Post by james_unlimited on Nov 10, 2014 19:10:58 GMT
Well I've been here a year now..
Basically the common factor is whichever agent you come out with will lie to you. Seeing it more and more as new waves of guys arrive in the kingdom. However lots of this will be covered up on the web.
There is a joke amongst the SMP's that they do the real work and the Aramcons (direct hires) play on their phones and do very little all day.
Basically if you come from a management position you need to learn patience and that you will not be authorised to make any decision by yourself, basically if you do good your Aramcon boss takes full credit, if you do bad then you take the credit...
However if you can negotiate a high grade code and monthly salary its worth coming out.
Thank you for some inside on what to expect.. I'm all set now, just submitted my passport for the working visa, so hope in 2-3 weeks be in KSA. You have mentioned that you resided in Dhahran, but was planning to move to Bahrain, by any chance do you have any contacts for accommodation in Dhahran? Would you be kind enough to get some contacts to me? Thank you in advance. Pls forgive for late answer, as internet was scares for me last 3 month. Good luck and take care.
Post by BritishTeacher1985 on Feb 1, 2017 22:51:17 GMT
Thanks for posting this information, it is very helpful as I've got an interview with Haka in London this Saay. Funny how time flies, I applied directly with Aramco a few years ago but no luck. If anything, I'll use this visit as a networking opportunity as I am beginning to think twice about moving with a family. With no chance of compound accommodation, that's a game changer for me so I may be wasting my time entirely, unless I'm wrong and that I can get accommodation close to a compound so that my family can use the facilities?
There's lots of stigma around SMPs and with being comfortable in my current UK job, I may just hold on for a direct hire position unless I am offered a position on Saay and it's worth it. I've got a few months left on my PhD so won't be making any rash decisions as I'm not desperate. I haven't seen any direct hire positions for ITC Teachers advertised for a while and lots of cutbacks made recently so perhaps a good time to 'get in'.