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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
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    Good benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

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    Very good benefit package, at least what is expected at a med to large corp. Comfortable working environment and up to date systems. 9/80 schedule offered with Friday off.


    Stiff culture, at least in Houston office, cannot speak for other locations. Work/life balance is questionable. Commute is not the best due to limited options, terrible traffic due to proximity to Galleria, Hwy 59 & loop 610 interchange.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to listen to your employees first and gather all the facts before forming judgement. Be willing to acknowledge need for process improvements.

Occidental Petroleum Interviews

Updated Apr 8, 2015

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    Summer Engineering Interview

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    I had an interview on a Thursday afternoon with two young engineers who were both very friendly and nice - they mostly asked behavioral interview questions. The interview took around 30 minutes, and by the end of it I knew it was going well because they started asking me more questions about transportation, et cetera.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked one surprisingly technical question (what's a technical problem you've faced and how did you handle it) which took me by surprise because I was a freshman in college.   Answer Question

Occidental Petroleum Awards & Accolades

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World's Best Companies, BusinessWeek, 2009
America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
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Website www.oxy.com
Headquarters Houston, TX
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (OXY)
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Maersk Oil, ExxonMobil, Chevron

Harnessing its heritage of Western technical know-how, Occidental Petroleum engages in oil and gas exploration and production and makes basic chemicals, plastics, and petrochemicals. In 2010 the oil giant reported proved reserves of 3.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent in the US, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America. Subsidiary Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) produces acids, chlorine, and specialty products; it also owns Oxy Vinyls, the #1 producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin in North America. Occidental Petroleum's midstream and marketing operations... More

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