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"Great professional experience, odd culture in need of change, ranking...seriously?"

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Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
No opinion of CEO

I worked at ExxonMobil as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Professional Development, Pay, and Exposure to Fortune 5 Company. As an Intern, I had the opportunity to really challenge myself, work on some weaknesses, present to executives, and get great exposure to a large energy firm.

Cons

Hours and Culture. I worked 12-13 hour days regularly during my internship, including holidays and weekends. The culture is cultish. Very Texan and/or country. Those who don't drink the Kool-Aid and show outward enthusiasm and constant positivity are visibly frowned upon. Cosmopolitan, city-esque individuals with even a hint of a sarcastic sense of humor don't fit in well. Although there is some diversity, it's a bit of a smoke screen. The cultural and personality make-up of the company is very homogeneous.

Safety culture is extreme. There are literally parking 'hall monitors" with orange vests reminding you to use the handrail. The safety minute presentations about how to appropriately cut an avocado were too much.

The ranking system. Enron did something very similar to what XOM does in its ranking. Enough said.

Advice to Management

Step-up recruiting outside of Texas and the usual non-Texas schools. Diversity recruitment should include different personalities and outlooks, not purely demographics. Culture is a bit cultish. Look to more progressive and culturally integrated companies like Chevron and Shell as a best practice benchmark.

Other Employee Reviews for ExxonMobil

  1. "My experience at Exxon was fantastic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reason to work at Exxonn: 1opportunity for advavncement
                                             2 Family atmosphere
                                             3 Family friendly
                                             4 fair wage
                                             5 Great benefits
                                             6 concern about safety

    Cons

    the only con may have been woking cold graveyards

    Advice to Management

    Make sure employment philosiphy is passed down to all levels of management


  2. "You need to manage your own career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planning Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Planning Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent management
    Diverse career paths
    Working with top talent
    Ability to have high potential early in your career

    Cons

    Forced ranking system
    Inability to change to meet new hiring environment
    Slow to take on new programs to become innovative
    Career is based solely on your line management

    Advice to Management

    Career development and ranking needs to be taken out of the hands of supervisors and implement team or progress goals such that people feel successful on a year to year basis.

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