Laid off hundreds of expats, no flights out of the Kingdom, inept Personnel Department want us to pay for and book flights from hubs out of country but won’t confirm company flights to the hubs! Expect us to empty company houses, turn in transportation vehicles and basically starve to death rotting here! E-mails of HR Advisors are full and there is no contact! Company expects us to spend severance money on airline tickets then have to beg for credits from the airlines when the flights get cancelled! Waiting months to leave this place while the limited talent left is overburdened, or inept makes a former employee doubtful that they were ever able to get oil out of the ground in the first place! As soon as the last Expat leaves, this place will implode due to the incompetence here! The culture is ill equipped to handle anything beyond PowerPoint presentations, flavor of the day training, awards ceremonies, and paper certificates that mean absolutely nothing. Forget anything you have ever learned except writing draft communications for locals who will use you as their personal servant to run personal errands, do their College Work for them, complete the work assigned to them, and demand gifts from you home country! A whole lot of “working from home” going on is not any different than locals waltzing in at 10:00, always leaving fir a Prayer, socializing at coffee shops for hours in between prayer, socializing in sofa areas throughout the Campuses, and leaving at 2:30. All this with hanging on their mobile phones throughout the day! By a miracle of God the oil comes out of the ground and is purchased, but if they wouldn’t throw money at expats, it would soon dry up! Forget that you are an adult because “Your Manager” will have complete control of your work life, your personal life, your healthcare, and your money! If He, there are no female managers, doesn’t like you, you’re life will be hell. If he likes you, it will be hell because he will use you like a servant, and you do owe him everything because he is your God and he knows it! The most demoralizing place on earth because you become well aware that you are powerless and at their mercy for Everything! Not bitter because I did what I had to do in order to support my Family, but being held here against my will is getting to be too much! Will be so happy to never return to this sandy hell on earth!
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Take your money and go home, who—.
This sort of treatment is hauntingly familiar. Runs chills down my spine.When my fanily was over there, there was a crisis with our shipment. It was never resolved. Be strong, and may the powers of the universe uphold you and see you and yours through this nightmare. Aramco sure should be accountable for its employees and their safe return home. I will never understand the cold-hearted side.
Wishing you all the strength and sanity to get through this to your home.
"Book a Flight" got confused because his CRM action item was "book"—>"close"
Like his saudi colleagues, he doesn't give a sht if an actual plane took off from A and landed in B and since his item is closed the problem is solved.
If you need a new fight you have to submit a new CRM but since you no longer have access you just have to wander the kingdom aimlessly doing odd jobs until they catch you as an "illegal worker" then dump responsibility for getting you back on your home country.
Mr “Book a Flight” can’t understand the incomprehensible logic of “I keep booking flights and they keep getting cancelled”
It’s understandable from a culture of just stop paying, erase sponsored workers from their memory, then bi-ch and moan about illegals who can be found wandering by the thousands with expired iqamas but no record of ever having been issued exit visas
Dumping responsibility is their #1 skill
You were there because no body else would pay like Saudi Aramco. You should have seen it coming. The deterioration was gradual but visible. True, the check out process is difficult but not as difficult as it used to be in old times when you take a long paper place to place to have it signed. Now at least it is online and all you have to do is to send a reminder or make a call to keep it moving. You should have prepared yourself so the checkout is smooth. You got nobody to blame but yourself. It was obvious from the plans that by 2020 most expat employees will not be needed. No one makes the oil come out, neither expats not Saudi, it is due to prolific fields flowing due to the development plans put in place by Chevron in 1980's. There is plenty of dust under the carpet though and it will come out in the near future.
Those of us who saw this and bailed feel for y’all. Aramco was already operating on an overstretched reputation because yes, they were at one time a really good company and employer. We had our lives and did our work, and they had their easy day, empowerment without responsibility, and no accountability for anything they did. Once they took over and trashed our camps, imposed their rules on our communities, took over our food, started stealing our property, started billing us to make “family accounts” for their lazy and unproductive “workforce”, and then encouraged their kids to roam and bother our girls and families it was over. It is quite evident that they would eventually start treating Aramcons like all the other Saudi companies treat their foreign employees - use, dispose, abandon. Look at their comments here. They’re just laying in the sun in their muddy pools snapping at y’all on your way out like mindless reptiles. Get up, get out, lesson learned. Give ‘em their pool. It’s drying up and they still don’t see that coming. You will learn as we did that leaving their dump to them is the best thing that can happen to you. Tough it out.
