Valero Energy

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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
119 Reviews
3.3
119 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.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Everyone is very kind. The culture is open and friendly leading to quality professional relationships. The training staff has helped me become familiar with the HUGE refinery and comfortable asking for help.

    Cons

    The Port Arthur refinery is in a not so pretty part of Texas. It smells. The surrounding community is pretty scary sometimes. Luckily the competitive pay can cover a gated community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd recommend keeping a supply of loaner FRC's to give guests and new hires so that they can start the job with a pair of fitting clothing.

  2.  

    Cashier

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

    I worked at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Good People, Flexible timings, manager was good

    Cons

    Low pay, boring on sundays

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience in a retail/ food environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Easy work for and ok pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Its easy not really do much

    Cons

    Coworkers dont show up or are. Late

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • 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

    Pros

    Great employees excluding current management team.

    Cons

    Management from the top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find your happiness in ways other than firing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Engineering Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, lots of amenities and benefits, great boss

    Cons

    Very introverted working environment, not many young people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to learn!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
  9.  

    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.

  10. 2 people 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
  11.  

    Generally a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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