ExxonMobil Reviews in Houston, TX | Glassdoor

ExxonMobil Houston Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
341 reviews

Filter

Filter

Houston, TX

341 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • It's important to set work life balance boundaries (in 92 reviews)

  • Tough ranking system and very competitive environment (in 143 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "If my son had a choice would recommend Chevron over Exxon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Services Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Services Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good pay and benefits. Chance to work on the biggest most challenging projects in the world. If you do not understand controls (financial, process, projects etc.) after working for EM you will never understand. They are getting rid of some of the good ol boys but not quit fast enough.

    Cons

    Yearly ranking session not based on performance. You can have an exceeds yearly performance review and your ranking can still go down if you do not have the right sponsor or older than 55. Currently company is downsizing by weeding out 55 years and older and replacing with younger less experienced. Most folks hate the ranking session and what it does to the team work environment... kills the incentive to work in teams with those in your rank group. EM is talking about changing the environment and being more team oriented but they refuse to change the yearly forced ranking which puts fear and mistrust in everyone.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want to change, start with your forced ranking. Include teamwork as part of the equation and put a true 360 review into it every other year.


  2. "Company not valuing employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safety Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Safety Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and innovation the company has to forward think.

    Cons

    company is downsizing or forcing tenured employees just to turn around and backfill again. Churn is high!

    Advice to Management

    Secure your tenured employees work with them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Tecnician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ExxonMobil (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good insurance at the time. Regional office promote when merited.

    Cons

    Too big, not that employee friendly.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Good stepping stone for grads - only stay if you're deemed a High Potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Training is valued the first few years and emphasized by supervisors. Getting in with the right manager and getting labeled a "High Potential" (aka Hi-Po) can really set you up on the fast track. There are plenty of executives and managers that clearly got in based on the sponsors they had because they certainly don't have the experience/talent to have gotten there based on merit alone.
    -Starting salary is WAY above market value - this can be a huge plus for engineers right out of undergrad but any mid-career person will tell you that the salary bumps end pretty quickly after the first 3 years. However, this headstart can set you up for a higher salary than your peers at another company if you time it right.
    -There are some great people who work here and genuinely want to make a positive change and set up others for success. Getting the 'right' manager seems to be the key to success.

    Cons

    -Mentality that "there's no better place to be" - breeds complacency in processes and culture. Employees (especially some baby boomers who are just waiting around at this point) know they don't have to do much to just move along through assignments - anyone will tell you that the only 2 reasons you can be fired are 1) misusing your AMEX and 2) HR issues
    -No 9/80s (only major to not implement them - huge con for work/life balance)
    -Micro-management -- people are not 1) given enough responsibility, and 2) constantly double- and triple-checked to make sure they've followed the process; there is next to no room for innovation because people are not trusted to make decisions without supervisory approval (seriously, have a little faith. I literally heard a manager say "I doubt the new hires know much more than where the coffee is"). And do not expect to be in any kind of supervisory role until you have at least 5-8 years with the company - they simply don't believe you're ready for it.
    -Managed moves - you do not own your career and there is no job posting system. Any moves are handled by your supervisor who acts as your advocate. They will try and spin it different ways ("this is a great opportunity") and say that people planning is a two-way street with your supervisor. The reality is that you can put in your interests and geographical constraints, but at the end of the day, if you are in the top 10%, your career will be expedited through targeted assignments. If you're everyone else, it'll be highly dependent on your relationship with your supervisor and the extent of their network. If they don't know about a job, you won't ever find out about it.
    -Mentorship is lacking - it is encouraged among prospective mentees but not much among potential mentors, very few are willing to give their time to newer employees
    -Grandfathered medical benefits plan does not have to meet all ACA requirements (ladies, your birth control is not covered 100%)
    -Ranking system is tied to salary - only the top 10% really see the big bucks and the rest of the company will start to be paid below market value around mid-career -- it's no secret that during high oil prices, EM people around the 5-10 year mark will leave to Chevron/Shell/etc because the salaries are much more alluring (and 9/80s = 25 more vacation days!)

    Advice to Management

    Your ranking system and mindset will cost you dearly in the next 10 years. Millennials are not going to stick around because of a "beautiful" or "cool" campus, or because of recent efforts to push workplace flexibility (congrats, you're ten years behind tech). Millennials want mentorship and responsibility. Engineers fresh out of school are capable of much more than inputting numbers from data sheets into Excel or making "pretty Powerpoints". Increasingly, younger professionals want flatter organizations and accessibility from leadership. However, this accessibility is very difficult to get unless you are marked as a Hi-Po within your first couple years or you somehow find a sponsor that is willing to mentor you independently.
    The biggest thing that turned me off from this company was seeing upper management tout "innovation and teamwork" and then seeing middle management behave in the complete opposite way, demanding proof of the process being followed and balking at proposed innovation. The reason you're going to lose more and more talent to tech is because people do not move up fast enough and because you pit everyone against each other at ranking - not because Google has board games and nap pods in work areas.


  6. "Long-term career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Procurement Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great starting salary. Awesome benefits. Challenging but rewarding assignments (for the most part). Strong safety culture. Global presence. A+ people.

    Cons

    Can be a high stress and very competitive environment. Not enough or significant raises. Everyone wants to be a manager but organizations are rather flat. Travel opportunities often limited.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Some good, Some bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability, Pay, and workplace flexibility. If you would like to specialize, you can do well in your niche

    Cons

    Employees have little to no influence on/ownership of career since it's planned for you in secret by management; career paths tend to be narrow.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and integrate the things that provide rewarding careers to the next generation of leaders, i.e. millennials


  8. "Great opportunity so far"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People and diverse work experiences are the reason I work here. Everyone is willing to help and there is a lot of team projects and assignments.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is very dominant in this large organization. Overworked staff in current economic environment. The company is too structured and stiff, and molds new employees into their traditional culture without empowering them to change.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency with your employees needs to improve!


  9. "Big Company Big Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ExxonMobil (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Strong Pay, Possibly Early Retirement payments

    Cons

    Very bureaucratical, slow moving, plodding, competitive to advance

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best but look for the strengths of each person not just ones that fit the mold.


  10. "Great place to work if you need structure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Project Management Senior Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Project Management Senior Advisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very well run financial and highest ethical standards.

    Cons

    Very rigid and lacks flexibility to react quickly to changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees.


  11. "R&D Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has a strong ethics and safety culture. They have a great pay and benefits package, well above industry standards.

    Cons

    Because of its size, it can be very difficult to navigate through the processes to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to make sure the processes are more fit for purpose


Showing 341 of 1,835 reviews
Reset Filters