Occidental Petroleum

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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good or bad depending on your experience level

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves 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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