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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated December 28, 2014
Updated December 28, 2014
119 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It was a really great work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Silently forced into volunteering and giving part of your paycheck to United Way (in 7 reviews)

  • struggle with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Great employees excluding current management team.

    Cons

    Management from the top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find your happiness in ways other than firing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Valero Welcome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Operator in Welcome, MN
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Operator in Welcome, MN

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits moderate pay other than that there isn't anything good about how people are treated by management.

    Cons

    The Valero Welcome plant is ran by people who look down upon the employees and choose to treat the employees as though they don't know anything. The employees work their fingers to the bone for peanuts while the administration and management's pockets are padded and they take the credit for all of our hard work.

    The employees are forced to volunteer at (Valero approved only) events in the community and to donate to the United Way. If you don't do either of these things you are harassed by administration until they get you to do these things. You could be the most exemplary employee ever but you don't volunteer as much time and money as they think you should be you don't get your yearly bonus or pay raise.

    The shipping department and scalehouse workers are dumped on. The scalehouse personal are on their feet for 9 sometimes 10 hours a day Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturday with minimal if any breaks at all. The shipping department gets stuck doing all the crap jobs that maintenance doesn't want to have to do. There are a few people in the department who do as little as possible and others end up having to pick up the slack for them and nothing gets done about it no matter how much we complain to the supervisor.

    The people responsible for getting corn into the plant are so poor at getting corn into the plant that the shipping and receiving/scalehouse department gets stuck having to deal with management's problems while management is all at home with their families on the weekends. It would help if the production rate was at nameplate instead of ubove nameplate by an ungodly amount.

    The S&R department has had 4 supervisors in the past 5 years and they still don't have the right person for the job. We are lied to on a daily basis and the employees are told one thing while management is told something different. We get blamed for things that we had nothing to do with and our words get turned around to make us all sound like we're the stupid ones instead of the one who really is.

    I would never recommend this facility to anyone. The favoritism and the "It's my way or the highway" Attitude my local and corporate management is pathetic. Don't even get me started on the HR department. Worst HR dept. I have ever had the misfortune of working with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating you employees like crap and padding your own pockets while they work their butt off. Start listening to the employees when they have problems or when they voice their opinions on things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid working here at all costs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Old Ocean, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Old Ocean, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vacation and health insurance benefits are the only perks. Sometimes a kind customer will slip you a tip.

    Cons

    Managers treat CSR's like crap, yell and insult you, complete nepotism and corruption in every facet of upper management including HR, extorting CSR's for money when product is damaged or for drive-offs, they don't care if you're sick while working, I could go on forever about the hell of working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting store mangers treat employees like crap, provide better oversight and ethics reviewers, hire more workers for shifts, quit covering the butts of corrupt evil managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Worst Job ever!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Co-Workers and the regular customers

    Cons

    Everything else from management, dumb cameras everywhere, mindset and mentality of the workplace, no breaks, no discount for purchases which is unbelievable, long hours (my weekends never existed), low morale, and this place is just horrible!
    Never Again!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wolves in sheeps clothing. I aint no sheep Im a guard dog! Never met people who are so senile! They appear friendly but will doublecross you when it suits them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Within 2 weeks of being hired, I began training for the Assistant Manager position. Since the store I was at already had an assistant manager, the manager would train me on his duties, as well. I loved it! There were no positions available for AM in any store near us, so I stayed as CSR, got better raises because of doing AM and SM tasks.

    Cons

    Once I was relocated, I worked with one manager for a few months before he quit. It was unexpected. I was now "Acting Manager" for this store. I was fine with that, because it got me more experience. Once they hired a new manager, he quit, unexpectedly, after a few months. I talked to the Area Manager about training me to be a Manager for this store. He humored me for a bit. Then, the last SM came in. I ran the store for about 7 months total. When she ran the store, she started upsetting our regulars because she wasn't ordering correctly. I had worked with her multiple times trying to explain what our customers like. She told me "I was brought in here to make this store better, because the girl running it couldn't cut it, so I'm going to do this my way." That was a direct attack at me. They only pay $7.35 when you are hired, and every 3 months you get a review done. The pay raises were: $0.05 for unsatisfactory (which required another review after 30 days. If it was still the same, you were let go), $0.10 for satisfactory, and $0.25 for above satisfactory (which was not to be given out unless you were doing what I did, which is be an AM without the AM pay and benefits). Once I did finally get my AM title, I got a $0.51 raise. Woo....$8.76 to be an assistant manager to a manager that refused to respond to employee's urgent calls, and refused to respond on the 2 occasions our store was broken into. I had to go up there, instead. I wouldn't have minded, but the whole time we are there, we have to be on the clock. Well, that put me into overtime, so I got yelled at for it. I got yelled at because the manager couldn't do her job, so I had to. Then, after finally getting that store in some sort of order, talking to customers and letting them know we were going through a change, basically begging them not to stop shopping with us, and doing everything I could to keep are customer base up; I get accused of stealing. I told them I was not stealing and I asked them to put a camera out where the theft was happening, so they could clear me, and they said it would cost too much. They refused to look at the fact that the theft began as soon as our new manager came in, and just kept saying I did it. For weeks, I fought with them on this. I finally gave up one day, though. I was having constant panic attacks before I worked here, but with everything they were saying about me and the fact that they wouldn't listen to me, it just made everything worse. I finally just walked in and tossed my keys over the counter and let the manager know I wouldn't be returning. I figure, there's no more room for advancement for me here. They think I'm a thief, and even though, I've done everything possible to show them that it wasn't me, they refused to look at anyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to look in the right places when you think you have an employee stealing. Just because someone is the manager of that store, it doesn't mean they aren't stealing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    bad experience

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

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the owner in never there so you will probably feel more comfortable while working

    Cons

    he will over work you with no paid overtime and he will take way too much money when it comes to taxes on your paycheck he will take advantage of you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    he needs to pay better and be more organize with the schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work for Valero, stay away !!!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dish Washer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Dish Washer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Large company. Some benefits are good but management has changed policies without providing advance notice or fairly implmenting changes.

    Cons

    No longer a sense of community/team. Company has become politcal machine, 'it's who you know'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the IT managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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