Veteran Employer Background – Energy – Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation  |  |  |

Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  | 

Based in Houston, Marathon Oil Corporation is an international, independent company engaged in exploration and production, oil sands mining, and integrated gas. Marathon Oil has principal operations in the United States, Angola, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. The company has approximately 3,300 employees. Its revenues for calendar 2011 were $15.28 billion, with a net income of $2.95 billion. Marathon is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012.

Recruiting will be a significant area of focus in 2012. The company needs candidates with a strong work ethic, the ability to learn and adapt quickly, a drive for results, and strong teamwork skills. In Marathon’s experience, military candidates exhibit these competencies, so it plans to continue fostering strong relationships with military sources.

Paul Sheppard, the company’s human resources manager, likes to hire veterans because they exemplify the same beliefs as Marathon. “It’s not just words to veterans,” he said. “They take safety, ethics and integrity seriously. Men and women coming out of the military live those values. We know they are a fit for the company.”

Over the past four years, Marathon Oil has hired more than 40 veterans to fill a variety of positions – 17 of those in just the last year. “They are well trained and know what it’s like to work in a ‘roll-up-your-shirtsleeves’ environment,” Sheppard said. “And they have excellent experience making decisions in stressful situations.”

Adding veterans to the staff became even more important in June 2011, when Marathon Oil announced a $3.5 billion acquisition of Eagle Ford Shale assets near San Antonio. With a need to ramp up staffing quickly, Marathon successfully recruited seven veterans at a military job fair in San Antonio, home to a number of military facilities, including Lackland and Randolph Air Force bases.

The company has developed a training program that pairs new veteran hires with an employee mentor. Additionally, Marathon is working with its new veteran hires to ensure they receive the training and resources to succeed. This includes specific skills-based training along with job-shadowing opportunities.

“The mentorship begins on the veterans first day at Marathon,” Sheppard said. “Once we get them on board they are assigned a mentor so they can hear more about working with us and to help them get acclimated into the workforce. It’s informal and unstructured, but we’ve heard it’s really beneficial to our veteran hires.”

McNinch has learned a lot from his mentor, Marc Benson. “Marc took me under his wing and helped me get started,” he said. “I still ask Marc questions about things I’m working on. His advice has been invaluable.”

Sheppard said that veterans know they can grow a career at Marathon. “Lots of folks spend their entire career here,” he said. “It helps that we’re trying to match job requirements to the skills veterans have so they can really match up and find long-term success at Marathon. We want veterans to find a home here.”

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This article was written by Jay Myers