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Updated February 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Awesome benefits and work life balance (in 330 reviews)

  • 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off is fantastic (in 111 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a struggle once you enter into management (in 42 reviews)

  • Oil and gas companies are in employment reduction stage during economic downturn (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "May be burning out their "Human Energy""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic people who are very professional. Interesting work. If you can manage it, its a good place for a long-term career.

    Cons

    Chevron force ranks all of its employees. Since the layoffs in 2015-2016 it is a very lean company. Force ranking results in some low morale because everyone that is still there is working pretty hard and may feel very devalued when they get forced into a particular box, even if they have made some significant contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop forced ranking. Most experts say it does more harm than good. You have "thinned the heard" over the past couple of years to what I would think are your best folks. Don't you want to keep them around, especially if oil prices start to climb again and you need that institutional knowledge to stay there?


  2. "Standard college-job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chevron part-time

    Pros

    Boss is great, decent hours, easy.

    Cons

    Relatively low levels of hygiene.


  3. "Regulatory specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chevron full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    No offices for most employees

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Chevron has devolved into a dysfunctional bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Culture was great when I started. They encouraged growth, training, and opportunity--but that's mostly ended. However, there's still a desire to keep that in place which is something at least.
    -The 401k match AND pension are pretty much unmatched at any other employer I've heard of.
    -The 9/80 work schedule (one day off every two weeks) is great

    Cons

    -Constant reorganizations, downsizing, job offshoring make this a pretty stressful, unsatisfying place to work as a US based employee.
    -No rhyme or reason to the yearly evaluation process or raises/promotions. People are paid in payscales (PSGs), which are based more on luck and how well you've schmoozed than the actual job you're doing. One person may be paid $100k to do a job, get back filled by someone making $150k (cause that's what they made previously), and then the next person in the role may only earn $90k. I've seen it happen countless times. It doesn't matter how qualified you are to do a particular job, if you haven't locked in the next PSG you don't get paid more to do higher level jobs. I can't stress enough how damaging this process is to morale.
    -Ridiculous cost cutting at every turn.
    -Some people phone it in every day, and others at the same payscale work ridiculous hours. Again, pay has nothing to do with the difficulty of the job or how hard you work. I have friends at Chevron who spend half their day on the internet, others who work until 1 am several times a month. All get paid roughly the same amount.
    -Recent MBA grads keep getting stuffed into the career ladder at the mid-management payscales meaning nobody else has any chance at getting promoted above senior analyst roles. This is something that picked up steam around 2012 and has caused a lot of friction internally. Despite constant offshoring, they haven't scaled back on these programs.
    -People are streaming for the exit. Of the 20 or so people at my level that I'm friends with outside of work, at least 12 have said they're passively looking for other jobs--and 6 of them have left in the last 18 months.
    -The CEO seems like a good guy, but the vibe of the company completely changed when he took over a few years ago. Could just be a coincidence cause I don't have anything against him personally and can't point to anything specific.

    Advice to Management

    Take an honest look at how you're running the Finance organization. It used to be a great part of the company with a lot of bright people, but it's collapsing in on itself. Cost cutting isn't the only metric of success. Promoting from within and giving more opportunity to top performers would go a long way.

    Lastly, pay people to do a job, not based on the payscale grade they happen to be at. If you place someone in a higher level job, compensate them accordingly. Take a look at the development programs. There are far too many people going through them, and they're making gobs of money on the program, only to have half of them leave immediately after finishing. It's wasted money that would be much better spent on people who have been loyal employees for years.


  6. "cashier"

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    Former Employee - Head Cashier in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Head Cashier in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    would like to work for arco ampm

    Cons

    might not have one in my area for a carrer

    Advice to Management

    hard worrking employee dedicated to my work looking to further myself in the company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pumpers"

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    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Midland, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, pension, good co-workers, good relationships with contractors

    Cons

    Hours, shifts, management, favorites, bias, harassment,

    Advice to Management

    Don't be two faced to your subordinates to cover your bonuses, your rear, or your bosses rear.


  8. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Hands off management, uneven work distribution

    Advice to Management

    Take a more hands on approach to developing employees


  9. "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.


  10. "Field Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chevron full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Big company and not enough room for improvement

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with opportunities in many different areas; benefits and pay good.

    Cons

    Look out if the price of oil drops...layoffs start.



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