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Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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  • "Middle management is poor, very much yes-men" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Upper management unable to meet requirements for growing company internationally" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Land Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    The salary is very good

    Cons

    The distance is very far


  2. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, decent pay with good benefits.

    Cons

    Happiness at work greatly depends on which department you work for, can be political. Base salary is nice, but bonuses are lacking.

  3. "Senior Attorney"

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

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

    Pros

    Good team environment. Lots of responsibility.

    Cons

    Changing culture. underpaid compared to competitors

    Advice to Management

    PIck an identity.


  4. "Drilling Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Multi basin assets, cross discipline training

    Cons

    No offshore opportunities, resource play only


  5. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    work-life schedule was great! Benefits are still good.

    Cons

    Layoff happened so often that you do not feel safe.

    Advice to Management

    Many supervisors do not have the qualification to be in those positions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, flexible schedule, benefits

    Cons

    Once you reach top grade levels your career path can become stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for movement and career progression


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Almost 30 years from entry level to Middle Management"

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    Former Employee - Engineering and Management
    Former Employee - Engineering and Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Find the right track and you will move up until you hit your ceiling (not everyone is cut out to be CEO or a top manager, although 90% think they are). No one is going to gift you a promotion or advance your career without merit. Pay is very good, if you prove yourself you will be rewarded with tremendous responsibility. Many won't put in the extra effort to make the top grade... and watch them whine. Fortunately we don't hold on to the whiners very long.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities once you hit the high end manager positions, but the pay is still great and challenges still there. Although they claim to be a "family oriented" company, forget trying to get your kids in the door because you work there- they will have to do it on their own.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is worthless without my name to align with my performance. Why should they listen to an unknown who might have a biased grip? The CEO leads the team with his vision, his managers better be good or they won't last long. If you can't put your trust in the team you better find another job- but it won't be any better there. Keep jumping ship and you will never get to the top. Put your nose to the grindstone and prove yourself.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lost its way"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and benefits still in-line with peers.

    Cons

    Diversity in the company is completely gone. Safety has gone from the best in the businesses to the worst over the last 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    The company has way too many supervisors and middle managers and not enough workers. Some managers have one or two employees reporting to them. Company still struggles to make money with 60 to 70 dollar oil. Competitors don't seem to be having this issue.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Popularity contest, back stabbing and office politics galore"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, not much else

    Cons

    If you do a great job but you don't talk a bunch of bs then you're a goner, sorry. If management doesn't know who you are because you're too busy doing your job, you're gone. If you are not a socialite but you love doing your job and work hard at it, you're fired.

    Advice to Management

    Let Managers do their jobs. Stop firing employees based on your own baseless information and get the feedback from your managers before over reacting. An employee who works 9 hours a day should not get praised while another employee who did the same exact job as the 9 hour employee did in just 1 hour gets lectured because he has a little extra free time. Some employees actually know how to do their jobs very efficiently in a fraction of time it takes a regular employee, recognize that! Fire those employees who continue to take every single Friday off as a Flex Friday without getting caught!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Geologist Employee"

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    Current Employee - Geologist II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist II in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, Competitive compensation/retirement packages

    Cons

    Engineering company with less value placed on geology, lack of clear goals for projects, scientific work can fall on deaf ears if it's not what management wants to hear

    Advice to Management

    Communicate overall goals and why it's important to achieve these goals (this will allow for better scoping of projects)


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