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Chevron Bakersfield Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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Bakersfield, CA

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  • Lots of work so work life balance is tough (in 47 reviews)

  • Chevron is an oil and gas company with various Industry fluctuations (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Undetermined"

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    Current Employee - Lease Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Lease Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benifits and pay. Good company culture

    Cons

    Schedule was okay. Pending lay offs

    Advice to Management

    Listen to lower level employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great compensation, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and bonus structure is better than the avg for this region. Strong safety culture and mobility within the company...when the money is there.

    Cons

    Poor management, nothing is transparent, most hirings and promotions are based on the “Good ol Boy” system of who you know is more important that skill set and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate hiring and promotion process, streamline number of employees in the office accordingly to amount of work taking place in the field. Increase transparency with the workforce, not everything has to be kept a secret.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Would go back"

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    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, perks, career ladders, training

    Cons

    Uncontrolled oil market, bias job advancement

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees based on their experiences and knowledge not by who their dads are or who they know. This causes some annimosity Among teams


  4. "Takes care of their employees...."

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    Former Employee - Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Competitive salary, Career development, Advancement opportunities. 9/80 schedule...every other Friday off for some.

    Cons

    Advancement not based on skill set alone....more often than not it's who you know. Company often sends conflicting messages about policy...(ie: take time to be safe..while manager is demanding unrealistic deadlines) All employees compete against one another for bonuses and employs the use of forced rankings...so if you are in a group where everyone excels there will still be those who receive poor rankings because they must have so many of each level.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think ranking....it is very bad for moral. (not saying this due to my own bad ranking...I never received less than a 2+)...also, pay more attention to results rather than who you like. Promote based on actual goal completion etc...


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Business Partner"

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    Current Contractor - Business Partner in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Contractor - Business Partner in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic pay.

    Chevron takes a politically biased approach to diversity. If you enjoy having the bar constantly lowered for you, taking credit for the achievements of others, deflecting accountability to co-workers, and you're either female or non-Caucasian (or both), you'll like it here.

    To be fair, there are a few exceptionally talented and genuinely cordial people at Chevron, and many of them are female and/or non-Caucasian.

    Cons

    The open office environment is an absolute nightmare. Some of us are in tiny quasi-cubicles that are barely a step up from a bullpen. It's very noisy and extremely distracting.

    A lot of the people here are hostile and abusive. I've seen employees literally call business partners stupid, uneducated, and all sorts of terrible things.

    Huge bureaucracy. Due to so many layers of management, it takes them about ten times longer to accomplish anything than it should.

    Work comes in short spurts. Most of the time you'll be twiddling your thumbs trying to find something to do. Then, usually around the end of a phase or towards the end of the year, you'll be given enough work for three people. At these times, you'll be under a huge amount of stress to hurry up and finish everything.

    Chevron takes a politically biased approach to diversity. If you are a Caucasian male and a business partner, this place is going to be even more dreadful. You'll get the lion's share of abuse, anything good you do will be credited to someone else, and you'll be constantly blamed for the mistakes of others. Incidentally, Chevron usually won't hire Caucasian males directly unless they put up with being business partners for five to ten years first.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for Chevron. The thing they do best is waste time and resources, yet they somehow manage to be one of the most successful oil & gas companies in the world. They must be doing something right.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but negative outlook for non-degree personnel."

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    Former Employee - Operational Excellence Auditor in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Operational Excellence Auditor in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, with a great work/life balance. Great people who are committed to excellence everyday.

    Cons

    Currently it is a numbers game for how many employees will be left. Too much focus on college grads, and not enough focus on experienced employees who worked their way up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Look for the best and most experienced employees, not just the employees with a college degree, otherwise you will lose your institutional knowledge and the lack of that knowledge will cause many delays and overruns that will end up hurting your ability to attract investors.


  7. "Intern program"

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    Former Intern - Land in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Intern - Land in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chevron as an intern

    Pros

    - great networking, connection
    - huge autonomy and complexity of projects
    - competitive structure
    - high pay
    - relocation allowance
    - many travel experiences

    Cons

    - slow moving, need so many approvals
    - cyclical
    - the company culture can feel obligatory and can be a little much sometimes..

    Advice to Management

    Great job!

  8. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Safety Culture, Training Implementation, World Class Approach

    Cons

    Volatile Market May Lead To Periodic Layoffs


  9. "Good Company - Too many lay offs"

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    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work for Chevron can be very rewarding, people is generally very good and smart. Work is somehow challenging

    Cons

    Some slackers were not detected in the last 3 rounds of lay offs. You could be doing the same work for a long time

    Advice to Management

    Fire people that doesn't work


  10. "Cares about their people"

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    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Takes care of its people and does everything to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Typical large company, things can take a long time to excute.

    Advice to Management

    Really well done.


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