Valero Energy

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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
116 Reviews
3.5
116 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It was a really great work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Silently forced into volunteering and giving part of your paycheck to United Way (in 7 reviews)

  • struggle with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience in a retail/ food environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Pay is decent, not alot of managers telling you what to do

    Cons

    Raises are yearly and not much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Easy work for and ok pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Costumer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Costumer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its easy not really do much

    Cons

    Coworkers dont show up or are. Late

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Engineering Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Energy and Gasses On-going Engineering in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Energy and Gasses On-going Engineering in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, lots of amenities and benefits, great boss

    Cons

    Very introverted working environment, not many young people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great managers and mentor program! Really good work culture. Managers care about your work life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of full-time opportunities after internship. There were no full time openings. If your priority is full time after internship this is not the right company to be in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Generally a good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Port Arthur, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Port Arthur, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    - Reputation
    - Strong bonus
    - volunteer promotion

    Cons

    - Career Development
     - Extremely lean
     - Low margin business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining best internal talent while letting mediocre professionals leave if they want to to other companies. Create opportunities to succeed for engineers in all departments by having an internal rotation policy or similar. Ensure consistency in titles across all sites and corporate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern

    Pros

    It was a really great work environment. Enjoyed the people I worked with and definitely learned a lot. I would recommend this opportunity to others!

    Cons

    I really enjoyed everything during my internship.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Valero Welcome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Operator in Welcome, MN
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Operator in Welcome, MN

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits moderate pay other than that there isn't anything good about how people are treated by management.

    Cons

    The Valero Welcome plant is ran by people who look down upon the employees and choose to treat the employees as though they don't know anything. The employees work their fingers to the bone for peanuts while the administration and management's pockets are padded and they take the credit for all of our hard work.

    The employees are forced to volunteer at (Valero approved only) events in the community and to donate to the United Way. If you don't do either of these things you are harassed by administration until they get you to do these things. You could be the most exemplary employee ever but you don't volunteer as much time and money as they think you should be you don't get your yearly bonus or pay raise.

    The shipping department and scalehouse workers are dumped on. The scalehouse personal are on their feet for 9 sometimes 10 hours a day Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturday with minimal if any breaks at all. The shipping department gets stuck doing all the crap jobs that maintenance doesn't want to have to do. There are a few people in the department who do as little as possible and others end up having to pick up the slack for them and nothing gets done about it no matter how much we complain to the supervisor.

    The people responsible for getting corn into the plant are so poor at getting corn into the plant that the shipping and receiving/scalehouse department gets stuck having to deal with management's problems while management is all at home with their families on the weekends. It would help if the production rate was at nameplate instead of ubove nameplate by an ungodly amount.

    The S&R department has had 4 supervisors in the past 5 years and they still don't have the right person for the job. We are lied to on a daily basis and the employees are told one thing while management is told something different. We get blamed for things that we had nothing to do with and our words get turned around to make us all sound like we're the stupid ones instead of the one who really is.

    I would never recommend this facility to anyone. The favoritism and the "It's my way or the highway" Attitude my local and corporate management is pathetic. Don't even get me started on the HR department. Worst HR dept. I have ever had the misfortune of working with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating you employees like crap and padding your own pockets while they work their butt off. Start listening to the employees when they have problems or when they voice their opinions on things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Valero

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

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Opportunities elsewhere sound like they pay more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work if you are interested

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Employees are highly valued, and the professional environment is good. I like the quality and color of their uniform, which you get for free. They are also very conscious about your safety when you work at store, so they give you device that you can connect to related authority in case of emergency. One thing they didn't want at my place was employees working overtime. They have good career advancement opportunities depending on where and how you work.

    Cons

    You won't usually get overtime even if you want. That's one of the reasons I quit, because at that I needed a job that gave me overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High-level managers should communicate to low-level employees or clerks to learn what's going on at what level.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Was in charge of an area in the Los Angels area

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good training, benefits and salary

    Cons

    Lots of micro-managing taking place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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