Valero Energy

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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
116 Reviews
3.4
116 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    If you work at a male dominated company in Texas is that an oxymoron?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    In San Antonio there are few head quartered companies, so locally it is considered a great place.

    Cons

    Few or no personal growth opportunities unless they have to with Valero sponsored charities. Professional accreditation's are hard to maintain as academic or other qualifications or certifications are not valued as most employees here worked their way up. Men are rewarded on their potential, women rewarded on deliverables.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The tight grip on spending does not always translate into savings or productivity. Employee loyalty is born from respect, mutual and otherwise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great workplace environment and people

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    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid working here at all costs

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    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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Welcome Ethanol Plant

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    Former Employee - Shipping Operator in Welcome, MN
    Former Employee - Shipping Operator in Welcome, MN

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (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
  10.  

    Very good company to work with.

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place with balance.

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    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

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