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Updated July 15, 2017
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Pros
  • People sometimes can have flexible working hours to meet work-life balance needs (in 105 reviews)

  • really interesting work environment and a place to learn (in 105 reviews)

Cons
  • It's important to set work life balance boundaries (in 94 reviews)

  • Performance ranking system is depending highly on human judgement (in 145 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (17)

    "Stay away from the finance function"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FINANCE STAFF in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - FINANCE STAFF in Spring, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits plan, median salary compared to other majors.
    You get to meet a lot of people.
    On a very rare job you might get to travel somewhere.

    Cons

    1. Extremely long hours. Pay on a unit basis is lower than the other majors. No job I have been in in years has allowed me to leave on time. No matter how long I have been there that day. This is not like what you see in the rest of the business or with the engineers.
    2. Volatile inconsistent management across the organization. Threatening to fire someone because they took their 8 month pregnant wife to the doctor is not a sign of good management.
    3. Old management styles, reluctance to look at or consider anything outside they have not come up with. From the top to the bottom in the management rung the story is the same, everyone is empowered but nothing is changing and everyone is waiting for someone else to act.
    4. No balance in financial jobs. Understaffed and they keep promoting managers who reduce headcount
    5. Little opportunity to work in other countries if you are US staff and not part of the golden boys. The recruiting slide will try to play this up but in reality you will be stuck most likely on the campus for your career.
    6. If you are on US staff and diverse they are only using you as a workhorse with not a lot of upward mobility.
    7. US executives are not very diverse. The ranks of the executives are not representative of the actual US workforce and these is no desire to change. All you have to do is pull the last 10 years of job rotations and promotions to see the organizational bias. The mentoring, promotional and ranking system are not designed to promote or value diversity. If you mention this to management the excuses start coming up and you become the problem.
    8. Little reward or recognition given to staff on a consistent basis. You will get rewarded and promoted if you do a mediocre job on your desk and talk up United Way faster than if you really make improvements to your actual job and base business.
    9. Little upward mobility for short service people as you basically have to be grey or near dead to be considered for promotion to executive in the US. The senior managers don't retire and the rest of staff are left on hold / do not get the managerial experience until these people leave.
    10. They will tell you you own your career at the finance career forums but at the end of the day what you want to do and where you want to go makes little difference. The secret job committee controls where you go next and if you do not fit the mound, the direction tends to be down......In all my jobs I have been put in the things I have said I do not want to do EVERY time.
    I could write more and give specific examples but it will not change anything.

    Advice to Management

    1. Listening at the Controller panel, making excuses and telling the new hires to email you if things do not change in 6 months will not change anything.
    2. You froze wages for staff telling them they were overpaid yet YOU got some really nice shares. The SEC has some good records....
    3. The system was designed to recognize and promote people who are exactly like you - no one else.
    4. You are not the only one who has a defined benefit retirement plan and there is no guarantee this company will not be like GM in the future. The pension accounting board has some nice records....
    5. If you do not want people treating your kids like this why are you allowing and promoting others who do?
    6. For every "good" story you can come up with we can come up with multiple rebuttals because we have seen real time how you actually work.
    7. Why are there so many for life expats in the US?

    If you do not see a problem with this then you will never get why the new hires are leaving.
    If you do not see the need to change then you are part of the problem.
    You and the people in the highest CLs need to leave. Else continue to milk the system - it worked for you.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company in clear decline at this point, especially the Finance Functions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time

    Pros

    -Provides good benefits (health insurance is very good, pension is generous for those who stay for a long career, 7% 401k match is above average for corporate America)
    -Campus is nice but in the middle of nowhere (so not really a positive)