This thread of posts is nonsense. You are all bitter people. There was clearly a reason u lot were laid off.
I heard it all now. No wonder you are being laid off. You can’t even book a flight! U want Aramco to do this for you. And Aramco gives you ticket money. You don’t have to spend your severance. I left early July on one of the many LH flights. I know countless more who left too with no problem. Are you so inept you can’t book a flight? As for the people over in HR, they provided a top class service to me and many others who left when I did. I got many messages and support way after working hours. Honestly mate, your post is one of the most miserable pieces I have ever read. Aramco made the right decision in your case. Just book a flight. It’s easy.
but no hard feelings, right?
But the money was good right? ..... exactly!
My wife made the remark that she was glad we left in 2017. I had almost 27 years with the company when I retired. Checking out of there, even with full access to their system, is very difficult. I was on pins and needles, triple-checking everything. They had a checkout tracking system that was bizarre. I paid-off home inspection because it was cheaper than repainting over the dark Army green, fire engine red, indigo blue and other colors that my wife chose. I had Material Logistics complete my online work. I ended up walking over to a lot of different departments to take care of everything. If someone wanted me to do some regular work, I would just refuse. My full time job was checking out of that place. I cannot imagine how the laid-off people can possibly handle this. I was very lucky over the years. The only thing that separated me from the individuals being released now is shear luck and nothing more. Some of the people bring let go we’re great employees.
Vision 2020. We were warned! I am glad we are no longer there (retired in 2017) but feel for all of you!
After reading your post and all the replies it generated, I can tell you that I am frustrated trying to think of something that you forgot. You are correct on every point and so are the comments. That is one fudged-up company.
The parasitic behaviour of many expats is tantamount to vultures circling a corpse, include those inept ar$eholes in HR. The western members of the department are just disgusting, their ineptitude only eclipsed by the arrogance. I can’t wait for the day they face the fate many good people have suffered. You’ll be able to hear the screams from Sacramento!
As to the vultures picking over belonging, I find this is more out Eastern “friends” who lack any social skills or modicum of civility. The same wretched group that seem to think spitting in the street and maintaining a social distance of one camel hair is acceptable.
Glad to see the back of this place and the filth it has to offer. Glad I’ll be taking a semi trailer full of their money back to civilisation and proffer warnings to those foolish enough to consider a “career” in this wasteland!
I am in the middle of this hell and supposedly have a flight out tonight. My last one got cancelled because the mo–ns in HR told me I was good to go and on the day before the flight, “aw sh–” we were wrong and you need to clear something up. And then completely abandoned me. Told me good luck. A high placed US Senator, the Consulate, and a local lawyer had to be brought to bear to get out. They terminate you and you’re left completely adrift. The biggest circle jerk of cluster f*ckers hardly describes the ineptness. I blame the remaining expats more than the locals. Everyone, within weeks of coming in Kingdom, should know they are lucky to remember where their office is, but the Westerners left behind are the worst. Try selling your stuff. They show up, knowing you are terminated and not going back to a job, and for a SR1500 item you’ve got for SR50, will try to beat you down to SR10. I hope these expat jackals get the same experience as me in a few months. Hands down, the most twisted, inefficient place I’ve ever worked. I feel like such a two dollar wh–e. But, I am taking a whole pile of their money with me. Buy an electric car.
Couldn't agree more buddy you're absolutely spot on, forget HR manuals,forget policies & procedures these utter neanderthals make it up as they go along, company is rotten to the core and it goes right to the top......trust me I have personal experience of this. Amin Naser couldn't run a bath never mind Aramco, a faceless , institutionally racist company run by f—wits
Welcome to the festering cess pool that is Aramco and for that matter the entire sandy Sh1thole it resides in....
Did you actually expect the inept fools in HR to actually do something productive for the good of the employee
s that were terminated? Wishful thinking there Im afraid, they`re as useless as the rest in other departments (that includes the expat HR personnel by the way! Masquerading as being fair and impartial, they bend to the will of their paymasters then have the bare faced cheek and audacity to claim they are impartial!)
Is it any wonder these id–ts are now scarping the bottom of the sh*t pit looking for labour? They can`t even get people to attend interviews in Europe and North America! It would see the word is out in these parts of the world and the truth has finally surfaced.
I wish you nothing but the best of luck escaping from this sandpit of hell and soon!