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"Don't walk, RUN away, if you actually want to do science."

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Current Employee - Research Scientist in Paulsboro, NJ
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Paulsboro, NJ
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

-Decent compensation
-Convenient work hours - flexibly with work/life balance - can work from home on occasion if needed
-Nice people, smart people
-Nice benefits, 401k, pension etc.
-Chance to travel

Cons

-Scientists do very little science. Most of the scientists are mired in tons and tons of bureaucratic nonsense. It is very frustrating! Brilliant people with Ph.D.s are spending the bulk of their time filling out forms in a database, jockeying samples and working the financials with vendors.
-Most research isn't research at all. It's mixology and filling out forms. Nothing is very new, certainly not "cutting edge."
-Bureaucracy is debilitating. 95% of the work comprises filling out forms, getting approvals and fighting with a database in order to actually get something fairly simple accomplished.
-Performance expectations are vague; the rating system is not fair and pits peers against each other. People on wildly different assignments, doing wildly different jobs are ranked against each other.
-Forget doing any kind of team research. Researchers pretty much work alone which means there's no constant banter and exchange of ideas with respect to what research actually is going on.
-Sections need to be broken down into smaller teams so people don't end up working in a vacuum.
-Technical expertise is not rewarded. Very political. Corporate clone-hood rewarded as opposed to fresh ideas and innovative thinking.
-Culture is extremely dominated by white guys. Females are subtlely marginalized, given projects which are less technical; given more administrative tasks etc.

Advice to Management

Hire adminstrators to handle administration. Allow scientists to do science. Allow researchers to work on smaller teams with the actual technicians being part of the teams!

Other Employee Reviews for ExxonMobil

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great pay and benefits, but unenjoyable culture/workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exxon is a formal and very conservative company, with incredible pay and benefits. There is a big emphasis on work/life balance, and from that respect they treat their employees very well. If you are in the right area the hours are very reasonable and many managers are accommodating to the needs of employees as long as their work is done. The company is solid financial footing, and is very good at what they do. If you are selected as a high potential individual early in your career you will do very well and have many opportunities but if you aren’t then you will do the same basic job for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    The culture leaves a lot to be desired. There is a lot of arrogance about how great the company is; few people will admit how much the profitability relies on the price of oil which is very much out of their control. It is as far from an entrepreneurial environment as company could be, many people there believe that if there was a better way to do things someone would have thought of it years before...not the place for someone who isn’t willing to conform to a very rigid company. The Another concern is that there is a great deal of offshoring, if you aren’t an engineer or a manager, job security seems pretty poor compared to years ago with lots of positions going to lower cost locations overseas.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to attract a younger generation of employees there needs to be a change to the culture of the company. The high pay gets people to join but the frustration with the bureaucracy is driving away some of the best and brightest young talent.


  2. "Review for ExxonMobil"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaumont, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benifits and pay and good work environment

    Cons

    Too much bureacracy and non-value added requirements

    Advice to Management

    Cut out redundant and unecessary training.

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