Thread regarding Saudi Aramco layoffs

Relief from job that gives no satisfaction

I was laid off on 6/31, and still looking for a new job. I did not start looking for a job until three months ago. Considering very good Aramco compensation, and very stressful job there, this is the best thing could happen to me. Doing the job that gives no other satisfaction other than money can be done for a limited time only. Job market in Canada is extremely tight, as everywhere. However I expect more job opportunities by June 2021. Anyhow I am not concerned.

(Original story at @alyx+19o7ZLNl ) This is my situation. I finally got some relief and I’m not worried.

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@Exexpatinsaudi it's a matter of choices. You can always say no. I was mostly referring to the spoiled brats known as PDP´s. In the department I was in I did not hear such cases but I did hear about this from friends in other departments where it was almost like hiring an expat so they can get their shiny masters or whatever diploma.

Moving besides the point I spent years in sheer frustration seeing problems with easy solutions just remain unsolved. Whenever the problem was analyzed and the solution was given with more than enough technical justifcation, either the higher up did not care or would toss it aside to "show" his technical strength. Then the problem would be recurrent and every single time you would see Saudi drama queens at their peak performance.

As the saying goes you can fix almost anything, but you cannot fix stupid.

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Post ID: @mdfa+19AJOpzP

So much opportunity for #2 on the list...endless really.

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Post ID: @mdux+19AJOpzP

It depends on who the Manager is...when you say "make them hit the book". When I worked there the Manager (a nightmare!) was going on a 1 week business course to Harvard and he gave his pre-course work to a Western guy to do....the guy proceeded to spend the next 3 weeks locked in his office doing all of the course work!!! (He wasn't locked in, he locked the door himself!). But he couldn't say no to this Manager.

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Post ID: @mgyy+19AJOpzP

I did the same and was out two years back. Didn't give a f@#!. Few others in the unit continued with the blowj$/, and they are still there, believing to be a top notch. Well, now my career is blooming again somewhere else, after just 1 m. found another job.

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Post ID: @mcam+19AJOpzP

I have a few suggestions:

  1. When your boss yells at you especially in public, yell back at him.
  2. During a meeting when someone says something asinine, especially a higher rank in the department, make sure to point out the error in their ways. They do thrive on constructive criticism.
  3. Further to point 2, a little sarcasm goes a long way.
  4. Do not spoon feed the little monkeys. Make them hit the books and actually do something resembling learning. Akin to DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS.
  5. Increase the frequency of your coffee breaks.

That´s all for now ;)

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Post ID: @lydj+19AJOpzP

Is there any way to get my name added to a redundancy list? I'm serious! Or any way to get myself terminated with benefits? I'm done working in this mad place. Time to move before the roof collapses.

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Post ID: @lfww+19AJOpzP

The Senior Management at the company is the most benevolent of IOC leadership teams one will ever encounter in the industry. The Senior Management holds the most ethical leadership qualities an expat employee could ever hope for, commanding the highest respect, worldwide. It is considered an honor to work for such leaders.

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Post ID: @fbyv+19AJOpzP

Somebody's been reading their Dummies Guide to Sarcasm again..

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Post ID: @ftzm+19AJOpzP

Progressive!! Are you being serious?!

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Post ID: @fiwu+19AJOpzP

The Company has the most-progressive Management of any other IOC. They are fair minded and devoid of any conflict of interest in their financial decisions. The management has been known to throw themselves under the bus in order to save the expats that they cherish so much.

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Post ID: @erhc+19AJOpzP

As opposed to Pan Troglodytes Saudiensis, the only bipedals of said species.

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Post ID: @dwds+19AJOpzP

Glad to see that Saudi insane comments have been removed. Back to mankind and homo sapiens.

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Post ID: @djrs+19AJOpzP

Relieved because simply he didn´t get along with the local "dance" of shifting responsibility and packaging and polishing manure so it looks high quality. Believe it or not, the process of manure processing can be very stressful. I experienced it myself as when the organization gives you 3 years to prepare for an audit but only 6 months before said audit is when management assigns people out of the blue so they can get their "certifications" and awards as best in class. And the paper chase that ensues can be very stressful. Also when some incompetent buffoon gets promoted and starts asking to do things about of which he has no idea for the sake of "innovation" just to show something to his higher ups and doesn´t take ownership for the failure because of his wasta he can generate a lot of stress.

This is besides the point of what technical/leadership skills you bring to the table. It´s just about trying to make everything and the boss look good and keep your mouth shut if it doesn´t.
Unfortunately I did not play along and when they were starting to really care about inefficiencies because of very low oil prices it was way too late.

So I can relate with the author of the original post. Some people get placed in departments where they are lucky enough to get some job satisfaction or at least have the skills to relate, make the bosses happy and just play along in the charade in their department. Purely technical people generally will find the only rewarding experience will be the monthly apology check.

So I find the sarcasm on the previous post uncalled for.

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Post ID: @8wsv+19AJOpzP

I could not aggree with you more. Frankly it was like being part of a reality show. None of my professional skills were really applied. Watching stupidity get rewarded while anything against the "status quo" was punished hardly even when proven with years worth of information. I would say trying to train locals was close to trying to train chimps, then again I don´t think the poor chimps deserve that insult.
Knowledge wise I gained close to none. But money is helping. Got laid off the same time and enjoying my COVID break while I search for jobs.

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