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Saudi Aramco Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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Amin H. Nasser
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, great compensation (in 26 reviews)

  • Professional work environment and Great opportunity (in 27 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)

    "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


  2. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  3. 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.


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  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. "Great Company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abqaiq (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abqaiq (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, medical coverage for the employee and his family

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic system when it comes to promotion

    Advice to Management

    Avoid the show. Instead, give some attention to your employees so that to express their talents. You have such great system and standards, yet you're only utilizing them for some people whom you like.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Currently having layoffs"

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

    Pros

    Good money for US expats

    Cons

    The company is currently layoffing employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill"

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

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, training opportunities, access to resources, good facilities

    Cons

    rumours control major issue, silo mentality, lack of direction, office politics

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on strategy development, especially the planning phase. Learn to listen to subordinates


  10. Helpful (1)

    "inefficient place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    pay is good..rarely do you stay overtime

    Cons

    There are lots of incompetent people

    Advice to Management

    train your employees


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Large Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The final salary for western expats is quite above expectations (along with no national income tax) and work hours are set at 40 hours a week, rarely ever having to work overtime. The number of vacations days are quite high too.

    Cons

    This company is extremely bureaucratic and work progresses very slowly. It is hard to obtain good work experience during the early part of your career. It is best to work for this company toward the end of your career instead of the beginning.


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