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Aramco Overseas Reviews

Updated 7 May 2019

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3.2
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86%
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Fahad Al-Abdulkareem
11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free coffee, okay decor, chairs(in 4 reviews)

  • "I have worked for AOC The Hague for some years and I have had a great experience to look back to(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "The word promotion in AOC is overrated(in 8 reviews)

  • "limited opportunities for locals to be in a senior management role(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Family"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aramco Overseas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people that really care about you 26 Fridays off a year Bonus Vitality etc Free football Unique Free coffee Fahad improved development

    Cons

    Limited mobility Pmp is broken

    Advice to Management

    More development

    Aramco Overseas2017-11-02
  2. "Average Comp and Bens / Tragic Culture / Dead -end Career grave"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aramco Overseas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very international and friendly workforce. Some pockets of excellence and every other Friday off a good benefit.

    Cons

    Management do not provide proper steerage and strategy is badly executed mainly due to poor understanding of what strategy is. Management lack transparency and there is negligible internal engagement - very command and control attitude.

    Advice to Management

    No point...they never listen. Only to what senior leaders in Dhahran say...no backbone of course because their future in the Company depends on currying favour upwards so don't expect things to change here...it's all window dressing.

    Aramco Overseas2019-04-10
  3. "No career development. Dead end!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Aramco Overseas full-time

    Pros

    Some of the employee benefits and nice office

    Cons

    Backward culture and no career progress

    Aramco Overseas2018-03-21
  4. Helpful (3)

    "AOC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aramco Overseas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues Management Recruiting for Aramco Canteen Yoga Ping Pong Off Fridays Working Fridays Office environment Reputation of the Company Great benefits package Training Diverse Wednesday night football

    Cons

    Bonus could be better Financial Incentives

    Aramco Overseas2017-08-21
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Very mixed experience"

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    Current Employee - Employment Attraction in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aramco Overseas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent office, good central location, free coffee/refreshments, on occassion free lunches. Every other Fri is supposed to be a day off, but most staff end up working on that day or working over weekends and long hours, so the work/life balance that people rave on about is not as great as it sounds on balance - trying to be objective here and put it in perspective

    Cons

    I will say there is an intent across the workforce to do a good job, problem is that people in management and HR put hurdles through sheer unprofessional conduct, that does not allow satff to actually deliver on objectives, this leads to chastizement from management, leading to resentment, disenagement and ultimately many talented people leaving. This has been going on for so long and it's just the culture here. A company...

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    Advice to Management

    With such deep pockets and loss of truly talented staff - why bother changing right? As long as the liquid stuff is being pumped out of the sand, do you care? When you loose turly talented people who are made to be frustrated - it's a leading indicator not a lagging one

    Aramco Overseas2017-03-01
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Started off positive, but ultimately negative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aramco Overseas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good pay compared to similar jobs in other organisations - Every other Friday off - Great location

    Cons

    - Dysfunctional HR and payroll (e.g. providing a medical benefit and then not reporting to HMRC, resulting in a hefty tax bill in later years) - Disconnect between management and employees - A cohort of ineffective middle managers who are in their roles based on tenure and not any ability to inspire people - Little clarity from the mother company in Saudi Arabia on the future of overseas offices, fuelling speculation...

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    Advice to Management

    If the company is serious about keeping a London office in operation - invest in training, IT and promoting a meritocratic culture that inspires employees

    Aramco Overseas2017-01-05
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place To Work - Don't believe the bitter negativity in the reviews below"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Representative in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aramco Overseas full-time

    Pros

    Great team of people working for a subsidiary company of the largest Oil and Gas provider in the world. Every other Friday is a non-working day! Thursday/'fake Friday' is possibly the best thing about working for any company, anywhere in the world. Excellent benefits package including free Starbucks Coffee, cinema tickets every week, great pension, private healthcare and much more.. Outstanding travel opportunities....

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    Cons

    At times, unrealistic expectations of our stakeholders have to be managed. Sometimes there can be challenges due to cultural differences. Changes to policy from above has an adverse effect on those of us 'on the ground'

    Advice to Management

    Personally, I believe that the company is on the right track and is an extremely interesting organization to work for, and that overall the positives outweigh the negatives. I'm very surprised that there are a few negative comments as my experience at AOC has been great so far.

    Aramco Overseas2015-09-17
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Do not believe the negative reviews"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aramco Overseas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location, good benefits, opportunity for people which show enthusiasm. Great people to work with which on the whole really do a good job. Great training schedules, you have a choice on what training you do, management will not say no unless it's not related to your job. Great travel opportunities for some. Dynamic teams, sometimes projects span between The Hague and London and saudi. Mostly a professional environment,...

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    Cons

    The culture can be hard for people who are not open minded or who do not get their own way or have a problem with authority or criticism. administrative processes are lengthy , the company has grown a lot in the past few years and so did the amount of responsibility it has in Europe. processes haven't kept pace but it is an issue managers are aware of and they are heading in the right direction to fix it. Yes the managers...

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    Advice to Management

    You are heading in the right direction. Some of the negative reviews sound that they are from people who have a personal vendetta with the company, they may know bits of information but really they don't know what's going on or the full picture. This is why no body is listening to them in the office and why they use glass door. The negative reviews here are intended just to causing trouble.

    Aramco Overseas2015-09-20
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Interesting Org"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aramco Overseas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Team were a pleasure to work with. This is those who actually have a role to do -not self-important management

    Cons

    A team of highly inadequate management. A HR function who to everyones knowledge do nothing. A head of recruitment more interested in reports and quantity, as opposed to quality. a 1 Dimensional organisation adverse to change. Happy to keep under performing friends of management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen. Look after your employees, not just your friends within the company

    Aramco Overseas2014-09-16
  10. Helpful (9)

    "By far the worst working experience of my career"

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    Former Employee - PR ADVISOR in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aramco Overseas full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Peers & co-workers were a pleasure to work except in PR where they are knifing you in the back - if for no other reason - because we all had a common enemy, upper management / executive team. Friendly work colleagues in Staffing services and Office Services. Old fashioned working environment. The excellent people at the coal face deserve better

    Cons

    The culture of this place was very, very dry. Executive team holds a military mind and shuns new thoughts and ideas. "My way or the highway" train of thought. It does not yield a culture of teamwork or togetherness. PR management (for the most part) are useless an have no knowledgeable attributes in their role. Leaving this place for a new job was the best step I could have possibly taken in my career. Over many occurrences...

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    Advice to Management

    Will they listen, Will they care if I wrote it down here - the other reviews have captured it all over the last 3 years and you have not bothered to do anything about this, so what's the point in writing advice to such big headed, egotistical, arrogant contemptuous people in management - who have not grasped how Western corporate culture works and not even bothered treating staff like human beings! Stop fueling a culture...

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    Aramco Overseas2014-09-13
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