Valero Energy Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Valero Energy CEO and President Joe Gorder
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Pros
  • It was a really great work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 5 reviews)

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

  • struggle with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Valero Renewable Fuels

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. Summer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  3. 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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  5. Good Company to work in San Antonio

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - SAP Specialist in San Antonio, TX

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

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

    Pros

    In San Antonio, one of the better employers in terms of salaries and benefits (certainly not the best in my opinion).
    Health and fitness is part of Valero culture. It's implicitly understood that all the employees will be out for a workout during lunch hours. Post lunch meetings are usually scheduled keeping this in mind.
    It offers great work life balance.
    It has relaxed the dressing code in recent years.
    The IT team is of a medium size. Almost everyone is busy with one project after another. Valero is a big SAP client. It leverages a lot out from SAP. There is lot of interesting work, but it does have some mundane stuff that needs to be taken care of as well.
    Valero is a safe company to work with. Its business model is conservative and mitigates risk. Moreover it is the industry leader in the refining field. It does not lay off employees.

    Cons

    Valero is a conservative company. They offer very less vacation time. Work hours flexibility is less. Work-from-home option is not available.
    The pay (salary and benefits) may not seem attractive if compared to an IT organization.
    There can be a bit of micro-management.

    Advice to Management

    Relax the work culture with work flexibility options and vacation time for employees.


  6. Cashier

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy

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

    Pros

    they give good hours weekly and many things to learn

    Cons

    bad schlued timing is not good for students

    Advice to Management

    sudhar jao


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great benefits and safety is number one.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Office in Iowa City, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay
    Bonus
    401k
    Volunteer Committee
    Activities throughout the year
    Good food
    Potential for improvement in areas stated below. All that is needed is taking the time and noticing people's efforts and improvements.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Very little encouragement and trainings need to be tailored to certain people. Communication lacks in all departments. The blame game is often used throughout the plant.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others how you want to be treated! You get respect when you give it and there are people willing to grow and learn you just need to give them the opportunity .


  8. Helpful (1)

    Unhappy employee

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

    I have been working at Valero Energy

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

    Pros

    Good salary good insurance good bonuses

    Cons

    Unsafe poor moral dangerous run down

    Advice to Management

    Think more of employees than profits


  9. good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, MN

    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

    Pay is good for area, company is well regarded in the industry, job security is pretty strong if you are a decent employee.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement with many positions in ethanol segment, upper management tends to be a little micro managy at times

    Advice to Management

    Focus on high level objectives and have more faith in employees for day to day activities


  10. Helpful (5)

    Valero Renewables

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

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is good to great for area, most of the people that work here are decent and hard working. Insurance starts on day one.

    Cons

    Number of hours that operations staff puts in is more than any other department. Management can be bearish to work with and could stand to be a little less ridged.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up Francis, we all have jobs to do and for the most part everyone tries their hardest to complete every task safely and the correct way.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Some good & some bad

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

    I worked at Valero Energy (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, employees, customers, image, some management

    Cons

    Schedule, pay for some, training, workload

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees



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