Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
Stephen I. Chazen
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule and good benefits package (in 15 reviews)

  • Work life balance only - 9-80 schedule (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Work environment will be used to persecute some people with no accountability (in 13 reviews)

  • High rate of hiring and layoffs without any planning for future oil and gas cycles (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Tough times in the oil and gas industry...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, 9/80, service credit for past work in industry

    Cons

    Lunch breaks frowned upon; no gym; weird culture (overly severe and strict in "corporate" functions); not allowed to really take much vacation despite being allowed five weeks; terrible bonuses (virtually non-existent); outdated culture and strange, stereotypical ideas about Houston/Texas especially.

    Advice to Management

    Please get more diversity - one female CEO is a great start, but now let's see more trickle down: women, African Americans, Asians, etc. You're way too white-male compared to most of the rest of the oil biz! Practice what you preach - you're not that "innovative" and you're a tad stuffy even though you try hard to "fit in" with Texas. Don't hide your roots - Armand Hammer and all the other "warts" that you believe should be diminished. It's all part of your history. Everyone else (in oil biz) knows it. No sense in covering it up - it's part of who Oxy is. DUH.


  2. Helpful (2)

    There is a reason they are the only co. with multiple oppenings in the tight Oil & Gas industry.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule. Not a lot of good to say. Great Christmas party. Fexible work schedule.

    Cons

    No direction but pure confusion and fear. Middle manegement has no idea what is coming next which makes it difficult for them to lead. Very young staff who are talented but can only do as told. Older experienced professionals forget it. There is no place for you in this company.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Finance / Accounting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - 9/80s (when you get to take them)
    - Ok medical / dental benefits
    - Great 401k program
    - Great employees at the lower levels

    Cons

    - Antiquated process' made with little thought
    - Everyone loves to play the blame game, constant verbal abuse from coworkers
    - Toxic working environment
    - Bad culture in finance, extremely low morale with little care from the top, you're just a number and very replaceable.
    - Very limited upward progression
    - Unfair and unclear compensation schemes

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? Just care more. Finance management could literally care less about the employees. Management has their ideas for you and typically they don't include you in the conversation. Very militaristic and rigid top down structure.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to work but little reward

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    liked the independence of picking what to work on. People were nice

    Cons

    working extra gets you no where but frustrated. Young people are not promoted due to age. Could not talk to people in the office for fear of being labeled as a talker.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Bad environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. That's about all.

    Cons

    Management exploits employees. They do not properly compensate when moving to more senior roles. Too much red tape.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Great salary and benefits but terrible culture filled with "mafias" which make it impossible to succeed on merit

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are wonderful and the 9/80 schedule is great if you work in a department that allows you to actually take the day off.

    Cons

    Facetime required and 9/80 schedule ignored in most offices. The company is filled with "mafias" and failing to recognize the interconnections can be fatal for your career.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good starter job in the oil & gas industry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, decent supervisors, company vehicle, somewhat family oriented

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity to advance in career, no clear ethics in West Texas

    Advice to Management

    Listen and develop your employees rather than cramming the "shareholder" view down our throats.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Head hits ceiling quick

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Landman in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Landman in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good name recognition for future employers, allows for further education

    Cons

    Does not allow you to grow beyond scope of responsibilities. Very negative work environment. Every department I met people were unsatisfied. Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell employees that want to grow within the company, that they don't have enough experience when the company is hiring interns above individuals with 3-5 years experience with college degrees. Management from Land Administration would not approve promotions and therefore put a limit on earning potential.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Long term commitment to get anywhere with this company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    6% matching 401k. Separate retirement account that amounts to about $2500 a year. Higher than average bonus (10-15%; higher if you are one of the "chosen" ones).

    Cons

    Don't let them fool you with their slightly better than average benefits package. They are WAY low on base salary. I know this because I left and got over a 20% raise. It would have taken me between 4 and 5 years more at Oxy to get that type of raise. I'm not the only one. I know of many people who feel the same way. Average raises, year by year, are around 3%. When you start at 50 or 60k, it will take you a very long time to catch up to where you should be.

    The politicking here is crazy. Employees WILL stab you in the back - it happened to me by more than one person. Not only that, but to get anywhere you MUST "do what you're told". If you don't brown nose it's very hard to get anywhere. Managers have their favorites. Oh, and don't get on the "blacklist." If you do you're virtually out of the running to be manager or basically anything other than "IT drone." I can't tell you how many people got their MBA's paid for by Oxy then had to leave because they would not promote them.

    One last thing I want to mention. There is little explanation on why some people get certain benefits and others don't. This includes "project bonuses" as well as extra Stock incentive. They never fully explain, if they even mention these things to you which they probably won't, how you get them. If you don't know about these things then the don't have to give them to you, right?

    Advice to Management

    I hope the ITIL initiative works out. You're employees moral is very low.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Company for New Engineers to Gain Experience, Difficult Environment for Experienced Professionals

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for promotion for young engineers who show drive and leadership skills early on in their career; great benefits and decent compensation; great co-workers.

    Cons

    Too much micro-managing and lack of trust by top management that makes middle-management ineffective; company seems to have difficultly retaining professionals with 10-20 years of experience. Leads to a lot of turnover and instability.



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