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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated July 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, great compensation (in 29 reviews)

  • Having a safe work environment is another reason employees will want employment with your company (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely horrendous middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Long working hours at the expense of personnal life (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Chief Electrician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pays OK, most companies were stacking rigs and Aramco was still drilling during the time I worked there.

    Cons

    The company was very wasteful, probably 85% waste, and disorganized. The technical team men were almost all from either Pakistan or India, and they did not seem to respect anyone not from Pakistan or India.

    Advice to Management

    Get advice from outside company, preferable U.S. companies, as to how to operate a drilling contracting company.


  2. "Demotivating Environment"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    job security, work-life balance, low stress work environment, great place to come if you've got 25+ years of experience and want stability

    Cons

    very bad leadership all around, slow and bureaucratic decision making, leaders lack business savvy, vast majority of "leaders" are micro-managers

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Bullying Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good tax-free salary.
    Opportunity to travel as holiday money provided.
    Opportunity to make friends from different countries.
    Interesting varied work.
    Good living conditions.
    Free medical care.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression for expats.
    Company laying off staff.
    Poor work-life balance.
    Very bullying management culture.
    Preference given to Saudis in everything.
    Restricted life-style, you have to live behind fences with armed guards checking id’s before you can enter compounds.
    Very difficult to have visitors
    Women cannot drive outside the compound and have to cover themselves in Abayas.
    Unsafe roads with high death rate.
    Extremely polluted environment, especially near refineries.
    Long waiting list for medical appointments.
    Fees (taxes) being introduced for expatriates and their dependents.
    VAT being introduced.
    Only lip-service given for staff safety, fires, accidents and deaths involving employees are frequent, but hushed up.
    With falling oil prices, prospects are not good.

    Advice to Management

    Mean what you say, and pay more attention to employee safety.


  4. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1- New job title
    2- International certifications opportunities
    3- Bus for transportation
    4- Great colleagues (bad management)
    5- Good discounts

    Cons

    1- Grade Codes are randomly offered you might see a master degree in low grads and bachelor degree in a higher grade.

    2- Management care about the production of Oil and Gas since it is the main company activity (if you are not engineer you will be treated so bad in your development)

    3- Saudi Management means you will not be developed and you will be judge based on your relation with your management, if you paid them a gift or anything outside the company boundaries they will accept it and give you a high PMP

    4- No knowledge in new jobs created and they train the employees in this category as secretaries. If you are in Security prepare to work as IT secretary etc.

    5- Your opinion is not valuable because you are not in manager position.

    6- Supervisors will do anything the manager says even if its wrong just to satisfy him and insure that they get high PMP.

    7- Cost saving culture means they will make sure you will get the needed things for work uniform you will get 2 jeans and 3 shirts for a whole year while management get much more just because supervisor of these materials want to have a good reputation with the management.

    Honestly these what I faced in my department I don't know about others

    Advice to Management

    Get a knowledge from international work forces not Job ladders
    Get training in management Human Resources
    Get thousands of ethical management you really need it


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Upstream in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Upstream in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In my experience, the OVERALL monetary compensation package is SLIGHTLY above average. The real benefit is from the absence/deduction of taxes.

    Cons

    For the record, the company is laying off employees due to the downturn. Thus far, layoff's have only effected expats even though their work performance is far superior compared to that of the local work force. In fact, highly competent professional expats have recently been let go.

    Do yourself a favor and do not trust the propaganda that the company and their human resources department generates to fool people into thinking this is a good company to work for.

    Management's general behavior towards foreigners is nothing short of churlish and dishonest. For example, management and local peers will present all of your work as their own.

    The local culture is oppressive, intimidating and unwelcoming. I truly feel sorry for the women here. The land is hot, humid & dusty. Your hair will fall out because you'll be subjected to bathe in diluted sea water. Another thing that bothers my family and I is the constant feeling of insecurity when outside the company's compounds. It's not infrequent for the local men to unequivocally display a sense of disapproval towards western foreigners. This used to be a good place to work as an expat but over the years it has clearly deteriorated.

