Thread regarding Saudi Aramco layoffs

It's pretty clear what happened here

Expats who have been with the company the longest have the highest pay. If the company needs to save money, it will ALWAYS first cut those who cost the most. It's the logical move to make. There is no conspiracy theory or anything like that, it's just business as usual.

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Post ID: @OP+15x7LfmZ

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“I won’t miss being forced to put Saudi names on white papers that I was sole author of and letting someone else go present at a conference.”

This is far too common at Aramco, unfortunately. One has to be totally fine with this to not lose their mind while working there.

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Post ID: @Owgi+15x7LfmZ

Not quite, it was mostly expats about to vest which is both unethical and illegal. I was one of these. Less than six months from vesting. Most fit this description.Lots of talks about class action.

Personally, it’s the best thing that could have happened to me. I won’t miss being forced to put Saudi names on white papers that I was sole author of and letting someone else go present at a conference.

Be refused entrance to a mall because my shorts weren’t long enough. Eating food that tastes like cardboard

Yes we were high paid, but it was not enough

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Post ID: @Nthn+15x7LfmZ

All departments, will not stop until December! After annual numbers calculated, the process will continue until the Worlds economy picks up to pre 2014 levels! Western Expats are being engineered out because the cost is too high compare to the Asian and Indian Mafias who have pinoys as slaves. Best to run Back to what you’re used to, and hopefully a joint venture with SA so you can ride that waive as a consultant, or simply someone who will not refuse dealing with Aramco! You don’t want to wait until they release you, or bother to do all of that work while the locals break, pray, coffee, lunch and text their friends all day while running their side businesses! Always busy but no one know what they actually do seems to be the norm!

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Post ID: @vcav+15x7LfmZ

It will continue up to the end of the year. A new batch of expatriates will be laid off on October and may be in December, as I heard. Most probably from SAPMT, that has paid a lot already. But still have some new expatriates laid off these days.
This company is just dying: no management, no real ability in engineering, no innovation, high level of corruption of board, non sens decision. Thank you for the money. But it was enough

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Post ID: @vutg+15x7LfmZ

imo...that became the standard around 2003

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Post ID: @dsum+15x7LfmZ

Business as usual means promoting the local nationals to low level supervisors and team leaders when they have little to no technical expertise and then asking the expats to train them. Low level managers and team leaders are the real poor performers.

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Post ID: @dkyq+15x7LfmZ

How do you make out that longer serving individuals are the highest paid? I know of recent appointments where they are being paid more than current staff doing the same job, even though they have less qualifications and experience.

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Post ID: @4exo+15x7LfmZ

Dear Fellow Aramcons and Victims of this terrible bloodbath, I want you to share some info that may help many of us future potential victims like yourselves. 1). Is there anything over and above standard package offered with this layoff - like 6 month pay 2). How many months you have till you must leave - two months as per contract ? Who will handle all the complex logistics with family packing shipment and travel 3). What happens to vacation we were all forced to book and get approved in advance like in July and August. I have a funny feeling - they may make us to use vacation time to pack and go... Nothing surprises me anymore - great generous, welcoming and fair company I joined over decade ago is no more.... Did not take much for "leaders and managers" to turn xxx to face in record time !

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Post ID: @yre+15x7LfmZ

No, not 600 this week. I’ve heard multiple times that 600+ is the overall plan. My guesstimate is that maybe less than a hundred on Wednesday. I personally know 7 by name. I was sacked.
This will start again next week and surprisingly Saudis will also be sacked at some point.

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Post ID: @gda+15x7LfmZ

Were all 600 layoffs administered this week or will they continue in the coming weeks?

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Post ID: @btk+15x7LfmZ

My advice to everyone is to keep a copy of the IR manual for your respective nationality/package. They have a nasty habit of changing things without warning and having a copy will help you during litigation!

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Post ID: @hix+15x7LfmZ

Supposedly 600+. The plan was hatched a few weeks ago. The Division Heads provided names which were discussed then finalized. The Board of Directors approved the plan Sunday then unleashed it mid-week. Myself and two other Americans in our group gone in succession. It was poorly handled (typical of Aramco) and has nothing to do with optimization. The last two days was targeted at the dwindling ranks of Americans.

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Post ID: @jcx+15x7LfmZ

"If the company needs to save money, it will ALWAYS first cut those who cost the most." - I see more fine economic education here...... Not from a School Id recognise nor an Economics philosophy Im familiar with...

Last time I checked, in times of financial hardship ALL costs were up for review. But then again, I keep forgetting, Im applying Logic and Common Sense! They dont apply here do they?!! How forgetful of me!

Lets face facts here shall we, the cull is the result of many factors, cost being a minor one. This is a fine example of capitalising on a situation to drive a political agenda (driven by the very top and implemented by the minions below who darent answer back or attempt to correct the lies theyve been telling for years!).

The idea that anything about this debacle is "fair", "even handed" or anything other than disgusting, vile and evil is deluded or r—ded (possibly both!).

If you want to work for a "fair" employer I`d strongly suggest looking anywhere but this country!

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Post ID: @ylc+15x7LfmZ

Any idea of the numbers? or departments?

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Post ID: @mlb+15x7LfmZ

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