Occidental Petroleum - big company with small company mentality | Glassdoor
There are newer employer reviews for Occidental Petroleum
There are newer employer reviews for Occidental Petroleum

See Most Recent

Helpful (2)

"big company with small company mentality"

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

I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than a year)

Pros

- Dynamic
- High energy level
- Most of the people are great to work with
- A lot of opportunities to grow if you are in the right place at the right time

Cons

- Money oriented company
- Sometimes things are changing so fast and people are moved around so often that it breaks the dynamism and efficiency of work environment.
- Too much secrecy in management. Things are kept under confidentiality seal.
- Lack of technical expertise. There are still skilled and experienced people around but they are retiring and/or quitting. Replacement workforce is money/promotion oriented and doesn't care about quality of work.
- Workload is huge because BU is understaffed.

Advice to Management

acknowledge technical workforce for their work. have more interface with team members. improve communication link.

Other Employee Reviews for Occidental Petroleum

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good or bad depending on your experience level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Pretty good place to intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had an awesome mentor, pays very well and includes company-provided housing. A few good social events (Schlitterbahn, baseball game, Dave and Busters). We presented to the CIO at the end of the summer. The culture is pretty laid back, and I wasn't afraid of asking for help. The underground parking and on site food court was nice.

    Cons

    I felt like the IT interns weren't treated as well as the other interns. Only a few of us got full time offers while nearly all engineering interns received offers. We also weren't able to participate in as many social events as the others (rock climbing, skydiving). Some of the IT interns didn't have very exciting projects.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the IT interns the same as the other interns.

There are newer employer reviews for Occidental Petroleum
There are newer employer reviews for Occidental Petroleum

See Most Recent

Work at Occidental Petroleum? Share Your Experiences

Occidental Petroleum
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or