I’m very happy that you browsed to this article. It means that you are curious about ExxonMobil Prague office. My name is Petr Zlatý and I work in Treasurer’s Credit department as Senior Credit Analyst. I joined the company in September 2013 after I graduated in Law at Charles University in Prague. I also studied at University of Economics, Prague. During my studies I had several internships in various law firms in Prague and since 2008 I have been a lecturer in courses preparing high school students for university admissions.

Because if you don't try, you'll never know

Work in finance might seem to be a strange career path for a graduate in Law, but I have always loved to work with numbers and I have been fascinated by the world of finance. Concerning my passion for foreign languages I figured out that multinational environment would lead me in the right direction. Right after joining ExxonMobil I experienced what truly international company looks like. Very soon I was provided with an opportunity to communicate with my colleagues from Germany and Italy in their native language. It was actually one of the most important drivers of my decision whether to start my career in field of law or to divert on different field. I thought: “If you don’t try, you’ll never know.”

In the following text I am going to share what I appreciate about working for a global corporation. I will recount my week so that you can to imagine how the life of ExxonMobil’s employee feels like.

How does it feel to be an Exxoner?

This week was really hectic. On Tuesday my supervisor, my colleague and I went to Rotterdam to visit our Dutch customer. It was great. After we arrived, we took a walk in Rotterdam, super modern city with lot of offices, everything is clean and everything works so well there. It can be described as a little New York, or big Pankrac, if you will. We arrived in the Netherlands in the late afternoon and we dedicated the evening to diligent preparation for the meeting on Wednesday. We went to a live artist performance in an Irish Pub.

On Wednesday after the breakfast in our hotel we met our Sales representative and after the alignment of what our position towards the customer request will be, we arrived to the meeting. It was a friendly meeting and very interesting discussion with company’s CFO and Controller. Following their strategy introduction and future plans we went through their quarterly interim financial statements. Great talk!

Before taking off from the Schiphol airport we responded to couple of emails and got on a plane back to Prague. On Thursday I got up early and took taxi straight to the airport again and flew to Oslo where I took part in a project meeting with our Norwegian colleagues. My teammates stayed in Prague and prepared for a big European distributors meeting following week in Genoa, Italy.

Multicultural environment that fills you with energy

It was a cool week. A bit exhausting with all the travelling. However, in the same time I felt so charged by the energy, optimism and dedication of all my colleagues, that on Saturday I was eager for more inspiration and I joined TEDx Prague main annual event at Forum Karlin as a volunteer.

Of course, not every week in our office is like this. But it is not that unique. As an employee of a big corporation you can have a lot of opportunities to travel. In ExxonMobil we have 50:50 ratio between Czech and foreign employees. There are 68 nationalities represented in the Prague Business Support Center. We provide services to our colleagues and customers all over the world in 22 languages. 70 % of people are between 25 and 34 years old, everyone being incredibly polite and always willing to help.

It's not just benefits and free coffee that matters

There are many things I appreciate about ExxonMobil – massages at work, free fruits, coffee or tea, daily fit stops, business events in some nice Prague restaurants, initiatives for local communities, environment, innovation and technology, ergonomics, inclusion and diversity, Women Interests Network or Toastmasters organization. These are well known to all the employees and anyone is welcome to choose according to their preference.

And eventually the most important aspect – the people. I have never met so many inspirational, respectful, humble, kind and friendly people in one place together as in ExxonMobil.