Occidental Petroleum

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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
167 Reviews
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167 Reviews
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Occidental Petroleum President & CEO Stephen I. Chazen
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85 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.  

    Oxy is a lovely place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of projects to work on

    Cons

    cant think of any now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    The political minefield they call Occidental Petroleum, where it's not about what you know, but who and saying yes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Professional in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Some good people, decent benefits, flexible work schedule as long as you're working 60 hours per week, there aren't any 980's where I live. They have some good folks but are hemorrhaging them right now to others willing to offer more money, better work life balance and who actually pay for performance.

    Cons

    Politics rule promotions, it's not what you know, it's who. Despite their assertion people are not their primary resource, with all of the reorganization and becoming a smaller company means less people, therefore they overwork the people that are there, use the performance review system to beat people down, are obsessed with head count and would rather pay 3 times as much using consultants to get rid of a direct employee. I can't see how spending 3x more money for the convenience of being able to get rid of someone without having to fabricate a case in the performance review system is a benefit to the company. Low morale in most people who have been there a while and are honest. There is no pay for performance, and anyone that says there is just happens to be on the sunny side of the field for now or is a sacrificial anode. Oxy pays for blind obedience, inner circles are filled with yes men asking what's in it for them, you are expected to push the ethics envelope, not visibly of course and if you don't you become a liability or at best someone on the way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the shareholders know how much money is being wasted on consultants? No. Do you surround yourself with yes men? Yes. Are people really your greatest asset? No. Do you pay for performance? No. You have a number of positional managers, not leaders, but those that rule and sometimes terrorize by position alone. You do not reward leadership or value diversity which includes differing ideas. Ethics are desired but get in the way of the big fish getting what they want, so you stretch the rules a bit to create a double standard that if a regular employee was involved in would get slapped down; enter the yes man, the sacrificial anode, plausible deniability; exit the better employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Awsome company benefits!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice co-workers, excellent benefits and company perks.

    Cons

    Total disconnect between management and subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic Experience!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    This company truly cares about their people. As an intern, having only worked 5 days thus far, I have been able to schedule a meeting with the CIO just to talk to him and get to know him more. In addition to that, Oxy is more than happy to fly other interns from various locations as far as Michigan into Houston just for an Intern social event.

    Cons

    My only reserve for this company is they are very focused on their Engineers and International Interns/Employees. Again I have only been here 5 days and we have had 3 pretty major meetings with top management, at two of these 3 the main speaker didn't even refer to my area of focus (IT). They did the activity where they said "Raise your hand if you are an Intern in [Engineering, OxyChem, Geology, from the UAE, etc.]". I guess though this is kind of to be expected with an oil company... I don't need my handheld as an IT guy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of all moving parts of your company (especially of people that get your computers and rigs running).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was ok

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum

    Pros

    very good work so its good

    Cons

    High stress and life sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    I was told that I wasn't needed anymore, so I started looking elsewhere for a job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GeoTech in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - GeoTech in Houston, TX

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -9/80 schedule
    -health benefits seem to be par with industry
    -early career development program (except it seems to be meant only for certain employees, not all early career employees)

    Cons

    -high turnover-I saw more people come and go rather than come and stay in a similar position to mine
    -below average salary
    -selling off assets (or trying to) will further limit career opportunities
    -disconnect between upper and lower level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had been quite unhappy for awhile, but wasn't looking to leave until the company started selling off assets and I was told I was not needed anymore. Be prepared for more employees leaving because of this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Current employee.

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Location is good. Building is so, so. I've been here several years. I have 30+ years experience. I have a new supervisor and all you have to do is be a yes man and brown nose. Not good for compliance, especially when he/she will report anything to get the work out. It will come back to bite. Yes, I'm looking.

    Cons

    Even if you work 18 hours a day a yes man with years less experience can take your job away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should watch what you RMT's and Team Leads are doing right under your noses. Unless, you don't care as long as it appears OXY is advancing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    The most disgraceful company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance only - 9-80 schedule.

    Cons

    Childish, bigoted work environment. Mediocre salaries and compensations packages. Ineffective, generic performance reviews and none existent training/development. No work ethic, accountability, responsibility or prospects for advancement. Company downsizing due to poor reputation and inability to hold on to professional staff. Petty middle management, prejudice HR policies and victimization of certain people. Extremely limited working locations and poorly managed assets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fresh leadership with a professional background is needed to totally reinvent the company and start over. Don't be cowards when dealing with bigoted employees as this promotes Oxys already shameful reputation within oil and gas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Actually tell my friends not to even apply to come here

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you get to be an expat ( not very easy) your benefits are great

    Cons

    - Currently the perception is that management has no clue what to do with the company, they cut a rig, then two months later ask how much money we need to add a rig, constant business plan changes, never-ending pointless re-orgs !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us what you want to do and we can do it, but define a path for the employees to follow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    temporary assignment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor

    Pros

    Seemed like a very nice place to work. Position was temporary possibly to hire but I had to stop working due to pregnancy complications.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons except maybe difficult to find parking unless you are given access to the company parking area.

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