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Updated Jun 8, 2014
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Chevron Chairman and CEO John S. Watson

John S. Watson

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85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Worst environment I have ever worked in. Inadequate leadership at its best.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIndustry 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.

    ConsFrequently 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 Senior ManagementInvest 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Returned to former employer. Experienced hires beware.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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 Senior Management-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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Call center is a sweatshop environment

    Technical Analyst (Former Employee)
    Concord, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Suffocatingly boring work environment

    IT Consultant (Current Employee)
    San Ramon, CA

    Pros9/80 work schedule permits every three-day weekend every second week.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementYour managers need to foster work relationships that emphasize the human aspects of the workplace.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad Managers, Good Pay

    Communications (Former Employee)
    San Ramon, CA

    ProsThe pay and benefits are great.

    ConsNot a lot of room for job growth and development unless you are a white male who likes to play golf and part of the "old boys'" club. I worked in Public Affairs for 3 1/2 years under one of the most tyrannical bosses one could ever imagine. Yelling, degrading comments, belittlement and snubs for quality assignments were all daily occurrences. I was even physically pushed once when my supervisor was having a bad day. I went to OMBUDS (an internal mediation service) about her, and their response was, "I thought she was getting better." Funnily enough, this was not her first time harassing her direct reports. She was demoted once before for the same thing, and has just been demoted again for doing the same thing to my successor. Failure to fire these type of people (yes, there are more of them) from this company is a great risk to employees and stakeholders alike. My parents have each worked at Chevron more than 35 years and have had their share of "horrible bosses." Beware.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the workplace environment a better one for everyone and maybe you'll actually retain generation XYZ employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good opportunity to learn technical field design, but low integrity management

    Process Engineer (Former Employee)
    Bakersfield, CA

    Proscompany uses the latest computer, software and other network to conduct business globally and locally

    Conslocal company uses fear to intimidate employees, locals steal money from corporate accounts charging corporate projects hidden fees against local projects funded through AFEs, local contractor construction groups run the company at the local level unlike other industries where Operations run the company

    Advice to Senior Managementchange your local management, or, rotate the management every 3 years

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey have flexible schedules and reimburse 75% of your tuition to pursue higher education.

    Conslack of respect, communication to department is poor, gm, managers, team leads do not walk their talk, some of the leadership manage by bullying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdministrative Assistants see the daily concerns in an organization, we can add value if you reached out and brought us into some of the changes that impact the business. We can add more value by assisting you with projects and other business administrative work if you would realize the assets you have working for you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible Company to work with

    Senior Tech Recruiter (Current Employee)
    San Ramon, CA

    Pros- semi-good pay- salary
    -good ergonomic evaluation
    -good /clean campus

    Cons-Terrible management
    -Discrimination in all levels -mostly they discriminate against the country of origin (especially if you are from Middle East) and accent.
    -No diversity- they select individuals with short sided views .
    -No freedom of speech- They don’t want people to interact with each other or other groups.
    -No Creativity- They are an absolute example of none-creative environment and they want everyone to work as a slave and listen to their ideas. Basically you have to put your head down and work and never come out of your cubicle to interact with your coworker.
    - Favoritism in all level of organization-no one gets a job almost if they don’t know someone. I was a recruiter at Chevron and I know how unethical the company is. Managers called me many times telling me that they want so and so to work at their department. We would bring in candidates and waste their time knowing that they will never get the position there.
    -Only 1% of external applicants get jobs at Chevron since everything else goes to internal candidates.
    -There is a big gap between fulltime employees and contractors. If you are a contractor they will look at you as a slave.
    -Terrible unorganized recruiting/staffing and HR team. They are a very new department only 5 yr old with a lot of issues and that comes at the very top. The head of the department has no management skills and no education to prove her superiority in HR. Therefore, you will see unorganized, discriminatory, politically savvy department.
    -Senior Managements don’t have management background and they never took none-discrimination courses. It is like a "white boy" club.
    - Their background check process for applicants is dysfunctional and they lose information all the time. Candidates should wait as long as one month to get their background checks result.
    - Most people get to the top because they play politics well. It is not because of their personal achievement.
    - During my time at this company I saw a coworker going crazy from the pressure and they had to call cups and internal safety advisor to come and take her to the hospital. She was under a lot of pressure from the top management and her work that one day she just went crazy.
    - No one likes their job there and they only keep their job because they thing that is the best company in the world. Even though , there are many other companies with better environment to work and better benefits.
    - Be careful because recruiters will sell you their benefits and if you think about all the issues they will cause you at the work force then you will know that the benefit is not worth risking your mental health.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI strongly suggest highlevel managers at Chevron to take a good look at the Staffing/HR deparment in San Ramon office. People at the tope are very Prejudice, dysfunctional, uneducated, and discriminatory. They discriminated me against my country of origin and my accent even though I was doing a great job for seventy plus managers. Also they don’t follow the Safety that is Chevron’s culture. They even told me that I am not suppose to take my lunches. And indirectly they told me that I am suppose to take my lunches at my desk because I was a contractor. Everyone else does the same thing to not get fired. However, to cover themselves they dragged the team to do the stretch breaks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly political environment

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsDecent salary and benefits for employees, but engineers receive preferential treatment

    ConsThe performance review process (PMP) is highly political and not at all fair contrary to the corporate policy that is highly touted. Anyone with authority over another can say anything on the review form without proof or documentation. The supervisor's word is FINAL no matter how much the employee protests.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview your human resources policies and listen and pay attention when an protests a poor review. There is more to the story other than what the supervisor says. Listen to the employee and not just the supervisor!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Experience as a Contractor :-(

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsNone as far as I can see.

    ConsWorst Management folks. They spy on you, never trust you to do anything right.
    I got the worst ever manager ever that one can think of - was not trusting me right from day one and never gave a chance to prove myself in anything.
    The Manager kept belittling everyone in my consulting company.
    Would not give remote access to do any work from home.
    Used the Project Managers from other companies to spy on folks !!!!
    Chevron is the worst company you could ever consult with.
    I wish I had read the bad reviews about Chevron before I joined over there.
    I hope this helps someone else who might get hired over there in the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a life and treat contractors like professionals and not like your slaves.
    Grow up and don't be a bunch of kids and think that people don't know how bad you treat folks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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