Thread regarding Saudi Aramco layoffs

Excellent Expat Workforce Being Released

The current batch of US Expats being laid off are of very high caliber in terms of education, experience and work ethic. Having survived several large layoffs, the group being let go are people that simply the victim of circumstances within the industry. It is hoped that they all land on their feet when they come home.

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@mhxh+15SyBOLn

I also find many of the expat wives to be quite selfish, arrogant, and rude. Ladies, get off of your high horses!!! Their husbands never seen to be around either. Just busying themselves with shopping buses all day, kids, and lame fitness classes. Expats here are weird. Many have personality issues. They are jerks. Or they are id–ts who were let go of their previous job and then came to Saudi.

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@mhxh+15SyBOLn

Thank you for sharing your experience and perspective from a non retired, non male, and non executive supporting a family of 3 dependents!!! I am glad you were able to return home safely.

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Post ID: @qpbh+15SyBOLn

A friend still in Aramco sent me the link to this thread and I am in total agreement with the majority of the comments on here and similar threads. I left of my own accord earlier this year.
I was barely there 2 years. I came out in good faith to work and develop myself and my career (I had already worked as a senior exec assistant for a good many years) and just for the overall experience. What a 'joke' that was!
From unfriendly, selfish, shallow expats to mostly horrendous locals it was simply awful. I worked as a secretary and my manager was a vile human being. I could go into more detail about what went on but I don't want to dredge it up. The role of secretary is no more than a runner or junior (really junior) role.
They really are sc-aping the barrel too in the past year especially, for Secretaries...from shallow, lip filled party girls to str—ers. And that is not an exaggeration. There is thankfully the odd decent person there but few and far between.

I complained about my manager to the VP secretary twice and she did pass it on to the VP who did speak to my Manager. After the first time I complained, which was after only 3 months, I also emailed the head of office services, who interviewed me and hired me in. Tumbleweed! After the second time I complained, which was about a year in, I got moved to another Manager for 3 months. This man was awful on the other end of the spectrum. Gave me the silent treatment. Coming to the end of the temp assignment I applied for a job back in Europe. Found out then that I was being moved to another Manager. My first day working for him he sent me on a lunch run for 6 people. Carrying a bag of food and and a bag of cans in near 40 deg heat back to the office. Anyway, after 4 skype interviews I found out I got the job and handed in my notice. Lockdown delayed me getting out for 2 weeks but thanks to the two embassies in Europe who put on a bus from Khobar to Riyadh I managed to escape! The HR guy I dealt with was ok. Not great but ok. He had been there years and I think he had given up the ghost, so to speak. I had to make my own arrangements with the embassies to get out.
And apart from this now, I haven't looked back. And writing this is feeling very cathartic.

If you're thinking about leaving, then start making an exit plan and if you are laid off and get severance thank your stars. Then get on with a better life. Your soul and your health are priceless.

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Post ID: @mhxh+15SyBOLn

There is some good news here: You get to leave those dumb, useless, inbred and lazy locals there in that armpit part of the earth that smells like the pie hole in an elephant’s sweaty rear end.

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@cfgn+15SyBOLn

What a terrible and nasty comment to say about people who 1) you personally do not know yourself and 2) generalize about all expats. It is a shame that you leave hateful comments about people only because they are not from your home country. It is very sad that you blame the employees who were laid off but wasn't it your own people who hired them and invited them to be here in the first place? Your comment leaves a bad taste for everyone in the world who may want to visit your country. You say bad things about expats then nobody will want to learn or to come here and visit because of people like yourself. Be nice and be kind in words and to all expats because you folks need them as tourists. Your comment is being read by the entire world.

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Post ID: @cdbi+15SyBOLn

If they're so great, they should have no problem finding jobs in their home country. In reality, most of them were over-priced and under-performing.

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Post ID: @cfgn+15SyBOLn

@6xce+15SyBOLn

Your comment is not related to layoffs. It does not conform to the guidelines and will be removed. Americans do not think they are the best. That is what YOU believe. The second sentence in your rude comment is an incorrect use of proper english. Please go back to school and learn how to write simple sentences in English first.

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Post ID: @8ylj+15SyBOLn

You stated: “...stop thinking and dreaming that...” You must have said this because you are one of the delusional locals that think they can actually run a company by themselves. Americans found and developed all of the Kingdom’s energy industry at a time when nobody else in the world could. It was expats from Europe and the Americas that saved your country during World War II. What has your generation or fellows citizens ever done on your own?

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Post ID: @6rcj+15SyBOLn

You stated: “...stop thinking and dreaming that...” You must have said this because you are one of the delusional locals that think they can actually run a company by themselves. Americans found and developed all of the Kingdom’s energy industry at a time when nobody else in the world could. It was expats from Europe and the Americas that saved your country during World War II. What has your generation or fellows citizens ever done on your own?

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Post ID: @6wng+15SyBOLn

Stop thinking & dreaming that US expats are the best. You are so dummy.

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Post ID: @6xce+15SyBOLn

Sounds like a nice dream to land on your feet after departure. The truth is that Aramco is a career k–ler. I believe that the Aramco strategy is to hire qualified and talented people so that their competitors can not have them ; then they give you a meaningless job but nice compensation package. After you go through the meat grinder you come out the other end without a career. The truth unfortunately.

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Post ID: @6haf+15SyBOLn

Unfortunately, that is Aramco, a very corrupt and toxic environment. Everything they say and advertise about them is just not true. No integrity at all and just fake/useless projects and initiatives from corrupt people to keep milking it. If you really wanna do a good job, the right things, be creative, work hard and make an impact, that is just not the right place or environment to do it. But if you want to play the game, sell dreams, making-up stories, you will love it there. Everything is done behind the scenes and decisions are made in hookah parties and on WhatsApp groups. If you're not in the inner circle of the boss, just forget it, you will never get anywhere... who cares about your qualifications, skills or what you provide. Very messed up place

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Post ID: @2rsr+15SyBOLn

Unfortunately the company choose to release the good expats and kept the mean a obnoxious ones. It’s again who is your sponsor

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