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ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • People sometimes can have flexible working hours to meet work-life balance needs (in 115 reviews)

  • Fantastic work environment with new modern facilities in Houston (in 112 reviews)

Cons
  • It's important to set work life balance boundaries (in 99 reviews)

  • Performance ranking system is depending highly on human judgement (in 161 reviews)

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  1. "Floater"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Hill City, SD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Hill City, SD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Near home walking distance good environment

    Cons

    None really but sometimes we have many customers all at once


  2. "Great company for Chemical Engineers"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Needs Improvement Fast"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Good but slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time

    Pros

    Has great benefits, impressive pension, pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Not going to be doing many exciting things, company believes in very strict processes and incredibly risk averse. Can take years to make simple changes and hard to get accomplishment out of job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep effectively managing safety risks but be willing to take financial ones.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "INtern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time

    Pros

    competitive pay rate, interesting projects

    Cons

    could be very stressful and competitive


  6. "Sr. Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time

    Pros

    fair salary and benefit plus vacation time

    Cons

    terrible company culture and management system


  7. "Global leader"

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    Current Employee - Storage Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Storage Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work with people around the world

    Cons

    Zero visibility to move within the company

  8. "mgr"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time

    Pros

    Hours I worked, some of the customers, It was a check.

    Cons

    Management, lack of communication, lack of keeping promises and never keep your word.

    Advice to Management

    You should always investigate the things you are told and not just take the word of one person because a lot of times there is a hidden agenda that makes them make up lies and tare people down in your eyes. Doing this has cost and will cost you very good employees.


  9. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at ExxonMobil part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Love the ExxonMobil new campus.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a competitive environment, than this is the place for you


  10. "Great, but..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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