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Chevron Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
34 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They take excellent care of their employees and exercise work life balance heavily (in 141 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, oil industry salary, job stability (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • compared to competitors - although in fairness the work life balance was good (in 14 reviews)

  • Typical, Southern, "Good-Ole-Boy" Network (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exit experience in SJVBU (Bakersfield, CA) directly conflicted with advertised "Chevron Way" values structure.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at Chevron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity if you're willing to stay in Bakersfield or go to Houston. If you're willing to work hard you can rise in pay and standing fairly quickly. Good culture of everyday respect amongst peers, unless you decide to leave the company for a competitor (see cons and advice below).

    Cons

    Extreme variability in how the company's values are interpreted by different business units. HR policies are not consistent across groups. San Joaquin Valley Business Unit makes up its own rules on how to deal with employees who leave for competitors. You are released the same day you give notice if you are headed to a competitor, so beware all the relationships you have built will be severed instantly. Plan ahead and say goodbye beforehand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The San Joaquin Valley Business Unit is run in a very unethical way by mid and upper management. I was treated with nothing but respect by other business units at Chevron across my several years with the company. Since Bakersfield is a such a terrible place to live, the management who decided to bring their families there and stay long-term feel very bitter inside to those who do not wish to do the same. My advice would be to be open-minded to those whose personal needs take them elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad management, old boy style, male dominating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible schedule and fair salaries

    Cons

    Red tape and bureaucracy are the norm, ineffective management, male dominating style with old boy rules. Brainwash methods and coo rate total control over individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management is totally disconnected, get down to the field and stop justifying jobs and bonuses and get to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EHS in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - EHS in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay a lot.Friendly workers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No response given.Disorganized staff. Late responses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good ol' boy mentality.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Chevron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good training opportunities. Offices are top line, anything needed is provided.

    Cons

    It's their way or the highway . . . drink the purple Kool-Aid or leave. Upper management reaps hundreds of thousands, if not millions in benefits and stock options while the little guy gets nothing. Complete disregard for the worth of each employee, only the big guy benefits. Posters everywhere saying, "The Chevron Way", kind of like, "Big Brother is watching, so do it our way."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some companies give stock shares down to the lowest level staff. Value is created. You create a pyramid system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you apply at Chevron they will hire you quick. They will pay you more than minimum sometimes.

    Cons

    Chevron actually is not a bad company but the people who wants to have a name "up there". People who wants to be recognized! They will build their own rats to watch employee they want to eliminate. They listen to hearsay. I am talking about Zone Consultant that has no people skill, don't know anything how to run a business but talk nonsense as if they know everything. I wish " crowned people" assess their performance by having a mystery personnel shopper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote your rats. Or don't used them just because they have ambition. Rats have rabies that later on will bite your kiss behind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Chevron MCBU = Tons of Problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Chevron full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very hard to get hired - very hard to get fired.

    Cons

    The MidContinent Business Unit is a soap opera of incompetence being run by a 'thug' mentality in middle management - which is obviously endorsed by upper management. The 'Chevron Way' is mere hearsay, as is it widely known and spoken of, that they will tell you one thing, and do quite the reverse, all the while, blaming someone else for the 'change'. When salaried, they could care less about how many hours you are required to put in of your own time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until someone in middle management is removed, the 'Alaskan Mafia' will continue to dismantle the MCBU. Obviously, some are shielded with some connections back to upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst environment I have ever worked in. Inadequate leadership at its best.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chevron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader in the Upstream market. Very profitable. Great work-life balance schedule. Extremely safety oriented. Invests in learning/training opportunities for its employees. Competitive compensation. Good bonus and 401K plan.

