Occidental Petroleum
3.0 of 5 113 reviews
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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated Apr 5, 2014
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3.0 113 reviews

                             

56% Approve of the CEO

Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen

Stephen I. Chazen

(57 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "9/80 work schedule is great and they are good at rewarding their employees with time off and company get togethers"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Difficult to come up with a pro compared to other oil and gas companies"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Extremely low pay compared to other oil and gas companies"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Management followed stock prices too closely, and it affected the work environment"
    in 7 reviews
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temporary assignment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor

ProsSeemed like a very nice place to work. Position was temporary possibly to hire but I had to stop working due to pregnancy complications.

ConsCannot think of any cons except maybe difficult to find parking unless you are given access to the company parking area.

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good environment.

Revenue Accountant (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

Prosindividual office. meals provided occasionally.

Consnot much cons. Corporate America.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Actually tell my friends not to even apply to come here

Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIf you get to be an expat ( not very easy) your benefits are great

Cons- Currently the perception is that management has no clue what to do with the company, they cut a rig, then two months later ask how much money we need to add a rig, constant business plan changes, never-ending pointless re-orgs !

Advice to Senior ManagementTell us what you want to do and we can do it, but define a path for the employees to follow

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I was told that I wasn't needed anymore, so I started looking elsewhere for a job

GeoTech (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 5 years

Pros-9/80 schedule
-health benefits seem to be par with industry
-early career development program (except it seems to be meant only for certain employees, not all early career employees)

Cons-high turnover-I saw more people come and go rather than come and stay in a similar position to mine
-below average salary
-selling off assets (or trying to) will further limit career opportunities
-disconnect between upper and lower level management

Advice to Senior ManagementI had been quite unhappy for awhile, but wasn't looking to leave until the company started selling off assets and I was told I was not needed anymore. Be prepared for more employees leaving because of this.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Los Angeles Legal Experience

Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStellar benefits, great salary, and if you had a good boss, generally nice people. Rarely had overtime.

ConsNo yearly reviews, not much communication with staff until after the fact of a change, antiquated approach to resolving physical data solutions and software choices. A lot of political nonsense to make attorneys happy whether deserving or not.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward where due more frequently; communication and sensitive matters were generally handled in an offhand, un-thought-out way at last minute; not enough attention paid to respect for staff. If you had a good boss, all was well -- if not, you were sunk.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Watch out for age 55

HR Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat benefits, Business casual dress, great vacation policy

ConsSince their birth in the 60's they have had a reputation of tossing away talent in clusters when those dedicated employees pass age 55. That practice continues today.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions are a mixed bag on internal and external candidates. They have a habit of promoting non-US citizens in violation of federal employment law which states the only way you can do that is if the job is so unique that the promote is the only person anywhere that meets the job requirements. Foul.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Engineer (Current Employee)
Bakersfield, CA

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat work environment, little bureaucracy. The company is flexible when it comes an employee's career path. You carve out your own path.

ConsCould have a more structured training program for new hires.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Constant change and development

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Midland, TX

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat benefits and 9/80
Work can be busy but not overly taxing
Environment is friendly and professional but individual experiences I think depend on the team and manager

ConsNot much room for career advancement without some field office experience and an overseas stint. Middle management is hit or miss and not always the best suited for that position (sometimes see promotion on seniority-which is not always a bad thing)

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more reviews/visits with employees to discuss direction and career goals etc. Being more open with the decision making process.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rollercoaster

Production Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsThe pay is okay and the location is decent.

ConsReorganizations occur every 6 months. Training is lacking. Management is horrible. It is a very hostile working environment for minorities. All that I can say is politics, politics, politics.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Odd culture - not for "go getters"

IT Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

ProsFast paced with lots of opportunity to own interesting projects.
9/80 work schedule
Good pay/bonus and excellent retirement matching

ConsIT organization is severely under staffed.
They pride themselves in being lean and nimble which means they don't invest in what many would consider some basic stuff and/or actively shun best-practices. Therefore, many things are cobbled together (putting yet more burden on the IT staff). The culture is very weak and often promotes status quo rather than innovation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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