Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated August 4, 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. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Company vision and message is great

    Cons

    Depends on who you report to that sometimes can hurt you

    Advice to Management

    Some have preferential treatment


  2. IT

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and really good locations!

    Cons

    Can't really think of anything negative.


  3. Great Company that cares about employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Oxy ties it's compensation to the other companies in the industry and tries to be one of the better compensators. flexibility of schedules allows for a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The average age of employees is higher, but it is not necessarily a bad thing as it brings growth opportunities.


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  5. GREAT!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are great. The managers are honest, intelligent, genuinely nice, and caring people. The building isn't as nice as some others I've been in, the pay isn't quite as high, but this is by far the best place I've worked. The people are great, the managers are great, they treat you like a person, not a worker drone.

    Cons

    None really. Personally I dislike the 9/80 work schedule because I'm a single parent, but other than that I have no complaints. My only complaint was that I wasn't able to become a permanent employee with them when my contract ran out. I really would have liked to stay.


  6. Fantastic

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Oxy treats its employees very well. Safety is the utmost priority. Very fast turn-around between interview and job offer.

    Cons

    Working in the field can be mentally taxing, but Oxy does their absolute best to prevent this being a problem.


  7. Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Prod in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Intern - Prod in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great support system for young engineers Challenging work environment

    Cons

    Less structured training but that can be a positive

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Helpful (1)

    Best job ever!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, oportunities to move, upper level management (the majority) accepts ideas and suggestions. Your work and dedication are appreciated and acknowledged.

    Cons

    Some red tape on some issues. Some of the managers can be real jerks, not all managers have the skills necessary to be good managers.


  9. Special Projects Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely good to their employees.

    Cons

    Maybe have more employees with degrees.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within,


  10. Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Great benefits, including generous 401k matching, pension, health, short and long term disability, and vacation. - Flat organization with few levels of management allows staff to assume huge responsibility and call a lot of shots. - Lots of opportunity for resilient entrepreneurial individuals that don't need a lot of structure.

    Cons

    - lean staff means crazy workload. - Quality of mid managers varies greatly; can affect performance rating. - Rating system isn't always consistently applied. The same growth area may be overlooked completely by one manager, while another focuses too heavily on the same item.

    Advice to Management

    More training for younger managers. Overall, most try to do the right thing, but some are clearly torn between politics / pleasing upper management versus growing their staff. Consider implementing 360 appraisals for managers. Otherwise, OXY is really a great company to work for. Benefits far outweigh the negatives.


  11. Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    they move quickly, you can learn a lot

    Cons

    none really, good company to work for

    Advice to Management

    none



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