I just completed my two year contract with Petronas. I would not work for this company again.
First, they offer you a fixed monthly RM5000 allowance for the housing and transportation. Generally, if you have a maste degree you get around US$100,000 a year (Petronas pay the 28% local taxes).
You will be in for a surprise working for this oil company. It is a mess. It is no way near a real world competitive company. Most of the work are done by expatriates. The malay manager takes the credit. They have so called CTE who will control you.
The real managers (malay) in high places are not competent and do what ever you proposed. The malay workers are lazy.
As a visitor if you wanted to get a entry badge, they guy and gal sitting in front of the reception desk in Tower 2 will tell you to wait until 1:00pm (not a few minutes before). Yes, they have big office up in the towers, what a waste of office space.
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The security guard of the buidling are all hiding in the small room in front of the reception desk (air condition). malay workers come to work half and hour late and have an extended long lunch break everyday.
We expatriate, from England, Nigeria, Sudan, Australia, Sweden, India, work over butts off and you see a whole bunch of lazy office worker hanging around --- great morale booster, isn't it?
The lazy near retiring age managers are sent oversea (like Sudan) to enjoy the extra benefits and priviledge. In the Tower, most of the experts you see are Malaysian Chinese, Malaysian Indians, Caucasians.
You will not believe that a giant company prevelance /major spreadsheet software is Lotus 1-2-3 and the major word processer used is not the MS word. They are cheap. Petronas do not want to spend the money to use Microsoft suite of program. They use freelance for their graphing needs to draw diagram. Do not try to email anything to petronas email system bigger than 2 megabyte. Their system can not handle it and your attachment will never get into their email system.
save this email and read it again in one month to see if I tell you the truth or not.