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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very Intelligent and Competent Community"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Intern - Intern in Paulsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that work for ExxonMobil are incredibly bright, but also very down to earth. I think the employees make the work environment work smoothly because they are so competent and level headed.

    Cons

    I am reluctant to continue working in the oil industry as I want to be a part of something that will have a positive impact on the environment.

    Advice to Management

    I think that there could be more camaraderie between employees, but generally very good environment. ExxonMobil is a large company, and it can be difficult to induce change.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Daily Frustration"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Paulsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security if you can put up with all of the bureaucracy. I have to write more words for this review to be accepted

    Cons

    You get crapped on, every single day, by weak and ineffective management. The safety culture is insulting to anyone with half a brain

    Advice to Management

    Do your job, respect experience, and accept honest opinion when you ask for it (instead of just saying "you're too cynical")

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing opportunities and long-term investment in your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Paulsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Commitment to operational integrity and ethical execution of business practices. Strong emphasis on safety and operational excellence across all lines of business from the top to the bottom. ExxonMobil is a company that invests in an individual over their entire career and offers amazing benefits, while engaging employees in challenging and rewarding projects. Flexible work arrangements are very useful and have helped me tremendously.

    Cons

    ExxonMobil is a large company and executing the various work processes can take time. Complexity of various systems is often unnecessary, or poorly communicated down the line. IT resources are somewhat outdated in some business units.

    Advice to Management

    Consider improving on-boarding and assimilation for new employees. The ammount of information new employees must absorb can be overwhelming, and a lot is expected in the first week of employment.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Confused"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Paulsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Paulsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They proudly claim to recruit the brightest and the best, and pay them pretty well. They are on the mother of all diversity initiatives

    Cons

    Then they treat employees like idiots!

    For example: "it's dangerous to walk and talk on your cellphone at the same time"; "walking is working".

    Now they've gotten rid of toasters in the kitchen areas out of fear that we're going to burn the place down!

    The diversity initiatives is really only directed at women and gays

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting based on quotas, potential and brown nosing. Reward experience, performance and those brave enough to tell you when something's wrong


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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!


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