Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. desktop support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great work, great employees, good knowledgable staff, engagin company

    Cons

    not in the UK at the present

    Advice to Management

    expand to the UK


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company if it stays stable.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers! 9/80 work schedule.

    Cons

    Oxy is in the middle of a reorganization. A lot of things are changing within the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well-managed, intelligent employees, good work-life balance, excellent benefits, decent pay.

    Cons

    Relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to Houston which led to hundreds of employees to be laid off in California as well as several employees being relocated to Houston.


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  5. Great Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and opportunities, great learning experiences, extremely fast paced oil company, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get your foot in the door as a recent graduate. You have to know the right people.


  6. Good company, Good benefits!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Great management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    There is an open door policy at our office, we have great management, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem like there is any room for real advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training so good employees can begin to move up the ladder.


  8. Great time at Oxy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great all around very helpful to new employees.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Aggressive and Fast paced

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Oxy is a really great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Document Control Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Document Control Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  11. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation package

    Cons

    Company is no longer going to operate in California



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