Valero Energy Reviews

Updated March 27, 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
  • 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. store manager and area manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    awesome company, great family values

    Cons

    no complaints, cant think of anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work, and ethics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great company with excellent benefits (Health + 401(K) + Cash Bonus). Location is perfect, cost of living is low.

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    Current Employee - Exempt Employee in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Exempt Employee in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Thoughtful and helpful management, most of the co-workers are friendly, challenging projects, freedom to choose tasks at free time, ample time and resources to learn new technologies and many more.

    Cons

    Even though the benefits are excellent, the take home basic pay is relatively low, not much scope to climb the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the excellent job you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Run of the mill retail service.

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    Current Employee - Lead Customer Service Representative in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Customer Service Representative in Grand Prairie, TX

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

    Pros

    Occasionally you'll meet fun coworkers and customers. Other than that, not too much is a pro. Benefits and pay are minimal, usually starting at a bit above minimum wage.

    Cons

    Dangerous job. No room for advancement. Always lie that you'll get moved up but you never do. Also you can get robbed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more dignity and respect. They work hard for you. Create more advancement opportunities and help them feel safe working here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Fast paced and enriching

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented team
    Exposure to muultiple business domains and technologies
    Relatively less office politics
    Community focussed with strong streak of social responsibility
    Amazing fitness center and well ness center

    Cons

    Teams are highly optimized and lean. Loss of any team member can increase burden on rest of the team.
    Highly orthodox work environment. Dress code is strictly enforced. Jeans is a luxury

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to earn extra week of vacation should be reduced from 5 to 3 years
    Further relax the dress policy. Allow jeans on Fridays.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Great pay as a contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Excellent supervisor; great training and willing to include department for determining solutions

    Cons

    Don't receive same benefits as employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. The atmoshpere is laid back with an emphasis on work life balance. People who perform above expectations are rewarded.

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    Current Employee - Associate Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Associate Process Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Very engaging supervisors and great technical leads on a wide variety of subjects.

    Cons

    For an oil company the compensation package can be less than that of its competitors. Bonuses are very generous but with the market becoming tighter we will see how that effects them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote inter discipline dialogue between the engineering departments. A bigger emphasis has been placed on this issue over the past couple of years and it has been a great experience. Also, make sure to have multiple "roaming" experienced engineers as it is one of the biggest draws that I had to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. A reasonably good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Community involvement, reputation, great bonus program, good hardworking people

    Cons

    extremely lean, no 9-80s, lack of clear career progression plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in 9-80's and you will significantly boost morale and in turn boost productivity. You rating on Glassdoor will improve significantly as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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.

  10. Cashier

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    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
  11. Great experience in a retail/ food environment

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    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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