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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84 Ratings

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 Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and opportunities, great learning experiences, extremely fast paced oil company, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get your foot in the door as a recent graduate. You have to know the right people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well-managed, intelligent employees, good work-life balance, excellent benefits, decent pay.

    Cons

    Relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to Houston which led to hundreds of employees to be laid off in California as well as several employees being relocated to Houston.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great salary and benefits but terrible culture filled with "mafias" which make it impossible to succeed on merit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are wonderful and the 9/80 schedule is great if you work in a department that allows you to actually take the day off.

    Cons

    Facetime required and 9/80 schedule ignored in most offices. The company is filled with "mafias" and failing to recognize the interconnections can be fatal for your career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a mature or professional environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Some locations offer good experience in the field.
    9/80 work schedule.

    Cons

    Significant management issues when treating some people with dignity and respect. Work environment will be used to persecute some people with no accountability. Double standards within the company with regards to accountability. Limited locations for work and projects. High rate of hiring and layoffs without any planning for future oil and gas cycles. Management and HR hold very little in the way of ethics. Fluctuating pay that is rarely competitive with other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a page from the oil and gas companies that are currently setting benchmarks for employee relations. They are blazing the trail while Oxy is headed in the other direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, Good benefits!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    California Operations has a great work environment. Manager push for personal and professional growth while giving adequate direction on projects.

    Cons

    As a upstream company the marketing and public relations side is slim. Also, being a mid size company the availability of locations is also minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More community involvement and being proactive not reactive in the oil/gas industry needs to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company that cares about employees

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    • 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
  8.  

    Great management

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    There is an open door policy at our office, we have great management, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem like there is any room for real advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training so good employees can begin to move up the ladder.

  9.  

    So far so good

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    - Competitive pay/benefits
    - Good people
    - Stimulating environment
    - Lots of valuable experience in the staff

    Cons

    Slow response from HR, seem to be somewhat disconnected with rest of company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great time at Oxy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Dickinson, ND
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Dickinson, ND

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great all around very helpful to new employees.

    Cons

    salary wouldn't be my first choice. id rather be paid hourly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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