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.  

    Among my favorite bosses

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    Former Employee - Vice President Natural Gas  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President Natural Gas in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Tom Devins and Bill Klesse were great bosses. The company has great benefits. The offices are beautiful. The company has a strong balance sheet and can close deals quickly. The company values honesty and has great leadership.

    Cons

    The company has partial ownership of many stores (over 1100) nationwide and some could be spiffed up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. You are amazing and continue to make me smile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Not a favorable environment for contractors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Benicia, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Benicia, CA

    I worked at Valero Energy as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent people, although the overall employee morale left something to be desired. Small refinery is convenient and easy to access. Good resources available to help complete the job.

    Cons

    Too much of a police-state mentality. Worst internet policy of any company I've served; basic resources like personal E-mail are considered in violation of computing policies. Company in general does not appear to respect contractors and makes little effort to retain them when the economy heads south. Contractors further receive all employee E-mail invites for venues, picnics, and the like but are never allowed to attend. Unlike every other refinery in the area, the company does not offer a flexible 9/80 work schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for lots of upward potential but expect slow growth upwards.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy

    Pros

    Ability to move upward, competitive salary, great company culture that makes giving back to the community a priority, great perks such as company events and tickets to different events

    Cons

    Slow growth based more on years served then performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward exceptional performance with promotions or raises out of the norm otherwise you gain but fail to retain exceptional talent hurting the company in the long run.

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    Job

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Easy intro job and work.

    Cons

    Feels like wasting time at job, just waiting to get off the shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Salary is too low, they have a high turnover rate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Work and life balance is good

    Cons

    Low salary makes people look for another job in less than one year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more and plan careers people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Despite not having any breaks I enjoyed my time at valero.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Good amount of hours, friendly staff, great customers.

    Cons

    Employees were not given any lunch breaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees deserve breaks when they work hard.

  8.  

    GREAT Benefits, Very Secure, Very Conservative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Best overall benefit package I've ever had. Includes options for long-term care insurance, catastrophic illness benefits, legal plan, vision plan, retirement (7% company 401k match with 100% vesting in 5 years) and defined-benefit pension including retiree health benefit contribution, and superior medical/dental coverage (equivalent of platinum Obamacare coverage).

    Great schedule.

    Annual raises on schedule--even through worst recession years and a period of company unprofitability.

    Company is very community-minded, encourages volunteer work and big United Way supporter, as well as favored local charities in each specific location.

    Comprehensive training and development plans. Promote from within policies. Clear career paths for advancement for those in management, operations, or engineers.

    Extremely strong commitment to worker/workplace safety across the board in a dangerous industry.

    Annual bonuses tied to overall company performance (ranging from 50% to 200% of one month's salary).

    Cons

    Very conservative company dominated by Texas-based headquarters.

    Many highly repetitive, low challenge jobs.

    Little to no opportunity for advancement if not in management, operations, engineering or retail (but that covers most of the company).

    Very bureaucratic/authoritarian corporate culture.

    Many jobs are on 12-hour shifts with mandatory graveyard shifts regularly.

    Very male-dominated corporate culture, with a very skewed ratio of male to female employees in operations, engineering, and management. Good environment for racial minorities; neutral to negative environment for women and LGBT employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make concerted effort to dial-back bureaucratic/authoritiarian culture and do more to promote diversity. Do more to create a positive, supportive environment for women and LGBT employees. HR communication should be better, especially be more honest and transparent when cutting retirement/benefit package to control corporate costs which has been very significant last two years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    boring.

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    Current Employee - Process Operator  in  Albert City, IA
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Albert City, IA

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

    Pros

    the money is alright but sometimes not at all worth it. pretty good people to work with most of the time. benefits are failry good too.

    Cons

    Management will usually treat you like you are retarded unless you actually are, or unless they know you. not great upper management. Pretty boring job on top of that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very friendly culture!

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    Former Employee - Reliability Intern  in  Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Reliability Intern in Ardmore, OK

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and friendly work environment. I didn't meet a disgruntled employee.

    Cons

    moderately disorganized in the refinery because it was previously operated by another company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    From what I have seen well on the retail corporate side Valero does a good job from promoting within.

    Cons

    Very conservative place to work at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with your employees, even if they not your direct reports

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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