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Current Employee - Staff Facilities Engineer in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Staff Facilities Engineer in Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Pros - Good pay
Mentors available
9/80 work schedule
Great bonuses
Managers are not micro-managers
Relax, friendly atmosphere

Cons

Cons – On-boarding process is a bit lacking for new employees. I didn't get a mentor
Huge work load

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    A company with no ethics, integrity or morals.

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    Former Employee - Senior Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Within individual assets, there are numerous opportunities for learning and development. Senior contract staff can help guide you on technical approaches to projects and where you should focus on developing skills. Only financial benefits are recent retention bonuses, but they have now stopped. Young engineers can gain from quick advancement, if not in leadership roles then in pay grade, because the older engineers have left.

    Cons

    Oxys reputation is the lowest in the industry and, as a result, many people have left once they realize why. In fact, the turnover is so large that graduates five years out of college are given the title of senior engineer - which is ridiculous given the level of experience that this position usually requires.

    Oxy is a very cliquish company, with people even slightly different from the archaic culture being driven out. The company makes a show of being safety orientated, but in reality production and the bottom line are the priorities. This can be seen in their safety performance which is another example of the low level of concern for peoples well being - particularly from HR.

    There is a great deal of victimization within the company, with stonewalling on performance reviews being very unproductive. Accountability only seems to apply to certain people.

    Salaries are very low compared to majors such as Chevron and Conoco and, despite Oxys inability to attract talent, pay raises and overall compensation remain laughable. Assets in California and Texas are really the only location options - Libya and Oman being the primary oversees options and North Dakota extremely challenging for anyone in the current oil and gas climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company requires a complete culture change, review of current abusive HR practices and an image makeover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. I have had an enjoyable career at Occidental Petroleum and would recommend it to anyone with a strong work ethic.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The leadership balances priorities such as adding shareholder value and promoting career development well. The employees work together as a team and have a sense of pride in where they work.

    Cons

    Some of the larger oils have more locations to choose from as your career grows but beyond that fact, there is no better large oil company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making smart acquisition decisions and growing the company in the way you have the past ~10 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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