    Cons

    Frequently promotes individuals based on who they like vs. performance, knowledge, interpersonal skills, and leadership qualities. Does not value diversity (race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, culture, personality, etc.) as it claims...the corporation overall (especially certain regions and business units) is a "Good Ole Boy" company and does nothing to change it. Places individuals with poor interpersonal skills, inadequate knowledge/credentials/experience, of unethical character, and/or who do not possess the necessary qualities of a leader, into leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in Leadership/Executive Coaches and actually implement the advice and solutions they provide. Stop practicing nepotism/favoritism when hiring/promoting individuals, for it tends to prevent the creation of a progressive, competent workforce with progressive thinking, well-rounded professionals. In order to be a truly global organization your leadership, not only your workforce, need to consist of truly well-rounded, open-minded, people-oriented, knowledgeable, sharp-minded, charismatic, refined and intelligent individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Returned to former employer. Experienced hires beware.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chevron

    Pros

    -Competitive, but not superior pay and benefits
    -Offers similar benefits to peer companies (980 schedule, pension, etc.)
    -Offers fitness centers similar to peer companies
    -I worked in Downstream. Most of the reviews on Glassdoor are Upstream. I would have liked to work Upstream but my transfers were blocked, even after I had met my time commitments.

    Cons

    -Experienced hires are used to fill positions vacated by their high potential employees. Do not expect to move up if you did not begin your career with Chevron.
    -Bullying by managers is encouraged and rewarded. Management is encouraged to motivate by fear rather than reward and recognition.
    -The Performance Management Process is not followed. Employee rankings are conducted before the Performance Management Form is filled out and discussed with your supervisor.
    -Blame is encouraged rather than find the root cause of an incident.
    -Working off-Fridays, weekends, and holidays was the norm more than the exception. This was expected rather than rewarded.
    -There are safety issues at the refineries that have been overlooked for years. The management is not committed to bring in additional resources to resolve the issues.
    -I returned to my former employer and immediately saw a HUGE difference between companies. There is no doubt in my mind that this was an unsafe and hostile work environment. I would not work for this company again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Commit to bringing in resources to make your safety world-class. Your peer companies who are less profitable are more committed to safety.
    -Train your management on how to motivate people properly and hold them accountable. The most technical person is not always the best manager. A little bit of care goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Call center is a sweatshop environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Technical Analyst in Concord, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Analyst in Concord, CA

    I worked at Chevron as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Chevron is a stable company with its roots going back to the robber baron days. They are old-school greedy, impersonal and exploitative.

    Cons

    I gave up many weekends, holidays and nights. I sacrificed my personal and social life just to stay employed there. In 18 months not one contractor became a permanent employee. In the end, they fired three of us to save a few dollars an hour on our wages. The time I spent at Chevron was a waste of life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First get a conscience, then quit Chevron. In the mean time, stop treating your contractors like garbage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Suffocatingly boring work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in San Ramon, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Chevron as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule permits every three-day weekend every second week.

    Cons

    The work environment (IT) is unbelievably sterile. Employees barely acknowledge each other; the lack of personal contact in the offices is depressing. I have worked as a consultant and employee in many locations for other organizations, and this is the first time I endured such an oppressive atmosphere.
    There is little opportunity to exercise independent judgement and discretion - everything is process-driven and requires approval from multiple layers of management - communication by PowerPoint.
    While workplace safety is obviously a critical issue in an oil company, the company's obsession with it extends to every nook and cranny of it's operations - offices have safety instructions posted by the break-room toaster, employees will tell you to sit up straighter in your chair to be ergonomic, and the Wellnomics software installed on each computer force you to take to breaks, convenient or otherwise. Although the goals are laudable, there is a very heavy tone of "big brother" in the office.
    Their IT environment is far behind the curve: new laptops are now issued with Win 7, an upgrade from Vista enterprise (!), albeit with outdated IE. Their enterprise systems are mostly older versions. This was mostly humorous, except when one considers that it is hardly a resume-enhancing experience.
    I really found my time there very unrewarding, I'm glad that I moved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your managers need to foster work relationships that emphasize the human aspects of the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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