Occidental Petroleum
3.0 of 5 114 reviews
www.oxy.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated Apr 5, 2014
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen

Stephen I. Chazen

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I was told that I wasn't needed anymore, so I started looking elsewhere for a job

GeoTech (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 5 years

Pros-9/80 schedule
-health benefits seem to be par with industry
-early career development program (except it seems to be meant only for certain employees, not all early career employees)

Cons-high turnover-I saw more people come and go rather than come and stay in a similar position to mine
-below average salary
-selling off assets (or trying to) will further limit career opportunities
-disconnect between upper and lower level management

Advice to Senior ManagementI had been quite unhappy for awhile, but wasn't looking to leave until the company started selling off assets and I was told I was not needed anymore. Be prepared for more employees leaving because of this.

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

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Actually tell my friends not to even apply to come here

Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIf you get to be an expat ( not very easy) your benefits are great

Cons- Currently the perception is that management has no clue what to do with the company, they cut a rig, then two months later ask how much money we need to add a rig, constant business plan changes, never-ending pointless re-orgs !

Advice to Senior ManagementTell us what you want to do and we can do it, but define a path for the employees to follow

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Odd culture - not for "go getters"

IT Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

ProsFast paced with lots of opportunity to own interesting projects.
9/80 work schedule
Good pay/bonus and excellent retirement matching

ConsIT organization is severely under staffed.
They pride themselves in being lean and nimble which means they don't invest in what many would consider some basic stuff and/or actively shun best-practices. Therefore, many things are cobbled together (putting yet more burden on the IT staff). The culture is very weak and often promotes status quo rather than innovation.

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

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Great place to hire your kids who just graduated and to advance them in the company with preference.

Senior Reservoir Engineer (Former Employee)
Bakersfield, CA

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExcellent career opportunity if your father was/is a manager or VP at Oxy, or if you befriend an employee whose father is/was a manager or VP at Oxy. Very little bureaucracy. Not many strict policies or rules.

ConsLots of turnover. You never know whether the person you work with will be with the company much longer, unless he or she has a father who is/was a manager or VP. Lots of effort and time spent on CYA.

Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company to Chevron, Exxon, or BP

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Bad CEO

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 10 years

ProsNice co-workers. 9/80. Young people get big responsibilities since day one. Good offices, not cubicles. Good IT support. Team work is promoted. Sponsored gym membership.

ConsToo much uncertainty with the current CEO. He is breaking the company into pieces. He was a great CFO but not a good CEO. He is not innovative or creative, the only thing he can think of to increase stock price is to sell the company into pieces.

One of the strengths Oxy used to have was the ability to operate in countries with high political risk, now the CEO is selling everything with high political risk. Also he announces and doesn't execute, changing plans quarter by quarter. CEO also named a 35 year old CFO that was not even familiar with the oil industry terminology. CEO gave the order to put young people in charge, people with less than 5 years of experience are becoming managers, making mistakes that cost the company millions, and creating a bad work environment.

The internal "mafias" are rampant and if you're not part of one, your career won't go anywhere regarding of your performance.

Technical Excellence is on decline.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to think long term, not only about the stock price for the next quarter.

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

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A Company stuck in the past unwilling to evolve

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

ProsGood pay. Good benefits. 9/80 work schedule.

ConsOxy way is a total lack of structure, procedures and standards. Highly political. Employee evaluations based on perception not data. No career ladder. No employee thought out development. Some come to work and do their well defined job while others are responsible for an effort cradle to grave. The Oxy way is to make it up as you go along.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook to successful companies in your industry and learn. Deal fairly with employees. Think of their future and develop them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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If you want to work in a truely collaborative and suportive environment to produce results, don't work for Oxy.

Reservoir Engineer (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

Pros9/80 work schedule. Projects are interesting and provide good technical work experience.

ConsUnfriendly and highly competitive environment. People work in silos. Management is known to have favorites with perceptions of employees that can make or break their careers, in some cases, without even knowing or working with the employee. There is no time for training or mentoring. Heavy work load for reservoir engineers. 9/80 work schedule is nice if you can actually take your Friday off. If you work at Oxy, plan on logging in at 7 am or earlier, not eating lunch or eating at your desk and working at least a 10 hour day which will not be good enough. Very poor environment for mid to late career professionals!

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest. You really don't care about work/life balance or employees. You are fostering a toxic and competive work environment where true team work and a supportive work place is not likely to occur.

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

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company in need of serious new direction

Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 8 years

Prosgood hard working employees, 9/80 schedule, few good managers, few layoffs

Consvery young management lacking direction for the business units, promotions based on favourites, management thinks internationals are glad to have a job, lately became very disfunctional with diffrences in executive management.

Advice to Senior Managementtake a deeper look at who is running business units, their lack of experience will take this company onto losses

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

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Oxy needs to re-evaluate its standards for ethical treatment of their "greatest resource"

Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou will get good experience working fast paced operations with a lot of responsibility, you will develop skills sought after by better paying companies that will foster a much more team-oriented environment

ConsYour compensation will pale in comparison to industry competitors, you will be appalled by the incompetence of lower level management, you will be penalized if you make smarter decisions than your boss, you will experience unnecessary competition and people working in silos due to a problematic forced ranking system that induces inherent inefficiency.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop condoning blatant acts of career sabotage by lower and middle management and pay people commensurate with their tenure and experience or continue to suffer attrition by the masses.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Engineering Specialist (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for less than a year

ProsGood training resources. Big company so more opportunities to move to different disciplines.

ConsPoor Management. Manager lacking inspirational and technical skills.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake more class in management. Open to different ideas and listen.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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