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

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  1. "Profits the bottom line?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technologist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist in San Ramon, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good flex time options, though you sacrifice a holiday to have it. Diversity in the workforce. Some mentoring happens.

    Cons

    Very rigid, infinite number of processes and the list grows daily. Forced location moves, California to Houston for example, under the guise of business needs, even though its worked fine for decades for me. If you don't fit into the "management" mold, you probably won't get very far.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people trying to do the jobs, don't get so bogged down in the "process"


  2. "Chevron is great for engineers and geoscientist"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High moral of employees. The people of Chevron really attempt to do the moral or right thing.

    Cons

    If you are in business development or marketing, this is not the place for you. The company is very process oriented and there is no value seen in marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Focus on where the money is (upstream) and continue to minimize the downstream.


  3. Helpful (13)

    "There's a lot to like, and a lot not to like . . . so be careful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-career Professional ("Manager" Level) In Downstream in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Mid-career Professional ("Manager" Level) In Downstream in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My review pertains only to the "Downstream" part of the business. Upstream is a whole different world.

    1. Chevron offers excellent compensation and benefits, including a very generous 401-K match and a defined benefit pension. Relocation benefits for new employees and relocating existing employees are best-in-class, but are not quite as generous as they once were. Mid-career new hires receive a level-appropriate vacation day allowance.

    2. Good work-life balance (e.g., most locations, including San Ramon headquarters, feature a "9-80" schedule whereby you have every second Friday or Monday off assuming you've logged 80 hours over the other 9 days in that 2-week period). Pretty loose ship in terms of if you need to leave early, go to dentist, etc. Some people abuse it though (particularly "9-80" days), and this can be annoying if the abuser is a member of a project team with you.

    3. The company invests in training; a great deal of training opportunity is available, and employees have a large say in choosing the training that is appropriate for their goals.

    4. There is a lot of opportunity to broaden your horizons . . . over the course of a career, you could find yourself straying quite far from your educational or professional background (though this may be good or bad depending on your career objectives).

    5. Explorers may enjoy working at CVX owing to the opportunity to travel or work in exotic locations around the world (depending on the nature of your position) . . . though there has been significant belt-tightening lately with respect to travel and expatriate assignments.

    6. .CVX is NOT a hypercompetitive, dog-eat-dog, sabotage-prone kind of environment like XOM (or many other big companies) is purported to be. You rarely see deliberate attempts to embarrass others at meetings.

    7. People are generally friendly . . . senior-most executives greet even "low ranking" employees by name.

    8. Management is quite forthcoming with sharing information.

    9. While some will always complain, IT support is actually pretty good.

    Cons

    My review pertains only to the "Downstream" part of the business. Upstream is a whole different world.

    1. Job security is NOT what you might think it would be in the oil business. There are frequent reorganizations and downsizings in the Downstream and in "support functions". If you care about long term employment stability, be careful about working at Chevron if you are in a discipline that is not core to the day-to-day operations of the company . . . there is a tendency for there to be "flavors of the year" in the various business units as leaders come and go . . . e.g., emphasis on being "Marketing led" this year, "Procurement led" the next, and "Logistics led" the next . . . and as these flavors come and go, there is upsizing and downsizing accordingly within these disciplines.

    2. It is almost impossible to get important decisions made; upper-middle managers seem to be rewarded for NOT making risky decisions, so they waffle and stall rather than take action. On any given relatively straightforward project, there will be a way-too-big project team, a way-too-big group of decision makers, endless meetings, and endless revision & recycling of PowerPoint documents for internal consumption.

    3. Physical office space is not the greatest . . . main campus buildings in San Ramon are dark and cluttered. . . Houston's offices are sterile and inorganic.

