Chevron Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance schedule (in 141 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, great work/life balance, they invest in their employees development and training (in 36 reviews)

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

  • the corporation overall (especially certain regions and business units) is a "Good Ole Boy" company and does nothing to change it (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Quick

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The long term benefits are amazing - and most of the people you meet are really good people.

    Cons

    The company does what a company does - downsizes in the face of a disaster and forgets their employees are human.

    Advice to Management

    Smile more


  2. Helpful (1)

    Production Accounting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron full-time

    Pros

    -Great benefits (especially the pension) -9/80 schedule -Big operator

    Cons

    -Management likes to play favorites. If you aren't on their good side your career might not take off.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites among employees and treat promotions based on talent and not who you like.


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    Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Too much politics. No longer observing the "Chevron Way" behaviors


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  5. Helpful (1)

    I need to do the best I can.

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    Former Employee - Mover in Bell, CA
    Former Employee - Mover in Bell, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are great and its close to home with one bus ride to get there.

    Cons

    None. I can't see any cons in having a stable job.

    Advice to Management

    I want to get to your position so you can move to a higher position. If I can not improve your business it's worthless.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Process, process, process

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay well, international travel, good development opportunity

    Cons

    too process focused. Instead of teaching lower level management how to manage, they just create a new process and forget it after 5 years Chevron is very proud of their inclusive culture, but that culture prevents the expression of any disagreement, even when warranted. This makes it impossible to have a decent technical discussion. This is pervasive to all technical areas.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on MCPs and more on base business. Learn that dissension is not always bad.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Slow like an oil tanker

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Ramon, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've experienced nowhere else like the work/life balance at Chevron. Every employee, both permanent and contractor, really, really practice and cherish it. If it's after business hours or weekend, there is practically NO email sent from another employee, people truly "logoff". There is very little to no expectation to call into meetings from home after hours. If you are away from the office on vacation, no one expects to hear from you at all and are perfectly fine with it, even if it means a task has to wait. Since most investments here are very large budget and takes years to materialize (think oil exploration or building an oil rig), that culture permeates into other business areas that normally move a lot faster, and everyone is ok with it. Most employees tend to move around and Chevron encourages that. It's not surprising to find someone go from HR to Earth Science to Marketing in a 30-year career here, including expatriate opportunities. This is great for employees who like to take on new roles every few years (but see Con below as well). Pay is phenomenal, especially when compared to the number of hours you are truly working compared to a typical SV high-tech company. Contractors are treated to many of the perks as permanent employees, e.g. alternate work schedule, emphasis on ergonomics, work office space (no sharing office just because you're a contractor).

    Cons

    If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, likes people to make quick decisions, and juggle multiple tasks, Chevron is NOT for you. A few organizations within Chevron may move faster, but generally they move like an oil tanker, slow and steady. The "pro" of employees sticking around for 30+ years may also be view as a "con" in that there is very few fresh blood or ideas. Things tend to be done the same way year after year, whether it works or not.

    Advice to Management

    The "people energy" culture is easily felt throughout company, workers feel taken care of, so good work. Even though Chevron quietly shut down its clean energy group, perhaps the recent drop in oil prices is another reason to try and invest more in alternative and clean energy again.


  8. Helpful (2)

    good company but they aren't loyal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome 9/80 schedule Good medical and dental benefits Bonus a huge plus

    Cons

    They are laying off people Company isn't flexible Management may be a result of time with company not necessarily qualifications


  9. Helpful (2)

    Chevron Life

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, inclusive culture, good work/life balance, most people get every other Friday off. I have been treated well and have never been asked to work through nights or weekends. Overall the company is a well organized and well run machine.

    Cons

    Little career growth potential in the SF bay area, especially with low oil prices and recently announced lay offs (many jobs being relocated to Texas or overseas anyway, eventually HQ expected to go to Texas as well). Not a progressive culture; being a 100 year old oil company it is more interested in preserving the status quo than investing in alternative/renewable energy sources that we will eventually need to convert to. HQ in San Ramon feels very sterile and quiet despite its size. Plenty of room and potential to make it a much more lively and compelling office campus. The company is extremely image conscious and pushes the espousal of safety to absurd limits, especially for an office environment that does not come with the same set of industrial dangers that a refinery or an exploration field would.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to rotate and change jobs within the company more often. So many employees are life-long and have been there 20+ years that any change seems scary. Be more willing to formally train/re-educate people if they want to do something functionally different (beyond the reimbursement for the typical part-time MBA).


  10. Helpful (2)

    They're just okay

    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Professional/Project Coordination in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Professional/Project Coordination in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits. Work life balance benefits.

    Cons

    Weird management structure. Enforce work/life balance benefits.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Accountant/Analyst

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    Former Employee - Owner Relation - Customer Service Representative Support Accountant/Cash Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Owner Relation - Customer Service Representative Support Accountant/Cash Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You could work different shifts at this company. The 401K is great and the pay is great.

    Cons

    They change supervisors often and most times no experience and not fit to be supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is going on in your company. The supervisors are getting away with treating the employees unfairly.



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