The department which hired me from USA was very open to innovation. I headed the team that converted many paper forms to electronic forms and used workflow to move the forms through the various processing stations. I also implemented the feature of getting data from mainframe databases to the server bases electronic forms in a real time mode. To increase the usefulness of an existing mainframe package, the top management of the transportation department provided written request for me to modify the package which I implemented.
When I was converted from employee status to a consultant, the IT manager cut out ALL my allowances and left me with the option to just accept the basic pay I was getting as an employee or leave the company. In Saudi Arabia, on expat doesn't have many option. My appeal to senior management all the way up to a Senior Vice President were to no avail. It seemed very strange the a department manager had so much power over my salary and allowances and none of the Vice President and Senior Vice President felt powerless to undo the injustice that the IT department manager had done to me. Expat employees who were converted to consultants in the same IT department under the same manager did not lose their allowances. The result was that another expat employee who was earning slightly less than me got a consultant pay which was one and half times my pay as a consultant. It seems that employees were at the mercy and whims of their immediate managers and the HR department had little to say.
The projects that I worked on gave me the freedom to be very innovative, I loved the challenge but my many years IT experience in the US had prepared me well for the projects that I worked on. I didn't really feel challenged beyond my capabilities.
The company is open to innovation and readily adopts latest technology. I love the fact that I am a part of a team that markets reliable, high-quality products and has a global client base. As a result, I get to travel abroad, especially to the US and Canada. But on-site travel is completely dependent on your project and client’s location. Mine is a US based client and they have some offices in Toronto, hence I got a B1 visa quickly. Another plus point is that my colleagues come from various cultural backgrounds, and we work happily in collaboration. I also like the employee re-hire policy here.
Compensation is decent, but growth is slow. The work pressure is very high. Sometimes, I have to work 14-18 hours straight in a day as I have to attend client calls in the evening and sometimes late into the night. Managers do not value an individuals’ unique strengths, which is why I have to take back my suggestions most of the times. I do receive appreciation emails from my client, but they mostly go unnoticed during my mid-year appraisals. Also, there is no on-job training for freshers, hence senior folks like me have to guide them step-by-step, which is a pain sometimes.
Generally speaking, my work is slightly challenging as I have to look after the entire product marketing and distribution life cycle as well as manage day-to-day yield operations. Pitching for my company as a marketer gets tiring and the task is slightly
The company is excellent and the working atmosphere is perfect for me. Feels great to be a part of my team, the staff are very helpful and supportive during my tenure. It was very good learning experience over there. I’m currently living in my home town.
There is no job security and unable to find other resources, currently it was very bad situation for career growth jobs.
It was very good experience and slightly it is challenging as I have to assist my department manager and support to electrical engineers for their activities and projects. My colleagues are from different countries and I learn various languages.
This company is only for Saudi Arabian Nationals. Other nationals cannot become Managers. Other Nationals has a different pay scale (lesser). Other nationals has less benefits such as travel, increment and etc.,
What ever I said above are written official rules. And above this there is discrimination. If you are anyone other than Saudi Arabian national, please do not apply to this company.
Employees other than Saudi Arabian Nationals, do not have benefits (officially).
I am a specialist, so my Manager respect me, because he has confidence in me. But even if he desire to give me any benefit, he cannot recommend it officially.
SEC adopts latest technology selects high quality international vendors good opportunity to learn and make rich experience, salary is good as compared to Indian companies.
Company does not provide equal growth opportunity to all employee and discriminates between expat and local Saudi employees. Locals are preferred as regarding salary , training,promotion and treatment and working hours.
work is quite challenging, the responsibilities and role are changed quite often. Controlling and taking output from Saudi employee is difficult.
The Saudi Electricity Company is the main producer of electricity and sole owner of the transmission and distribution network throughout the Kingdom .
Therefore , training with SEC was a great asset for me by working with a distinguished team and dealing with work pressure from begin until the end , Which I touch the satisfaction from the official and the client .
Also , earned me the confidence and enthusiasm to accomplish the work , whatever it takes effort .
Overall I have in the SEC gained sufficient experience to start my career with the strength and firmness to advance in my field .