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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated December 3, 2017
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Amin H. Nasser
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, great compensation (in 31 reviews)

  • Having a safe work environment is another reason employees will want employment with your company (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Tons of bureaucracy, poor middle management (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor management no career path, toxic working envoroment (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "community life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    bonding for the expats is incredible

    Cons

    due to the IPO, they are letting the americans go


  2. Helpful (1)

    "analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and salary... vacations

    Cons

    no career development... very few career opportunities

  3. Helpful (9)

    "All that glitters is not gold."

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

    Pros

    Compensation, travel, international co-workers, good leave policy

    Cons

    All tha glitters is not gold. The expat camp at Ras Tanura is in very bad condition and updates are not happening. Before you leap to take your position and leave your life in the US or elsewhere, make sure you are prepared for less than adequate accommodation and overall poor health care.


  4. Helpful (16)

    "I am not staying for long..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The salary is ok, is a good thing not need to pay taxes and the vacations are enough to visit your home country.

    Cons

    Recruitment always try to offer to much and when you arrive you realize that not everything is as they promise, I was offered a house in the main camp (I have pictures in my email of my supposed camp house sent by recruitment) and I ended out of the main camp, so my family live now in a small area and if they want to move I need to take them to every place because the women are only allowed to drive inside the camp.
    Additionally they offered a position different to the one I am now working at, and now they are asking me to commute to a 6 hours location leaving my family behind in a place where they will not be able to move because they are not in the camp, the salary does not pay that.

    Advice to Management

    Control recruitment to avoid false expectations in the employees, we quit our jobs trusting the company and come to work here and then you realize half of the promises are not true, you don't want to be a quitter but with those situations they force you.


  5. Helpful (12)

    "Be careful what they offer you because that may change when you get there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Maybe salary is better not extraordinary compare to haedahips you will encounter

    Cons

    Almost everything they offered me job in one location and accordingly the housing but once I got there I found out my job is really middle of nowhere as well the housing.
    Too much favoriteism and politics

    Advice to Management

    When hiring individuals from west be open dont just show the bright side but based on your experince let them know the downside eg. Housing issues commuring issues no carrier advancement etc.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bureaucratic in processes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    High growth operations
    Total comp package

    Cons

    Tighten up on hiring processes
    Benchmark their expat comp elements - premium

    Advice to Management

    Be more nimble and less hierarchial


  7. Helpful (2)

    "OIL and Gas Nightmare !!!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Infrastructure Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Infrastructure Engineer

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

    Pros

    ONLY money is good but it is no longer tax-free.
    Consider the Cons if money is not your first priority.

    Cons

    Put it this way ...

    Once you signed a job offer with them, you are agreeing for the following:

    1) Sell your ethics and morals with tons of money.
    2) Dump your hard gained skills to do low level work.
    3) No promotions, No advancement, No growth for you. As a result, you end up unskilled after several years and no company will be interested in you when you go back home.
    4) Be mentally prepared for oppression, discrimination, and racism.
    5) Be physically prepared for the extreme burning weather.
    6) Insecure feelings combined with sense of fear. No job security in these type of companies. You will be LITERALLY having nightmares of laying offs, fighting with your boss, and getting fired. If you are not getting those, then I am more overly sensitive than you are.
    7) Salaries are no longer tax-free when the new "dependent fee" is introduced. I call it a "TAX" in indirect way.

    Advice to Management

    No, this advice is for the people who plan to join the party not the management because I don't care.

    - Read more about the Saudi culture before jumping in. Blame yourself if you're not going to do so.

    - If your professional integrity is of utmost importance, DON'T even consider joining.

    - If you don't care about ethics, principles, and integrity, then welcome to the party. You are getting rich in no time but don't cry when you reach 60.

    - If your pride and dignity are critical, stay where you are and don't come to Saudi Arabia entirely (not just Aramco).

  8. "SA"

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    Former Contractor - HSE Advisor in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Contractor - HSE Advisor in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work environment both physical and mentally

    Cons

    Class stratification, every one is labeled and treated by the the label you are assigned.

    Advice to Management

    Be inclusive


  9. "Falling behind"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security. Image and maybe some experience.

    Cons

    Not as it used to, no development nor growth is available for anybody especially if you are a young saudi.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the old mentality and enough with the connection hookups nd unfair treatment of employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Going Downhill"

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

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

    Pros

    Job security
    High pay-to-productivity ratio

    Cons

    Bad management (operations mentality instead of being strategic, no clue how to manage people, sets bad examples, doesn't know how to create a productive environment).
    Bureaucracy
    Ineffeciency
    Demotivating environment.
    Hard to move between departments or to seek internal opportunities.
    Bad people development and HR practices.
    Nepotism

    Advice to Management

    The current management needs to be purged.


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