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Interesting for the assistant who takes an interest in the work; like anywhere, good and bad managers.

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Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX (US)
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at ExxonMobil

Pros

Excellent benefits; varied and interesting people from all over the world. Our current chairman is one of the best moves we've made, and it seems we have good management working forward for the future.

Cons

Ranking system is one of the worst methods I've seen; concern that it is manipulated and very dependent on whether or not you work for the right manager. Not certain the the best are being culled from the younger folks for advacement.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Wsh management would recognize that administrative professionals do take their positions seriously and find it offensive that management seems to think "anyone" can do the job. This has led to moving some employees into the position where they perform poorly and make it difficult for others, both us and other employees.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was very rewarding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    The culture, challening environment, talented people. There is always room for progress for people that work hard. I reconmend Exxon Mobil.

    Cons

    I find it very hard to point out serious cons with working for Exxon Mobil. I know it is not a place for lazy people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They keep up the good work. They should continually look for talented, committed and ambitious people to shape the face of energy for the future.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    "Heartless" (worked in management for ExxonMobil for eleven years before switching to another major (at for three years)

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    Former Employee - Treasurer (Finance) and Commercial (Gas Marketing)  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Treasurer (Finance) and Commercial (Gas Marketing) in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at ExxonMobil

    Pros

    - Stable company; not about to go bankrupt
    - Slightly-above-average initial base salary
    - Some employers value the name on the resume / CV

    Cons

    CULTURE
    - Oppressive culture and heartless senior managers have turned the employees into unhappy robots
    - Institutional arrogance, i.e. "ExxonMobil is #1 at everything; our competitors are pathetic"
      -- Morphs into personal arrogance common among the employees, e.g., senior managers think that they are gods
      -- Displaying emotional intelligence is taken as a sign of weakness; thoughtful employees are stuck in middle management
    - Extremely conformist
    - Office politics unduly thick
    - In the energy industry, known as adopters, but not inventors
    - Backstabbing common among team members (collaboration is not consciously encouraged), i.e., peer will try to embarras one another during meetings

    FINANCIALLY
    - No bonuses (almost all the other majors do) while the base salaries are very close one another
    - Significant, early raises following by (inflation-based) plateuing salaries

    WORK-LIFE BALANCE
    - No 9/80s, i.e., employees do not get every other friday off

    MECHANICS
    - Heavy nepotism; national origin, marital relationships, region of the country, etc.
    - Agism
    - National originism; culturalism; Texan culture and the good-ole-boys network
    - Most parts of the globe; tolerated racism
    (All of the above at unduly extreme level)
    - Personnel decisions are made without direct employee input (unlike at most ther majors), e.g., no internal job postings
    - (Low) quality of supervisors make employees worse future supervisors

    MORALE
    - Psychologically demeaning; low emplyee morale
      -- Employees (incl. supervisors) scared of doing anything
      -- Usual management style is to bully your employees; no 360s, i.e., supervisors do not get graded on how their direct reports think that the supervisors are doing
    - Humor or aving fun is looked down upon
      -- If you want to die at an early age ("right after retirement" is quite common), ExxonMobil should be your top choice
    - "High pay and the name attract people; rigidity and low morale drive them away."
    - Most older employees feel trapped; very few happy employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire open-minded people
    - Value your employees not because a cost-benefit analysis tells you to do so, but because they are human beings
    - Your stock price has been doing horribly for two years now. Admit that there is something wrong, and be open to new ideas on how to ameliorate the situation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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