ExxonMobil is the largest international publicly traded oil and gas company. If a job in the energy sector appeals to you, you might ask: Does ExxonMobil hire felons? Successful Release put this question directly to the company.
We think you need the answers to other questions, too. Do you want to know:
- Does ExxonMobil hire people with misdemeanors?
- What’s the best way to apply to the company?
- Does ExxonMobil do background checks?
- How can I prepare for an interview?
We got those answers for you. Successful Release is made up of former felons and people who have worked closely with them, so we know what it takes to re-enter the community. Our background, plus our research, gives you everything you need to know about how to get hired at ExxonMobil!
So, read on to learn more about the company and the hiring process.
Does ExxonMobil hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
Unfortunately, the person we spoke to at ExxonMobil said they don’t hire felons. We were also unable to find direct proof from other sources that you can get a job at ExxonMobil with a felony. If that puts you off, check out other jobs for felons here.
Has ExxonMobil hired felons in the past?
This is unclear. Again, we could find no independent comments from ExxonMobil employees confirming the company has hired felons in the past.
Does ExxonMobil hire people with misdemeanors?
We’re not sure. Our contact at the company spoke only about felonies. Although, since misdemeanors are less serious offenses, you may be able to get hired more easily.
Is ExxonMobil on the Ban the Box list?
If you’ve heard of Ban the Box or the Fair Chance Business Pledge, you’ll know how helpful these two programs can be for job-seekers with criminal records.
Basically, employers who support Ban the Box agree not to include a criminal record check box on job applications. In other words, they’ll look at your job qualifications before your criminal record.
The Fair Chance Business Pledge is a commitment by employers to give all job applicants a fair chance to be considered. This applies whether or not they’re former felons.
Regrettably, ExxonMobil is not part of either initiative.
Does ExxonMobil have special programs for hiring felons?
There’s no record that the company has special programs for hiring felons.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
In our opinion, the odds you can get hired at ExxonMobil with a felony are low. We know the company’s job application form doesn’t have a criminal record check box. In fact, there’s no mention of criminal history anywhere on the company website. However, that’s as far as the good news goes.
Here are our reasons the odds are so low:
- The individual we spoke to at the company told us that they don’t hire felons.
- We couldn’t find online comments from employees that say how to get a job at ExxonMobil with a felony. In addition, the online reviews about the interview process and background checks say nothing about how criminal records are treated.
- ExxonMobil doesn’t appear to be on the Ban the Box list or have signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge.
What are some entry-level jobs?
The bulk of ExxonMobil’s workforce is in the engineering and operations field. Some positions require specific education and work experience. There are also internships and apprenticeships available, if you have the qualifications.
Here are some entry-level jobs here:
- Office Clerical Administrator
- Schedule meetings, manage files, reconcile invoices, order supplies, and provide word processing and spreadsheet support.
- Requires knowledge of Microsoft Office and excellent communication skills.
- Warehouse Operator
- Operate the crane system, build picked pallet loads, take inventory, unload inbound product and material, and load trucks for shipment.
- Requires pre-employment aptitude testing.
- Terminal Operator
- Responsible for day-to-day operations of the pipeline terminal, including: Open and close valves to direct product flow, operate the water treatment system, measure and sample products, and input and report data on a computer.
- Requires pre-employment aptitude testing.
- Maintenance and Process Technician
- Maintain processing units related to facility and equipment, work in electrical, automation and pipefitting areas.
- Operate separation and processing equipment, including pumps, compressors, turbines, and valves.
- Requires pre-employment aptitude testing, and formal training is provided.
How to get hired at ExxonMobil with a felony
Take a look at the description of the hiring process on the company website. Here, ExxonMobil also explains what they look for in a resume. (Here’s a great guide to building a good resume if you want some tips!)
Also, as indicated above, ExxonMobil may require pre-employment testing for some positions. This may include “language, mechanical, technical and analytical aptitude assessments.” The pre-employment aptitude tests may cover areas such as reading comprehension, basic math, mechanical aptitude and personality traits.
To apply online, upload your resume and attach a cover letter. Remember to also include supporting documents like your reference list, and any certifications.
On glassdoor.com, people said ExxonMobil interviews were of average difficulty. Encouragingly, 73% of the 145 reviewers had a positive interview experience. So, be prepared for your interview and expect that you’ll be given an opportunity to explain your qualifications.
Employees on indeed.com shared what interview questions they were asked. The questions were about working in a team environment, your safety mindset, and communication and technical skills.
Here are some tips to help you give that interview your best shot:
- Get a good night’s sleep. You want to look well-rested and answer questions sharply.
- Check out the interview location beforehand. Do you know exactly how to get there? Will you have to pay for parking?
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early, and introduce yourself to reception.
- Be friendly, respectful and confident during your interview.
- Most interviews end by asking the applicant if they have any questions. Therefore, show an interest in the company by having a question or two about them ready.
- Decide how you’ll answer any questions about employment gaps due to your incarceration. This is the perfect time to explain the circumstances of your crimes, and what you’ve done to move forward.
- Finish off with a firm handshake and a thank you.
You should know that the ExxonMobil hiring process can take a few weeks. However, if you don’t hear back in a reasonable time, contact the hiring manager for an update. Or, check out some other positions here.
Does ExxonMobil do background checks?
Yes. We can confirm that the company will check your background.
Their online application asks about your citizenship and if you’re legally allowed to work in the United States.
Checking out this information is one basic requirement for employers. The other is, of course, verifying your identity.
Beyond that, the company provides no specific information about what their background check consists of. However, on indeed.com, people describe ExxonMobil’s background check as “very detailed” and “comprehensive.” Again, no specifics are given.
Therefore, at a minimum, expect that the company will confirm the information you give them on your application.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
In some states, employers are only allowed to look at the last seven years when they do a background check. They are listed here:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
In a smaller number of states, companies won’t see charges where you were found not guilty. These states are as follows:
- New York
But, in the majority of states, employers will take your whole record into account when they do a background check. Be aware, if you live in the following states, that this includes any not guilty verdicts:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
ExxonMobil has some great online ratings from employees!
Glassdoor.com gives them 3.8 out of 5 stars, with over 2,000 reviews. According to one former employee, “The company has a great compensation and employee benefits package.”
On indeed.com they get a similar rating. Here, they score 4 out of 5, based on 2,300 reviews. Most of the positive reviews were about pay as well.
However, as you might expect, all companies will have some negative reviews as well. For example, people said the cons to working for ExxonMobil included difficulty finding work-life balance, unhealthy culture and poor management. Keep in mind that you can have a bad boss in any company, so take all comments with a grain of salt.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Well, almost any felony will be an issue, according to the company’s hiring policy. But, certain criminal histories may make it harder for you to get a job with the company.
For example, you might wonder, does ExxonMobil hire felons with a record for drug or alcohol offenses? Or, maybe you’ve done time for assault or fraud and are worried about those impacting you here.
Any offenses related to the industry (or the jobs you’d do there) will be an extra barrier for you.
Does ExxonMobil drug test?
Yes, it appears that ExxonMobil will drug test.
Not only do they test pre-employment, but they also conduct random tests on employees. This really isn’t surprising when you consider that many of the jobs require operating machinery.
Also, they are apparently one of the ten largest U.S. companies that drug test.
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