Valero Energy

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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
122 Reviews
3.5
122 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.  

    Fast paced and enriching

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great pay as a contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    A reasonably good company

    • 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

    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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Cashier

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Easy work for and ok pay

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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to learn!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Current Intern - 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

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