Occidental Petroleum

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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
159 Reviews
3.2
159 Reviews
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule is great and they are good at rewarding their employees with time off and company get togethers (in 14 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, no excessive corporate paternalism like some of the other majors (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Hostile work environment, employee favorites and double standards with supervisors and HR (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management underminds employees and treats lower level emplyees like red headed step children (in 9 reviews)

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48 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good company, Good benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    California Operations has a great work environment. Manager push for personal and professional growth while giving adequate direction on projects.

    Cons

    As a upstream company the marketing and public relations side is slim. Also, being a mid size company the availability of locations is also minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More community involvement and being proactive not reactive in the oil/gas industry needs to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great time at Oxy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Dickinson, ND
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Dickinson, ND

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great all around very helpful to new employees.

    Cons

    salary wouldn't be my first choice. id rather be paid hourly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Aggressive and Fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Given lots of responsibility from Day 1 even if it is something you are not experienced with. They aren't going to spend a lot of time training you, you can request training, but be prepared to hit the ground running. People are generally friendly and helpful. Can be tense/stressful working on large CapEx projects, but I am sure it would be that way anywhere

    Cons

    All that responsibility! It's yours and yours to own. If you aren't keeping up with your work it will be very obvious.
    Expected to work overtime/late despite being on a salary. Probably my biggest complaint, I understand it is needed sometimes but wish the culture was a little different with regards to this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know when to be cheap and when being cheap is just costing the company more. Lots of cost savings measures, but at the same time it seems like sometimes the cheap/fast approach ends up costing the company more than if a little more time and money had been invested up front.
    More transparency with bonuses/performance reviews, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Oxy is a really great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company takes really good care of their employess. They offer terrific benefits. An overall great company to work for. They are also known for volunteering.

    Cons

    Not too sure of the cons for this company. I was hired through a recruiting agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation package

    Cons

    Company is no longer going to operate in California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Oxy is a lovely place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of projects to work on

    Cons

    cant think of any now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awsome company benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice co-workers, excellent benefits and company perks.

    Cons

    Total disconnect between management and subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    very good work so its good

    Cons

    High stress and life sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    individual office. meals provided occasionally.

    Cons

    not much cons. Corporate America.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    temporary assignment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor

    Pros

    Seemed like a very nice place to work. Position was temporary possibly to hire but I had to stop working due to pregnancy complications.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons except maybe difficult to find parking unless you are given access to the company parking area.

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