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Marathon Oil Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • The new management does not value works done by geo-scientists (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Evolving company where one could join and help mold for the future.

    Cons

    Has lost it's family atmosphere and doesn't seem to know what kind of identity it wants for itself

    Advice to Management

    Show more action and less words and catchy phrases.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Not the "Premier E&P" by a Long Shot"

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

    I worked at Marathon Oil full-time

    Pros

    Most of the employees are really great people. I was treated professionally and respectfully by 99.9% of the folks I worked with.

    Cons

    Some of the smiles I was met with were just a façade - but that's true of any workplace.

    The Exxon mentality that Tillman brought to Marathon is ruining morale, and destroying the things that made Marathon a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother giving advice to people that don't listen?


  3. "Geological Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Geoscience Specialist in Seabrook, TX
    Former Employee - Advanced Geoscience Specialist in Seabrook, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Galleria location has heavy traffic


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Gone are the glory days of $100 oil"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not the family oriented company that it used to be!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits package, competitive salaries and bonus. Most of employees are hard-working and are trying to do their best for the company.

    Cons

    New management is struggling. Every time CEO talks to public the stock price goes down. Throwing everything into unconventionals, no diversity to smooth out the rough times. Lots of uncertainty with employees regarding job security.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket with unconventional wells.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Let me be honest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    I am eternally indebted to this company for every opportunity, including training, career development, benefits that they ever gave me. I was blessed to have almost 15 years there. The first 7 years were phenomenal (2001-2008).

    Cons

    I started when CEO Cazalot started under the vision of the integrated oil company and it was a very different company then. Highly successful and the stock split. It is not the same company anymore and feels an awful lot like a sinking ship. Bad decisions were made starting several years ago and they are reaping disastrous results now.

    Advice to Management

    You should have never de-integrated and sold off all the assets or you would be in a better position to weather this Saudi oil storm. You should ask Marathon Petroleum to buy you now since they're value has quadruple since the split and they have been in acquisition mode. Even Bloomberg said the de-integration of the mid-sized oil companies was the worst financial trend ever. And now we are all paying for it.


  7. Helpful (6)

    ""On a road to nowhere""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marathon Oil (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some very good young engineers and supervisors. Still have most of the groups treating service providers with due respect. Focus on HES in field operations. Decent benefits for now.

    Cons

    Inability to effectively utilize engineering and leadership talents across organizations. Silo mentality. Lack of focus on production. Lack of mentoring do to assigning leaders with no production experience. Too focused on investigating bee sting and 1 stick recordable injuries and fresh water spills, than high potential near misses. Shrinking opportunities to develop employees due to creation of single focus, factory "well building" company design. Limited company growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    If you have to get service company (Schlumberger) to design new structure of company, than top leadership is not competent for positions. Put more and competent people in production roles to maintain production and lower intervention requirements.
    Need to hold HR accountable for poor decisions that destroyed moral and culture. Marching out 25-40year highly rated employees during layoffs with no time to say goodbye or thanks. That's a nice retirement thank you! Speaks volumes for young employees looking at career decisions.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Was a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "engineering tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good team, manager, office location , benefits

    Cons

    lousy management, uncommunicative hr- no open communication

    Advice to Management

    am no one to advice, but mro needs to stop spending money on unnecessary things to stop this lay off stringg, morale very low of employees


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Management burning bridges"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, fairly low stress environment, great benefits, competitive pay

    Cons

    C-suite management is killing this company. I get that the oil price environment is harsh right now and they are trying to best position the company to survive this downturn, but they are going about it in a way that is completely opaque and morale destroying. Employees are like zombies walking the halls these days just waiting for the axe to drop on the next round of layoffs. No attempt is made to promote any kind of company culture, and backstabbing in the name of rankings is unofficially encouraged.


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