Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Zero pros. Lack of technical expertise and runs like a financial company rather than E&P. In the process of dumping it's assets California, Texas, and Middle East.

    Cons

    Poor managament, which is more like no management. Uneducated workforce in the field and in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shape up or ship out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. desktop support

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    great work, great employees, good knowledgable staff, engagin company

    Cons

    not in the UK at the present

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expand to the UK

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great company if it stays stable.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Great coworkers! 9/80 work schedule.

    Cons

    Oxy is in the middle of a reorganization. A lot of things are changing within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Good company, but little flexibility with respect to career development.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    The company gives its employees plenty of responsibility early on and provides opportunities to work in different areas to keep the employee engaged.

    Cons

    The company does not give the employees much input into their career path. There is little flexibility to deviate from the company's suggested career path.

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad environment

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Good benefits. That's about all.

    Cons

    Management exploits employees. They do not properly compensate when moving to more senior roles. Too much red tape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Great place to work!

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    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
  8. Great Opportunities

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    • 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful

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

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    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
  10. Good company, Good benefits!

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    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
  11. Great Company that cares about employees

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    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

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