    4. While safety must be paramount in operations and field settings, there is an obnoxious and irritating emphasis on personal safety even for office workers. Of course one wants one's employer to be concerned with your health and well-being, but at Chevron it goes over the top to a level of pure ridiculousness. All meetings start with "safety moments" that can go on and on . . . all office-based employees write annual "safety commitments" which are posted on their office doors . . . there are office ergonomic inspections . . . mandatory use of ergonomic software that enforces breaks that'll pop up at inopportune times . . . an idiotic and insane and cumbersome "Loss Prevention System" where there is a formalized process to assess adherence to safety procedures for such matters as "heating food in the microwave" to "walking to your car" . . . If only the shareholders knew how much time was wasted on such pursuits!

    5. As in any large corporation, there is definitely favoritism not rooted in meritorious performance. Certain "favored children" are deemed to be incapable of doing any wrong and are put on the fast track; certain individuals treat their subordinates inappropriately but senior management is either unknowing or oblivious because these same individuals "manage up" very well. When a "level 2" manager is assessing performance of a "lower level" manager, subordinates of the lower level manager are seldom approached for feedback.

    6. Outcomes of performance reviews (done through "forced ranking" sessions amongst managers at each level in the hierarchy) are often as much (or more) dependent on the supervisor (i.e., his or her personality, status, reputation, forcefulness, persuasive ability) than on the employee.

    7. You will need to decide for yourself whether you want to work in an industry that is not exactly beloved by most members of the general public. A lot of the dislike of the petroleum industry is undeserved, but nonetheless there is that taint.

    Advice to Management

    Address the "cons" articulated in this review.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "You won't find a cleaner gas station!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Clerk in Orlando, FL
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is one of the cleanest gas stations that I have ever been in. The customers are all locals and for the most part they are nice and watch out for you. The boss is very hands off, but he expects you to do your work. They pay better at Goldenrod Chevron than most stations.

    Cons

    The management is not considerate of third shifts duties and responsibilities. Management treats first and second shift employees better than the rest because he spends time with them. There is a lot of work to do because it is only a single owner station. There are only 4 employees at a time so there is no calling in sick. No benefits. No vacation pay. Lots of duties.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your third shifters - they are the ones that really keep that store running. I have worked all of the above, but third shift is the hardest and most stressful. Don't ignore some employees for others. Just because someone makes you more money during their shift doesn't mean that they make you more money. Talk to all of your employees about customer service.


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Chevron is one of the best companies to work for. They truly follow Chevron Way behaviors and everyone is willing to help everyone else out.

    Cons

    Some decisions take longer than they should.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Continue developing people and the partnerships in the community.


  7. "Long Term Employment"

    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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Chevron and energy is a great place for long term employment opportunity. Good strong culture and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Would be difficult for experienced hires to fit into Chevron.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to different views.


  8. "Chevron experience"

    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 benefits, pay, vacation, bonuses. Company cares about the employees and wants to ensure that our health and safety is 1st.

    Cons

    One of the primary downsides of working in the HR organization at Chevron is that as an experienced hire they do not value the outside experience and expertise that the employees bring. If you didn't grow up in the organization then you must do your time and earn your way through their process. Additionally, if you arent' globally mobile then it's hard to advance in the hr organization.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the value of expertise that external hires bring to the function. You don't have to grow up in Chevron to be a value to the function.


  9. "Thoughts from less than 5 years experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training programs for new employees.
    Great benefits packages despite marginal compensation.
    9/80 work schedule promotes work & life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in decisions made by senior management.
    Uncompetitive compensation is not effective for retaining top talent.
    Policies sometimes get in the way of business decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Chervon has one of the strongest portfolios of the major oil companies, but needs to retain a talented work force to achieve success in these projects.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Chevron cares about the safety of their employees.

    Cons

    There is a new CEO with a finance background... Can you say job cuts?

    Advice to Management

    The need to be more direct.


  11. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a a great team environment and people really care about working there. You're treated well and the work life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    It's very slow to move on things - lots of processes to go through to get new things established which can be frustrating sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the processes and encourage more innovation.