Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule and good benefits package (in 15 reviews)

  • Work life balance only - 9-80 schedule (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Work environment will be used to persecute some people with no accountability (in 13 reviews)

  • High rate of hiring and layoffs without any planning for future oil and gas cycles (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Finance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, benefits, and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Frequent change before efficiencies can be achieved from last change.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more on "why" the changes, more transparency in goals regarding organizational structures.


  2. Better than it has been, and hope for the future

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 is good, don't see as much extra time being put in since oil prices dropped, but they seem to be putting in quite a bit of effort to avoid laying people off. Not perfectly, unfortunately, but not bloodbaths like I've seen in the past.

    Cons

    Terrible focus. The company doesn't seem to be able to stick to anything long enough to see if it works. I think they're calling it 'nimble', but really it's more 'confused'. At my fairly low level, planning more than three months ahead is a waste of time. Also, there isn't much of a mentoring program for all of the young people that have taken management roles. Sink or swim is a philosophy, I suppose, but it doesn't help build a great organization. Last, a very fractured structure, with little or no clarity about roles and responsibilities. We spend more time arguing about who is supposed to look after something than we do getting it done.

    Advice to Management

    Try sticking to something for a while. You might find that you enjoy seeing results. And pay attention to your young managers. Most of them will grow into decent leaders if you support them. Not expecting any change in the structure, though it's desperately needed.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Tough times in the oil and gas industry...

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, 9/80, service credit for past work in industry

    Cons

    Lunch breaks frowned upon; no gym; weird culture (overly severe and strict in "corporate" functions); not allowed to really take much vacation despite being allowed five weeks; terrible bonuses (virtually non-existent); outdated culture and strange, stereotypical ideas about Houston/Texas especially.

    Advice to Management

    Please get more diversity - one female CEO is a great start, but now let's see more trickle down: women, African Americans, Asians, etc. You're way too white-male compared to most of the rest of the oil biz! Practice what you preach - you're not that "innovative" and you're a tad stuffy even though you try hard to "fit in" with Texas. Don't hide your roots - Armand Hammer and all the other "warts" that you believe should be diminished. It's all part of your history. Everyone else (in oil biz) knows it. No sense in covering it up - it's part of who Oxy is. DUH.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    About Average

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and challenging projects. Good technical people that try to do the right thing. Adding more words to hit 20-word minimum.

    Cons

    Treat people like widgets. Terrible locations... Long Beach, Bakersfield, Greenway Plaza... Management is somewhat cut throat.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat people like dirt - that is why you have a revolving door of folks leaving constantly. Pay is not competitive with the rest of industry.


  6. Helpful (3)

    There is a reason they are the only co. with multiple oppenings in the tight Oil & Gas industry.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule. Not a lot of good to say. Great Christmas party. Fexible work schedule.

    Cons

    No direction but pure confusion and fear. Middle manegement has no idea what is coming next which makes it difficult for them to lead. Very young staff who are talented but can only do as told. Older experienced professionals forget it. There is no place for you in this company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Okay start to career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Revenue Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Revenue Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great start to career. Lots of opportunities to try different areas.

    Cons

    Lack of training. Fear to let low performers go.

    Advice to Management

    Stop over loading top performers and hold everyone to same standard. Letting low performers slide makes others fell way under apreciated.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Finance / Accounting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - 9/80s (when you get to take them) - Ok medical / dental benefits - Great 401k program - Great employees at the lower levels

    Cons

    - Antiquated process' made with little thought - Everyone loves to play the blame game, constant verbal abuse from coworkers - Toxic working environment - Bad culture in finance, extremely low morale with little care from the top, you're just a number and very replaceable. - Very limited upward progression - Unfair and unclear compensation schemes

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? Just care more. Finance management could literally care less about the employees. Management has their ideas for you and typically they don't include you in the conversation. Very militaristic and rigid top down structure.


  9. Excellent place to work and great opportunities for advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President: Data and Analytics in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President: Data and Analytics in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible, open work environment. Easy to be heard and demonstrate value.

    Cons

    Difficult price environment, company has not yet established its new identity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  10. Consultant IT, Enterprise Applications Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Manager, great pay, good hours.

    Cons

    Bachelors degree required for permanent position and experience as an equivalent is not considered.

    Advice to Management

    Get upper managment to reconsider experience as an equivalent to a Bachelors degree.for permanent employment.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good benefits

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefit package, at least what is expected at a med to large corp. Comfortable working environment and up to date systems. 9/80 schedule offered with Friday off.

    Cons

    Stiff culture, at least in Houston office, cannot speak for other locations. Work/life balance is questionable. Commute is not the best due to limited options, terrible traffic due to proximity to Galleria, Hwy 59 & loop 610 interchange.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to listen to your employees first and gather all the facts before forming judgement. Be willing to acknowledge need for process improvements.



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