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Chevron Oronite Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. "Research Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron Oronite full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great. Pay is not bad.

    Cons

    None. Love working here


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Be ambitious"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron Oronite full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good 9/80 schedule
    Great personal atmosphere
    Everyone gets a computer and a phone
    Good pay and benefits
    Extremely committed focus on safety
    Recognition and awards system lets you give up to 10 $50 gift certificates to fellow employees every year, free to you

    Cons

    Credentialism- if you don't have an engineering degree or a PhD in chemistry, you may be ineligible for promotions. You will also not be included in projects, so you can't build experience either.

    Communication- some people are very secretive with what they know. They have data and information you need, but they won't share it because they think it will hurt them somehow. You might learn more about the project you're working on from people in the breakroom than you learn from your own boss who's in charge of it.

    Being a contractor is rougher than being an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat lab assistants like a pair of hands. We might get the message that we have no future there and leave.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator in Belle Chasse, LA
    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator in Belle Chasse, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron Oronite (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great potential IF you can get on as a Chevron Employee.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated badly. You can be terminated with no notice and without reason. Also, you are constantly reminded that you are NOT a Chevron employee, despite the fact that you work just as hard & just as long as the coveted Chevron employees. You are never allowed to forget you are a second-class citizen with no power at all.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring contractors BEFORE 'outsiders' because contractors are the ones who do actual work and know the inner workings/politics of the plant. Contractors are routinely overlooked for Chevron positions because of nepotism and nothing else.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Limited advancement"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Ethical company. Big emphasis in doing things the right way.
    Interesting technical challenges
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Technical people face a glass ceiling. It is clear that chances to advance beyond a certain level are restricted. Senior technical experts or even well respected X-technical people don't seem to be put into leadership roles that would be logical.
    Job selection is more based on management than actual contributions. If management likes you then no matter how big the screwup you are rewarded. For the rest-nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Look to peer reviews more than your own flawed view of who is a leader. The system you use today is promoting people who are grandstanding more than real contributions. Put some real experience in charge.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, transparent to about company news to workers, great on self improvement, 9/80, can transition from one job field to another

    Cons

    Some company policies are a bit excessive, taking time away from job duties. Pay was pretty low (my bosses all said the same thing)


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belle Chasse, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belle Chasse, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron Oronite full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They put people first. Leadership focuses on people, safety and performance. The compensation and benefits package are phenominal. I feel very fortunate to work for such a great company.

    Cons

    The growth opportunities can be a bit challenging within Oronite. Work-life balance can also be a challenge based on work location.


  8. "The Best Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Internship in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Internship in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Relevant training
    - A sort of programs and events to develop networking
    - Great people working together
    - Meet with the CEO
    - Challenging projects and opportunity to learn

    Cons

    - Work-life balance was difficult, because there is a great amount of work to develop in 12 weeks


  9. "Chevron Oronite is a good place to work in most all aspects."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellaire, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellaire, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salaries, great benefits (Pension Retirement Plan, 401K Plan, Success Sharing Plan, medical and dental benefits, etc.) Committed Senior Management personnel. Chevron is a great at donating to charitable causes!!

    Cons

    Chevron has an ineffective performance evaluation plan! Conversations with coworkers are filled with complaints from employees and managers alike about the unfairness of the plan being used to evaluate employee performance.

    Advice to Management

    The information under Pros and Cons can be shared with the leadership team.


  10. "Chevron Oronite Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to join if you are just starting out of college. Great training opportunities. You can gain a lot of skills in a very short while if you work at it.

    Cons

    Not recommended if you are joining after being in the workforce for some time. Most likely you will be brought in at a level lower than what you had previously and this really cannot be rectified without resigning and re-applying at the correct level.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people with the desire the opportunity to advance either within Oronite or in other Chevron Operating Companies. These are the people you should want to keep.


  11. "Very good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chevron Oronite full-time

    Pros

    excellent benefits, stability, flexible work schedule, work/life balance

    Cons

    slightly lower salary than competitive companies, promotions slow


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