Occidental Petroleum

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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
154 Reviews
3.0
154 Reviews
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
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79 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule and good benefits package (in 19 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule is great and they are good at rewarding their employees with time off and company get togethers (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Hostile work environment, employee favorites and double standards with supervisors and HR (in 10 reviews)

  • Extremely low pay compared to other oil and gas companies (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch out for age 55

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HR Manager
    Former Employee - HR Manager

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Business casual dress, great vacation policy

    Cons

    Since their birth in the 60's they have had a reputation of tossing away talent in clusters when those dedicated employees pass age 55. That practice continues today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions are a mixed bag on internal and external candidates. They have a habit of promoting non-US citizens in violation of federal employment law which states the only way you can do that is if the job is so unique that the promote is the only person anywhere that meets the job requirements. Foul.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Constant change and development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and 9/80
    Work can be busy but not overly taxing
    Environment is friendly and professional but individual experiences I think depend on the team and manager

    Cons

    Not much room for career advancement without some field office experience and an overseas stint. Middle management is hit or miss and not always the best suited for that position (sometimes see promotion on seniority-which is not always a bad thing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more reviews/visits with employees to discuss direction and career goals etc. Being more open with the decision making process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Los Angeles Legal Experience

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Stellar benefits, great salary, and if you had a good boss, generally nice people. Rarely had overtime.

    Cons

    No yearly reviews, not much communication with staff until after the fact of a change, antiquated approach to resolving physical data solutions and software choices. A lot of political nonsense to make attorneys happy whether deserving or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward where due more frequently; communication and sensitive matters were generally handled in an offhand, un-thought-out way at last minute; not enough attention paid to respect for staff. If you had a good boss, all was well -- if not, you were sunk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, little bureaucracy. The company is flexible when it comes an employee's career path. You carve out your own path.

    Cons

    Could have a more structured training program for new hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Odd culture - not for "go getters"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Current Employee - IT Consultant

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced with lots of opportunity to own interesting projects.
    9/80 work schedule
    Good pay/bonus and excellent retirement matching

    Cons

    IT organization is severely under staffed.
    They pride themselves in being lean and nimble which means they don't invest in what many would consider some basic stuff and/or actively shun best-practices. Therefore, many things are cobbled together (putting yet more burden on the IT staff). The culture is very weak and often promotes status quo rather than innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid work life balance, lagging in compensation

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    Current Employee - Land Negotiator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Land Negotiator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, creating new management opportunities for mid career employees, office location is good, solid internship / early career program for most disciplines.

    Cons

    Compensation not really tied to performance, does not fire poor performers, hard to predict the direction of the company, food court in downstairs lobby is overpriced and bad,

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Political Game Play Required

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    If you master the art of politics and can wait out the current management you will do well at Oxy

    Cons

    There is a top heavy 30+ year employee/manager base that with their intermingled life at Oxy make all of the decisions. They can and will destroy your career both within the company at beyond if you do not "play along".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately management is the problem and until they retire in mass there can be no positive change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid, Overworked, No Credit for work accomplishments

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Location off the freeway. Bonus is okay.

    Cons

    Massive turn overs due to bad management. Unbalanced work loads. No room for advancement unless you do a lot of brown nosing. The more you whine and complain the more some "employees" will get less work and get away with doing nothing but collect a paycheck. No credit or recognition for doing your job. Supervisors, are egotistical and unappreciative of hard working employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company's success depends how your employees are treated by your supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    On the down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Assistant  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Management Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This is a profitable corporation

    Cons

    -Bad Management,
    -Class system of employees - those that are exempt versus those that aren't
    -Watch out for those over 55

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -HR should complete assessments of departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Occidental California is the worst oil company I ever worked at in my life, wasted 50 years of work experience, 5 with O

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Engineering Consultant  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Consultant in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are a yes man, you will fit right in.

    Cons

    Occidental demeans its women engineers, wrecks peoples careers and fires people who refuse to lie on reserves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are rated by the public as "wellhead painters" who know nothing and care nothing about wrecking oil reservoirs. Please leave California completely, you are a disgrace to the rest of the oil industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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