Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO 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. Average

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Apparently unlimited need for engineers due to mature++ fields. Little direction should suit experienced employee or consultant with prior knowledge of tasks. Massive software budget means many duplicate programs available.

    Cons

    Mostly a geographically restricted production company working on very old oilfields. Can get repetitive. Reliance on contractors or service companies for advanced techniques.

    Advice to Management

    None. Company has been able to reward managers very well using current model. Share price has been kept high by buying back stock. Company (or assets) can always be sold in crisis.


  2. Helpful (3)

    About Average

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and challenging projects. Good technical people that try to do the right thing. Adding more words to hit 20-word minimum.

    Cons

    Treat people like widgets. Terrible locations... Long Beach, Bakersfield, Greenway Plaza... Management is somewhat cut throat.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat people like dirt - that is why you have a revolving door of folks leaving constantly. Pay is not competitive with the rest of industry.


  3. Oxy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, convenient location, good salary and benefits, very safety oriented at field level

    Cons

    minimal to non-existent performance management, no career development

    Advice to Management

    improve manager and employee development


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  5. Good Money

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

    Pros

    Oxy pays it's employees well

    Cons

    You will spend your entire career in an office

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking youre going to be the next CEO


  6. Rollercoaster

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people. Decent Benefits. Flexible schedule. Management that I have worked with is approachable and understanding.

    Cons

    They only value their engineers and geologists, they don't show real value to those in support positions. Not a steady place to work. There are lots of reorganizations and uncertainty.


  7. Great benefits, pay so-so, many changes in management.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, offices are nice besides trying to get down Richmond, 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Always changing direction, multiple changes in management and personnel, compensation was on the lower end compaired to other Oil & Gas companies, but HR would say that is not so. Bonuses for Techs are on a completely different (lower level) than any other position.

    Advice to Management

    Motivation was needed, especially during a time when an announcement went out with NO WARNING that our business unit was being sold. It was perfectly timed on the employees Friday off so everyone was in complete chaos on Monday. Hopefully they figured it out after that one.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Work at Oxy has been "interesting" for a lack of better words.

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    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flex schedule, 9/80(every other Friday off), great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move around, "stiff" environment, Not an even playing field for all employees


  9. Can't complain

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

    Pros

    Great people. Nice offices. 9/80.

    Cons

    Very flat organization, mostly lateral moves


  10. Helpful (1)

    Daily uphill battle

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

    Pros

    You Can get things done.

    Cons

    Surrounded by a workforce of moderate intelligence.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate based on merit


  11. IT Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    IT intern are given meaningful projects to work on. The projects are based on current business needs and the solutions are given serious consideration by management. Interns are provided with access to the tools required to perform their assigned projects.

    Cons

    The internship program is really geared toward recruiting and retaining engineers. IT interns seem to be more disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Invite IT interns back, engineers are not the only critical human resource.



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