Saudi Aramco Employee Reviews about "expats"

Updated 25 Apr 2020

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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser (no image)
Amin H. Nasser
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  • "everyone (including the expats) are absolute nut jobs(in 77 reviews)

  • "You do your job and pass on your expertise to young Saudis(in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Salary and worklife balance

    Cons

    No career development if you are an expat

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    Saudi Aramco2016-04-07
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared to be disrespected and undervalued."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Secretary in Dhahran
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The money, free healthcare, (almost) free housing.

    Cons

    If you get assigned to a difficult Manager it will negatively impact your overall experience. As a Westerner you may encounter disrespect and resentment. The Secretary role duties can be very mundane and there is very little scope for progression. You may be working in a building away from the main area which can feel isolating, with no canteen or few expats. Life on camp is ok, if bland. It is compound life and you do get used to it, but it can feel very enclosed. The houses are somewhat dated, but they are ok. Some expats (there are some exceptions, thankfully!) are surprisingly not that welcoming and friendly. Weather is very hot from April to October, particularly in June, July and August. Finally, it is a 'lucky dip' to which department you get assigned to. A good/bad Manager can make/break the experience.

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    Saudi Aramco2020-04-25
  3. "Horrible career progression..too much office politics..no future for eastern expats"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer III 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    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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    Saudi Aramco2020-01-19
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Do not even bother"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Secretary in Riyadh
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money was very good hence why i stayed so long and so were the bonuses

    Cons

    spoken to like a piece of rubbish everyone (including the expats) are absolute nut jobs no welfare for mental state of mind expect you to just know what the managers are thinking Mental torture as you are on edge as youve always done something wrong no room for any mistakes even when youve just started offices are dated and disgusting housing is worse than uni dorms I was constantly told i was too skinny then too fat by my manager and my clothing was ridiculed a lot. HR do nothing with complaints

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    Saudi Aramco2020-01-06
  5. "Poor Management"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Consultant in Dhahran
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco full-time for more than 8 years

    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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    Saudi Aramco2019-09-15
  6. "Senior Project Maintenance Planner"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Maintenance Planner in Dammam
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are looking for experts in their fields. One of the main responsibilities of Ex-patriot Employees is to train younger "national" employees. Compensation and opportunities for personal travel are out of this world. If you can get a job with them, go for it. You will never look back.

    Cons

    Many people with different cultures and education were mixed together. We achieved work harmony by personal involvement, coaching and guiding the workforce. Sometimes very difficult to negotiate with Management as we had the Company (Saudi Nationals and some expats, some Americans) to deal with. The contractor management were mostly Korean and some of them was difficult to deal with while others were ok. Most of the company's personnel worked together and in harmony with world standards

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    Saudi Aramco2019-08-10
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Go for the Money, Stay for the Money, Expect Nothing Else"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Dhahran
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average compensation, when compared to what the same CV is worth in one's home country. This is the entire retention model.

    Cons

    Nothing done according to internationally accepted principles and methods. Projects are done incorrectly and are late, often never finished. No professional satisfaction whatsoever. Virtually no respect at all given to expat employees, it is a common viewpoint of the native population that you are only there for the money. Everyone knows nothing else is offered. Every year fewer opportunities for expats.

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    Saudi Aramco2019-08-01
  8. "Corrosion Engineer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary, length of vacation and expat allowance.

    Cons

    Work culture, local people, reckless driving

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    Saudi Aramco2019-05-26
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Work place"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    Good workplace and environment

    Cons

    No chance of career growth for expats

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    Saudi Aramco2019-05-12
  10. "good place to work"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in Dhahran
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and packages

    Cons

    no career growth for expats

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    Saudi Aramco2019-05-12
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