Valero Energy Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • It was a really great work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Compulsary Donation of 1% to United Way (in 7 reviews)

  • struggle with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. A great starting job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    working at a gas station was a great way to help people, also provide great service. I would say working for valero helps you gain great customer service experience.

    Cons

    The benefits can be better and otherwise working at Valero with minimal education is a great start up.

    Advice to Management

    Valero should have more efficient accent for their employees to help resolve any technical computer issues.


  2. Process Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Refinery Energy Coordinator/Process Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Refinery Energy Coordinator/Process Engineer in San Antonio, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good stable company with strong financial groth

    Cons

    cyclical market of oil refining


  3. APC Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff APC Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Staff APC Engineer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Location, Competitive Salary, good work environment, lots of challenges.

    Cons

    Somewhat uncertain future (this refinery), not a VPP Star Sight (yet), hybridized Control System (at present)


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  5. Car Repair Professionals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Service Cashier/Clerk in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Full Service Cashier/Clerk in Boca Raton, FL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very skilled high end car repair specialists formerly operating as Boca Shell and Boca Valero for decades at the corner of Palmetto Park Roas and Federal Highway. Very fair compensation.

    Cons

    Well below average severance package based on industry average. Adequate air conditioning for inside cashier not always provided at old locale.

    Advice to Management

    Correction of aforementioned cons not applicable to current business model of just repairs without retail gas and convenience store operations.


  6. Store Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Valero Energy (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great bonus opportunities, and benefits. Flexible schedules and transfer opportunites.

    Cons

    Long hours for salary pay. On call 24/7/365.

    Advice to Management

    Cutting labor hours from a store's budget is not a feasible solution to low profit margin.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Valero Renewable Fuels

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Valero Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being a part of the parent company, Valero ETEP for engineers, benefits, access to Subject Matter Experts from parent company, safe place to work, good intern program.

    Cons

    Being micromanaged by all employees in various departments including your own, not a diverse workforce, not being acknowledged for your ideas as they get stolen, most of the ethanol plants are not near major cities, not acknowledged for working in several fields aside from your main duties, higher than normal employee turnover, a sense of entitlement in some of the key workers in all departments, some employees get "pigeon-holed" into an area or expertise, salary/pay is in the lower end of the industry, office/plant/division politics, employment termination can be based on lies, does not have a formal training program for the industry (ethanol production) like the refining division has.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house from top to bottom. This division is a gold mine in all facets of the industry. Some "bad apples" in all areas of the plant are bringing down the integrity and performance of the company's investments.


  8. Supply Chain Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for: good benefits and great perks for the employees (fitness facility, wellness center, cafeteria, etc.)

    Cons

    It is a very bureaucratic and political environment. You have to belong to a network of powerful people to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Let the younger generations have more input in the company's future. Remove some of the power that the IT department has regarding business improvement.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Valero Renewables; Welcome.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Welcome, MN
    Former Employee - Operator in Welcome, MN

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, plant employees are good people and hard workers. Other than these few things; there's nothing else I would consider a "Pro" for this facility.

    Cons

    The way the employees are treated by management. HR department do not have the employees best interest at heart. Employees are forced to donate to United Way and to Volunteer so many hours to a Valero approved group. Women are paid much less than men even though the women has seniority and do the job just as well as a man.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate management needs to take a long hard look at how the local management treat the employees. Local management listen to your employees and stop treating them like they are stupid and beneath you. Stop playing favorites and stop treating good employees like they are trouble makers just because they don't kiss management hind quarters!


  10. Summer Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very well-structured intern program, with opportunities to learn. Great personnel, highly knowledgeable and approachable.

    Cons

    Not any I can think of right now. I'm still in the middle of my internship.


  11. valeroConner store

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

    I worked at Valero Energy part-time (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good flexible schedule, good insurance

    Cons

    Deal with customers and i have to face with the risk of being rob

    Advice to Management

    Need to



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