Occidental Petroleum

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7 people found this helpful  

Employer of choice - so long as you are the right person.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Facilities Engineer
Former Employee - Facilities Engineer

I worked at Occidental Petroleum

Pros

Occidentals benefits package - minus pay rate - is one of the best available. Flexible, cost effective choices and extensive support. There are some very talented people who are excellent to work with and are approachable, especially within mid level managment. Flexible work hours.

Cons

Pay is well below other oil and gas operators. Training and development gets very little attention or support, especially from those who should be actively invovled with their employees. Project engineers have very little contol over their work, but are required to take all the responsibilty for any short comings. Politics - HR and management are not above playing favorites and taking advantage of work place hostility to drive certain people out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize performance and ensure that nobody stays in one position too long. This puts up barriers to those below them. Acknowledge that everyone should be equal and hostile environments are not acceptable.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits and pay. Not for technically minded people

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    The benefits/retirement packages are exceptional. Lots of retiring baby-boomers lead to plenty of open supervisory/management positions.

    Cons

    Company offers no technical career path, although they claim it's there. This is a production oriented company. If you value engineering design, new technology, etc, this may not be the company for you. If you like to run a plant, could be a great company. Also, the "do more with less" mentality can be exhausting. Company also wants mobility in its employees. If you arent willing to move, you may be stuck in your position or looked over for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the importance of technically sound process engineers, lab personnel, project engineers. Not everyone can be a production manager.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very top down

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    - get to work for a reputable company
    - decent benefits
    - bonuses are good

    Cons

    - very political
    - performance recognition and responsibilities distribution is really based on whether your manager likes you or not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be less profit minded and more employee minded

    Disapproves of CEO
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