Chevron Reviews

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Pros
  • They take excellent care of their employees and exercise work life balance heavily (in 123 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, oil industry salary, job stability (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • compared to competitors - although in fairness the work life balance was good (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Chevron, keep on motoring

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Chevron

    Pros

    stock price & safety culture

    Cons

    I.T. Depts are too Outsourced, & the managers there view the short term approach of Budget reduction by Outsourcing back office I.T. jobs to Offshore Consulting Firms. They save lots in the short run and get paid bonuses, but at the same time, they relinquish ownership of their Tool Kits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont give away the keys to the I.T. Tools

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    MY kind of company, I have found my "home"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    Management truly wants you to continue to learn and there are endless possibilities if you have a degree and are willing to go above and beyond the defined scope of your job. The people that work there are fantastic - I have never had such wonderful coworkers. My supervisor has 15+ years in Oil & Gas and is the most intelligent person I have worked for. Sitting through meetings with some of the upper management present really makes you feel proud to be at Chevron. I have had some great jobs and impressive supervisors, but nothing like what I have at Chevron. When I was hired, sitting through orientation and seeing the Chevron logo on the podium, on the powerpoint slides...I really had to sit back and take it all in. I REALLY was working at Chevron. It has become my 2nd family and I love going to work everyday. I plan to be there until I'm at least 65...I will never look outside of Chevron for another position.

    Cons

    It was hard to jump from the non-exempt to exempt pay grade. Exempt employees have excellent career development opportunities and development plans are detailed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To give non-exempt employees a little more credit. Most of the non-exempt coworkers I had were degreed, intelligent individuals that are just starting their career at Chevron and are excited about working their way up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Human energy is true

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    The people is the best to work with. People care about you in the office.

    Cons

    Lack of direction ahead from management down to employee on terms of direction and where to set priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to mentoring

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chevron is a great place to work, but expect your life to be work.

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    Current Employee - Facilities Engineering  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineering in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    Upper management is visionary and good with communications. There is good job stability; Chevron is not very good at cutting people, just re-assigning them if they get a bad rating. Chevron has a great safety culture and walks the talk when it comes to environment & safety. Managers support time off for family or personal issues if necessary. There are many opportunities to advance and excel at Chevron if you are flexible. They are normally open to cross-functional training and one has a lot of responsibility and freedom on projects. They also have a 9/80 work schedule so every other Friday is off.

    Cons

    Managers expect employees to live to work vs. work to live. I spend a lot of weekends, Fridays off, and evenings working. Most US locations are less than desirable if you expect a good quality of life. Compensation for facilities engineers is significantly lower than petroleum engineers, but many of the facilities engineers have a larger workload. Middle management is less than adequate. There is little communication/sharing between business units. It takes a long time to accrue vacation; one only has 2 weeks starting from college. Have not seen much focus on health, gyms, or child care; culture is geared towards safety but not personal health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support for work-life balance. Less centralization in Houston.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need Supervisor Approval to Get Internet - WTF?

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    Chevron has a very strong safety culture. I feel that management really cares about my well-being.

    There are lots of projects to work on and plenty of work to do. Especially if you are proactive.

    People at the refinery are very nice and down to earth. (However, it is my understanding that this is not the same at the corporate headquarters in San Ramon,CA).

    Management often asks for people's opinions in meetings.

    Management seems to show interest in your career path, and wants what is best for you.

    People don't find issue when you need to take time off for personal matters. They are very understanding.

    Cons

    First - You have to request Internet Access from your supervisor. No one on my team has Internet Access, so I feel lame being the only making a stink about it. My understanding is that you have to have a valid business reason to have it. I'm a recent college grad, and this kind of thinking is nuts! I feel cut off from the world. I'm actually thinking about leaving because this is really a big deal for me.

