Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. CONTRACTS SPECIALIST-OXY

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    Current Employee - Contracts in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Contracts in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work. A lot of opportunity to learn the Oil & Gas Industry. The 90-80 work schedule is nice.

    Cons

    Workload can be difficult to manage effectively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great benefits, pay so-so, many changes in management.

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, offices are nice besides trying to get down Richmond, 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Always changing direction, multiple changes in management and personnel, compensation was on the lower end compaired to other Oil & Gas companies, but HR would say that is not so. Bonuses for Techs are on a completely different (lower level) than any other position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivation was needed, especially during a time when an announcement went out with NO WARNING that our business unit was being sold. It was perfectly timed on the employees Friday off so everyone was in complete chaos on Monday. Hopefully they figured it out after that one.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Work at Oxy has been "interesting" for a lack of better words.

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

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

    Pros

    Flex schedule, 9/80(every other Friday off), great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move around, "stiff" environment, Not an even playing field for all employees

    Negative Outlook
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  5. Ok place to work but little reward

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    liked the independence of picking what to work on. People were nice

    Cons

    working extra gets you no where but frustrated. Young people are not promoted due to age. Could not talk to people in the office for fear of being labeled as a talker.

  6. IT Intern

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    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    IT intern are given meaningful projects to work on. The projects are based on current business needs and the solutions are given serious consideration by management. Interns are provided with access to the tools required to perform their assigned projects.

    Cons

    The internship program is really geared toward recruiting and retaining engineers. IT interns seem to be more disposable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invite IT interns back, engineers are not the only critical human resource.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. desktop support

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    great work, great employees, good knowledgable staff, engagin company

    Cons

    not in the UK at the present

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expand to the UK

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad environment

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Good benefits. That's about all.

    Cons

    Management exploits employees. They do not properly compensate when moving to more senior roles. Too much red tape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great Company that cares about employees

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    Current Employee - Buyer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Oxy ties it's compensation to the other companies in the industry and tries to be one of the better compensators. flexibility of schedules allows for a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The average age of employees is higher, but it is not necessarily a bad thing as it brings growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. GREAT!

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are great. The managers are honest, intelligent, genuinely nice, and caring people. The building isn't as nice as some others I've been in, the pay isn't quite as high, but this is by far the best place I've worked. The people are great, the managers are great, they treat you like a person, not a worker drone.

    Cons

    None really. Personally I dislike the 9/80 work schedule because I'm a single parent, but other than that I have no complaints. My only complaint was that I wasn't able to become a permanent employee with them when my contract ran out. I really would have liked to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great work schedule (9/80), benefits and overall package.
    Open door policy helps foster a good support group.
    Good location to avoid downtown traffic.

    Cons

    Big disconnect between upper management and new hires.
    Depending on position could have periods of downtime.
    Seems like hard work isn't always rewarded and recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your people, be more transparent, most of all - listen and don't jump to conclusions.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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