Chevron Reviews in San Ramon, CA

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
661 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They take excellent care of their employees and exercise work life balance heavily (in 135 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, oil industry salary, job stability (in 35 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.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by smart people. Leaders are very down-to-earth. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is not much to dislike about this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sixteen years in two stints - Technical IT and IT Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Chevron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Breadth of opportunities - geographic, technical, cultural
    Importance of core business to world economic progress
    Generally favorable benefits package, excellent 401K and defined benefit pension provisions
    Respectful and safety-conscious workplace

    Cons

    If you don't want to live in Houston and are a US employee then be warned
    Decision making is too often overburdened with process steps followed for their own sake rather than for the benefit they bring to the quality of decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally I'm pleased with management's direction - the one exception is my extreme dissatisfaction with their large political contributions and the pressure applied to management level employees to support the Chevron PAC even when personal beliefs are in conflict with PAC activities.

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

    generic review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    great company to work for. great benefits

    Cons

    a bit too large & hard to navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance
    Great atmosphere, nice colleagues
    Good opportunities for career development
    Very good benefits and salary

    Cons

    Tend to move people geographically, nature of oil & gas industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Development Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and acceptable salary.

    Cons

    Unfriendly culture and no chance to develop if you don't have the right "sponsor"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the young people int he company - create faster development opportunities.

  7.  

    Friendly people, great compensation and excellent culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Chevron full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Empowerment, Culture, Resources at your disposal, Excellent facilities and state of the art technology, Commitment to excellence, helpful managers and coworkers who want to see you succeed and contribute to group goals

    Cons

    Some software is out of date and difficult to use, sometimes processes feel very static with no room for organic process freedom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me again please

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place for a Long-term Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    This is a very good company that is very sucessful. It is a company with excellent benefits and often employees work for many years if not for their entire career. It is not unusual to hear of parents and granparents being former employees. It is a "process" oriented company, definitely engineering driven. There is a strong comittment to safety and doing business the right way. Very professional environment (San Ramon headquarters)

    Cons

    It is a very big company and one can feel like a number. In recent years they practice a lot of "off-shoring of jobs" which is unfortunate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although this is a "global" company, this is an American company and Americans are good workers too!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Bad experience as a contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Chevron as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart, strong leaders exist in the business units outside of the area I was in.

    Cons

    Poor leaders that showed favoritism to less than stellar performers. Little work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please evaluate your management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good employer but you will end up working in awful place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits.
    Job stability.
    Nice people and team leaders.

    Cons

    Nearly all jobs are awful cities such as Houston, Bakersfield, or Lagos.
    Senior level managers only pretend they listen.
    Failures are always presented as success stories.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build competitive advantage by hiring the best people in geographically attractive locations.
    In the 21st century, there is not need to have everyone in the same place.
    One genius working for you in CA could change the way you do your business, while Houston is home for mediocrity and lack of innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the Best Companies to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics & Operations in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics & Operations in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Extremely passionate about safety and operational excellence. The Chevron Way is a model for how other companies should act. At Chevron, results matter - but they also focus on how you achieved the results. Very ethical and no where near the image that the media portrays it to be and miles ahead of ExxonMobil in terms of culture and business performance. Lots of opportunities and truly global in scope and operations.

    Cons

    The culture can be too nice i.e. people tend to avoid conflicts resulting in missed opportunities for meanigful dialogue. Thereare ongoing efforts by the leadership to promote directness, speed and simplicity but it will take time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the focus on people development for all groups i.e. managing the exit of senior folks and retaining their knowledge and skills within the company, developing new hires and most importantly - taking care of the middle management group who will lead the company into the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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