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Developing and retaining a premier workforce

We develop from within, through a wide range of assignments and experiences. We encourage all employees to contribute fully to the achievement of superior business results.

Employee development

Developing the premier workforce in the petroleum industry is the goal of our career development process. We place a high priority on employee development, with an approach based on long-term career orientation and development from within our global organisation. Early identification and accelerated development of talent are critical. Regular and open dialogue with supervisors is encouraged. Employees’ skills and competencies are built through training and work experiences in a wide range of assignments in multiple functions around the world.

  • Dr. Kenneth M. Lee 
    Optimization and Modeling Section Head 
    ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

    The adage is old, but Ken Lee can attest to the truth behind the saying, “If you love your job, you won’t work a day in your life.” Ken explains, “I’ve found that aligning my career and my passion makes my work seem less like a job and more fun.” Ken started working for ExxonMobil as an intern in high school; he was part of a program sponsored by the company. “I’m driven to solve problems. Every position has provided me with challenging assignments that are critical to our business success.”

On average, our major business units spend about USD $90 million per year on training, reaching more than 75,000 participants worldwide.


We provide education and skills development through a proven global training curriculum, customized to our business environment, and through on the job training provided by multiple different assignments over a career. This helps us develop competent and committed employees who are fully prepared to meet future business needs, both locally and globally. To strengthen our technical capacity, more than 70 per cent of our investment is directed to professional and technical training. In addition, about 4,000 employees at various management levels participate in ExxonMobil’s leadership development training programs, of which about 30 per cent are women and 60 per cent are employees outside the United States.

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