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big company with small company mentality

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Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer  in  Bakersfield, CA
Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

Pros

- Dynamic
- High energy level
- Most of the people are great to work with
- A lot of opportunities to grow if you are in the right place at the right time

Cons

- Money oriented company
- Sometimes things are changing so fast and people are moved around so often that it breaks the dynamism and efficiency of work environment.
- Too much secrecy in management. Things are kept under confidentiality seal.
- Lack of technical expertise. There are still skilled and experienced people around but they are retiring and/or quitting. Replacement workforce is money/promotion oriented and doesn't care about quality of work.
- Workload is huge because BU is understaffed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

acknowledge technical workforce for their work. have more interface with team members. improve communication link.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Occidental Petroleum

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for 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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