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Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • Work/life balance was fantastic (in 41 reviews)

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

Cons
  • 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 (2)

    "IT Manager"

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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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and flex schedule

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Can't trust anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be a manager. Support your people.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership & Ownership needed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, Bonuses, Benefits, Vacation, LTIP

    Cons

    Limited exposure with management; career opportunities are limited for some that are not "seen"; onboarding; roles & responsibilities not made clear;

    Advice to Management

    Build relationships with employees. Have more of a presence in intergroup discussions. Take ownership of the issues at hand and address in a timely fashion. If all you do is delegate, then you won't provide much value. Talk out career advancement/opportunities.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Marathon Growing Pains"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. "Treasury Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Nice people. Collaborative environment. It offers all the perks that come along with working for a large company. Great annual bonuses.

    Cons

    Can be long hours. You have to be able to able to handle a certain amount of stress. Just like in most large companies, you are going to have many bosses and at times question your impact to the company's success

    Advice to Management

    You are what you are...a big oil company. I would continue to recognize and reward the young talent because they will one day be the innovators who keep you in business.


  5. "Engineering Specialist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Life, Work Balance, Great training

    Cons

    Career ladder is impossible, no where to go


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, great benefits"

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    • 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
    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.


  7. "Strategy Supporter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Management set out a focused strategic direction 18 months ago and the focus has made all the difference in the atmosphere and results

    Cons

    Continues to be an environment of change--some will like it, some will not

    Advice to Management

    Stay this course

  8. 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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Big company with big problems"

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

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

    Pros

    Very laid back, casual dress code, good starting salaries for entry level. Has multiple locations if you ever want to move

    Cons

    Very much acts like a big company, you're pretty much just a number and middle management is very heavy here. Expect to be subject to the good ole boy system, lots of sexism.

    Work ethic is poor, everyone leaves at 5 no matter what needs to be done for a meeting the next morning.

    Management chooses favorites and there is a lot of nepotism and managerial incompetence

    Advice to Management

    Management is very secretive, and likes to make reviews as convoluted and non transparent as possible.

    They need to learn to express more appreciation for their employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Business Analyst"

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


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