Chevron Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Chevron Chairman and CEO John S. Watson
John S. Watson
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance schedule (in 141 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, great work/life balance, they invest in their employees development and training (in 36 reviews)

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

  • the corporation overall (especially certain regions and business units) is a "Good Ole Boy" company and does nothing to change it (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    A good place to work for your whole career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, a great work environment with lots of upward job potential

    Cons

    It's a big company and some things will take a long time to accomplish


  2. Helpful (1)

    Possibly have been my dream job

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Covington, LA
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Covington, LA

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, friendly culture that promotes employee career growth, managers and coworkers respect you. Sincere about work-life balance and wants more people to become "lifers." If you don't like your current job or team, the organization is large and flexible enough to find a place where you do.

    Cons

    Can become a bit dull, culture of wanting to be "the fastest follower" rather than the innovators, culturally conservative and risk-averse. More people are process followers rather than process makers/creative thinkers. Extremely inflexible for international-hire employees or those in certain, more remote locations. Many talented and longer term employees left for other equivalent or better opportunities because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and cultivating talent is admirable, but some flexibility should be allowed if the organization wishes to retain highly motivated and well-trained talent. Some of the larger oil majors have been very successful in poaching those employees who otherwise would have stayed should the organization have been just a little more flexible. Many of them would actually have preferred to stay at Chevron, even if the other employer was offering better benefits or salary.


  3. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chevron

    Pros

    Fun work environment. People are extremely helpful to lend a hand if you need it . Nice people. Nice office

    Cons

    none. with my time at chevron i don't really have complaints from working there. i would recommend the job to anyone wishing to work there

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employers advice. communication is the best part of a healthy work environment. maybe if management spent more time with employees it could solve this issue


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  5. Great company

    Current Employee - Technical Team Leader
    Current Employee - Technical Team Leader

    I have been working at Chevron

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, caring leaders, great safety culture

    Cons

    Lack of urgency at times to make decisions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Chemist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Chevron

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ok starting salary but nothing compared to engineers and union workers
    Good 401K matching (2% contribution to 8% match)
    Pension after 5 years

    Cons

    Extremely poor management
    Office politics are ever present and management will hold you back to ensure you don't succeed
    Union workers (operators and mechanics) will easily out earn you and be offered more career advancement opportunities
    Further education needs to be approved by management, that is it needs to be a business need, although the company says they'll reimburse you for 75% tuition
    Company is definitely more engineer friendly
    Poor career opportunities unless you are an engineer

    Advice to Management

    Managers should learn to lead their team instead of using condescending management buzz words such as "guidance", "feedback", and "learning opportunities." Managers should also learn how to make sound decisions instead of letting the problem linger. They practice avoidance which causes much more problems further down the line.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company, but...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good safety record! Loved the required work breaks . Depending on location, the environment can be friendly. Great work/life balance.In talking with those retired employees, the pension is great.

    Cons

    Nepotism. New Management is only interested in building a power base.

    Advice to Management

    In tough times, hold on to your employees. Cutting cost across the board is not the solution. What happens to the Chevron way ??


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Cashier in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Cashier in Everett, WA

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Had a great team, customer service, cleanliness, quick advancement

    Cons

    Working graveyards, problems wit management when I needed to leave to pick up a sick child

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible especially with families.


  9. Great Place to Work

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work and great people to collaborate with. Lots of job growth opportunities and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Massive company can make progress and decision making slower than some smaller independents.


  10. If you have the opportunity to join the team, take it!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Terminal Operator in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Terminal Operator in Martinez, CA

    I worked at Chevron (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team of operators. High emphasis on safety and employee development, a great full spectrum oil company to work for.

    Cons

    I worked in Research and Development, so the budget was constantly changing. One year they could hire technicians, then they might go five years without being able to hire.

    Advice to Management

    keep a fixed budget for the departments that traditionally have been very up and down, money spent on research is never a bad bet.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Chevron Experience

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

    I worked at Chevron

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Willing to work with your school schedule

    Cons

    Most of the stores do not hire very friendly people or helpful people
    Look out for yourself and learn the job the best you can

    Advice to Management

    Please hold your employees more accountable and be careful about showing favoritism towards certain employees



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