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ExxonMobil Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, excellent team within Volumetric Accounting (in 99 reviews)

  • Great work environment with genuine people that want you to succeed (in 98 reviews)

Cons
  • It's important to set work life balance boundaries (in 90 reviews)

  • Tough ranking system and very competitive environment (in 141 reviews)

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  1. "Construction Machinery supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Familiar with whole refinery process and maintenance.

    Cons

    Over 25 years experience of oil and gas refineries and petrochemical plants construction and maintenance.

    Advice to Management

    I am one of the best in oil and gas construction and maintenance.


  2. "Commissioning, Start up , Mentor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operation Advisor in Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Operation Advisor in Beaumont, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Core Strengths: Project Management | Project Engineering | Offshore Drilling | EPC | Petrochemical | Gas & Oil | Training Mentoring | Maintenance | MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook

    Cons

    Retired and would be able to work in any country. Worked in countries like Chad, Africa, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia. Mentor, Training, Safety.

    Advice to Management

    Results-oriented oil and gas professional with 15+ years of international experience commissioning startup of offshore and onshore facilities. Highly skilled in training and mentoring nationals in all aspects of the facilities’ functions. Oversees contractors and operators and assumes a supervisory role when required. Maintains an exemplary safety record through strict enforcement of safety regulations as well as an awareness and immediate correction of potential hazards.


  3. "Excellent Procurement Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Procurement Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Innovative projects
    -Opportunities to work on massive commercial deals
    -Technical exposure
    -International travel
    -High wages
    -Great benefits
    -Fully integrated business model
    -Flexible schedules

    Cons

    -Subject to the volatility of commodity prices
    -Lower pay than business line roles
    -Lower pay for non-engineering degrees
    -Lots of bureaucracy
    -Difficult to break into management
    -Antiquated ranking system


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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Honest Feedback for the Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Guess in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Guess in Spring, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can and are expected to retire here with a pension. Not many places can say that.
    The pay is pretty good starting out.
    The campus is beautiful and the amenities are like something you dream about.
    It's a safe company; like the ark during the flood you'll be fine here even if gas prices go to the crapper.
    Fairly ethnically diverse for a company of its size.
    Perfect employer for engineers and scientists who are risk averse but fairly good with people... you really cannot do better.
    They only promote from within.
    The company works every decision thoroughly.

    Cons

    Compensation growth does not even keep up with inflation. People were working as interns making more than folks did in comparable positions with the same degrees who had been there for years.
    The culture is extremely toxic; it's more important to look good in front of your boss than it is to actually build wealth for shareholders. I felt like almost everyone there was trying to pretend they kept it all together but inside they were dying.
    It's far too siloed. Controllers is separate from Treasurers is separate from the business is separate from Tax. It's like the military-just execute on your small part and don't think too generally (at least not early in your career).
    Feedback is lacking. I don't know how people are expected to learn things without timely, honest, and specific feedback. In my experience, I was doing things that weren't liked in October but wasn't told about it until February despite having regular meetings with my boss about performance.
    The main campus is in Spring. Houston is a wonderfully diverse city but Spring is not- at all (even though the company is moderately diverse). It's the suburbs and it's far from the good part of the city. If you like diverse places and decide to live in Houston be prepared for a long commute both ways. I came into work already tired many days.
    The company doesn't respect your background unless you're an engineer or a scientist. If you majored in history or accounting or business or what have you and got an MBA it doesn't matter- engineers will be promoted to real manager positions (except for some select functions) even when what they do has nothing to do with engineering. And specifically, if you are an MBA really weigh in your heart whether you can suck your pride and be a second class lemming here unless you studied engineering undergrad. There is a caste system at work here. I've heard it's not like that at Conoco Phillips, Shell, BP, etc. It's something unique to the ExxonMobil culture. I'm not sure whether that piece of the culture is heritage Exxon of heritage Mobil.
    The company only promotes from within so it has a ton of deeply entrenched groupthink. And it is dangerous to your career to challenge the collective blindspots, unless you have made everyone love or respect you. I'm serious.

    Advice to Management

    You all are navigating an ark in floods that are destroying most everyone else. You clearly know what you're doing. My only suggestion would be to build better feedback loops for your workers and create some sort of mechanism to challenge groupthink and drive improvements for the whole organization. Even if the latter turns up ideas that won't work, there will be a collective learning in the conversation that would benefit everyone. A culture where it's dangerous to ever disagree with your boss can be good but it can never really be great.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Every stereotype of working for corporate America...ExxonMobil probably made them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    - Compensation, very generous salary and expat / relocation packages are exceeding large

    Cons

    - Culture (hierarchial and bureacratic)
    - Poor work / life balance
    - Dependent on volatile oil market
    - One of many (little to no incentive for managers to care about individual employees's desires)


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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


  8. "Anonymous, middle management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development opportunities, commitment to safety, global footprint, incredibly smart and focused people, dynamic environment, amazing new campus for centralized work location in the US

    Cons

    Large company with big bureaucracy can be overwhelming and frustrating at times but is necessary to keep the ship running smoothly


  9. "Completion Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ExxonMobil (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great. Facilities at new campus are top shelf.

    Cons

    Mgmt is not modern, very stuffy environment. No socializing outside of the office. High pace and demands.


  10. "Unresponsive management, preserving company culture is everything"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits back in the day, maybe not so much any more

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by their current oh-so-diverse commercials. They did the same thing back in the early 1980s, putting some women in their "We are Exxon" ads. (As a female geoscience professional myself back then I knew another professional woman who was put in one of those ads.)

    However I'll bet anything there currently aren't any women or minorities on their management committee, or if so, VERY few. Especially not women. The little boys club must prevail over everything.

    Advice to Management

    Pick your knuckles up from the floor whence they drag and make the GIANT mental leap all the way into the 1970s and accept that women have something useful to offer the company, or in fact ANY company. You're cutting yourselves off from half the talent pool and that is just plain STUPID, for *any* business.

    Oh - and get on board with the whole climate change thing. (The NY AG is going to get you anyway, for knowing about it back in the 1970s - and SHAME ON YOU for turning your back on the GOOD science you started doing on the subject at the time.)

    Worst part: you can't convince me you couldn't re-tool yourselves to be an alternative energy company in a New York minute. You only have one of the finest collections of scientific and technical minds on the planet.

    And you would still make money in doing so (which is what drives you over everything).

    You could have been a leader, in so many ways (scientifically, socially, economically) - but you took the craven way out and put money over everything.

    And you will destroy the planet as a result.

    I was proud to have worked for you back in the day.

    Now? Not so much.


  11. "Research Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In house R&D. Special courses are run to train new hires. Diverse research teams.

    Cons

    Ranking based system for annual review. Lack of transparency.


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