Occidental Petroleum

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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
163 Reviews
3.2
163 Reviews
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company that cares about employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    GREAT!

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor (more than an 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
  3.  

    Engineering Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prod in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Prod in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Great support system for young engineers
    Challenging work environment

    Cons

    Less structured training but that can be a positive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Oxy treats its employees very well. Safety is the utmost priority. Very fast turn-around between interview and job offer.

    Cons

    Working in the field can be mentally taxing, but Oxy does their absolute best to prevent this being a problem.

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    Best job ever!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    Great pay, oportunities to move, upper level management (the majority) accepts ideas and suggestions. Your work and dedication are appreciated and acknowledged.

    Cons

    Some red tape on some issues. Some of the managers can be real jerks, not all managers have the skills necessary to be good managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Special Projects Coordinator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Special Projects Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Extremely good to their employees.

    Cons

    Maybe have more employees with degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits, including generous 401k matching, pension, health, short and long term disability, and vacation.
    - Flat organization with few levels of management allows staff to assume huge responsibility and call a lot of shots.
    - Lots of opportunity for resilient entrepreneurial individuals that don't need a lot of structure.

    Cons

    - lean staff means crazy workload.
    - Quality of mid managers varies greatly; can affect performance rating.
    - Rating system isn't always consistently applied. The same growth area may be overlooked completely by one manager, while another focuses too heavily on the same item.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training for younger managers. Overall, most try to do the right thing, but some are clearly torn between politics / pleasing upper management versus growing their staff. Consider implementing 360 appraisals for managers. Otherwise, OXY is really a great company to work for. Benefits far outweigh the negatives.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    they move quickly, you can learn a lot

    Cons

    none really, good company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Oxy Houston is a terrific employer!

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary.
    Great benefits.
    Secured job.
    Annual bonuses.
    Annual raises.
    Everyone here is educated, hard working and intense. If you see yourself like this then Oxy is definitely for you. Anyone looking to collect an easy paycheck though should abstain.

    Cons

    Conservative work environment where only upper management have a say regarding policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider integrating suggestions from those who actually do the work on the ground rather than from those who've only just studied Organizational Management. If your staff consistently tells you they cannot complete a task correctly within a given timeframe, maybe consider integrating their suggestions on how they might be able to do it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic Experience!!!

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company truly cares about their people. As an intern, having only worked 5 days thus far, I have been able to schedule a meeting with the CIO just to talk to him and get to know him more. In addition to that, Oxy is more than happy to fly other interns from various locations as far as Michigan into Houston just for an Intern social event.

    Cons

    My only reserve for this company is they are very focused on their Engineers and International Interns/Employees. Again I have only been here 5 days and we have had 3 pretty major meetings with top management, at two of these 3 the main speaker didn't even refer to my area of focus (IT). They did the activity where they said "Raise your hand if you are an Intern in [Engineering, OxyChem, Geology, from the UAE, etc.]". I guess though this is kind of to be expected with an oil company... I don't need my handheld as an IT guy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of all moving parts of your company (especially of people that get your computers and rigs running).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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