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"Great work life balance but it's tough coping with the bureaucracy."

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Engineer
Current Employee - Engineer
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good respect for Employees and their right to a personal life.
Fantastic Work-Life balance especially the flexitime and nine-day-fortnight system
Decent exposure and opportunities to get in the petrochemical industry.
Can earn a reasonable income without being married to your job and being under constant stress.
If you are prepared to spend some extra time after hours there are good opportunities to develop skills as they have licences to tons of engineering software and plenty of good manuals on design that you can explore and get acquainted with.

Cons

The bureaucracy and red-tape wastes a lot of time and can be very frustrating.
Despite being an international company with many business divisions where i work there are no opportunities to explore or get a secondment to another area / division of the company. Combined with all the red-tape it feels like you get the worst of of both worlds - all the BS that comes with working for a big company but none of the benefits.
Wasting employees time with "token gestures" towards safety - e.g. having to observe someone walk on site and having about 4 managers hassle you about why your observation is late.
As an engineer on the client side you need to think extremely careful about overstaying your time there - if are hang around more than 5 years you may find that you do not have too many marketable skills. Other companies might not be that interested in how many personal safety plans you drew up or how many people you observed walking down the passage.

Advice to Management

Seriously look at how much time gets wasted doing things that don't add value.
Stop the "Power Point" culture that has developed in the organisation.
Focus on real, serious safety things like incorrect P&IDs, badly corroded vessels and faulty level gauges before you worry about the minor issues.
Stop rotating senior managers every few years. Make them stay around to see the results of the decisions they make.

Other Employee Reviews for Chevron

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Profoundly Worst Career Move in my Life"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - If you want to coast along and are a "yes" person, definitely the place for you
    - If you don't mind being treated as a child it is a good place to work
    - Chevron is best in class at ignoring prior work experience and wanting to continue to do things the way they have always been done
    - Broad range of international location if expat role is in your plans
    - Salaries are competitive

    Cons

    - Prior work experience almost a negative because makes your re-programming even more difficult. If one is not a Chevron "lifer", then it is tough to get respect or elevation into the "club" and certainly never obtain a leadership role in the organization
    - Worst/subjective employee appraisal system on the planet. All it takes is one person with mildly negative feedback and your rating will disproportionately suffer
    - Getting the job done well, on time/budget counts far, far less than how the job is done. The balance is extremely twisted
    - Middle and senior management rarely have experience outside of Chevron and this myopia will be frustrating
    - They have turned their project management process into a lethargic beast that does little other than significantly increase project costs and time
    - Chevron seems to be incapable of executing their projects whether major capital or small IT projects on a budget or timescale that most people would consider reasonable
    - High commodity prices let CVX get away with many mistakes

    Advice to Management

    - John Watson is too new to rate but a corporate 24% reserve replacement rate would be an "F" in anyones books
    - Bridge the enormous gap bewteen the Cxx level and Middle Management. Every year the Cxx message asks staff to fucus on execution and delivery (faster, more often). That meassge does not get throgh to middle management who are paralyzed by the consensus driven culture and fear to make a decision in which others may disagree


  2. Helpful (2)

    "You're better off in Upstream"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is generally competitive with a salary + bonus structure that applies to even lower pay grades. At higher pay grades, the bonus structure ramps up and can become significant. Option to work alternative work schedules such 80 hours over 9 days is a big bonus. People are generally of a very high competence level.

    Cons

    Review process for salary and bonus determination has become a bit of a joke in recent years - expect something pretty arbitrary. Opportunities for advancement in non-HQ locations are extremely limited. Downstream is the red-headed stepchild in relation to its big brother Upstream. When Chevron talks about using technology as a competitive advantage they mean in Upstream - Downstreamers can expect to claw mightily for resources with little likelihood of success.

    Advice to Management

    Extend the lip service of people development beyond Upstream. Invest in technology so that management has information to make the right decisions.

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