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Helpful (5)

"Good or bad depending on your experience level"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Great for new hires, they get unlimited training, good experience, access to top management, experienced mentors and good salaries.
Good work/life balance.
Nice offices, not cubicles. Every other Friday off.

Cons

If you're mid career or over this may not be the best company for you, leadership positions are given to younger guys.
Many new hires are oblivious to the fact that high salaries are due to the latest trend in oil prices, they think it's because of their awesomeness, some can be unbearable creating an unpleasant work environment.
Heavy in politics.
Limited opportunities overseas.

Advice to Management

Go back to technical excellence.
Pay more attention to experienced staff, they are the hardest and more expensive to replace.

Other Employee Reviews for Occidental Petroleum

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fast Pace- If you're lazy you will fail here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard to find a large oil company like this that doesn't have a lot of bureaucracy in order to make things happen. If you have an idea or solution that cuts cost or improves the business- you can make it happen here. 9/80s, good benefits, decent bonus program.

    Cons

    Way understaffed for the results expected of its employees. Pay is ok; HR targets 50th percentile. Work/Life balance depends on what group you are in. Some managers really support the 9/80, while others will expect you to work your Friday off or stay late.

    Advice to Management

    You can't make things happen quickly and stay in compliance with policies. Choose one or the other. Policies should be a guideline, not a rule. Some managers/supervisors are policy driven and forget what funds their paycheck- Its O&G Production! Not 100% compliance with policies.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A great company and employees with a challenging culture for non-technical employees."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary, workplace policies and people. A safe and conscientious company with a great record and respect for stakeholders.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is adverse to pro-active public measures. Staffing is lean for achieving company expectations. Little or no on-boarding and little or no feedback about performance. Employees are fired or denied promotion without explanation.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate senior management in non-technical departments does not always understand or value the responsibilities of employees at the business unit level and should visit field offices more often and give more feedback.

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