Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
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. Great Place to Live

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to live, great coworkers, small company feel, not too stressful. Long hours may be needed on occasion.

    Cons

    Management can be hostile at times, limited upward mobility, mediocre pay. Do not upset upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Forgive and forget, grudges are counterproductive. Work with your engineers, don't just give orders! Check-in with your staff on a regular basis, not just once per month or after a deadline came and went. You have some real talent working for you, try to be a friend (or at least friendly) not just a boss. Don't shout orders or your best and brightest will leave you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Finance Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of movement, good benefits, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    Office politics, lackluster raises, slow to promote

    Advice to Management

    Reward for performance, even in downturns, 360 feedback reviews


  3. Great Benefits/People

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HSE Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - HSE Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge company, opportunity to be involved in many different phases of the energy production sector

    Cons

    Because of the size, some sense that you are just a number is obvious

    Advice to Management

    Keep everyone up to date on the latest decision-making to prevent rumors!


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  5. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Great company, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Away from home at my job location. Not all jobs are like that


  6. Helpful (1)

    Staff Accountant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure through out the company 9/80 Great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move around the company if your supervisor won't let you go

    Advice to Management

    Let people move more freely within groups


  7. Average

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Apparently unlimited need for engineers due to mature++ fields. Little direction should suit experienced employee or consultant with prior knowledge of tasks. Massive software budget means many duplicate programs available.

    Cons

    Mostly a geographically restricted production company working on very old oilfields. Can get repetitive. Reliance on contractors or service companies for advanced techniques.

    Advice to Management

    None. Company has been able to reward managers very well using current model. Share price has been kept high by buying back stock. Company (or assets) can always be sold in crisis.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Basic Commodity Chemicals

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Working for a petroleum company has its benefits. Most co-workers have a positive attitude. Pay is a little below average but probably evens our when the benefits are conisdered

    Cons

    Some old school cultural issues, corporate offices often dictate site priorities, its a little frustrating when your recommendations or projects aren't even considered in lieu of other priorities. I suppose that just corporate america at work.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the millennial mindset, people less than 30 never stick with the company because from the top down it is old boys club.


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

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    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Not as good as it used to be

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, everyone has an office, 401k benefit, young people have more opportunities, flexible working hours you can choose to suit your need.

    Cons

    Below average pay and bonus, don't value old employees. Management lack of people skills. Now matter how hard you work or not, you get the same as everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Need to promote right people and train management level with people and communication skill. Need more structures.


  11. Finance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.



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