Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Great Company that cares about employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Great management

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

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (2)

    Not a mature or professional environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Great time at Oxy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Dickinson, ND
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Dickinson, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    none


  6. Aggressive and Fast paced

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Given lots of responsibility from Day 1 even if it is something you are not experienced with. They aren't going to spend a lot of time training you, you can request training, but be prepared to hit the ground running. People are generally friendly and helpful. Can be tense/stressful working on large CapEx projects, but I am sure it would be that way anywhere

    Cons

    All that responsibility! It's yours and yours to own. If you aren't keeping up with your work it will be very obvious. Expected to work overtime/late despite being on a salary. Probably my biggest complaint, I understand it is needed sometimes but wish the culture was a little different with regards to this.

    Advice to Management

    Know when to be cheap and when being cheap is just costing the company more. Lots of cost savings measures, but at the same time it seems like sometimes the cheap/fast approach ends up costing the company more than if a little more time and money had been invested up front. More transparency with bonuses/performance reviews, etc.


  7. Fantastic

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Best job ever!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good starter job in the oil & gas industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Could be better

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (6)

    Terrible work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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