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Not a great one

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Current Employee - Geologist  in  Houston, TX
Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

Pros

Just a job in the oil and gas industry.

Cons

Poor communication between employee and top managers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more friendly

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    growth potential

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    -Not micromanaged. Getting the job done is the most important part. If you can be trusted to get things done on time and correctly you will do better than others.
    -Not stuck in one place. Lots of opportunities to move around (leadership position or to different departments). Good experience in the oil/gas industry.
    -The majority of people get an office. After seeing many different companies this is not very common...most other companies have lots of cubical for certain positions but not at Oxy.
    -Occidental hires high quality employees so it is nice working with people that are driven and know what they are talking about. This includes hiring experienced workers and also college graduates from many different universities. Usually companies stick to one or two universities to recruit at but its obvious they recruit at many universities to find the best potential future employee.
    -Not in downtown. Location of the Houston office is great. Food available in the plaza level for lunch (not free but convenient)

    Cons

    -Lots of changes in every area. Occidental rewards workers that make their positions more efficient but at the same time its hard for workers to do that when they are in a new position all the time. Some people end up happy with the change since they get a better position...others are not so lucky. This doesn't really help employee moral. Regular employees are constantly questioning management about most major decisions. I guess thats how it is at most companies but its seen here quite a bit.
    -Vacation and time off isnt great. Its not a reason not to work here but its a con. Also, gym memberships are not paid for by the company like most others that are similar.
    -Most open positions are not listed online. Like most companies, it helps to know someone. Not always the best idea. Occidental could probably hire some highly qualified people if they would just post more positions that are open.
    -Quite a few people have been fired recently. I'm not saying it wasnt for good reason but it has definitely made everyone nervous. I don't think fear is such a great motivator so hopefully this doesnt become the norm because I think more and more people will be looking for other jobs if it does. (Mostly since they wont want to be stuck with nothing if they do end up getting fired).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the things listed above should be good advice. It would be nice if work-life balance was better with the company. More vacation days, paid time off, etc. Overall its a very nice place to work.

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    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start but could turn to nightmare with bad manager

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    Current Employee - Geologist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    -Lot's of Different Project
    -Had good development plan for short time
    -Experience people are very helpful

    Cons

    -Management does not recognize good work
    -Promotion is very difficult for geologist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Geologist should have separate promoton ladder

    Disapproves of CEO
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