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Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Marathon Oil CEO Lee Tillman
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  • The new management does not value works done by geo-scientists (in 7 reviews)

  • We are still in the process of evolving to how an Independent E&P should look and act (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Petrotechs beware!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Once A Great Company - Now Major Identity Crisis"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9-80 Flex Schedule (2 days/month off) on top of vacation days
    Compensation is good compared to other industries
    Mostly flexible with leaving early or coming in late (but have been called out for taking days off I had scheduled months in advance)
    Smart coworkers

    Cons

    Top Talent is leaving by the day, only a few superb upper manager left
    Executives are pompous, overly compensated and average intelligence at best - the problem is our CEO didn't pick the CFO so the CFO thinks he reports to Board and not the CEO
    Management say we want to save costs, yet build a $1.5MM meeting/hangout floor that is a google wanna be. Recently found out they upgraded an existing floor to "make it look like another floor" employees where coming from
    Unwilling to be flexible when it comes to operations, not risk taking and will not adopt most optimal well completion designs
    Middle management is poor, very much yes-men
    I can never seem to use all the time off given, work load is getting more and more and work-life balance is getting worse
    Very rigid policies and personnel make it impossible to be nimble
    Pay for E&P is average at best, low salary, average bonus and stock options
    Benefits (medical) is getting absurdly expensive, last year it increased over 40%!
    Had roughly 35% laid off in last 18 months and not sure if there are more to come or not
    Development and training is non existent

    Advice to Management

    Why provide advice - they won't listen...But if you really want advice, need to stop thinking MRO is the best place to work and wake up, people are miserable - and if don't think 60% of the company will leave when oil hits $70 you are in for a surprise.

    You need to truly step into someone else's shoes and understand their concern - have a suggestion box and actually address all of the concerns

    Stop wasting money on stupid a&$ stuff like floor 29....I haven't heard one person say "wow - cool" every single person has said "this is nice but why did we spend $1.5MM on this when we just laid off so many good people"


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Reservoir Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many great technical professionals at the office who know what they're doing, but...

    Cons

    ...Management seems to think they know better. Incompetent leaders with no backbone and no willingness to stand up for their people. Culture is now more cut-throat, focused on how staff can compete with one another vs working collaboratively. Management also unable to work with any type of diversity, and thus most diverse employees (female, different background, work style other than "the Marathon way") have either left or been laid-off. The result is a super toxic environment where work product is terrible. Oh yeah, and HR is incompetent, so if you want to talk about the problems you're facing...well, you're out of luck. Best to find your own solution.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head in the right place - trust the technical professionals who have stuck it out with you. You have great assets and great people who want to maximize their value! Stop morphing Marathon into a "mini-Exxon" with all of Tillman's changes. Stick to your true identity and you will flourish.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Gone are the glory days of $100 oil"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geoscience Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geoscience Technician in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexibility, benefits (severance pay is great because you will need it). Tried to approach gold standards in the industry, but they are very behind - marking this as a pro for the effort.

    Cons

    Poor management - indecisive folks who have no integration of the big picture with their peers/superiors. Some of the most useless staff are retained because of favoritism with management.

    Advice to Management

    The left hand needs to know what the right hand is doing.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Was a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    HAD great work/life balance and positive morale.

    Cons

    The new executive management team has completely destroyed everything that was great about this company. The new mini-Exxon.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Computer Geoscientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - - Computer Geoscientist in Jersey Village, Harris, TX
    Former Employee - - Computer Geoscientist in Jersey Village, Harris, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ample time off, friendly employees. Many of the workers have extensive knowledge which they gladly share. It's more about your fellow workers, than the job .

    Cons

    They've slashed training and currently have a less than pleasant work environment. It use to be one of the best places to work, but no longer.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate honestly and openly. Stop telling the employees on thing and a few weeks doing just the opposite. Learn to be a leader and stop managing .


  8. Helpful (5)

    "If you're not in production or reservoir, look elsewhere."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer II in Kenedy, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer II in Kenedy, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are really pretty good. There are good people there at the field level which make work enjoyable.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. No professional guidance or development path. Management not concerned about well being of field engineers. Common advice is to keep your head down and don't make any noise.

    Advice to Management

    Please attend some of the leadership courses offered internally to your employees. Morale is very low and the level of disconnect between corporate and the field exacerbates the issue even more.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Low performance company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and technical people

    Cons

    The company keeps underperforming; it is second at the bottom of its peer group based on stock performance which is a reflection of the quality of the leadership. The company went through a purging system of its personnel: too many white-hair people let go, introverts, and specific-gender professionals.

    Advice to Management

    In times of crisis, we need our leaders to be humble.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Great Benefits - Awful Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, 9/80's, competitive pay

    Cons

    Management is rotated in from other depts. so they don't have any experience in the dept they're managing. NOT ACCEPTABLE TO CHANGES. If it's not the Marathon way, it's not correct even if you bring ideas that will improve processes, result in cost savings or create efficiencies they will not consider it. No team atmosphere. Make you feel like outsider if you a full time employee. The absolute worst experience that I've had in my 30 year working career!

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting people in charge that have no experience. If you bring in new people because of their skill set, allow those individuals to add value to the company by listening to their ideas and be open to putting those into fruition. Hiring people with experience and then stifling their proposals for improvements will make that employee feel devalued and useless.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "If you know someone high up - come work here!"

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 is good, that's it.

    Cons

    1) If you'd like to build your career based on your skills and capabilities - look elsewhere. Favoritism is alive and well here.
    2) Make sure you behave! Be the Yes Man they want you to be.
    3) Pay is below average here

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees, not just yourselves and your golden parachutes


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