Valero Energy Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
109 Reviews
3.3
109 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great benefits, relaxed atmosphere, friendly people (in 6 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.  

    Valero

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Opportunities elsewhere sound like they pay more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work if you are interested

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Employees are highly valued, and the professional environment is good. I like the quality and color of their uniform, which you get for free. They are also very conscious about your safety when you work at store, so they give you device that you can connect to related authority in case of emergency. One thing they didn't want at my place was employees working overtime. They have good career advancement opportunities depending on where and how you work.

    Cons

    You won't usually get overtime even if you want. That's one of the reasons I quit, because at that I needed a job that gave me overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High-level managers should communicate to low-level employees or clerks to learn what's going on at what level.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Was in charge of an area in the Los Angels area

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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good training, benefits and salary

    Cons

    Lots of micro-managing taking place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Level Management Has NO Idea What is going on with it's Employees or What They're Good At.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is on par with other refinery's in the San Francisco Bay area. The Benicia Refinery used to be the area leader in pay and benefits but now is satisfied to be an also ran. The CEO cut stock options out for middle management, and promotions are based on far more on popularity than actual competence. Most hourly employees are educated and good at what they do. Senior Management has NO knowledge of what other skills staff their staff has, sadly..., and this is a direct quote from the HR Director "we don't care, we hire them for a specific jobs".

    Cons

    Management only cares about image..., whether it's charity work, or safety...., it's all about the corporate image, if it's a benefit to the company. No real employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great intern program, but definitely not a software company

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    Former Employee - IS Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - IS Intern in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern (less than an 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company

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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 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
  10.  

    Avoid working here at all costs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Old Ocean, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Old Ocean, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vacation and health insurance benefits are the only perks. Sometimes a kind customer will slip you a tip.

    Cons

    Managers treat CSR's like crap, yell and insult you, complete nepotism and corruption in every facet of upper management including HR, extorting CSR's for money when product is damaged or for drive-offs, they don't care if you're sick while working, I could go on forever about the hell of working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting store mangers treat employees like crap, provide better oversight and ethics reviewers, hire more workers for shifts, quit covering the butts of corrupt evil managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company to work with.

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    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training programs were great. Flexible with schedules.

    Cons

    What five words shall I write.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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