Valero Energy Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
104 Reviews
3.4
104 Reviews
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Valero Energy CEO and President Joe Gorder
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great compensation and friendly work environment (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits, relaxed atmosphere, friendly people (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Silently forced into volunteering and giving part of your paycheck to United Way (in 5 reviews)

  • Horrible Management, Very poor work/life balance, blatant favoritism (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great workplace environment and people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Pros

    People, culture, benefits, continuing education and facilities. Hours are great and a lot of flexibility with regards to people with families.

    Cons

    Promotions are based more on time as opposed to performance based. Opportunities to move up are limited, most people end up making a lot of lateral moves to learn something new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider bonus for attaining CPA. Allow greater flexibility for promotion based on performance as opposed to time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good job for college students;although, management is unprofessional, scandalous.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some customers are very nice, can be fun, free refills when working, very minimal supervision ( no one in your face the whole time) which is a good thing because most managers steal, are on drugs, and don't even know how to do their jobs.

    Cons

    Managers steal, majority of workers are on drugs, trashy co-workers, management treat CSRs horrible, trick you out of raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an education, stop stealing, get drug tested. Try to look more professional if you expect CSRs to respect you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great intern program, but definitely not a software company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Intern  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - IS Intern in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great intern program, pay, and atmosphere. The intern program was well setup and built so that you have a fair chance at getting a full time job, and, if nothing else, helps you learn how a corporate environment works.

    Cons

    Since I was doing an information technology internship I learned very quickly that they're an energy company first and foremost, Most of the software that's dealt with is old. They have tons of legacy code, and the bureaucracy is much like any other company as large as Valero is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Welcome Ethanol Plant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shipping Operator  in  Welcome, MN
    Former Employee - Shipping Operator in Welcome, MN

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits! That's pretty much it as far as good things about this facility. There isnt much that is good about the way the employees are treated.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Horrible local and corporate management! HR dept. manager and employees are unfriendly, they do NOT have the back of any employee who goes to them for advice or assistance.They throw employees under the bus for information that was told to them in confidence and help the corporate management come up with bogus information to retaliate and set up employees to charge them with suspension and possible termination. Supervisors are hired because they are friends of somebody in management (its not what, but who, you know or whos butt you kiss that matters). The favoritism that is shown by management is so completely blatant its unbelievable. You are forced to donate money to United Way and to volunteer at a Valero approved event.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites and punishing the employees who are good workers and letting the bad employees get away with murder. Stop setting up good employees and making stuff up to punish them and padding your own pockets in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Massive opportunity for growth
    Benefits are very competitive
    Great coworkers

    Cons

    Must donate to united way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good company to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Texas City, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Texas City, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training programs were great. Flexible with schedules.

    Cons

    What five words shall I write.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    CSR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company and decent wages

    Cons

    Unreliable coworkers who don't show up or quit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire those willing to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place with balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Auditor in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, and caring atmosphere.

    Cons

    Very conservative environment with old values still attached.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    "Great Company...Untill my supervisor ruined it for me"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern

    Pros

    Great Company,Great pay,Great benefits.Great Culture

    Cons

    I think HR need to take the time to talk all the interns one on one and see what they think about their internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you should be more approachable, understanding helpful. i am not a robot with four hands.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    First rate company that treats its employees well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor Design Services  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor Design Services in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Valero is the type of company that attracts long-time employees. The pay and benefits are very good, the culture is professional, but not stuffy and the leadership is commendable. As a supervisor I had rock solid employees working for me, making my job much easier. If you like to volunteer in the community this company has opportunities year-round. There is an on-site fitness facility and a cafeteria so you can eat healthy and exercise and never leave the facility.

    Cons

    Not sure if there are enough career opportunities to reward employees who do good work and stay with the company a long time. Can be somewhat averse to new ideas and doing things differently, but this can also be a good quality at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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