Saudi Aramco Petroleum Engineer Reviews

Updated 24 Jul 2018

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Expat employee"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Saudi Aramco used to offer excellent Compensation & Benefits packages to expatriates when I was recruited (2010), however, I am unable to comment on the current offers. The company provides a good Work/Life Balance.

    Cons

    Saudi Aramco weakest point is the inexistent career progression for expatriates, few trainings and business assignments are offered that could potentially improve our careers .

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    Saudi Aramco2018-07-24
  2. "Benefit"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    always given higher salary than previous employer. very steady company, minimum impact when oil price drop. slow hiring while others firing

    Cons

    not all expat employee accommodate in camp (Dhahran/Abqaiq/Rastanura/Udhaliyah)

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    Saudi Aramco2015-06-08
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Interesting place."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    You will make a lot money in a short time. You will meet very interesting people. if you get housing in the main camp or hills area ypu will experience life in 1970s west Texas you will wear a jacket indoors in the summer if you are outside the camp areas you will get to experience the middle east experience

    Cons

    Your boss is directly responsible for your raises Not your performance. Your will get to work with lots of paperwork .... meaningless paperwork thou shalt learn patience ... quickly you will learn to work with the system ... there is no out of the box thinking. .. the box is sealed shut Beware of visas and expiration dates Remember to count travel days carefully The video on campus life is greatly exaggerated the only high school in town does not have adequate teachers. keep a copy of fenefits promised you. You wil not work on what you think you are hired for. You will stagnate as sn expat

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    Saudi Aramco2015-03-02
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent compensation package"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer III in Dhahran
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation package and low work pressure, really nice compound to live with family, more than 50 day-off per year and it is great for people retiring.

    Cons

    For an expatriate it is hard to move across business lines in case you were not allocated initially in your field of expertise, high bureaucracy.

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    Saudi Aramco2014-09-29
  5. Helpful (30)

    "Another bad year for the US Dollar Compensation Program."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is true the company has one of the leading 401k plans and still a competitive pension plan

    Cons

    The overall salaries offered by the company are well below those of BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and ConocoPhillips. Saudi Aramco is not the top paying employer for US expats wishing to seek employment in the Middle East. Camp housing is completely full. The schools on camp are also full too. Expats with families can expect major delays. The company has not adjusted the US salary structure in years. The US program is below market and that "expat" lifestyle they continue to sale and advertise is a myth. If you want to earn top dollar in the KSA, don't start with Saudi Aramco.

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    Saudi Aramco2014-07-03
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Sit and wait for your paycheck"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    money, safety, good for families with small kids

    Cons

    do not come if you are not finishing your career, it is a dead end

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    Saudi Aramco2013-07-26
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bad"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Job Security, Average Salary, baaaad!

    Cons

    No improvement Less Money than other oil companies

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    Saudi Aramco2013-02-12
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Frustrating & Boaring"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    Low stress Job Happy & cheerfull enviroment Fixed working hours Nice facilities

    Cons

    Slow, Slow ,Slow More rotine driven Can go for days without work Old timer mentalities " we have been doing this for years no need to change!" Can go for years without getting promoted or change job lots of defensive and cant do work culture

    Saudi Aramco2011-11-14
  9. Helpful (1)

    "1"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Petroleum Engineer in Dhahran
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    good training development and average merit increase

    Cons

    lack of technical personnel to evaluate young engineers achievement and way of thinking. Favorism and appointing un-qualified superiors, sometimes.

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    Saudi Aramco2010-05-11

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