Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Good Money

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    Oxy pays it's employees well

    Cons

    You will spend your entire career in an office

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking youre going to be the next CEO


  2. Helpful (3)

    Good benefits

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefit package, at least what is expected at a med to large corp. Comfortable working environment and up to date systems. 9/80 schedule offered with Friday off.

    Cons

    Stiff culture, at least in Houston office, cannot speak for other locations. Work/life balance is questionable. Commute is not the best due to limited options, terrible traffic due to proximity to Galleria, Hwy 59 & loop 610 interchange.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to listen to your employees first and gather all the facts before forming judgement. Be willing to acknowledge need for process improvements.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good company

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

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Company vision and message is great

    Cons

    Depends on who you report to that sometimes can hurt you

    Advice to Management

    Some have preferential treatment


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  5. Rollercoaster

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people. Decent Benefits. Flexible schedule. Management that I have worked with is approachable and understanding.

    Cons

    They only value their engineers and geologists, they don't show real value to those in support positions. Not a steady place to work. There are lots of reorganizations and uncertainty.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Horrible Company, multiple people leaving

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in South Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 and my co-workers. Outside of that, absolutely nothing.

    Cons

    Low pay, hr is clueless, Management is clueless, No upward movement unless you have a sponsor. The Facilities group is in total chaos. Managers are bullies and running good people off. Look at the reviews... the only people leaving high reviews are people who recently joined the company < 1 year. Constant organization to accomplish nothing. Know people who have been laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it to a major. The current management has no clue. Let your employees do other roles. Stop holding them in same role to rot.


  7. Great benefits, pay so-so, many changes in management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great, offices are nice besides trying to get down Richmond, 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Always changing direction, multiple changes in management and personnel, compensation was on the lower end compaired to other Oil & Gas companies, but HR would say that is not so. Bonuses for Techs are on a completely different (lower level) than any other position.

    Advice to Management

    Motivation was needed, especially during a time when an announcement went out with NO WARNING that our business unit was being sold. It was perfectly timed on the employees Friday off so everyone was in complete chaos on Monday. Hopefully they figured it out after that one.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Never work in this joint

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MEP ENGINEER W/20 YEARS ON MY SKIN in New York, NY
    Current Employee - MEP ENGINEER W/20 YEARS ON MY SKIN in New York, NY

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Oil is cheaper, gas is up !!!

    Cons

    Full of gas up to my neck. Training are you kidding me ??? Every company in the States is coming w/that crap. Years ago was with experience that you were hired, now is, we have people from China, Russia, Ukrainian, they do not a damn thing about nothing but need training. I spent $50,000 dollars in my education and the creeps that we have nowadays in employment and principals of big corporations developed the idea to screw up Americans w/ this immigration and teachings.

    Advice to Management

    With oil and gas getting so cheap, are you willing to pay my salary or management is studying which will be the next scam or Ponzi scheme. Greedy is the name of the word. Look the Russian founder of this company left to his wife; laugh at this : ONE BILLION DOLLARS (1,000,000,000) !! NO! I DON'T WANT TO GO TO LIBYA NOW !!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Work at Oxy has been "interesting" for a lack of better words.

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

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flex schedule, 9/80(every other Friday off), great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move around, "stiff" environment, Not an even playing field for all employees


  10. CONTRACTS SPECIALIST-OXY

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work. A lot of opportunity to learn the Oil & Gas Industry. The 90-80 work schedule is nice.

    Cons

    Workload can be difficult to manage effectively.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to work but little reward

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

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    liked the independence of picking what to work on. People were nice

    Cons

    working extra gets you no where but frustrated. Young people are not promoted due to age. Could not talk to people in the office for fear of being labeled as a talker.



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