Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
Stephen I. Chazen
90 Ratings

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule is great and they are good at rewarding their employees with time off and company get togethers (in 15 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, no excessive corporate paternalism like some of the other majors (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Conservative work environment where only upper management have a say regarding policy (in 13 reviews)

  • Extremely low pay compared to other oil and gas companies (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Never work in this joint

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    Current Employee - MEP ENGINEER W/20 YEARS ON MY SKIN in New York, NY
    Current Employee - MEP ENGINEER W/20 YEARS ON MY SKIN in New York, NY

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Oil is cheaper, gas is up !!!

    Cons

    Full of gas up to my neck. Training are you kidding me ??? Every company in the States is coming w/that crap. Years ago was with experience that you were hired, now is, we have people from China, Russia, Ukrainian, they do not a damn thing about nothing but need training. I spent $50,000 dollars in my education and the creeps that we have nowadays in employment and principals of big corporations developed the idea to screw up Americans w/ this immigration and teachings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With oil and gas getting so cheap, are you willing to pay my salary or management is studying which will be the next scam or Ponzi scheme. Greedy is the name of the word. Look the Russian founder of this company left to his wife; laugh at this : ONE BILLION DOLLARS (1,000,000,000) !! NO! I DON'T WANT TO GO TO LIBYA NOW !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  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. 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
  6. 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.

  7. Can't complain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Great people. Nice offices. 9/80.

    Cons

    Very flat organization, mostly lateral moves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Great benefits and really good locations!

    Cons

    Can't really think of anything negative.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Daily uphill battle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    You Can get things done.

    Cons

    Surrounded by a workforce of moderate intelligence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate based on merit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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
  11. I was a summer engineering intern

    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Midland, TX
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Midland, TX

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

    Pros

    The 9/80 schedule was nice, and my group showed they wanted me to succeed by helping me understand new concepts, being patient with my many questions, and taking me out to the field.

    I appreciated the two organized field trips for all interns to Houston and Midland, especially the visit to the oil and gas portion of a museum in Houston.

    Cons

    I would have liked to had more impact. I only really worked on one project, and it would have been better if I could have contributed more. But perhaps that is my fault.

    I did not expect a work start time of 7am.

    There were some problems with communication. The mentors were not clearly told what to expect the first day, and so my mentor thought I would be in a different location that day than I actually was. If such problems exist in HR for interns, who's to say they don't exist for full-time positions? I also witnessed an employee who pulled on the intern he was mentoring to focus on things other than her manager wanted because the manager was located in a different city than the mentor and mentee. This situation put a lot of stress on that intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve HR communication for the first day

    Recommends

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