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Former Employee - Staff Reservoir Engineer  in  Long Beach, CA
Former Employee - Staff Reservoir Engineer in Long Beach, CA

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Available to work in CA or overseas if you want to avoid TX.

Cons

The executives enjoys lavish compensastion.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical large corporation - pros and cons as a result

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, of course. The pay rate is better than you'll often get at other places for a similar workload. Everything is laid out in writing - no surprises from HR and no hollering bosses or anything like that. There are plenty of people to share the workload, and in addition to this, there is plenty of money to get hardware/software/consultants as needed. This is an oil company, and it is very profitable.

    Cons

    Cons are those of a large company. You have a specific role. You won't do much outside that role - you will not wear a lot of hats because those are other people's turf. In this sense, your skillset may suffer. You will develop a new set of skills however, and this is of the large corporation, which is something you cannot emulate at a small shop no matter the conditions. There are a lot of formalities and red tape, however, everything is done at a very high quality if you compare that to what is done by other institutions and corporations that are smaller and less formal. It takes effort to get things done - and patience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the best place for a young engineer.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Many experienced people. They pay well, but California cost of living is not compensated for.

    Cons

    Aging workforce. Feel like a number instead of an employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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