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Valero Energy Overview

San Antonio, TX
10000+ employees
Company - Public (VLO)
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero, a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, with approximately 10,000 employees, is an independent petroleum ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Valero gave $1.5 million through the Texas A&M Foundation to support the construction of Valero High Bay Lab in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex (EEC). The new “lab will be truly interdisciplinary, allowing students from multiple engineering fields the opportunity to participate in experiential learning and transformational research,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M Engineering. “Valero is proud of the longstanding partnership with the Texas A&M College of Engineering,” said Lane Riggs, Executive Vice President-Refining Operations and Engineering.

  • Valero has once again been included in Fortune magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies, billed as the “definitive report card on corporate reputations."

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Valero Energy – Why Work For Us?

A Culture that Cares

Since the beginning, Valero has been a part of the life and spirit of the communities it serves. Whether it’s delivering meals to the elderly, mentoring at-risk youth, walking long distances on behalf of a cancer victim or clearing parks of unwanted brush, Valero is always there to lend a helping hand.

  • Valero volunteers throughout the company donate time, money and resources to help improve the lives of those in need.
  • Corporate giving ranges from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children to donations from the Valero Energy Foundation. Learn more in the Community section.

Comprehensive Benefits

Valero offers one of the best benefit programs in the refining and marketing industry and among Fortune 100 companies, including:
  • Numerous choices to meet individual and family needs
  • Large and diverse selection of optional benefits
  • Valuable income and financial security benefits for full- and part-time employees
  • Educational assistance to support professional and personal development


Opportunities for Growth

Valero believes employee development is driven by both organizational and individual needs. Employees are given numerous resources to advance their careers, realize personal enrichment and achieve success.
  • Training curriculum is provided for every level of employee throughout the company.
  • An in-house team of training professionals provides services enhancing individual, team and department development.
  • Employees are active participants in managing their careers.

Inclusive and Supportive Atmosphere

Valero continually works to maintain a work environment that is inclusive and supportive.
  • Valero encourages leadership to maintain an open-door policy with employees at all times.
  • Specialized team development coursesuse assessments, team-building activities and goal-setting exercises to build a positive work environment.
  • Valero participates in diversity programs at local universities.


Environmental Stewardship: A Core Value

Valero has achieved significant emission reductions and made improvements in producing cleaner-burning gasoline, diesel and ethanol-blended fuels. For example:
  • Valero spent approximately $525 million to build a state-of-the-art flue-gas scrubber, one of the world's largest, at its Benicia Refinery in California that is slashing sulfur dioxide emissions by 95 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 55 percent.
  • The company has installed flare-gas recovery systems at its refineries to capture and gather a variety of routine gases that otherwise would be flared.
  • Since 2008, Valero has reduced flaring events more than 60 percent, criteria air emissions more than 45 percent and regulatory reportable spills to land or water by 60 percent.
Valero refineries reduced energy consumption to 0.42 million Btu per barrel of throughput in 2014, from 0.49 in 2008.

Focused on Alternative Energy, Technology

Valero understands the importance of pursuing alternative energy opportunities and using latest technologies to protect the environment.

  • Valero acquired 11 state-of-the-art ethanol plants, making it the first traditional refiner to enter large-scale production of ethanol. Click here to learn more about Valero's ethanol plants.
  • The company built a wind farm in the Texas Panhandle with 33 turbines and capacity to generate 50 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the McKee Refinery next door under optimum conditions and reducing reliance on conventional power sources.
  • Diamond Alternative Energy LLC, a Valero subsidiary, produces "green" diesel fuel from recycled animal fat, used cooking oil and corn oil, in partnership with Darling Ingredients Inc., at a 10,000-barrel-per-day unit at the St. Charles refinery.
  • Valero recovers oil from waste materials and reprocesses it through a method called coker recycle, transforming the oil into high-value fuel and avoiding transportation and disposal of the waste material. In 2014, Valero recycled 5,964 dry tons of this material.
  • Valero recycled 12.7 million pounds of spent refining catalyst material in 2014 that otherwise would be disposed in landfills as hazardous waste.
  • At Valero Pembroke Refinery in Wales, a $35 million upgrade of the sulfur recovery unit and conversion of the plant to natural gas reduced annual sulfur dioxide emissions by 3,000 metric tons. An alkylation process upgrade reduced annual spent caustic material generated by 2,700 metric tons.
  • Plant wastewater from the Three Rivers refinery is treated and provided to the oil and gas industry for reuse as fracking water in the Texas Eagle Ford shale area, reducing use of fresh water.
  • Valero is meeting the important challenge of  greenhouse-gas reduction through careful scientific, economic and technical analysis, and adoption of new technologies. View the company’s greenhouse-gas policy statement.


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    Opportunities to manage your own projects. Very friendly and supportive co-workers. Safety-oriented culture. Company as a whole seems to value their interns and invests in opportunities for them, whether that be projects or networking opportunities. Compared to a lot of my friends who interned at other companies, I felt like I had one of the best experiences due to the type of projects they allowed their interns to be a part of.


    Some days are extremely hectic and some days you have almost nothing to do, but that's somewhat expected in a manufacturing environment. Some job locations are remote.

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    Make the mentoring program more structured. Sometimes my mentor was hard to get in contact with. Other than that, keep up the great work!

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Valero Energy Interviews



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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Valero Energy (San Antonio, TX) in November 2016.


    The process was fun and welcoming. I applied at a career fair and a couple weeks later was scheduled for an interview. It took a while to hear back about results of the interview and I constantly had to call in to find out about updates. Had a phone screen, an onsite interview with 2 interviewers in the room; one asked all the behavioral questions and the other was in charge of the technical questions. Then after offer had to do drug screening.

    Interview Questions

    • There was a good balance of behavioral and technical questions. Mostly technical concepts about OOP and one white board coding question (I think it had something to do with arrays). Although I wasn't informed I would be getting tested on technical knowledge at that stage, I managed to answer all the questions I could.   Answer Question
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Valero Energy Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Most Community-Minded Companies, Bloomberg and Points of Light, 2013
  • America's Most Reputable Companies,, 2014
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2014
  • World’s Most Admired Companies, CNN Money, 2014
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2009
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