I thought it would be good to start a thread so that interviewees can gauge how fast things are moving in the hiring process for the Feb 2012 interviews that took place at the Aramco Services Company (ASC), Houston, Texas.
Post your info in the format below and update your post as necessary. Here is my timeline so far:
Field/Dept/Loc: Engineer / Dhahran Interview: Feb 4 Reply from ASC: Feb 13 (submit pay stubs) Offer: Mar 27 Acceptance: Apr 2 Orientation: Apr 26 (X-Ray and blood/specimens collection also) Medical/Background: Cleared May 16 (Submitted forms on Apr 13) Visa: June 16 (Submitted Passports May 18) Departure: July 12 (Offer letter said end of May)
Once again, I will modify the text above as I get updates, rather than posting to the last page of this thread. Please do the same with your post to keep the page count down. Thanks!
My husband didn't interview in Houston this past week, but we did go down to meet people and get our offer.
Field: leadership development 1st interview: September 16th 2011 2nd interview: November 12th 3rd interview: January 10th Verbal offer: Feburary 2nd Hard copy offer: Feburary 9th Acceptance: February 17th Orientation: Feburary 21st Medical checks (blood work/chest xray): Feburary 21st Cleared Medical: March 1st Cleared background: March 13th Got Visas: March 28th Packed us up: April 10 Flight to Arabia: April 25th
Aramco contacted me: Dec 1 Interview 1: Dec 13 Interview 2: Feb 3 (I was told that the interview would have taken place much earlier via satellite but they decided to wait for the job fair in Houston) Phone call from ASC informing intent to make offer: Feb 11 Offer email received: Feb 15 FedEx offer package received: Feb 17 Acceptance: Feb 20 Paperwork turned in: Feb 27 (medical, background, health forms) Orientation/Medical (Aramco/Visa): Mar 6 (Medical = TB test, Urine, Blood, Stool sample, Chest xray) Clearances (Medical/Background): Apr 5 (I called them. Apparently I got cleared earlier. They forgot to call me. Good grief.) Visa/Passport in my possesssion: ?? Household move packing move date: ? Dropped off car for shipping: ? Departure: tenative per relocation adviser, Apr 26 or May 3 (on a Thurs) .... Fly Thurs/Fri, Rest Sat, Orientation at work Sun Received eBox: ?? Received car: ? Received household goods:
It seems there's a lot of new interviews / new hires this year. I heard that approx. 175 new offers have been made as a result of the job fair. Anyways, my point is that if you search the forum you'll find that the process varies for different people across different departments. 4 - 6 months seems the norm, but may d out due to BI/Medical issues etc. Although I was made an offer last year here's how my timeline has progressed:
Interview: Nov 1st week '11, with email offer 2 days later. Hard copy Offer: End of Nov. Received Medical/Background forms: Mid Dec. Orientation: 2nd week Jan '12 Cleared Medical/BI/visa medical: End of Jan. Visas: 2nd week Feb. Tentative departure: 1st week April.
this part of the process has a very varied timeline. Could be days up to a year and it would be normal. All kinds of reasons, dept put it on hold for a period if time; people responsible for making decisions on repat vacation; holidays at different times of the year.
That being said, your timeline so far is normal for some people. Searching the forum will show posts with this type of information.
Patience is the key for coming to work for Aramco.
Interview & Orientation: Feb 6 Reply from ASC: Feb 13 (send 2 payslips)- Feb 17 (Your recruiter will contact you soon) Offer: may 9 Acceptance: may 9 Medical/Background/schools: May 25---sent to ASC May 30 (received phone call today June 6 asking for marriage certificate to begin BI since am family status...also to inform me approval of kids' school). June 11- Congratulations, all your medical questionnaires have been approved. BI file has been closed and forwarded to Saudi Arabia on Wed. Jun 12. Finally approved Oct 2, 2012 Orientation: Thursday July 12 Visa Medicals: June 30th (approved results July 10th) Visa: sept 23 ( got passports today Oct 11) Departure: flying KLM on Oct 31, 2012
DH....here we come baby.... Thanks for all Kilted_Highlander
Field/Dept: IT Interview: Feb 20th Reply from ASC: Feb 22 asking for my paystubs Replied: Feb 23 Sent paystubs and employment letter Orientation: Offer: email Acceptance: Medical: Background: Visa: Departure:
Interview- Feb 21 Reply from ASC- Feb-27, Sent- 2 payslips Orientation: May 23 Offer: April 05 Acceptance: April 10 Medical/Background: Forms submitted April 22 Clearances BI/Health-June 7 Visa: Submitted Jun 20, Visa Stamp- Aug 3 Departure: Aug 29
But still waiting. I've got other offers on the table that are screaming for an answer. What to do? If I accept & sign a contract, then get thumbs up from ASC, what to do? Could past contract-signings have negative impact on getting hired by Aramco and being issued a work visa (after breaking the previous contracts)?