Chevron Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
641 Reviews
4.2
641 Reviews
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Chevron Chairman and CEO John S. Watson
John S. Watson
342 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They take excellent care of their employees and exercise work life balance heavily (in 123 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, oil industry salary, job stability (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • compared to competitors - although in fairness the work life balance was good (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chevron

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Professional  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Information Technology Professional in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Chevron full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Good people if you are not competing with them for any recognition.

    Cons

    Small IT staff at Salt Lake refinery prone to poor professional behavior. Possessive behavior towards any area of IT work. Manager has poor attitude and little patience. Working at a small refinery part of Chevron is not recommended. Being a part of a larger IT group in the company is likely more beneficial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not place someone in a management position just because they have been around a very long time. This does not make them a good manager. Managers should not be involved in the day to day hands on work. This is a poor showing of managerial skills and a representation of an inability to let go of previous responsibilities. Some experience with a few minor areas of IT does not make a person capable of understanding enough of an IT organization to manage other employees of superior knowledge and experience.

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

    store manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Chevron full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefit and you choose your schedule.

    Cons

    Overwhelming of work. More than what you can do in one shift.

    Recommends
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bloated, layers of middle managers and uncooperative, politically driven business units

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong safety culture, 9/80 schedule, above average pay and benefits. Specialists do well. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply and advance.

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations, thousands of California employees with seniority take the top spots over Houston employees. Heavy use of contractors who keep the low level workers fighting for their jobs. Half of the workers never move up more than one or two pay grades in 15 years. Croneyism rules the day. Unqualified managers abound. There appears to be a protection system. Many misfit managers seem untouchable, they must know where the bodies are buried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With oil above $100 a bbl, a lot of mismanagement can go on without harming profits. Invest in more PR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Ol Boy network still exist. You rarely see Minorities in Management position

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    Current Employee - Geologist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401k, health care, vacation. The company pays well. Here are the pay grade levels and pay scales. PSG-19 $65K to $85K, PSG-20 $83K to $98K, PSG-21 $97K to $108K, PSG-22 $107K to $124K, PSG-23 120k to 140K and PSG-24 $139k to $155k

    Cons

    Minorities find it difficult to get good performance reviews and promotions. Minorities are criticized for being too vocal. Rarely you find minorities in management positions. Most of them remain silent about it just to keep their jobs. Chevron is quick to fire a minority employee based simply on a complaint and no proof.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to hear the voice of the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Regulars make this job worth it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chevron

    Pros

    Above average pay, challenging work environment, practice and applicable skills gained here. I adored my regular customers. And many of my former co-workers are life long friends.

    Cons

    Hard fast paced work with little reward. Corporate big wigs constantly making regulations and new procedures from their comfy chairs expecting one person to do the job of 5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat you're second shift right and you'll always have everything taking care of. Don't neglect them.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chevron full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great health and medical
    Decent compensation and yearly bonuses

    Cons

    Management structure always in flux.
    Lots of bureaucracy
    Easy to get pigeon-holed in work without chances for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really mean what you say in Corporate Responsibility reports and your Chevron Way pamphlets. Those ideals haven't been witnessed in a long, long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Chevron as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment with friendly people

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth. Nepotism at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to learn in evaluating talent better instead of who you know vs. what you know

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    very competitive

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    Former Employee - Chemical Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Chemical Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Chevron part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good leadership, quality training provided, nice environment (ironically in a chemical industry ), good benefits , mediocre management, great selection of food in canteen

    Cons

    competitive for people working in same department and hard for promotion, only consider qualifications and experience fir promotion, not much motivation left after a year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with a few issues

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    Current Employee - Geologist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good starting company with lots of training and career opportunities. Exposure to several different position types early on with their training program, with 2 yr rotations, generally.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very supervisor dependent, everything is so process driven, you erode value with the number of meetings needed to move anything forward. Salaries are low compared to industry. Promotions and advancement are related to how much your supervisor supports you and not actual work merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start retiring and take the old school mentality with you. Not everyone is a single earner with a stay at home spouse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, but slow - Too much "process" gets in the way of innovation

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    Former Employee - IT PM  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - IT PM in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Chevron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension plan
    9/80 work schedule gives you every other Friday off

    Cons

    most jobs are moving from CA to TX
    Too much focus on heavy processes and procedures gets in the way of innovation or new ideas
    Old school management style

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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