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Aera Energy Overview

Bakersfield, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Aera accounts for about 25% of the state’s oil production. The oil we produce enables millions of Californians to travel to work every day, allows businesses to grow and thrive, and helps California-grown food to arrive at dinner tables.

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Mission: At Aera Energy, our energy powers great todays and better tomorrows. Our vision is to lead the industry by responsibly delivering energy and unsurpassed value, creating success for those we touch.

Aera Energy – Why Work For Us?

Formed in June 1997 and jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, we are operated as a stand-alone company through our own board of managers.

We are industry leaders that specialize in tapping heavy oil and other unconventional light reservoirs. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of our production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. We also have oil field operations in Ventura and Monterey counties. Aera produces about 125,000 barrels of oil and 32 million cubic feet of natural gas each day and has proved oil and gas reserves.

Aera and its owners represent almost 100 years of industry leadership and commitment to California. We are characterized by our excellent safety and environmental performance, innovative business practices, application of cutting-edge technology, dynamic company culture, and active community involvement.

Our energy powers great todays and better tomorrows.

We are one of the top oil and gas producers in California, but we’re small enough that you’ll know the CEO. We take pride in being a values-driven company that encourages a healthy balance between work and personal pursuits.

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, then we’re ready for you. Aera is looking for ambitious professionals and experienced industry experts who are inspired to make a real impact.

You won’t just tap oil reserves. You will tap your full career potential.

Only the best

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefit plans that are complemented by an annual bonus program. In addition, you start with four weeks of paid vacation each year, 10 paid holidays each year and a 9/80 work schedule that gives you every other Friday off. Represented positions have varying work schedules and receive at least three weeks of paid vacation annually.

Additional benefits

  • On-site wellness centers
  • On-site fitness centers
  • On-site training courses and development courses
  • Educational reimbursement

Working together to get things done

Aera is made up of a diverse group of inspired people with a common purpose: working together to get things done. Our 1,100 rock star team members are Aera’s most valuable assets. Aera employees often say they feel lucky to work with such wonderful and talented people. What could be better?

Our culture

Aera takes pride in a having a company culture that is both friendly and focused on results. You can expect to work hard on challenging projects within world class processes. Helping you learn and improve is a deep passion of ours, and you’ll receive comprehensive personal support to make sure that happens. We encourage and reward innovative solutions every step of the way.

You can also expect to have time to enjoy all aspects of life. We truly believe that happy, healthy employees are more productive employees. So we help you maintain balance through health initiatives, community volunteerism, social activities and a flexible work schedule.


Aera’s purpose, vision and values aren’t just words printed on pretty paper, sitting on a shelf to collect dust; they are the very foundation of everything we do. We live them every day through our actions and decisions—not because they sound good or it is convenient, but because they are the right things to do. That’s how we do business.


Our energy powers great todays and better tomorrows. 


To lead the industry by responsibly delivering energy and unsurpassed value, creating success for those we touch.


Passionately engaged

  • We value the brightest minds and the boldest spirits. We seek those with a passion for solving problems and a desire to push us and our industry further than we thought possible.

Collectively empowered

  • From day one, Aera’s employees are empowered and accountable to find new ways to improve our company, to make an impact. We seek challenge and fulfillment in our roles, from hire to retire.

Embracing inclusion

  • We respect and genuinely care about each other. We bring our best and whole selves to our careers, balancing life with work. We believe diversity is a strength, and inclusion is vital for the creativity and collaboration that are key to achieving success together.

Challenging convention

  • We exist on the edge of what is and what could be, forever in the pursuit of better. Our diverse perspectives are crucial to continuously improving and innovating, from field to boardroom and everywhere in between. We believe that our most recent achievement is our next opportunity for improvement.

Operating responsibly

  • In an ever-changing world, we seek to pilot a clear path forward. Through our unwavering commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, we continue to deliver results and to challenge ourselves as a company, grounding ourselves in the highest standards of integrity.

Building community

  • Our people and our community are proud to call California home. We do more than just business here — we are active members of the community, as we seek to improve lives outside our walls as well as within.

Aera Energy Reviews

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    Inclusive, Innovative, and Forward Thinking


    Politically challenging environment in California for energy companies

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    Pair older, seasoned employees with younger, less experienced employees would benefit both ends of the spectrum

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Aera Energy Interviews



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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Aera Energy.


    On campus recruiting - The recruiters asked general behavioral questions and I felt comfortable being interviewed. They mainly focused on my resume. Lasted for about 30 minutes. The first round is pretty basic.

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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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