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Occidental Petroleum Houston Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good culture, 9-80 schedule, pleasant work environment (in 55 reviews)

  • The 90-80 work schedule is nice (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Some empty promises and with it being an oil and gas company raises when oil is down are hard to come by (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from upper management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Very good, but not great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    9/80s, improving employee engagement, great retirement benefits, commitment to minimize layoffs during downturn.

    Cons

    Stuck between being a nimble Independent and a slow bureaucratic Supermajor. A lot of follow the leader's (Supermajors) practices, good and bad.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication, specifically clarity of goals. Continue to focus on employee development and investment.


  2. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Slipping by the hour.

    Cons

    Poor management and leadership.
    Too much confusion between Los Angeles and Houston and the field locations.

    Advice to Management

    Start to understand what your subordinates do and lead them by example and not just run the company as a finance engine.

  3. "Senior Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Encourage movement within company. Great corporate environment and culture. Amazing Benefits.

    Cons

    Some management not utilize and manage people in the most efficient way.


  4. "Good Jumping Spot"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work was fairly easy and relatively straight forward to automate. Fellow coworkers were friendly and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    The company systems are a mess. One system did not talk to another resulting in a lot of extra work.


  5. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Flexible work schedule
    Very good matching 401k plan, about 6% plus retirement benefits
    9/80 work schedule
    Learning opportunities

    Cons

    Politics within the management team

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those who work instead of everyone wants to be a manger


  6. "Instrument tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Monday through Thursday work week, ten hour shift with occasional overtime , three day weekends, three weeks vacation, great benefits

    Cons

    Not the biggest fan of call outs but it's extra money. Some plants have a rotation schedule, others are just first one to answer


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, 9-80 schedule, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Functional groups may limit exposure to certain technical disciplines, maybe slow career progression

  8. "Corporate job = safe but boring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, decent benefits, strong company

    Cons

    Slow professional growth, some divisions were very siloed, inefficiencies, emphasis on "face time" in some functions


  9. "Good company but needs to change one thing"

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    Former Contractor - Tech Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Tech Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good people and good work environment. You can learn a lot at the company and very stable environment in general.

    Cons

    Only problem i saw there was the management are stuck in a rut in their thinking in regards to their people, Requiring a bachelors degree for full time permanent employment no matter what, They will hire contractors without that but will not consider those contractors for permanent employment no matter how long they have been at the company without bachelors degrees, you don't even need one for your field..just any bachelors. That is thinking that should change.

    Advice to Management

    My only advice would be to change the attitude in regards to the bachelors degrees, if you have contractors that you keep around because they do work well at your company, then you need to adapt your way of thinking in regards to requirements to make them permanent employees.


  10. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible and pretty relaxed work environment. Decent benefits and good company to learn and gain experience.

    Cons

    Office building is in the middle of Houston so you have to fight traffic no matter what direction you are coming from. Doesn't have much international operations or other USA exposure other than the Permian Basin.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more based on actual knowledge, experience and performance rather than personal relationships.


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