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Marathon Oil Houston Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Middle management is poor, very much yes-men (in 5 reviews)

  • We are still in the process of evolving to how an Independent E&P should look and act (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Transforming for good!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aiming at a collaborative, innovative culture.

    Has simplified its portfolio and now focus on operations in the resource plays where it should be!

    Cons

    Only come here if you are up for the challenge of working in a changing organization. It isn't for everyone, but if you are ready the opportunities are here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talking to your teams and be as open and honest as you can be - they can take it.


  2. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Linux Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Linux Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive group of highly able technical personnel.

    Cons

    More could be done to plan in advance

  3. "Sad situation"

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    Former Employee - Compliance in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Compliance in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits is competitive, and bonuses have been around target for employees ranked in T-40. Coworkers can be great. Flexible 9/80 is best in the industry.

    Cons

    Competitive stack ranking emphasizes project work and is highly political. Compliance work is not respected and work environment for compliance is poor. Senior management, particularly the CEO, is out of touch with front line ops.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and let someone who can lead people take over.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Marathon Growing Pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Advanced Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, 26 Flex days a year, inclusive work environment. After the recent downturn the company is quite young with a lot of opportunity. Family friendly work environment. Excellent benefit packages to choose from for medical coverage. Company match is 7% each pay period. Great community involvement and work sponsored volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    The youthfulness of the company creates some hesitation in decision making an second guessing requiring extra work to arrive at the same conclusions. With the outsourcing of accounting functions key documents for review are unavailable or non-existent. Forced ranking by grade during annual review period of all personnel company wide regardless of specific job duties. The number in one review class was above ninety individuals which in no way could adequately represent the various value of work done by each when mixed in one group.

    Advice to Management

    If people are the company's greatest asset they are hardly represented fairly when herded into a single group for recognition. It's sad but an employee can learn more about the current company situation from articles published outside the company than the informal coffee bar sessions with various members of management teams.


  5. "Good company, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They're coming out of the downturn as a different company. There's opportunity here, if you want it - you'll get what you work for, and the only limit to how far you can go is you. 9/80s are great, and so are vacation and benefits.

    Cons

    It's a work-intensive environment, as most independent E&Ps are. If you're looking for a 9 to 4:30, and want to be told exactly what to do, this isn't the place for you.


  6. "IT Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for in the early years; flexible work schedule/flex days; good benefits; challenging work.

    Cons

    Few promotion opportunities; numerous senior management changes and employee downsizing over the past few years.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Advanced Accounting Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Accounting Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Advanced Accounting Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are better than most companies. Restricted Stock is around 10-15% of your base pay vesting over three years. 401k match is 7%, Pension escalates from 7% to 9% and then 11% depending on age and experience. Bonus is from 10-20% of base salary depending on your review.

    Medical costs about $4k a year with a $1600 deductible. Flex Days are nice, along with vacation being earned on Jan 1. for the whole year. no paycheck to paycheck accrual like most companies.

    Cons

    Forced rankings for yearly review. Heavily focused on resource plays within the US. If oil drops and stays low again will probably lay more people off and potentially go out of business.

    Advice to Management

    More portfolio diversification is needed. Scrap the Exxon Mobil review process as it is making good employees leave.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Petrotechs beware!"

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    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation and Flex days. Everyone gets the leisure of zero accountability for anything. Rating system puts everyone in the 'average' bucket each year.

    Cons

    Management has no leadership. Company doesn't have any assets for petrotechs to work/explore. Nothing new is coming, BD can't make a deal.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and start again. Especially those legacy folks who just collect huge paychecks and do nothing. HR would also be a great place to do some axing.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Do what you're told"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable and can't beat the flex day policy, basically an extra month off every year on top of a normal upstream vacation policy.

    Cons

    Highly politicized culture and top down management. Managers make decisions based on what they think their managers/analysts want to hear vs technical basis.
    Pervasive low morale throughout the company due to heavy layoffs based on a poor imitation of XOM forced ranking system. HR initiates many policies and procedures based on what they think is best vs business needs, and has strong influence on CEO. Field locations very disconnected from the 'Houston tower'.
    Galleria location makes commuting rough

    Advice to Management

    Stop the echo chamber meetings with other chiefs and talk to your Indians


  10. "Another 100 Years?"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accounting in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team/family culture of working collaboratively toward common corporate goals. Opportunities for extended career at company through personal performance and growth. Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Upstream oil and gas industry, where economic environment can be challenging at times. Relatively weak recent past wildcat exploration record.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate internally more fully corporate strategies, particularly about areas of intended focus, business risks, and needs from employees.


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