    Advice to Management

    Having worked with several companies, I'm still baffled by the poor management at Saudi Aramco. Local management is the root to many costly mistakes and loss of expert talent. If you plan to come over here, expect to have to leave your professional work ethic behind. They have a tribal/hierarchical system instead of a merit based system.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Vague job scope"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money and big projects

    Cons

    Very much prejudiced and critical if conformity not practiced

    Advice to Management

    Let people use their prior experience to improve the conditions of the company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Incapable leaders and poor management"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. You can learn a lot if you are fresh out of college and looking for a place to begin gaining experience. Fantastic opportunities to meet entrepreneurs.

    Cons

    Not a good place for those who have been in the work field for some time. Management is run by Saudi Aramco employees who are not suitable for leadership positions. Upper management treat you with disrespect, they constantly abuse you mentally and criticize your leadership style if it isn't in alignment with the way they do things. If you speak out about how to improve operations they will shun you out and remove you from leadership to ensure they get what they want. They constantly assign you tasks and have you spend months of work and collaboration without side entities only to come back and say that it isn't the best course of action putting you in an awkward position when it comes to the fold you have been collaborating with for the past months. They have no clear path on the direction they are taking. I could go on but the bottom line is that if you have ambition to lead and make changes this isn't the place for you. Not to mention the pay and compensation packages are horrible and if you are a professional you will be underpaid. Management truly believes that you are overpaid but if you compare yourself to others in the industry you will see that you are underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in direct hires who are capable to lead. Listen to your employees. Make sure they are happy so that you can retain them. Compensate them well and stop telling them they are overpaid. Enable them so they are happy to lead rather than shunning them and providing them with negative comments.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "An Oil and Gas legend has become a disaster"

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    Current Employee - Engineer III
    Current Employee - Engineer III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money, period. As an expat you get paid more than you ever will back home. However consider the cons

    Cons

    Terrible Middle Management, as many have previously stated, some of the worst middle management I have ever seen in this industry (and I have seen a lot). Overly oppressive CYA fear based work culture where everyone is scared of their supervisor and manager as they make or break your quality of life.

    As an expat, YOU HAVE NO CAREER!!! FULLSTOP!!. PERIOD!! You will NEVER be allowed to progress past your grade code or gain skills, infact you will probably LOSE all your technical and managerial skills because of either being assigned low level work or just tedious boredom because of the incompetent Management in this company. Forget about moving around or changing jobs either, once you join a department, YOU ARE STUCK THERE FOR THE REST OF YOUR CAREER! (Management needs to show a positive picture to appease their bosses so they will never show anyone leaving their division)

    You think expats have it bad? Saudis have it worse, they have to endure racism, nepotism, and in general management who instead of supporting them will try to cut down any opposition to their own advancing careers. If you are a smart Saudi who can think outside of the box DO NOT COME HERE!

    As to the money, yes you get paid a lot, HOWEVER, consider if your wife has a career outside of Saudi Arabia her career will be over in Saudi Aramco, she will become a housewife hence you will possibly lose another source of income. Combine this fact with a stagnant salary of your own and Aramco becomes a bad deal in a couple of years.

    The quality of life in the camps has declined really bad as well! Mainly because you have Saudi Housing Administrators who do not live in the camp, they are only there to make money, NOT TO TAKE CARE OF THE CAMP!!!!!!

    Aramco used to be a great company with American Management,

    Advice to Management

    You need to stop becoming a company that's job is just to provide jobs for incompetent people!


  9. "A company that can afford to waste money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Just the salary and that's it

    Cons

    Lifestyle and working in a company that your just a number and complacent not like the real World fighting to work hard and paying the bills.


  10. "Bad experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No
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    They don't have any pros in this bad company.
    They always need any one who especially have a good connection.

    Cons

    Nothing .
    All of them selfish and they can't tell you if they have any vacancy jobs.
    Although, they are not professional and qualify to work in this company

    Advice to Management

    Bad management


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