Our workforce We are committed to our employees’ professional development and supporting their career goals. We seek to foster a diverse workforce of highly talented individuals committed to achieving our business priorities. We use a long-term, career-oriented approach that includes recruiting outstanding talent and developing individuals by providing them the opportunity to complete a wide range of assignments. Our employee culture is grounded in a shared commitment to safety, integrity, high-quality work and good corporate citizenship. Retention and engagement Our global, diverse workforce represents a competitive advantage for ExxonMobil. We retain and develop our employees by providing an environment where personal and professional growth is encouraged, and career objectives are developed and achieved. During the annual performance assessment and development process, all employees have a structured, documented discussion with their supervisors about work accomplishments, training objectives, growth opportunities and career interests. This process provides the basis for ongoing employee coaching and continual performance improvement. The company’s training programs, mentorships and networking opportunities also help employees throughout their time at ExxonMobil. Sara Ortwein Upstream Research president “Over my career, I have been fortunate to hold many varied assignments, providing the opportunity to grow and develop my skills and capabilities. As a leader, the key is to provide an environment where everyone can develop to their potential, applying their unique capabilities to further the business.” Another aspect of our retention and engagement strategy involves providing a robust corporate and technical training program. Our major business units spent $117 million on training employees in 2014, reaching 79,000 non-unique training participants. To maintain our position as a technical leader in the industry, we directed 75 percent of our investment toward professional and technical training. Additionally, 4,540 employees at various levels of the company participated in ExxonMobil’s leadership development training programs in 2014, of which 33 percent were women and 58 percent were employees from outside the United States. Employee benefits Our benefits programs are an integral part of a total remuneration package designed to support our long-term business objectives, as well as attract, retain and reward the most qualified employees. The goal is to be responsive to the needs of employees throughout their careers and into retirement. Ensuring access to affordable health care helps employees manage health care issues and reduce related financial concerns. Benefits coverage for spouses is based on legally recognized spousal relationships in each country where we operate. The funding levels of qualified pension plans comply with applicable laws or regulations. Defined benefit pension obligations are fully supported by the financial strength of ExxonMobil or the respective sponsoring affiliate. The company provides retirement benefits that support our long-term career orientation and business models.