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"The best of companies the worst of companies"

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Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Houston, TX
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Research freedom relatively high compared to other industries & competitors
High caliber colleagues (technically and morally)
Safest place on earth
Very stable

Cons

Ranking process is highly political, not based on performance or impact
Pay is 'just enough to keep you' according to Senior Management
Employees not valued by management
No good locations (e.g., Houston, Houston, Houston)

Advice to Management

Employees are human beings. The ranking process is biased and discourages 70% of the workforce and makes them despise what otherwise would be a great company (Note: this comment comes from someone ranked in the top 1/3).

Other Employee Reviews for ExxonMobil

  1. Helpful (8)

    "The Chosen Ones vs Everyone Else"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    +Financial stability of company
    +Good culture of working together
    +Industry leader in technology
    +Strong safety culture

    Cons

    ExxonMobil's entire corporate culture is a function of its ranking system. In a nutshell everyone in an range of jobs is force-ranked. So you are either listed as the #1 employee, the #27 or the #100 or anywhere in between. In theory it is an objective way to move the best people to the top and show the worst people the door. It's extremely political and is more of a popularity contest for everyone except maybe your own manager.

    What is messed up is that if you are not in the top 10% then Exxon basically treats you like your career is completely worthless and you are lucky just to be there. I have worked at Exxon for about 10 years, I have ONLY been in the top 1/3 and was basically told "we're moving you to a job that you don't want and won't be good at, but we don't really care about you. Someone else needs to check a box and you are in the job that they need to check it."

    Unfortunately, the whole system is run by the people that did well in it, so as far as they know the system works well. It promotes people that think, act and talk like them. They keep getting more and more money and better and more interesting jobs. As far as they're concerned all the other people in the company should count themselves lucky just to have jobs.

    Advice to Management

    ExxonMobil really needs to realize that people are not a commodity product. The rank system, while flawed, could remain but they really need to evaluate the outputs of it. In a bad economy people will stay around just because they don't want to risk not having a job. In a good economy though, everyone will jump ship to any other company that pays them well and actually respects their employees.


  2. "Good for a few years, but quickly grows stagnant."

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience with a well known company. If you put a lot of work into it, you can build a very nice resume after a few years.

    Cons

    There are little to not growth opportunities, no matter how competent you are. It feels very stagnant and the environment is extremely negative. Management gives the impression that they couldn't care less about your career or goals.

    Advice to Management

    I realize there isn't much management can do to move people, but they could try to give the impression that they are trying to move you, and it would be nice to see outside job postings and opportunities.

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