ExxonMobil - "Heartless" (worked in management for ExxonMobil for eleven years before switching to another major (at for three years) | Glassdoor
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""Heartless" (worked in management for ExxonMobil for eleven years before switching to another major (at for three years)"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Treasurer (Finance) and Commercial (Gas Marketing) in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Treasurer (Finance) and Commercial (Gas Marketing) in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- Stable company; not about to go bankrupt
- Slightly-above-average initial base salary
- Some employers value the name on the resume / CV

Cons

CULTURE
- Oppressive culture and heartless senior managers have turned the employees into unhappy robots
- Institutional arrogance, i.e. "ExxonMobil is #1 at everything; our competitors are pathetic"
  -- Morphs into personal arrogance common among the employees, e.g., senior managers think that they are gods
  -- Displaying emotional intelligence is taken as a sign of weakness; thoughtful employees are stuck in middle management
- Extremely conformist
- Office politics unduly thick
- In the energy industry, known as adopters, but not inventors
- Backstabbing common among team members (collaboration is not consciously encouraged), i.e., peer will try to embarras one another during meetings

FINANCIALLY
- No bonuses (almost all the other majors do) while the base salaries are very close one another
- Significant, early raises following by (inflation-based) plateuing salaries

WORK-LIFE BALANCE
- No 9/80s, i.e., employees do not get every other friday off

MECHANICS
- Heavy nepotism; national origin, marital relationships, region of the country, etc.
- Agism
- National originism; culturalism; Texan culture and the good-ole-boys network
- Most parts of the globe; tolerated racism
(All of the above at unduly extreme level)
- Personnel decisions are made without direct employee input (unlike at most ther majors), e.g., no internal job postings
- (Low) quality of supervisors make employees worse future supervisors

MORALE
- Psychologically demeaning; low emplyee morale
  -- Employees (incl. supervisors) scared of doing anything
  -- Usual management style is to bully your employees; no 360s, i.e., supervisors do not get graded on how their direct reports think that the supervisors are doing
- Humor or aving fun is looked down upon
  -- If you want to die at an early age ("right after retirement" is quite common), ExxonMobil should be your top choice
- "High pay and the name attract people; rigidity and low morale drive them away."
- Most older employees feel trapped; very few happy employees

Advice to Management

- Hire open-minded people
- Value your employees not because a cost-benefit analysis tells you to do so, but because they are human beings
- Your stock price has been doing horribly for two years now. Admit that there is something wrong, and be open to new ideas on how to ameliorate the situation

Other Employee Reviews for ExxonMobil

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of talk, little action."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on safety. Very process driven. Many controls. Training is encouraged and supported. Small work groups. Many opportunities to work on global teams and make many overseas friendships. Upper management has a very high level of integrity and permeates this attitude throughout all the business processes. Most people that I interacted with were some of the most honest people I've ever met.

    Cons

    The technology is there, we just can't use all of it. The technology in use today is what other companies were using 8-10 years ago. Lots of very smart people, but very few SMEs (subject matter experts) due to frequent change of assignments. I originally viewed this to be very appealing, however, many employees typically have the attitude of "let's just do it this way...because in 3 years from now, we won't be in this group anymore, and it'll be someone else's problem". This results in only the very motivated people to become SMEs. There is almost zero automation....almost all processes must be done manually. Recurring meetings continually just talk about things, and changes take forever to implement.
    And....why won't upper management hurry up and own up to the consolidated campus in Spring TX, rather than let employees hear about it in the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change. Don't be afraid to use the technology already available in house. Listen/research more to industry best practices.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Enslaved"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Retirement at age 55, Job Security, Good Pay

    Cons

    Overtime is all the time and mandatory, they do not assist you when you need time off, Contract is up every 3 years risking potential strike or lockout, you are treated horribly, you work nights/weekends/holidays/days = 12-16 hour rotating shifts, you are put in "catch 22" scenarios on a daily basis, and with 10 supervisors telling you to do different things it makes work harder than it should be, the job is dangerous, and if something happens to you they find a way to make it your fault! Good Luck!

    Advice to Management

    You'll have better production & reliability if your workers want to be here. Treat them better and make there job easier rather than creating more red tape on a daily basis to protect yourselves. I also believe that Exxon Mobil is a great Corporation but certain locations are better than others to work at. If you want to be happy here, do not be a Process Operator.


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