    Cons

    -The Finance functions are FULL of boring, process oriented jobs. Do NOT join this company if you value creativity, independent thought, etc. Unless you are the type that never questions authority/super risk-averse, you will very quickly begin to dislike the relentless process oriented nature of your work. While your friends at other companies are off gaining valuable skills, you will be checking random boxes that management gets graded on, (literally) signing and filing documents, doing internal audits, etc. There are definitely some exceptions to this and some more interesting roles, but expect to spend a MINIMUM of 50%+ of your career at Exxon Controller's/Treasurer's/Tax jobs you don't like.
    -Finance function budgets have been cut for years (15-20 years now so don't believe management when they say it's because of bad times in the industry). Though that being said they are using bad times in the industry as an excuse to accelerate cuts and have now cut starting salaries for new hires (even while they still pay the old guard the same or more shares and so on). So basically the old guard milks the system while new people can paid about much less than those who joined years ago (and new hires get slower promotions, poorer raises, etc once they do join).
    -No bonuses for finance function employees for several years after joining. you will make less here than other oil majors. very little upside unless you're one of the very few.
    -Really bad management. They DO NOT care about your interests, family situation, location preference, department preference, anything when it comes to job assignments. They view everyone as a cog meant to fit any process job. This is a really good way (sarc) to build a company where people's skills sets are not at all matched with the roles they are in.
    -Probably the most bureaucratic corporation (or one of them) in America. Working for the government has less red type and more spirit than this place.
    -Controller's is a walking disaster. My assignments here were just jaw dropping. Awful retention, poor recruiting results, boring work. Treasurer's/Tax worsening too...no longer competitive at top schools...in the process of transitioning to a company that gets mostly/only hires from non-highly ranked schools (at least in the finance functions).
    -Suffocating culture...the kind of place where your manager doesn't want you to speak to his or her manager when they're not present. The kind of place where managers panic because you ccd or didn't cc someone "important." The kind of place where managers are scared to give their managers bad news. you get the picture.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop preferring those who conform and don't question authority over those who are smart and creative.
    -You aren't fooling anyone with all these discussions about pay. People know they aren't valued and that you're just messaging while you protect your own pay. Being more honest and saying "im rich and want to keep paying myself and you just don't matter" might actually help you regain some credibility (and cause more people to leave...which cuts your costs more. yay! a win-win for you)
    -Try thinking for once. You have all these old people in Controller's retire. Think of the cost savings there. You could easily share some of that with your younger staff members, boost morale, and still have cost savings. But why pay young, lower paid employees who you don't value, right?
    -Grow a spine and start fighting for the importance of the Controller's/Treasurer's/Tax groups in the eyes of other parts of the company. Otherwise, you'll just continue to become a process oriented, stewarding group that writes "endorsed" on requests sent by the business.
    -This was once a great, proud company, better than its competitors and most companies in America. Now you see the consequences of not valuing your youth with very good pay, not questioning upper management because you're scared it will hurt your ranking, not listening to your employees' concerns , etc

  3. Helpful (11)

    "A Decent First Stop After Undergrad, No More"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training Opportunities. You'll also get a good handle on processes and controls. If you are a campus hire and catch the eye of a CL 30+ senior, you can go very far and get paid more than you honestly should by market standards just by paying your dues.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is hindered currently for the rest. Exxon will give you three years of decent salary treatments to incentivize you to stay. After that, the raises suddenly become nominal -- mostly adjusted for inflation (1-2% every 14 months is typical). The salary bands and promotion scheme is heavily skewed to retain the top 15%. The budget allocates around 75% of salary treatment to these individuals. This means even if you fall within the top 70 - 80th percentile, you won't be getting those "good" raises.

    It's a lifer company, which sounds good at the onset, but it encourages a mindset similar to complacency since many are not happy with their roles or understood trajectory, yet know they can get away with doing very little without getting fired. This lack of productivity is then absorbed by new hires that are seeking to prove themselves during their first couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Too many baby boomers 60+ hanging around for their pension and 401k growth. Don't blame them for that, but they hold the senior roles and subsequently set the undertone of the overall corporate culture. With respect to the annual ranking process, supervisors have complete control over their subordinate's salary and promotions. Great if you have a good manager, terrible if you don't. Considering new hires switch positions at least three times within their first five years at the company, the odds of hitting it right with all "good" managers is against you. People do well here if you please your manager, "make them look good" -- that is what they'll tell you. It's more about optics and perception, your actual contributions matter much less during rankings.

    Advice to management doesn't exist. They make the rules. You will have to wait for them to retire and hope their predecessors do not follow suit.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "They don't care about their employees"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get a paycheck and sometimes you meet and make friends

    Cons

    Don't pay enough but expect you to do management things. They want you to pay for items Customers steal. Rude Customers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better. Need better pay. Needs more Pleasant work environment


  5. "ExxonMobil Gas Station"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ExxonMobil part-time

    Pros

    I can not think of any

    Cons

    The neighborhood was not safe and it was full of terrible customers; I hated working there


  6. "Intern for Exxonmobil"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone at the firm is compensated generously.

    Cons

    Everyone at the firm is ugly and mean.


  7. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Seguin, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Seguin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ExxonMobil full-time

    Pros

    Extra income job with flexible shifts

    Cons

    Not enough employees and have to close store alone at night.

    Advice to Management

    Should always have to people to cover eachother

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work-Life Balance is out of balance"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Spring, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Pay (I mean great pay out of college)
    Management is trying to embrace the younger generation
    Technology is up and coming

    Cons

    They state that your "performance ranking" will not affect your job stability but that is a LIE. They always have the option to fire the bottom 10% every year and you are left with quitting and taking a severance or staying on board and getting fired.
    This job will suck up your life and management will still expect more
    They state that you are ranked on performance but that is a lie. It is a popularity contest.
    You are unfairly ranked based on perception
    Management leads by fear and intimidation
    Everything is safety oriented so things move painfully slow and they beat the safety subject to the core.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the ranking system and you will see employees actually try to work for you rather than going through the motions and pretending you care about employees.


  9. "Competitive work place"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baytown, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    The performance system is designed to reward people who bested their peers. Culture is cut throat and competitive. Politics is critical to succeed for all levels of the hierarchy. Backstabbing is a norm. Have not met a person who doesn't know the exact date they can retire with full pension.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Daily Frustration"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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")


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