accept the limited impact and cohesion there is with the operating groups in Saudi since they allow these issues to remain systemic. The Saudi work culture is not exactly what you would call Calvinist and is not very transparent. For the managers that rotate here for ~2-3 years, my guess is somewhere around year 1 they realize how much of a soup sandwich it is. They then realize they go back in a year and need some "tangibles" to show their managers of how good they did, so they push to churn out pointless KPIs. And repeat with the next one.

    If you want to be cynical, assume 9.5 million BPD at $45 oil, the company is generating ~$430 million a day in revenue. So whatever they waste on keeping a bunch of 'technical race horses' in their stables in Houston, I'm sure it's worth it and easy enough to convince Wall St to add another $1+ billion to the IPO price. In that case bravo Aramco, but sorry for the people who idled their careers and dulled their marketable technical skills.

    In short, if you don't care about having an impact on the operation units and/or you're near the end of your career and just want to relax and make some money with a low risk for lay offs, then mafi mooshkilla - join ASC. If you're under 50 - you should very seriously consider the downside of knowing you can never have the impact you could at an IOC or Independent company. If you are not very ambitious than this place can be a golden ticket. If you are, expect a world of frustration and try to avoid completely.

    Advice to Management

    Either allow the technical groups to have some access to the same operational data they can see in Saudi Arabia or eliminate the Engineering and Research groups altogether. The only value they can create otherwise is paper KPIs. I promise this will not attract or retain young, hungry talent.

    Be honest with employees that there is not room for advancement or professional development up front. I understand the nature of a national oil company, but its exactly that thinking that will create problems in the future as assets mature.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Procurement officer"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Officer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Procurement Officer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aramco Services Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None... Look elsewhere...its a job ...put the four letter word in work

    Cons

    Ball and chained to desk with only 30 minute lunch period which meant that you ate from rolling cart that sold lunch on their rolling cart. Female employees browbeat by Saudi national men. I witnessed one 18 year employee being escorted out of building when fired because she replied like to abuse saudi. Any employee is second tier status to saudi nationals. Saudi aramco status of 60s and 70s because of wages is no longer relevent. Look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    grow some


  7. "IT BA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    No chance for growth. No other cons.

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aramco Services Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for due to their loyalty to their employees. While most in our industry are laying off - Aramco Services Company has so far refrained from lay offs. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Limited room for upward mobility though they have started cross training opportunities. Much of staff has been with the company for several years so knowledge of best industry practices outside of company are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more layers within departments so that there's a chance for upward mobility. Truly reward great performance and call out mediocre/poor performance.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly people to work with. The company is amicable to time off work and handling family matters.

    Cons

    Change in Management makes stability in career path difficult. You can be headed towards a leadership position one minute and then the next manager comes and takes it all away.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more permanent executive management. Competent management as well, not just family members or friends.


  10. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers
    Free coffee
    Great location
    No pressure from managers

    Cons

    No real options to improve into your career
    No benefits (no health/dental plan, no 401k,..)
    1st year without holidays


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