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ExxonMobil Houston Reviews

Updated January 1, 2018
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ExxonMobil Chairman & CEO Darren Woods
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  • sometimes the work life balance is difficult due to high workload (in 101 reviews)

  • Performance ranking system is depending highly on human judgement (in 164 reviews)

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  1. "I'm still aquring the words to describe this mobile power and reliability gas is needed to fuel the world"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ExxonMobil as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The consistent supply of the product so that means continually providing reliable transportation hoping this is available for your employees;

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day so I can only work on call or on a part-time basis but if stress levels remain low I can consider a full-time commitment and leave of responsibility

    Advice to Management

    What advice would you give me to consider the though of working for another Oil and Gas company


  2. "System Technical Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Technical Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Technical Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefit; 401K; pension and flexible work hours

    Cons

    There was limited career advancement opportunity

  3. "ExxonMobil"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exxon offers a competitive benefits package including a generous educational reimbursement program. Career opportunities are great if you are in the right department.

    Cons

    Difficult to move from wage to salaried. Work is not always appreciated or acknowledged. Has quite a bit of micro managers.


  4. "Process Technician"

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    Current Employee - Process Technician in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, vacation, schedule, benefits, pension plan, 401, stock options

    Cons

    Work holidays, nights and weekends sometimes but who cares


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Keep your distance from this project"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Baytown, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Overtime
    -Time and half per hour for OT

    Cons

    -Very political, a lot of back slapping for the Yougsters, along with the mentality
    - Management is clueless
    - Bechtel is treated 100 times better than Bechtel contractors along with supervision for engineers being computer degrees personal from the Middleeast.
    - English is the second language on the project, I am of Hispanic desent, but the amount of other Hispanics that can’t speak English is shameful and with most of them feeling entitled. This causes major safety concerns and has contributed to a lot of problems
    - to many under the table deals being made, everything has a price, all incentives, Red Wong Boot , rides to the parking lot, food delivery it all for sale for one price or the other.
    - Position ranking is a joke, supervisors do only what they want to do, lay-off and Fire any person that they want
    - women are objects on this project, in all the years of being in Oil and Gas the lack of equal treatment on this job is terrible. If you are a young women and accommodating then you stay if you are a college women here to work forget it. I would not want my daughter or wife here.
    - Old timers in the field they want us gone... expence means zip

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage and treat all workers with respect, when a supervisor has been to HR/ IR 3,4,5 Times That is a clue to get them out of that position
    Safety is always first STOP the ridiculous games enough is enough people have been hurt and even lost their lives
    This is not a phrase party, hire people with skill not for a favor, make your supervisors work! Not sit behind a desk and watch tv


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunties for development...culture could use a refresh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time

    Pros

    Long term career focus, workplace flexibility, challenging work, emphasis on development

    Cons

    Old-school culture, ranking system, lack of 9/80s, intense environment


  7. "Great company for Chemical Engineers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and good benefits
    Really diverse set of opportunities available
    Working with very bright colleagues
    Flexible work programs are evolving in a positive direction

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not always great and many managers are "old school"
    Ranking system - I've seen colleagues tagged as low-performers "resign" when market conditions are not great.
    Not always a friendly place for liberals.

    Advice to Management

    Improve flexible work arrangement offerings.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Needs Improvement Fast"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good group of younger folks in the company. Great open spaces on the Houston Campus.

    Cons

    1. Compensation structure is, at best, stagnant. The methodology for finance function employees has dropped the salary curve to levels that leaves most young employees unsure of earning potential and fails to motivate anyone effectively. The inability of senior management to understand that a member of the finance function is not tied to a particular industry has created a mass exodus of younger employees seeking employment elsewhere.
    2. The ranking system fails to address those who lag behind, instead rewarding old analysts with an effective tenure that costs the company 3x as much for a quarter of the work of a younger employee. Ultimately, it leaves young analysts feeling undervalued and under-compensated, while encouraging older employees to put in time to simply work 6 hour days for a lucrative paycheck.
    3. The work fails to engage employees in any type of meaningful way. If you want to come to work to follow instructions in excel and make very few choices about the things you do or work on, then this is the place for you.
    4. Career progression is inflexible. Your career is at the hands of a committee who simply places you where they deem fit.

    Advice to Management

    1. Pay people in a way that motivates people and rewards good work.
    2. Cut people who don't perform at a certain level. If you won't change the ranking system, at least find a way to ensure under-performers don't encourage bad behavior.
    3. Find work for people that is less repetitive or hire people who don't care about this aspect of their work. Don't hire leaders who strive for group collaboration and dynamic workplaces. Find your cogs.
    4. Try listening to people.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great, but..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Spring, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    For a finance professional living in an Engineer's world, the pay was great as were the benefits. Job opportunities are abundant, varied and career progression is real. The company has done a nice job (recently) of adopting newer technologies that are more becoming of a world-class industry powerhouse. The campus in Spring, TX also helps.

    Cons

    At ExxonMobil, pretty much everyone thinks they're going to be the next CEO, but I guess that's to be expected at place where they recruit with that in mind. This gives way to a terribly homogeneous workforce (even if there is diversity of race and gender - see Advice to Management). In a culture where everyone wants to lead, collaboration suffers, innovation lacks and progress is inhibited.

    The rating & ranking process is shrouded so it's hard to get a good understanding of what's really valued and what is not. Some managers are fairly open about the process, while most are tight lipped. No surprise, then, that this leads to misinformation, speculation and confusion.

    Advice to Management

    1) Increase the level of transparency in the ratings and rankings process.
    2) Inclusion and Diversity need to be more than just focusing on race and gender.
    3) Checking boxes for a job well done does not foster innovation. Reward those that take chances.


  10. "Challenging and Engaging Internship Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good research environment, intelligent coworkers, lots of independence, good mentorship

    Cons

    Need to immerse yourself in corporate system in order to be successful.


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