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Helpful (2)

A great company and employees with a challenging culture for non-technical employees.

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Manager
Former Employee - Manager

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

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good benefits, salary, workplace policies and people. A safe and conscientious company with a great record and respect for stakeholders.

Cons

Corporate culture is adverse to pro-active public measures. Staffing is lean for achieving company expectations. Little or no on-boarding and little or no feedback about performance. Employees are fired or denied promotion without explanation.

Advice to Management

Corporate senior management in non-technical departments does not always understand or value the responsibilities of employees at the business unit level and should visit field offices more often and give more feedback.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fast Pace- If you're lazy you will fail here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard to find a large oil company like this that doesn't have a lot of bureaucracy in order to make things happen. If you have an idea or solution that cuts cost or improves the business- you can make it happen here. 9/80s, good benefits, decent bonus program.

    Cons

    Way understaffed for the results expected of its employees. Pay is ok; HR targets 50th percentile. Work/Life balance depends on what group you are in. Some managers really support the 9/80, while others will expect you to work your Friday off or stay late.

    Advice to Management

    You can't make things happen quickly and stay in compliance with policies. Choose one or the other. Policies should be a guideline, not a rule. Some managers/supervisors are policy driven and forget what funds their paycheck- Its O&G Production! Not 100% compliance with policies.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Good or bad depending on your experience level

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Great for new hires, they get unlimited training, good experience, access to top management, experienced mentors and good salaries.
    Good work/life balance.
    Nice offices, not cubicles. Every other Friday off.

    Cons

    If you're mid career or over this may not be the best company for you, leadership positions are given to younger guys.
    Many new hires are oblivious to the fact that high salaries are due to the latest trend in oil prices, they think it's because of their awesomeness, some can be unbearable creating an unpleasant work environment.
    Heavy in politics.
    Limited opportunities overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to technical excellence.
    Pay more attention to experienced staff, they are the hardest and more expensive to replace.

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