Saudi Aramco Employee Reviews about "nationals"

Updated 10 Aug 2019

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Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser (no image)
Amin H. Nasser
321 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learning more about the work environment(in 66 reviews)

  • "The work environment is outstanding, with work/life balance unlike any other company I know(in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • "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)

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

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  1. "Senior Project Maintenance Planner"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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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  2. "Saudi Aramco"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst 

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and compensation and rewards

    Cons

    - No clear career path - Discrimination based on nationality. - Hiring of average expat with high salaries.


  3. "Drilling Foreman"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    Big company , a lot to learn

    Cons

    Salary & Day rate based on nationality not skills and merit

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  4. "Great Company with embedded discrimination"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dhahran
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, self motivation can take you places, management is usually supportive

    Cons

    Discriminatory payrol policies, certain nationalities are showered with benefits and the others are given peanuts. Big gap between base pays of western and eastern nationals.

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    "Specialist"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    1) Good pay and benefits 2) The company is in transition as it prepares for the IPO, and even with this the work/life balance is emphasized as "family" is very important 3) Multi-cultural work environment with many great talented team members from every continent

    Cons

    1) If you are an Expat, there is NO chance for advancement...you will have the role you are hired in at, and once you reach the pay ceiling for your title there will be no more raises. 2) If you are an Expat, then understand your role & expect nothing else; your input will be limited and influence will be nonexistent. Understand that your role will eventually be given to a Saudi, so your employment has a definite end date. 3) Appraisal system for Expats is partial, as the company looks to parse positions for nationals -> Saudization. Even if your boss gives you a great review, his boss may ask him to lower your rating to open up the opportunity for a national.

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    "Worked in the past, not now"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saudi Aramco full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, no rain, diverse workforce

    Cons

    Recruiters lie about job role and housing lies about housing issues. Once in your job, impossible to move to a new role as the tribal management will not allow. Saudi nationals given all the perks while expats just work. Fees for dependants, fees for visas going up every year.

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  7. "Business Systems Analyst/Contract Advisor"

    3.0
     

    I worked at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    Nice place to develop sport skills and sports interest. Excellent company facilities and lots of different nationalities who share common interest and peaceful neighborhood.

    Cons

    Different nationality groups have different pay and benefits package, i.e. $ Payroll, Pound Sterling, Saudi Arabs, Other Arabs, Near Asians, Far East Asians in that order. The Company saved a lot and spent less in hiring Filipinos from the Far East who are equally capable with their American and European counterparts during the late 70's to early 2000s.

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  8. "Only benefit is above market average Salary"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above market salary and Work life balance.

    Cons

    Not and equal opportunity employer. Salary benefits and tasks are given base on you Nationality and passport not you skills. If you have European passport or you are Saudi national then very good place otherwise you will face discrimination at every point. Contractors are treated like second class citizens in every aspect.

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    "Summer Trainee"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saudi Aramco

    Pros

    Experience working with seasoned professionals and the chance to meet vendors and employees from service companies.

    Cons

    Beaurocracy and the fact that western nationals receive better treatment regardless of whether they were competent or not.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Big as it is, Saudi ARAMCO needs balance"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Dhahran
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organization structure. Mature work processes. Organization size, allows for very specific specialization. Employees can really work in their specific area of talent.

    Cons

    For non executives, Work load is not gauged or appreciated. The existence of Blame games. Polishing image is more effective than actual work. Large pay gap between foreigners and nationals (advantage to foreigners)

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