Occidental Petroleum

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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
154 Reviews
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154 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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  1.  

    Constant change and development

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and 9/80
    Work can be busy but not overly taxing
    Environment is friendly and professional but individual experiences I think depend on the team and manager

    Cons

    Not much room for career advancement without some field office experience and an overseas stint. Middle management is hit or miss and not always the best suited for that position (sometimes see promotion on seniority-which is not always a bad thing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more reviews/visits with employees to discuss direction and career goals etc. Being more open with the decision making process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, little bureaucracy. The company is flexible when it comes an employee's career path. You carve out your own path.

    Cons

    Could have a more structured training program for new hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a good company

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

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, Open to opportunity, eligible to work 9/80 work schedule

    Cons

    Tend to look the other way when some employees don't do job correctly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give people so many chances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Oxy

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    flexibility, fun culture, smart people

    Cons

    sometimes felt disorganized; uncertainty in direction sometimes confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Engineering Company

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees, reasonable bosses that care about employees and try to grow their potential. Aggressive company allows new employees to gain experience at a very rapid rate.

    Cons

    Reserves has become an endless array of PowerPoint documentations and spreadsheets. It takes away valuable time with doing what's really important, which is finding more oil/gas. Also, hard to take vacation given such a heavy workload/responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not too ask employees to run every scenario/case that you can think of...we only have so many hours in the day. Also, we need time to take vacation- at least 2 wks a year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Occidental is a great workplace environment and conducive for career advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GeoTech in McAllen, TX
    Former Employee - GeoTech in McAllen, TX

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

    Pros

    Great workplace environment, smart and able employees and managers. Upper level managment has understanding of geologic and engineering issues making communication easy. Very personable people to work with.

    Cons

    Communication between field office and main office in Houston was slow sometimes. Occasionally took a day or two to receive further instruction after finishing specified assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to advance employees with science backgrounds and understanding of the science behind drilling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great MIS internship experience

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

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

    Pros

    The internship includes great housing and a very nice salary. There are mentors and many networking events. You are not encouraged to work more than 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    Some of the intern projects were not organised well. This effects an interns ability to showcase skills and an ability to adapt and learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure internship projects are organized well before the interns arrive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great company and employees with a challenging culture for non-technical employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary, workplace policies and people. A safe and conscientious company with a great record and respect for stakeholders.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is adverse to pro-active public measures. Staffing is lean for achieving company expectations. Little or no on-boarding and little or no feedback about performance. Employees are fired or denied promotion without explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate senior management in non-technical departments does not always understand or value the responsibilities of employees at the business unit level and should visit field offices more often and give more feedback.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Pace- If you're lazy you will fail here

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

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

    Pros

    Hard to find a large oil company like this that doesn't have a lot of bureaucracy in order to make things happen. If you have an idea or solution that cuts cost or improves the business- you can make it happen here. 9/80s, good benefits, decent bonus program.

    Cons

    Way understaffed for the results expected of its employees. Pay is ok; HR targets 50th percentile. Work/Life balance depends on what group you are in. Some managers really support the 9/80, while others will expect you to work your Friday off or stay late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't make things happen quickly and stay in compliance with policies. Choose one or the other. Policies should be a guideline, not a rule. Some managers/supervisors are policy driven and forget what funds their paycheck- Its O&G Production! Not 100% compliance with policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Accounting

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good overall bonus program.

    Large company with 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Hard to move up.

    Does not have many offices in locations that a nice to visit.

    No Fitness center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within and stop hiring from outside. Retain talent by training and developing internally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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