Chevron Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Well Site Manager

      Oct 6, 2019 - Well Site Manager in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Excellent benefits and resources. Very team driven. Leadership is always making good decisions.

      Cons

      Work life balance for field employees.

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Limited Career Growth and My Way or the Highway Supervisors

      Sep 16, 2019 - Process Safety/Facility Engineer in Covington, LA
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      Pros

      Excellent moving package if you are willing to completely uproot your home life, kids and spouse to move for more money. Good base salaries if you are willing to forget all ethics and be a "my way or the highway" supervisor or employee.

      Cons

      The company advertises multiple career opportunities but then management or supervisors limit career growth for their departments and direct reports. Chevron brands themselves as a diverse and equal opportunity employer, yet supervisors do not preach what they say and will limit their employees in order to keep good people in their team instead of letting them excel in other job opportunities within the company. Many supervisors have a control issue. If you say one thing, they will make you do the opposite just so they can be right. I have heard from peers that the HR hotline number is useless, only creates more trouble and should never be used even though the company promotes the hotline. Inflexible work schedule. The company promotes work life balance yet the decisions rest in your supervisor's personnel interpretation of work life balance. No room for working remotely and your vacation plans are expected to be changed per the supervisor's request for internal fictitious corporate deadlines.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Operator

      Jan 2, 2020 - Operations in Richmond, CA
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      Pros

      Good pay, benefits, pension, healthcare.

      Cons

      No work life balance. 500-1000 hours of overtime. Overtime is mandatory

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great but not perfect company. Fascinating place to work at.

      Jul 4, 2013 - Geologist in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      * Normally good work/life balance (see reservation on this below) * Fabulous benefits and matching funds 401K/ defined benefits, severence etc * Exiting overseas locations *Top notch scientists and engineers to be your mentors and help you develop a fine career toolkit. Really recruits cream of the crop from Stanford, Berkely, Rice, UH, UT, A&M, LSU, Texas Tech, even Harvard and MIT somehow. * Career development process that allows for retraining and change throughout your career both as the industry changes and your desires change; company seems less likely to jettison you if you have a good work ethic but will retrain you instead of lay you off like most energy companies in cyclic downturns * Very results-driven, vs good-ole-boy-network-driven in rewarding and promoting women, minorities, even foreign nationals. Lots of the good ole boys like me complain because we're used to the special priveleges but it's the right thing to do.

      Cons

      * Maddening mandatory project-processes that , while they may prevent rushing into fiascos, can really slow down decision making or kill potentially $-making projects *Normally good work/life balance, but if you really want to be a "hi-pot" and be easily promotable as far as you go, with all the processes and hi-expectations in this top-notch company, you most likely will have to work very long hours - evenings and weekends - and be tethered to you iphone or blackberry. * For young folk, too much recruiting at only the top public ivy's and ivy's and failure to find the diamonds in the rough at the less distinguished or well-known schools.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      One of the best places to work

      Sep 2, 2016 - IT Team Lead 
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      Pros

      Global Company with a lot of focus in reliability and efficiency. Strong focus in taking care of people Ergonomic equipment in every workstation to adapt to each need (e.g. elevated desk, ergo peripherals, etc). Good transparent salary policies and yearly reviews. Promotions based on performance and competencies. Good work environment and work life balance

      Cons

      Not every team has Follow the sun, so you may have to work off hours or weekends from time to time. Given that is a global company sometimes even having follow the sun you may have to connect in strange hours to hold meetings with people in the opposite side of the world. Even when the company is open for improvement suggestions taking those changes into action is really a year or multiyear effort given the company has a lot of burocracy to change processes or implement improvements. And off-course work-life balance gets more affected as you go to management/leadership positions.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company, good management

      Jun 16, 2008 - Team Leader, IT in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Chevron has a really collaborative work environment and everyone is willing to help you if you ask for help. Chevron has also let me move from job to job across organizations so I could get a variety of experiences and I have been given a variety of challenging jobs. Generally top management is also very good. The flexible work schedules are also excellent. I especially like getting every second Friday off.

      Cons

      Like many companies, the quality of first line supervisors and middle management is hit and miss. If you work for a great supervisor you have a great time. If not, then not so good. None of the supervisors are bad but some don't really do a good job managing newer employees. Also, the whole company is extremenly busy and its easy to lose your work-life balance if you aren't careful.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great career combined with genuine work life balance (provided you're in upstream)

      Mar 6, 2014 - Engineer in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Good solid company to work for with a lot of opportunity to grow. Pleasant work environment and I get to work with many bright and motivated people. The management style is also very good in their way of engaging employees and always having an open door policy where you can walk in anytime to let them know what's going - and when the news is bad they don't shoot the messenger. Genuine work-life balance. They respect employees right to a personal life and there's seldom a need to have to work on weekends or late at night. The nine day fortnight system is a fantastic benefit. Pay & benefits are good, probably are some higher paying employers around but when you look at the whole deal (esp working hours etc) I think you'd battle to beat Chevron

      Cons

      All of what I wrote for the pros are about my time working for Upstream. Previously I worked in Downstream at a refinery and it's like working for a different company. Effectively zero career progression and some unpleasant office politics. Probably the worst was the policy of never promoting top level managers from within - always had to be expats or someone recruited from outside of Chevron. Understandably this upset a lot of people who realised there was no chance of ever moving up. Compensation sub par (especially for some technical skills that local management was not aware that they had or even need!) compared to competitors - although in fairness the work life balance was good.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Chevron employee work-life balance does not exist

      May 22, 2015 - Facility Planner in San Ramon, CA
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      Pros

      Good benefits, competitive salary, good training. I met many knowledgeable and professional people. I enjoyed the camaraderie, collaborative environment and multicultural experience.

      Cons

      Company continually talks about work/life balance, but it does not exist; it's all work, all the time. Management expects emails to be read and solutions provided, regardless of day of the week, time of the day or on vacation. Management says they do not want you to come to work if your ill, but will give you a negative review if you take too many sick days. Even if your sick days are related to a serious illness or incurable disease.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Drilling & Completions Engineer

      Jul 21, 2016 - Drilling and Completions Engineer in Midland, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Up to 8% matching for 401K -Good Healthcare Benefits & Programs -Lots of training classes for employees <5yrs experience -Friendly, professional employees

      Cons

      -Nepotism -Very large company means not enough work gets done and it's more costly to do it -Preselect for upper management early on and do not focus on development of other employees as much. -Emphasize work life balance, but realistically expect you to be glued to your phone/email. -They tell you where to work (even if it's in a remote location that you don't want to live in) because it's "best for your career" and then they never move you because it's too expensive to relocate you.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Not the Chevron I joined

      Dec 2, 2015 -  in San Ramon, CA
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      Pros

      Chevron is great about their retirement packages. They emphasize a work-life balance, safety and being ergonomically correct.

      Cons

      What the company says and what they do are two different things. Leaders pay lip service to the values that Chevron once held dear. Though they emphasize work-life balance, employees routinely work more than 50 hours per week. Layoffs have increased the workload of many. Taking time off for personal events is looked down upon. Working on weekends, days off and vacations is becoming the norm.

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