Occidental Petroleum
3.0 of 5 132 reviews
www.oxy.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen

Stephen I. Chazen

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    I have received great opportunities, however OXY does not develop young talent well and compensation is behind.

    Facilities Engineer (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsBenefits are good and 9/80 work schedule helps with the heavy workload. You will get great opportunities to put on your resume.

    ConsPoor development of young engineers. Managers play favorites and the ratings system is arbitrary and only depends on how much your manager favors you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOXY will continue to loose their top talent and top young talent unless:
    1. Begin compensation programs that keep pace with the industry
    2. Develop more comprehensive strategies to develop young talent
    3. Continue to provide challenges for best talent
    4. Listen to young talent

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Oxy IT - Good and Bad

    IT Specialist (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe corporate culture is pretty good. The benefits package is amazing. They actually have a retirement plan in addition to the matching 401k plan. The employees have a tendency to stay here for a long time. They really do try to value their human capital - at least for everyone except IT. If you work on the O&G side of things (Geologist, etc), I hear the pay is pretty awesome. Vacation time is generous - you also get sick time that doesn't count against your vacation days.
    They are moving to a service-oriented (think ITIL/ITSM) IT model. This is a good thing.

    ConsThey treat IT infrastructure people as pure cost. System admins burn out due to the constant "do more with less" mentality and absolutely zero appreciation. High turnover rate there.
    Expect to be on call, and to be told that you need to be attached to your phone even when you're NOT on call. Pay is below industry average.
    If you are early (or early-ish) career, the 'bonus' is almost an insult.
    IT raises are also a joke. If you want an appreciable bump in pay, be prepared to move to another company, or pray that you can move to a different group within Oxy and get a promotion in the process.
    No 365 reviews of management. Some of the managers are absolutely terrible - but they know how to take credit for other people's work and throw their people under the bus, so upper management thinks they're great. If you can market yourself well, you'll probably do fine. Favoritism is pretty rampant in some areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a good, hard look at how you treat the people that keep you running. Storage, Server Admins, Network, infrastructure tools like AD and Citrix, these people are the backbone that make it possible. Maybe you should consider treating them that way - or they're going to continue fleeing to places that do.
    I would recommend Oxy as a career choice (as in, stay there for 20) if you work somewhere other than any kind of IT role that isn't application (ie Maximo) specific - but after more than two years at Oxy, I honestly couldn't in good conscience recommend Oxy to any kind of IT infrastructure professional. The pay is lower than industry average, and so is the level of appreciation. I really hope you can fix this shortcoming.

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

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    Great place to start, then jump to an independent

    Production/Operations Engineer (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros- Good people, mentors and senior technical staff are open to help entry level people
    - Given a lot of reponsibility from day 1; sometimes it feels like a sink-or-swim but they won't let you "sink" - as a result you will learn a lot very fast
    - Pretty flexible - most managers won't micro-manage you as long as you meet project deadlines

    Cons- Permian business unit is entrenched with very experienced people - as a young person you will most likely not have a "seat at the table"
    - Slow to rotate young people into new positions, especially if you don't play politics
    - Big beauracracy - had to get approval from GM just to do $250k well repair projects with positive rates of return - kind of a joke for a business unit that profits ~$3B/yr.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very little beaurocracy...kind of disorganized

    Geologist (Current Employee)
    Bakersfield, CA

    ProsLots of flexibility. Ideas can become reality very quickly. There are very few processes and very little red tape. Pay is around average for the industry.

    ConsLack of processes makes disorganization fairly common. Flexibility leads to too much change, with reorganizations every year or two. Oxy has done layoffs in the past during downturns (although not since 2008 or so). Limited number of international work locations. California business units are being spun-off into a new company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReorgs need to be handled more quickly. Announcing a reorganization and waiting months to release details kills morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Los Angeles Legal Experience

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsStellar benefits, great salary, and if you had a good boss, generally nice people. Rarely had overtime.

    ConsNo yearly reviews, not much communication with staff until after the fact of a change, antiquated approach to resolving physical data solutions and software choices. A lot of political nonsense to make attorneys happy whether deserving or not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward where due more frequently; communication and sensitive matters were generally handled in an offhand, un-thought-out way at last minute; not enough attention paid to respect for staff. If you had a good boss, all was well -- if not, you were sunk.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid work life balance, lagging in compensation

    Land Negotiator (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros9/80 work schedule, creating new management opportunities for mid career employees, office location is good, solid internship / early career program for most disciplines.

    ConsCompensation not really tied to performance, does not fire poor performers, hard to predict the direction of the company, food court in downstairs lobby is overpriced and bad,

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood compensation for early career engineers.

    ConsAverage work environment. Good managers are rare. No training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's okay if you like working in a frat house

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHelpful co-workers, good restaurants nearby

    ConsManagement lives in its own bubble

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

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    Very good work environment, however it all depends on where you work. Some departments are less relaxed than others.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot very stressful work environment and a lot of encouraging people to turn to.

    ConsVery strict about GPA requirements

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open minded about grades especially once interns have proven their ability to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work was alright, work environment was a little stiff

    IT Intern (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsBenefits and pay are great! They definitely know how to take care of their employees in regards to relocation, salary.

    ConsWork environment was stiff. People just came for work and left right when the day ends. Not much culture outside of working.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLighten up and be more social with co-workers.

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

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