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Valero Energy Overview

San Antonio, TX
10000+ employees
1980
Company - Public (VLO)
Energy
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. Valero is a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, and it operates ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Last month, Forbes released its list of America’s Best Employers by State. Valero proudly earned the #15 spot out of 199 companies in Texas, reflecting a winning company culture and ‘Game Day’ spirit that celebrates our exceptional employees! There’s no better formula for success. Thank you, Team Valero! #fuelingexceptionalfutures #valeroenergy http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vME4Z

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Valero Energy – Why Work With 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

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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.

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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.


 

Valero Energy Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Great company with good culture, work environment, and benefits."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good compensation, flexible work hours, good working environment, and SME in the industry available for help

    Cons

    TA hours can be long but you signed up for it when joined the company.

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Valero Energy Interviews

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    Customer Resolution Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Valero Energy (San Antonio, TX) in March 2020.

    Interview

    Phone interview was very easy. The interviewer was nice and smooth with asking questions. They asked basic questions about preferred salary and hobbies I was interested in. Basically wanted to see who I was as a person.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe some of your hobbies?   1 Answer
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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, Forbes.com, 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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