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Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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Marathon Oil CEO Lee Tillman
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Pros
  • Good benefits and work/life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • 9/80 schedule, 4 weeks vacation (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (2)

    "Declining fast"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are still OK, but declining fast. Only the managers still get paid well. They are getting rid of experienced people, so they could pay less to 1-5 year petrotechs.

    Cons

    The culture of "yes" men! It is all about appearances and not doing the right thing. Managers always say the right thing, in reality people take shortcuts. The upper management has not strategy and does not take time to learn about real issues, so does not know how to fix fundamental business problems.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management needs to be changed! Remove their short term incentives, create incentives to promote long term value and employee satisfaction. The time is running out fast


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule and bonuses

    Cons

    There is no work\life strategy and is controlled via the good ol boy network

    Advice to Management

    Realize that management for 15-20 years will need to move around if you expect real changes

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Turnover"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits but on the lower end of the compensation scale for E&P companies. Maintaining production in the EF. Looking to expand into new resource plays.

    Cons

    Lagging behind on HES policies and procedures compared to peers. No accountability from upper management. High turnover in Engineering, Upper Management and local Supervisors. Difficult to establish a consistent culture due to the high turnover. Performance planning is confusing and outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to retain your employees and establish a plan to communicate policies and procedures with the field personnel. Stop using email as the only form of communication.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Petrotechs beware!"

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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away From This Train Wreck"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical
    Former Employee - Technical
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule. That is all.

    Cons

    Poor leadership; don't be candid about problems and suggest solutions; many top level techs kept their mouths shut, found better jobs, then quit; other "not in the club" techs got laid-off and found better positions; the brown nosers are still there sucking up and showing their "value" as yes men; stay away from this toxic dump.

    Advice to Management

    Stay at MRO... consider it a quarantine of poor leadership.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Once A Great Company - Now Major Identity Crisis"

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    • 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"


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not as it seems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company paid cell phone, vehicle, and spending card.

    Cons

    They claim they are very safety oriented; however, that's just for show. They honestly are only concerned about management getting their production bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are dedicated and hardworking and deserve a management team that values their heath and well being more than their own annual bonus.

  8. "Poor Safety Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Marathon Oil as a contractor

    Pros

    Fun people and great enviroment

    Cons

    Company wanted safety record to look good not actual do the right thing and be good.

    Advice to Management

    Educate your people, Do not allow operation to rule


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Reservoir Engineering"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people that are focused. The employees are passionate about the company and adding value.

    Cons

    Executive Leadership far from strategic and can't make timely decisions


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