Valero Energy Reviews

Updated March 31, 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. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Specialist in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Excellent bonus program. The pay is market rate and opportunities for advancement exist in all areas. Would recommend.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of downside other than the fact that it is not a growth industry. The hours can be long and demanding depending on the position. Travel is generally to a refinery which are not in exciting places.

    Advice to Management

    Continue offering great benefits, involvement in the community, etc. It makes Valero a great place in the community and a great place to have a career.

  2. A good company with competitive pay, but the workload is usually heavy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dynamic work environments in a "big business" setting (large-scale projects, relatively large workforce). In an engineering/technical setting, you get to see a lot of different aspects of the jobs, with many different types of equipment to learn about. In Operations, you can see the effects of your labor and receive recognition. In Maintenance, you get to work on big jobs of high importance. Pay is higher than most other industries. Due to the large size of the company (multiple locations), there is a lot of room for advancement/growth if you are willing to move around.

    Cons

    There is always a lot of money on the line riding on employee time/performance, which sometimes creates stress at work with regard to personal time, pressure on people to report good performance, and aggressive schedules for work completion. Due to a large number of workers beginning to retire, personnel are often stretched thin and the site is behind on hiring replacement people to train. The on-going worker training program for hourly personnel needs improvement. Technical/manager training is better, but most of that is done at the corporate office in San Antonio, TX.

    Advice to Management

    Work on investing in the workforce now by hiring people and training them before there is a critical need. The Memphis location is not near a large amount of experienced/trained/educated hourly workers, so we should spend more time developing the talent that is available locally. Work with local schools/colleges to encourage training programs that would help people be more prepared to work in an oil refinery.

  3. store manager and area manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    awesome company, great family values

    Cons

    no complaints, cant think of anything.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work, and ethics

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep doing the excellent job you are doing.

  6. Run of the mill retail service.

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    • Culture & Values
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Fast paced and enriching

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Great pay as a contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Don't receive same benefits as employees

  10. 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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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.

  11. 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 Management

    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.

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