    People can be way too political. I often hear "did you get approval" to do this or that. I feel like they don't encourage people to think for themselves. They're so concerned about following processes and procedures to stop and think if it's the best way to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow Internet access without supervisor approval.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Chevron is not what it appears to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Chevron

    Pros

    Every other Friday off. Have to work an extra hour each day to do this

    Cons

    Very political. Company is full of lifers who are afraid to make the most simple of decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of dissatisfied people in the lower ranks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work as long as you are aware of the challenges.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    From the top down the company promotes and supports ethical decisions and actions. High ethics can be hard to find in the oil industry. It may sound cheesy but the entire value system is very highly regarded if your personal values match the company values you will find it easier to navigate the company politics.

    Another pro is that there is a major generation change happening right now with lots of retirements across the company. That means lots of opportunities for upward mobility. If you show early on that you are a hard worker who is also committed to Chevron values (the Chevron Way), delivers high quality work and enjoys being part of a team you will get noticed and put on a fast track for promotions or at least good raises.

    For those that may not have the need to continually move up the ladder there are many technical jobs available that encourage good quality work but without the need to move around or always increase rank.

    Many opportunities for travel and high support for continued education in your field.

    Cons

    For an ambitious Gen X or Y employee it can be tough dealing with the old guard and good ole boys network in the south. Not so bad if you work in CA or get placed out of the US.

    Very caucasian company in the US that can get a little lonely for people of color. The leadership says the right things and I think they really do believe in diversity. But I think someone forgot to tell middle management what they should be doing and why.

    Salary is ok but depending on your location the cost of living could eat it up very quick.

    Across the board there is a big disconnect between executive leaders-middle managers-front line employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The most important thing is to focus more on the development of new tallent. We have a lot of bright, new, young employees that we could loose if we do not think of new and innovative ways to retain their tallent. We are unique in the oil industry because we care about our employees but we may loose that competative edge if we don't start committing more energy and resources to keeping young employees, female employees and employees of color.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunities to pursue different roles within one, well managed company. Great focus on employee development.

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    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    Really smart people, lots of opportunity to learn new things, change roles/jobs within one company, work internationally. They really focus on developing their employees and on supporting employee networks, especially diversity networks. Feel very supported on work/life balance issues and have been able to have multiple different alternative work schedules over the years. Strong focus on safety of employees and office ergonomics to prevent injury.

    Cons

    Can be slow moving to change, so large it can be hard to feel like you know a lot of people. At times, can be bureaucratic. Really complex industry that has a steep learning curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your employees. Put in more mechanisms to have a bottom up flow of information. This will be essential for relating to and empowering the younger generation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A follower rather than a leader ; a ship without a rudder

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    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    Chevron has some great people

    Cons

    Average to below average salaries and benefits package. That's what they call being "competitive".
    Watch out for them to pull the rug out from under you when it comes to retirement benefits and paid healthcare in retirement. The carrots have strings attached, and every time you get close, they give the string a little yank -- just enough where you can't yet reach your objective, but not enough where you can afford to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about what Exxon's doing, and find our own path forward.

    Stop with all the time wasting, counterproductive corporate initiatives. When there's a problem, we don't need another feel-good initiative to make it appear as if the problem is being fixed. We don't need a visit from another corporate team to identify problems that we all already know exist. We dont need outsiders to visit for a few days to point out the most obvious solutions, only to (after patting themselves on the back for a successful trip and job well done) dump on us additional workload that includes useless action plans and worthless reporting metrics. What we need is real leadership, and leadership accountability at all levels. A few more bodies in the trenches actually working to solve the problems wouldn't hurt either.

    To be the best, you've got to do more than invent new slogans and give lip service to to the idea. How about paying the best to attract and retain the best.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Stay for the training and experience leave for the career. The Emperor has no clothes and no one speaks up

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    Current Employee - Geologist
    Current Employee - Geologist

    I have been working at Chevron

    Pros

    Experience and outstanding technology. Cultivating the new workforce. They have a very large porfolio of assets and the ability to work a broad range of challenges

    Cons

    You will never get past PSG25 unless you have an inside crony. Older workers are treated like crap. Chevron does not confront problems directly and there is an air of retribution to those who challenge management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive stock awards and restricted stock into levels below 25. The hierarchical aspect of the way they treat stock options/restricted stock awards ect. is reminiscent of the worst part of Texaco.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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