ExxonMobil is a global provider of the energy that is critical to driving progress and improving the lives of people around the world. We recognize the significant responsibilities we have to our shareholders, customers, employees and communities as we find safe, efficient and responsible ways to bring affordable energy to a global market.


Career Development

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. 

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 organization. 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.

“If you love your job, you won’t work a day in your life. I’ve found that aligning my career and my passion makes my work seem less like a job and more fun. I’m driven to solve problems. Every position has provided me with challenging assignments that are critical to our business success.”
— Dr. Kenneth M. Lee Optimization and Modeling Section Head ExxonMobil Research and Engineering


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 percent 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 percent are women and 60 percent are employees outside the United States.


Developing Leadership Capabilities

We develop future leaders from within the company worldwide, drawing upon our diverse employee population. Employees from all over the world are developed for operational and leadership roles, both in their home countries and globally.

Leadership framework

Our business activities require leaders who can effectively collaborate and work in a complex global environment. A deliberate and focused effort across our company ensures that our future leaders are identified early, tested in challenging work assignments with increasing levels of responsibilities, and educated through a comprehensive and effective leadership development program.

The ExxonMobil Leadership Framework is embedded within our business practices and our employee development process. It includes three major components: 

  • Fundamental business principles
  • Essential personal qualities of leaders
  • Leadership behaviors to achieve premier business results

One of the great examples of this leadership development is Sarah Ortwein. Sara started her career with ExxonMobil as a Drilling Engineer. In her current role as President of XTO Energy, Inc., she is responsible for the exploration and production of unconventional oil & gas in North America and Argentina. 

“Over my career, I have been fortunate to hold many varied assignments, providing the opportunity to grow and develop my skills and capabilities, As a leader, the key is to provide an environment where everyone can develop to their potential, applying their unique capabilities to further the business.”
— Sara N. Ortwein President XTO Energy, Inc.
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Diversity and Inclusion

The diversity of ideas, perspectives, skills, knowledge and cultures across our company facilitates innovation and is a key competitive advantage. This diversity includes bringing in members of the military community, including veterans, transitioning


A Message from our CEO on Diversity

Diversity and inclusion of thought, skill, knowledge and culture make ExxonMobil more competitive, more resilient and better able to navigate the complex and constantly changing global energy business. Diversity strengthens us by promoting unique viewpoints and challenging each of us, every day, to think beyond our traditional frames of reference. We are committed to building a talented and diverse workforce, and to creating an environment in which every employee has the opportunity to excel based on his or her performance. These are the core principles upon which we have operated for many years.
— Darren Woods, CEO of ExxonMobil