Valero Energy

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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
119 Reviews
3.3
119 Reviews
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Valero Energy CEO and President Joe Gorder
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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.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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.

  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    boring.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Very good company

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

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (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
  8.  

    The manager's are horrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cook in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Cook in Fort Mill, SC

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling. They work with you

    Cons

    Everything else is bad. Very bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Not bad if you don't mind being by yourself

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mesa, AZ

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

    Pros

    I was the overnight guy for a year and there was a hugeee amount of chill time where I'd do nothing but sit in back and watch movies for half my shift after getting all the cleaning and stocking done.

    Cons

    Dealing with stoned teenagers and tweakers all night. you gotta have patience. this is actually the reason I quit. I couldn't stand chasing after beer runners anymore and tweakers coming in telling me their life story while buying a pack of smokes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Started at 8 bucks an hour. got an extra quarter for overnight shifts. so 8.25. a quarter at 6 months and another at a year.

    Our schedules always came out the day the week ended so you'd always have to call or come in to check when you worked next (probably not how most stores are but our management sucked)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    interesting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valero Energy

    Pros

    good company with good benefits

    Cons

    long hours
    struggle with work life balance

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Job experience with a fortune 10 company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Summer Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - IS Summer Intern in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the benefits seem average. If you are the type of person that likes to goof off most of the day, you can do it here. If you just want something significant to help beef up your resume, this is a good place for that.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people who like to goof off most of the day. Not only do they get away with it, they get job offers. The hard workers that I know are left to work a semester at a time with no promise of a job.

    Dress code is business dress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not assume that all college students are "kids" that are lining up at the doors for an opportunity to worship at the alter of Valero. There are other career options available to the talented students. We probably need you a lot less than you need us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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