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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Amin H. Nasser
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, great compensation (in 28 reviews)

  • Having a safe work environment is another reason employees will want employment with your company (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely horrendous middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Not so much in the room of future career path (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Saudi Aramco..where you work happily"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was a contractor. Saudi Aramco is the best company in the world. No pressures, just daily work, good colleagues, family, nice vacations, and routines

    Cons

    being bored, not having a say

    Advice to Management

    make changes but consult with your workforce


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Industrial Trainer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation - financial. Head boss was a good leader and trusted the foreign staff to accomplish the job - minimal supervision. Single guys can save a lot of what they earn - nothing in the way of entertainment and relatively cheap prices for goods and services.

    Cons

    location, caught between under-achieving trainees and sometimes overly oppressive middle management. Not for married people or families - unless you are guaranteed a spot on the compound. Likewise, the quality of life on the compounds has been falling as well.

    Advice to Management

    Review and make decisions regarding some elements of the middle management from countries in the region - their efforts run counter to the goals and missions proclaimed by both Aramco and the majority of the foreign staff.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Industrial Relations - ASC"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Relations in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Industrial Relations in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    On-site amenities (cafeteria, gym, clinic, workshops, etc.).

    Cons

    Egos and corrupt practices. Individuals in managerial roles with ineffective and often questionable leadership capabilities (with the exception of Technical/R&D roles). Non-existent on-boarding process. Lack of vision and communication between ASC and Saudi Aramco. Political/Hierarchal organization (refrain from addressing organizational gaps and contributing ideas).

    Advice to Management

    Oil reserves are a gift, but character is a choice.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "I have a scholarship with Saudi Aramco"

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    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer Sholarship in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer Sholarship in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I reached to them after high school. They have a restricted program for scholarship mostly for Saudi Students. Now I study Petroleum Engineering at LSU (Louisiana State University). The program is excellent, they provide every thing from monthly salary ( more than $2000) which increase by 15% when you finish half your major. They also take care of the tuition and they provide book allowance each semester that is $ 1000. The pay a close attention to their student with a visit each semester and a private meeting with each student to check up on them. They give also rewards each semester for those who perform well that ranges from ( 500$ to 1000$) depending on their GPA. At the last summer of your study, they refer their student to some of the large companies in U.S to do an internship. For me I have been offered Baker Hughes,Schlumberger and Exxon and I did an interview with BH and got accepted last week

    Cons

    Some times it is not easy to get a response from your supervisor. They give me a hard time when i try to ask for some information or permission to drop or add other courses. Also, it is true they provide an insurance but it lacks dental coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Love you guys, for the time being .. hhhhhhhhhhh


  5. "Research Geophysicist at Exepc ARC Saudi Aramco, Houston Research Center"

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    Current Employee - Research Geophyscist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Geophyscist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    national company, steady, not a lot work, never laid off

    Cons

    poor salary to new empolyees, few staff and training class in Houston, or other place around the world.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Fulfilling technical, commercial, and operational requirements over most of 22 years in Saudi Arabia and the US."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working overseas and it was similar to my 13 years at Caltex (eight in Bahrain), but included one of the most magnificent desserts in the world. Also my family and I were always treated with consideration and rewards for work well done.

    Cons

    While praise and salary are appreciated, one must accept that they are developing a huge number of young, well educated people to a World-class level of project work, leaving expatriates in place to assist in the development of their young people. Also, much of the freedom an expatriate had always felt in years past is currently constrained due to the well known political difficulties the Middle-Eastern countries are facing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. "national company, secured job forever"

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    Current Employee - Research Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Geophysicist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    best of best benefits for experienced hires, especially for whoms will retire soon

    Cons

    non-expericed for graduate level new hires

  8. Helpful (1)

    "energy supplier"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    best company in all aspect

    Cons

    the company is expanding and more work/manpower is needed.

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (12)

    "If you want to come here, be flexible and you will enjoy it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geological Research Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geological Research Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, great community life, good schools, safe quiet surroundings, exposure to different cultures, good salary, interesting work and plenty of it. Great vacation package and easy to reach superb and exotic destinations (e.g., India, Nepal, China, Philippines, Thialand, other Gulf States, etc.). Friendly people. 401K is matched by company at 9%, retirement pension is outstanding and rare in today's corporate world. Can take lump sum payment at early retirement (10 years service and over 50 years of age).

    Cons

    You are away from the US. Some people find this disconcerting at first, but it does lessen with time. Prices in community are rising. Some communication problems. Some restrictions on daily westernized lifestyle.

    Advice to Management

    Increase cost of living and expatriate premium benefits greatly as these are a bit outdated.


  10. "Engineer II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented, very organized, and friendly environment

    Cons

    Great company to work for


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