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ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • It's important to set work life balance boundaries (in 92 reviews)

  • Tough ranking system and very competitive environment (in 144 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good job security, reliable processes and results, but some employees make you question how the company is so successful"

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

    I have been working at ExxonMobil full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security is excellent - XOM wants to hire for life. Long-term compensation is good (401k & pension). If you get an internship and you decently well you will get more internships and/or get hired full time. Pay starts out well and increases quickly early in your career then the raises, though predictable in timing, are not very large. Strong ethical and safety performance are core values. EVERYTHING is proceduralized so at least it's predicable; once you know the system it is easy to perform well.

    Cons

    Company evolves slowly due to very bureaucratic approach. "Old boys club"/"it's all about who you know" in full effect - transferring through the company takes luck and knowing the right person at the right time. No one ever loses their job for performance so you work with some real duds. Performance review process is done by ranking which results in back stabbing throughout the year. There are no bonuses and pay later in your career will not be as competitive as jumping to another company (though the long-term benefits with job security and the 401k & pension balance this).

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the PADP (performance assessment, aka ranking) process because it results in lack of team work.


  2. "Thoele"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Manager in O'Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in O'Fallon, MO

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

    Pros

    Manage employees and make my own schedule.

    Cons

    Working 6 to 7 days a week when understaffed. Finding decent employees to hire.

  3. "Oil Money doesn't trickle downwards"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Lead Desktop Support in Joliet, IL
    Current Contractor - Lead Desktop Support in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name. Clout in the industry. Brings in big talent if your educated and talented. Big name on your CV.

    Cons

    IT is less to be desired. Being a global company, IT resources, knowledge and support are spread out all over the world. The money makers, ( the refinerys) are the last to receive IT funds to support an aging infrastructure and last to receive the latest tech and users suffer. Refinery sites have the highest educated engineers, geologists, scientists and project managers money can buy. But the IT equipment is sub par and my 12yr old has better tech. IT staff, even though educated, talented, and bring years of experience to the table, are contractors and will never enjoy the benefits full time employees do. Get the name on your CV and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Don't contract out support staff, degree holding staff, or administrative positions that are full time forever. That undermines the staff value and only makes them look for direct hire full benefits jobs.


  4. "Highly Structured Company - Fit in or Drop out"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Strong and very structured management
    - Values technology
    - You can expect to work with high quality people
    - Strong corp culture -- " resistance is futile"

    Cons

    - Can be overly structured. Everything has a "best" practice
    - Very innovative people that do not follow the practice may feel stifled.
    - The easy money for big oil is probably over. Hard to see ExxonMobil returns the kind of money in the past

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep on doing study after study.


  5. "Exxon Time."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - API Inspector in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - API Inspector in Baytown, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great if you cut your teeth on ExxonMobil. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Hard on you if you cut your teeth on ExxonMobil.

    Advice to Management

    Teach the ExxonMobil Way.


  6. "Process Shift Supervisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Great stable company, good benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    Too large of a company to advance much. Cut throat atmosphere, everyone is lobbying for limited positions and doing anything they can to get moved up before you including backstabbing and stepping on you to get ahead. Lots of internal favoritism, cliques, if one person didn't like you for personal reasons your promotions would be nullified. Exxon is so big that you're just another number to them. They use you to their advantage, not being considerate of how all those hours are affecting your health or family life. You're simply another on of their many tools to achieve their overall goal of producing money at any cost.


  7. "Buy Exxon Stock, Work for Shell"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Contact Engineer in Billings, MT
    Former Employee - Process Contact Engineer in Billings, MT
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work is challenging, interesting, and engaging. You are doing different tasks most days and the people you work with are nothing short of outstanding. The pay is best in industry, although ExxonMobil does not do bonuses, and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor and you are expected to do whatever it takes when production is down or business planning is due with little to no regard for the rest of your workload during those times. There is a lot of red tape and churn when trying to get things done and the work efficiency is bureaucratic at best. ExxonMobil investors are also interested in seeing the most results for the leanest operational costs and lowest headcount in the industry, so much of the company business is aligned with this model.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are the same intelligent and capable people that you were before you were promoted to the next level. Let them own their decisions and the consequences or results rather than second-guessing the details and keeping everything grounded until they can prove that they're trustworthy.

  8. "Past intern"

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

    I worked at ExxonMobil as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great culture, work-life balance, impactful projects

    Cons

    don't hire too many interns if they will be put on recommended for hire and not get a return

    Advice to Management

    good-in house management


  9. "Stable employer, highly political, rigid culture"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ExxonMobil (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - competitive compensation
    - good benefits
    - diversity of assignments

    Cons

    - rigid culture ingrained in old practices
    - opaque to new changes, difficulty adapting to younger generation that is more interested in fulfilling careers than sticking it out for monetary gains
    - advancing in career ladder dependent on networking, and "managing up" vs. qualifications
    - Brits have higher chances to advance
    - inclusion & diversity: mandatory trainings without metrics and follow-up only yield to checking the box vs. yielding true change
    - culture serving white males as expense of women and minorities (very texan/souther, old boys' club)
    - forced ranking system that GE created then dropped, kills innovation and results in a less collaborative and trustworthy environment

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to needs of the new generation
    - Learn from resignations of women and young career folks beyond the usual tag "not a cultural fit" a culture if unable to adapt to its employees can be archaic and is not sacred for it not to "evolve"
    - Lowering employees performance when they have been working for 30 years plus is a cynical way to push them to retire: surviving in a low oil environment requires lay-offs: do it transparently like all other majors without sacrificing employee morale and self-esteem by kicking them via the back door to avoid paying severances and avoid the press


  10. "Slow and steady"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Annandale, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Annandale, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, vacation days, long management ladder, lots of bonuses for management, volunteering for community and outreach programs and work life balance.

    Cons

    Paperwork, hierarchical structure, slow decision making to sometime indecision. Risk aversion and punishment for high risk takers. Union jobs should get eliminated. Strong performance should get rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Get the underperforming ppl out


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