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Chevron Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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  • "Work-Life Balance was not so easy" (in 52 reviews)

  • "Oil and gas industry goes through ups and downs" (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Richmond, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid and stable business, very good corporate culture

    Cons

    Less paying compared to IT sector's leading companies like Apple, Facebook, Google.


  2. "Exceptionally Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package at Chevron is literally unmatched in any other company or industry that I have seen. I had good managers and bad managers while there. There is mobility there and opportunity there, but they base this on a two year life-cycle which is not ideal in some cases. They put a high regard on development and have a well developed self-improvement program. Chevron has a very specific culture which can either be a good thing or a bad thing. I found the culture rewarding in that it strongly focuses on safety and health, but I also found it annoying in some ways for those exact same reasons. It is hard to describe until you are in the midst of it. But Chevron has a strong culture, and they take it seriously. Most organizations I've been with pay lip-service to their culture, Chevron does not--their culture is taken seriously. Working in IT, I've never experience a good work/life balance in my career, however Chevron has been the best company I've worked at to date for this balance.

    Cons

    It's a very large organization which means it's somewhat bureaucratic. It actually operates as a cooperation which is mostly a negative because it is actually many independent companies working under a leadership organizations (leadership directive?) which means there are many misses in streamlining and drastically increases silos within the organization. Because of longevity of the people that work for the company (a good thing) there is a lot of mindset on outdated logic, process, and procedures, although Chevron recognized this and has been making conscience effort to migrate this and adjust this mindset. There are a lot of restructures and reorganizations within the company as the market for oil constantly shifts and adjusts.

    Advice to Management

    Big oil is a volatile market. Business strategy must always be around planning for lean times with prices in oil markets constantly shifting. Given the controversial nature of oil and also questions about limited future resources, strong investment in greener technologies or other revenue streams should be strongly considered.

  3. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good relaxed work environment. Good coworkers

    Cons

    Job becomes repetitive after a while


  4. "Great work/life balance!"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, great people, everything you need to succeed is in place

    Cons

    Some work locations are not ideal (any oil and gas company), easy to get stuck on low-profile projects that can adversely affect your ability to progress in company


  5. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Attendant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Attendant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the experience

    Cons

    I had to leave to go to school


  6. "Fun, Smart Co-workers, Poor Middle Management"

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

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fellow co-workers. 9/80 schedule, relaxed dress code, flex hours, gym on-site, good employee groups for sports activities, big company with several career paths, R&D path is available for those who like to be close to the technology.

    Cons

    Middle-management really struggles in the following areas at this location, mentoring, succession planning, maintaining morale, talent retention. There are clear favorites who get promoted fast, creating an "us vs. them" feeling. Many of the supervisors lack basic leadership skills and do not help to make their direct reports feel valued. Most of the people that have less than 10 years experience aren't getting paid enough to buy a house in the Bay Area. If they do buy a house, they sacrifice location, resulting in very long commute times.

    Advice to Management

    You need to develop leadership. Promote based more on merrit. When evaluating people in leadership roles for their PMPs (annual performance review), you should be asking their direct reports how they are doing. Last but not least, pay your employees in the Bay Area more because the housing costs are a significant obstacle.


  7. "Overall Experience"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid Benefits, 401K matching, 9/80 work schedule
    Majority of the people that work at Chevron are friendly. Opportunities to move in the US and abroad for some job types. Good ergonomic program. Very balanced opportunities at the entry level and mid-career level. Not just for engineers, they have in-house HR, L&D, Safety positions.

    Cons

    Many of the female managers must be the very best while male counterparts are promoted when just average. Ranking and evaluation system is more about politics and who is liked. People are rewarded for doing non-essential but "shiny" work instead of rewarding solid performers.

    Advice to Management

    Look for an alternative ranking system.
    Add 180 evaluations to supervisor rankings.
    Stop placing people into management jobs that are not experienced simply to give them a way to be promoted.
    Stop thinking that engineers can fill all roles, focus on bringing in professionals with the right experience for roles such as Business, HR, L&D. Teach them the Oil & Gas business instead of trying to "fit" engineers into those roles.

  8. "Top notch company, cares deeply about work/life balance."

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Top notch market competitive benefits package and consistent monthly and annual bonuses

    Cons

    none yet as I have only worked here for a couple months


  9. "Rough place to work"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Weekly pay, good experience in customer service and POS

    Cons

    Benefits, Hostile work environment, favoritism, upward mobility, and lack of recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees to be recognized when they do a good job. Don't leave recognition for only when they make a mistake. This leaves the employee isolated and unmotivated. Provide opportunities to get further training and progress into a career field, otherwise it feels like a dead end job. Actually care about your employees and not just the bottom line.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Great CEO, but Behind the Times and Bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are many pros to working at Chevron in HQ:
    -9/80 schedule
    -Wonderful people
    -The Chevron Way values are real and people stay true to them
    -Great CEO
    -Global work and super interesting projects
    - Lots of opportunity if you are mobile
    - Pension and 401(k) are very good

    Cons

    - Out-dated talent management practices. They still use personnel development committees to pay and rank people, which can lead to great inefficiencies (days upon days spent going over ratings and it leads to a highly political environment while also making employees feel undervalued). It's also so slow that employees don't get rankings and pay increases until many months after the fact. Advice - quickly adopt a more nimble and innovative talent management system. The PMP process is too out-dated and younger employees will not have the patience for this kind of system.
    - Decision-making can be painfully slow with snaking, meetings before meetings, and circling back with stakeholders to a seemingly endless degree. Make a decision and go execute--fail fast if need be. There is such an aversion to risk that it can become mind numbing at times. Again, the younger workforce will not stick around and they are used to and expect a far faster pace.
    - There is a committee looking at how to to become faster and more nimble...that alone is telling. There are committees for literally everything that circle around with little impact and many people on these committees feel they need to critique things for the sake of saying they made a contribution to the committee.

    Advice to Management

    A culture change needs to happen with respect to faster decision-making and managing your talent. If not fixed, you will have a lot of trouble attracting and retaining the next generation of employees - especially in the Bay Area given the war for talent. Your employment proposition is outdated and the benefits have changed a lot (especially LTIP), so they are not as attractive or competitive as they once were for long-term employment. Stay away from so many committees and revamp the ranking process. Calibrate against other innovative companies to remain seen as a top notch employer. It's a great place to work, but there are significant areas that need to be addressed in the near term.