Thread regarding Saudi Aramco layoffs

Superbowl of Expat Layoffs

It’s coming. Another unrelenting round of 1st and 2nd quarter expat layoffs. Happy Valentines Day, but we don’t love you as much as you imagined. Expats are a group in the epitomizes the term “ legend in your own mind.” We don’t need or want you anymore.

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Cute......obviously, you have never worked anywhere else. If your statement is so true then why are so many of the capable Saudis taking jobs in Riyadh?. What remains are flustered and pi---d off Saudis from the wrong tribe or sect, and wasta kids who are on their phone all day.

“It should be considered an honor to work for such a prestigious organization that is clearly a world class giant in hydrocarbon production. The management at the Company is kind, efficient and forward-looking. The PDPs are Diamonds in the Rough. The young professionals are natural born leaders of the highest integrity and can point the Kingdom in the right direction; without the help of sour grape expats.”

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Post ID: @1Vxdq+19iuGxMp

I just laugh at how the locals can’t even write simple sentences that are grammatically correct! That alone requires a native English speaker to correct the letter that goes to another incompetent manager.

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Post ID: @9ans+19iuGxMp

Indeed Michael, he died in 1937 and many of his ideas would be considered modern by "benefactor" standards. Many of the standards used in the oil industry today are a legacy from his days.

The point is business efficiencies, technical standards or doing the right thing doesn´t matter. Know-how doesn´t matter. What matters is getting along with the "benefactors" and spoon feeding the spoiled brats they call PDPs.

Professionally speaking I spent my Aramco years in sheer frustration at the stupidity of the system until I just stopped caring and collected my monthly apology check.

Anyways I was eliminated from the Aramco reality show and now enjoying a lengthy vacation. No complaints on that except for the COVID related restrictions.

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Post ID: @7ozo+19iuGxMp

"It costs more to keep hillbillies like you, Robert. Moral will go up when people that get along with their benefactors are retained and more Roberts are let go."

Exactly the point Robert, get along with the "benefactors". Who cares about the business?

“The best business in the world is a well run oil company. The second best business in the world is a badly run oil company.”
John D. Rockefeller

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Post ID: @5kzx+19iuGxMp

"It should be considered an honor to work for such a prestigious organization that is clearly a world class giant in hydrocarbon production. The management at the Company is kind, efficient and forward-looking. The PDPs are Diamonds in the Rough. The young professionals are natural born leaders of the highest integrity and can point the Kingdom in the right direction; without the help of sour grape expats"

That I thought, the only honor I frankly cared about at the end of my stint was the monthly apology check. Lengthy pointles meetings, seeing grown men act like soap opera drama queens, seeing people being proud and get rewarded for submissive stupidity. Frankly the only honor I left with was the cash stash from my severance.

Regarding management, it´s a hit or miss, while I met some very competent managers, those would get quickly promoted and leave behind the "tribal" managers. It was more about showmanship than substance.

PDP´s diamonds in the rough?...maybe one out of 10. The vast majority are clueless and only care about getting promoted and making meaningless presentations to s— up to management instead of actually learning the ropes.

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Post ID: @5jcd+19iuGxMp

How can I volunteer?

Nothing would make me happier than leaving this place.

Is there any way to volunteer and or to be terminated with full benefits (let's say commit some traffic violations or something else in aramco HR manual)?

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Post ID: @5oys+19iuGxMp

It should be considered an honor to work for such a prestigious organization that is clearly a world class giant in hydrocarbon production. The management at the Company is kind, efficient and forward-looking. The PDPs are Diamonds in the Rough. The young professionals are natural born leaders of the highest integrity and can point the Kingdom in the right direction; without the help of sour grape expats.

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Post ID: @4ebv+19iuGxMp

League of expats then (June) . I know there are departments where things seem to work better. For the first 3 out of the 5 3/4 years of my employment I made the big mistake of trying to sell common sense to my "benefactors" one point I did make sure was to let them know how I hated to be yelled at by "whispering" in their ears.
Besides that there was always the typical backstabbing and withholding of information so the "star" of the movie would jump up at the last minute to play hero. So many times I went looking into equipment specs and operating manuals, compiling condensed versions so the little monkeys could read it to no avail. If it's more than two pages long... They won't bother.
They rely on their so called "experience" instead of actually digginng in the manuals. Unfortunately at the end I was looking for a transfer that never came to fruition until I got transferred out of kingdom.
Another thing is how much they love these fads (ie balanced scorecard, Process Safety Management, Operational Excellence) 3 years to prepare only for the management to crack a whip the last 6 months appointing people out of the blue to spend the time t–d polishing and paper pushing so they can get some nice diplomas and ISO certifications. Meanwhile never mind the core of the business, let's rely on "Experience".
So 6 years as part of a reality show and collected my $200.

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Post ID: @4dft+19iuGxMp

I call my "benefactors" names. You are not doing us a favor. Likewise we are not doing you a favor.

This is a business relationship. We are being paid to do the job you don't want to do or cannot do.

My "benefactors" are still used to think that they own slaves and can deal with them in any way they see appropriate. We have names for you....

And by all means please terminate my employment and pay my benefits. (It's part of the contract we signed with you).

I will enjoy my life after leaving this mad house.

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Post ID: @4cjp+19iuGxMp

It costs more to keep hillbillies like you, Robert. Moral will go up when people that get along with their benefactors are retained and more Roberts are let go.

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Post ID: @3sak+19iuGxMp

That’s ok, it costs you a lot of money to get rid of the likes of me.....
Oh, and we take an even larger sack load of your cash with us on the way out the door.....

All round it’s a win win situation. Go when we’re ready or you pay us extra to go early, still with an equally extortionate amount of your cash. Either way we can’t fail to win!

  1. S it’s called “proof reading”. Clearly it’s yet another one of the many basic skills you chimps have yet to master!
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Post ID: @1pho+19iuGxMp

The autocorrect function made the grammar error. I’m not sure we need expats like you, Robert. What kind of employee calls their benefactor names? You must be the next one out the door.

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Post ID: @1wke+19iuGxMp

And this is exactly why expats are needed. Because you chimps are incapable of communication beyond a grunt or squeak.
Try commanding a reasonable level of the language on which the business operates (in this case English) before trying to use words beyond your (limited) intelligence and capabilities allow.

FYI that would be “expats are a group that epitomise the term...”

By all means allow us to return to our homelands. You’ll soon find your castles stand on pillar of shifting sand that will soon bring around your demise....

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