Valero Energy Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
103 Reviews

3.5
103 Reviews
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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. 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
  2. 2 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great place with balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    First rate company that treats its employees well

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    • 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
  9.  

    Great Place to work at for a college student.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lubbock, TX

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

    Pros

    I loved working here while I was a college student. The hours were very flexible. The manager was the best! the best part about working at Valero was that I was able to work alone and with a team and it always felt like you were your own boss.

    Cons

    The pay was waaayyyy to low. It was my first job, but after working here for a year, my pay only went up by .50/hr. I was a VERY hard worker. Also, my co-workers were there for 5+ years and were only getting paid a little above minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your workers more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    About par for the course.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer  in  Port Arthur, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Port Arthur, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Overall, management has a problem separating their personal favorites from the better performers. Doing so fosters an environment where those on the front line will drag their feet or figure a way to resist, challenge or oppose any ideas from the top just simply out of spite. In times of great operating margins, this results in leaving money (profit) on the table. In times of tight operating margins, this can result in a negative cash flow as opposed to a positive one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great for management to consider being more objective when choosing who to promote into key leadership positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good beginner job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Specialist  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - SAP Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good associates. • Tasked with providing professional services, solutions, and advisory services to over 350 healthcare providers in the areas of Health Information Management, Healthcare Technology, Revenue Cycle, ICD-10, & Finance & Accounting.

    Cons

    Sometimes the compensation structure is not clear. And there problems as you move in the hierarchy.
    Took 2 Weeks into the job before all the payroll paperwork had been done. this made me and my team have to leave site just to get Kforce Paperwork done so we could get paid for the work we had already done. Very Poor planning on their part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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