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Helpful (10)

"A Company stuck in the past unwilling to evolve"

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Good pay. Good benefits. 9/80 work schedule.

Cons

Oxy way is a total lack of structure, procedures and standards. Highly political. Employee evaluations based on perception not data. No career ladder. No employee thought out development. Some come to work and do their well defined job while others are responsible for an effort cradle to grave. The Oxy way is to make it up as you go along.

Advice to Management

Look to successful companies in your industry and learn. Deal fairly with employees. Think of their future and develop them.

Other Employee Reviews for Occidental Petroleum

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Wish I had left this disgraceful company sooner"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, but typical for Oil and Gas in general

    Cons

    Poor salary and benefits package
    Hostile and sometimes bigoted working environment
    Petty office politics and bias HR staff
    Limited career advancement opportunities
    Company reducing size, so limited places for experience - primarily now just Houston for engineers outside of California.
    Asset development planning and execution is poorly managed
    Company has an over reliance on a small group of work horses, who they treat like garbage until they quit
    Too many arrogant, young graduates with too few senior staff to guide and mentor them

    Now that I am working for another operator, the differences between a professional company and Oxy are incredible. Wish I had moved on from Oxy much sooner, but didn't realize how bad it was until I had something to compare too.

    Advice to Management

    Address company wide, glaring business practices and environment that have Oxy labelled as a no go for anyone to work for.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "If you want to work in a truely collaborative and suportive environment to produce results, don't work for Oxy."

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    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule. Projects are interesting and provide good technical work experience.

    Cons

    Unfriendly and highly competitive environment. People work in silos. Management is known to have favorites with perceptions of employees that can make or break their careers, in some cases, without even knowing or working with the employee. There is no time for training or mentoring. Heavy work load for reservoir engineers. 9/80 work schedule is nice if you can actually take your Friday off. If you work at Oxy, plan on logging in at 7 am or earlier, not eating lunch or eating at your desk and working at least a 10 hour day which will not be good enough. Very poor environment for mid to late career professionals!

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. You really don't care about work/life balance or employees. You are fostering a toxic and competive work environment where true team work and a supportive work place is not likely to occur.

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