Saudi Aramco Employee Reviews about "expats"

Updated 27 Dec 2020

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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser (no image)
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403 Ratings
Pros
  • "Development Work environment Excellent payment(in 68 reviews)

  • "The work environment is outstanding, with work/life balance unlike any other company I know(in 55 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "lack of professional development (for non Saudis)(in 25 reviews)

  • "Sometimes very difficult to negotiate with Management as we had the Company (Saudi Nationals and some expats, some Americans) to deal with(in 25 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Sr.process engineer

      21 Apr 2017 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Large operations, big projects, very good school, excellent campus for family

      Cons

      low employee satisfaction, no development, expat Asians are are paid not at par with western expats, though working capabilities are similar.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      excellent experience

      27 Dec 2020 - Engineer I in Dhahran
      Recommend
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      Pros

      every thing is very good

      Cons

      just the expat layoff policy

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    3. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Think Four-times B4 Joining!

      20 Dec 2020 - Anonymous Contractor in Dhahran
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Unmatched Salary (relative to competitors)!

      Cons

      Lack of Respect for Expat Hard Work and Genuine Added-Value!!!

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company

      11 Oct 2020 - Project Engineer in Dhahran
      Recommend
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      Pros

      As an Expat, benefits are awesome.

      Cons

      None I can think of.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Horrible Company

      28 May 2020 - Engineer in Dhahran
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Money and that's really it

      Cons

      Everything, Culture is Corrupt, Racism, Abusive Saudis who hate Expats. Abusive Supervisors who yell at Employees and get away with it because they are Saudi and you are an Expat. Company is all marketing but behind the Abaya its basically a horrible local company that used to be an American owned and is the reason why it has the reputation it used to have, good job screwing it up.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Horrible career progression..too much office politics..no future for eastern expats

      19 Jan 2020 - Engineer III 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - health care is good - you can leave work at 4. Any extra work can be demanded as overtime (sometimes)

      Cons

      - horrible pay , especially now for eastern expats - general degratory attitude of local managers and staff towards expats in general and eastern expats in particular - hostile locals especially in the face of new anti expat propaganda - work in repetitive. Problems are never fixed due to lack of time or lack of interest by maintenance staff - no career progression. You will be constantly overlooked for not being a saudi for most trainings. - with the current inflation in saudi, you pay quickly becomes inadequate

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Poor Management

      15 Sep 2019 - Senior Engineering Consultant in Dhahran
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      Pros

      Good company which pays well to expats with excellent family packages. long term employer. The company had tremendous resources which manage correctly can benefit the Saudi nation

      Cons

      Poor Management with selfish aims across the whole management chain. They are there to serve their best interest.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Going in a new direction.........again, again, again, again

      22 Feb 2019 - Senior Rotor Wing Mechanic in Ras Tanura
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      Pros

      great insurance and retirement benefits awesome 401K

      Cons

      12 and 2 work schedule is horrible then swamping from days to nights every other week. not good for the so called safety culture. The people in charge of me are only there because they are from the Sunni tribe no other reason. They can't even do my job much less there job. Lots of favoritism among the locals. If your a expat and think your gonna move up the career ladder, don't your not that's just how it goes over here. As far as training goes you don't get any mostly reserved for the local population. Seems like we do the same thing many times in row hoping for a different result.......scary. Definitely a blame culture for sure if you are a expat....go figure. As far as it goes for now you will never get hired direct only contractors so you can never take advantage of the benefits, so there is really no reason to come over truly a waste of time effort and energy its just a new game and you really don't want to be the expat slave because that's what you will be I promise.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      As a member of the Human Resources Department... I do not recommend

      8 May 2019 - Human Resources in Dhahran
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Average 32 vacation days per year, work/life balance, company covers majority of costs to send children to boarding school (high school children only).

      Cons

      Honestly, Aramco in general is a hostile working environment. They speak of 'great initatives' however, do not expect to see those initiatives come to life. Women are not valued (Saudi and expat), the performance rating scale is forced - if you are not a favorite, don't expect a good annual bonus. Many say the salary is great however, content is required. The salaries are higher than most companies - if you look outside the Oil/Gas industry. However, compared to other national oil/gas companies around the world, compensation is standard. Again, this is coming from an HR Business Partner - who has visibility to everything behind closed doors at the senior management level. No, I am not a bitter employee, I actually receive great performance reviews. However, my high performance reviews do not make me oblivious to my surroundings or oblivious to the struggles of my colleagues.

      16 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Disrespectful

      15 Mar 2019 - Training in Dhahran
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits and salary are good

      Cons

      Benefits and salary are good for a reason. You will be disrespected continuously in the work environment as a expat. They are not interested in your experience or background, knowledge or skills. They are looking for "workers" who do what told to get the work done since the locals cannot and will not. Don't expect to be treated fairly or equally. Don't expect integrity and accountability for locals. Credit for your work will be given to locals - they are masters at manipulating the systems and management. Management is clueless, most have no background in the areas they manage, don't care as most stay in a position for a few months (revolving door). If you are interviewing for jobs in Learning Support and Solutions (LSSD), Academic Programs and Partnerships (AP&P) or Program Development and Evaluation (PD&ED) run away - the work environment is horrific, discriminatory, tons of locals with no skills, and incompetent management. Don't believe anything you are told. Lying is the norm as is manipulation.

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      6 people found this review helpful
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