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Chevron Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
701 Reviews
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Pros
  • They take excellent care of their employees and exercise work life balance heavily (in 141 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, oil industry salary, job stability (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • compared to competitors - although in fairness the work life balance was good (in 14 reviews)

  • Typical, Southern, "Good-Ole-Boy" Network (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior leadership represents the values of the company, including valuing employee development.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Geoscientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Geoscientist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was able to direct my first job change, both timing and destination.
    Diverse earth science functions and opportunity.
    Great company culture with resources for employees to back the company values.
    Opportunities to guide your won career and job rotations.

    Cons

    Internal networking and collaboration is hampered by billable time structure within the earth science profession.
    Best starting benefits are reserved for people who came through the internship pipeline. Internships or work experience at other companies is not always given the weight it deserves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since Chevron seeks to hire a diverse work force they need to do a better job of recognizing the skills and needs of that work force. Place less emphasis on "directly related industry experience" for advanced degree applicants. Interviews should never be with all male or all female review teams. We need an ombuds like system in place to report on behavior to prevent negative personalities from ascending to team lead positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    6-1/2 Year Current Employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deepwater Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Deepwater Team Lead in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and good benefits, option to change jobes every few years to broaden your career. Stable environment, great people.

    Cons

    Work/life balance not bad, but doesn't live up to their rhetoric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more forthcoming and follow your public line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience for the resume!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere! They care so much that you have ALL the tools to do the job you're hired for. The job is challenging enough to keep you interested but not impossible.

    Cons

    As a contractor, I get strung along for the "full-time possibility" ride. Not much team cohesion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because there are young team members, doesn't mean that you can take advantage of their future by stringing them along month to month. Make a move if you want contractors to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company

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

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    ability to progress and worldwide opportunities

    Cons

    have to move at times to progress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with a few issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good starting company with lots of training and career opportunities. Exposure to several different position types early on with their training program, with 2 yr rotations, generally.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very supervisor dependent, everything is so process driven, you erode value with the number of meetings needed to move anything forward. Salaries are low compared to industry. Promotions and advancement are related to how much your supervisor supports you and not actual work merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start retiring and take the old school mentality with you. Not everyone is a single earner with a stay at home spouse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great career combined with genuine work life balance (provided you're in upstream)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good solid company to work for with a lot of opportunity to grow. Pleasant work environment and I get to work with many bright and motivated people. The management style is also very good in their way of engaging employees and always having an open door policy where you can walk in anytime to let them know what's going - and when the news is bad they don't shoot the messenger.

    Genuine work-life balance. They respect employees right to a personal life and there's seldom a need to have to work on weekends or late at night. The nine day fortnight system is a fantastic benefit. Pay & benefits are good, probably are some higher paying employers around but when you look at the whole deal (esp working hours etc) I think you'd battle to beat Chevron

    Cons

    All of what I wrote for the pros are about my time working for Upstream. Previously I worked in Downstream at a refinery and it's like working for a different company. Effectively zero career progression and some unpleasant office politics. Probably the worst was the policy of never promoting top level managers from within - always had to be expats or someone recruited from outside of Chevron. Understandably this upset a lot of people who realised there was no chance of ever moving up. Compensation sub par (especially for some technical skills that local management was not aware that they had or even need!) compared to competitors - although in fairness the work life balance was good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Upstream - you're doing well and have some good people that are well managed. Keep up the good work. A lot of people are envious when I tell them I work for Chevron and ask me if there are any openings. For an oil & gas company it does seem to be doing pretty well regarding public image and perception.

    For Downstream - recommend improving the quality of management and relooking at some existing policies. I've heard the complaint from my new managers in upstream that the traditional feeder system of engineers starting at refineries and then after around 5-8 years moving into the big upstream projects is no longer working because engineers seldom last more then 4 years at refineries before they resign (2 years is around average) Refineries are a great breeding ground to develop engineers that will in future support the big upstream projects, but you need to retain them especially as the need for guys with "plant" experience increases.

    The forced ranking system that you use is outdated is not taken very seriously by staff. Managers also hate having to do it. Most staff know they will come out as average and don't put the maximum effort into career development because the result is a foregone conclusion. Your performance review system is due for an overhaul.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Company

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Work schedule, Mobility, International, Great pay

    Cons

    None. This is a very good company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    30 plus year career with many different challenging assignments; a great learning experience.

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

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong people oriented culture
    Good set of company values
    Opportunity rich
    Great learning environment
    Aspiration, experience and skills will take you far
    Great Benefits
    Massive scale projects
    Energy is important
    Most of what you work on makes a difference

    Cons

    Slow to adopt technology - almost to the "Amish" level
    Process oriented - sometimes to the point of constipation
    Concensus decision making culture - the good thing is that everyone has a say; the bad thing is that everyone has a say
    Too many managers - too few leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers administering a process to grow leaders "We Lead" does not a leader make!
    Senior Leaders are much better than middle managers - middle managers are quite weak.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people and great opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are genuine, good pay relative to other industries, friendly work environment, 9/80 work schedule, and global employment opportunities increase pay substantially.

    Cons

    Secrecy around pay determination process, process can sometimes delay projects, and locations are not always the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall you're doing well.. Reward individuals who execute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome company to work for. Do not hesitate to join if given the opportunity.

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

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chevron goes above and beyond to take care of its employees. This includes above market compensation, benefits, bonuses, employees' safety and well-being, and career-development. People are generally happy to work here. Happy coworkers = happy working environment.

    Cons

    This may be a pro to some, con to some. Performance evaluation is based on a competitive method. Meaning, your performance is assessed relatively to your peers.'

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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