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.  

    Engineering Intern

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    • 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
  2.  

    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.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work schedule (9/80), benefits and overall package.
    Open door policy helps foster a good support group.
    Good location to avoid downtown traffic.

    Cons

    Big disconnect between upper management and new hires.
    Depending on position could have periods of downtime.
    Seems like hard work isn't always rewarded and recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your people, be more transparent, most of all - listen and don't jump to conclusions.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starter job in the oil & gas industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, decent supervisors, company vehicle, somewhat family oriented

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity to advance in career, no clear ethics in West Texas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and develop your employees rather than cramming the "shareholder" view down our throats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job ever!

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    • 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.  

    Oxy is a really great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company takes really good care of their employess. They offer terrific benefits. An overall great company to work for. They are also known for volunteering.

    Cons

    Not too sure of the cons for this company. I was hired through a recruiting agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good pay and bonus structure. 9/80 schedule. I can't really say that there is much more than that to be happy with company.

    Cons

    If you are a West Point guy this is your company. All others stay away. Promotions are not based on experience, talent or any other reasonable expectations. The company claims to be all about safety but some bosses will ask employees to disregard standards and the law. When concerns are raised you are black listed. Managers are often hostile towards their employees. Worst company I have ever worked for. There are way better companies in the industry that pay just as well but treat their employees with respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the military attitude of do what you are told and don't ask questions. Get rid of the bosses and replace with true leaders and this company will flourish once again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Special Projects Coordinator

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    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Oxy California, can only be considered a good company by summer interns and engineers with no exposure in the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production/Operations Engineer
    Former Employee - Production/Operations Engineer

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    9-80 schedule. Location.

    Cons

    Micro-managing, absence of ethics in their business practices, leaders with no leadership skills, no respect for the employees. Low compensation, stingy with expenses including training and corporate events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are the number one asset in any organization. Being yelled at, humiliated, and bullied are not ways to treat employees.

    Additionally, your leaders need to understand the company must work like ONE TEAM, not in a disloyal competition between teams and sub-teams to reach a target without considering the most cost-effective job with bigger return for the whole company.

    Transparency is key in a company,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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