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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated March 18, 2019
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  • "Upper management approves everything" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Oxy does not have a good work / life balance" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great location. great culture awesome atmosphere

    Cons

    none to point out. great place to work


  2. Helpful (3)

    "IT Advisor"

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    Former Employee - IT Advisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Advisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits. Overall compensation is ok. I would say they are below market in terms of compensation especially considering how highly paid IT professionals are in technology and other O&G companies.

    Cons

    If you are technically good, think of it as a curse. You will be taking orders from people who have zero technical skills or people who have never implemented any systems in their life. You will wonder how these people got promoted to be IT managers. In technology and financial companies even IT directors will have coding or technical skills. You will be disappointed and frustrated because a person with technical skills will go nowhere as they will make you their work horse to take credit. Sincere advice for people with technical skills is to either find another job else where or dumb down your technical prowess when you join Oxy. Dumber you act, you will get promoted. Only handful of managers are technical, rest of them either don’t know business or technology. Only thing they know is politics. It is a shame such people are IT managers.

    Advice to Management

    IT managers need to have some technical or business skill to command respect from the subordinates. Recognize true technical skills that people bring to the table. Those are the technical folks who are keeping the lights on at Oxy. If I was the CIO I would fire 25% of the staff who don’t bring any value to the organization. Hope they take this advice in the right spirit.

  3. "Trade control, market risk, marketing"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere is good, pay is ok

    Cons

    No career path for young people, a bit overloaded at work.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have more training and career path for junior position.


  4. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Payroll team is great! Very friendly and helpful to newcomers.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth within the department.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Contract worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible company to work for, great working environment, great people, 9/80 schedule is awesome

    Cons

    Takes years for the company to hire on contract workers, contract workers are literally not created or seen as equal to the Oxy hired employees. You have to go through an act of Congress to try to get hired even if you've been there 3+ years

    Advice to Management

    Please do more to hire your contractors on and not just put them on a back burner. Its very frustrating to go years through a temp agency and have to keep your fingers crossed that maybe this year will be your year. If an employee has invested years working there through a temp agency then at least have the decency to hire that employee so that they can have good benefits and perks that the Oxy employees have and continue to grow with and one day retire from the company.


  6. "Hello"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company fo4 the moneh

    Cons

    Nothing bad wirh this one

    Advice to Management

    No


  7. "Sr Accounting Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    *Willing to train you
    *Benefits are great
    *Vacation/sick days/paid holidays/bearevement leave/short/long disability (vacation roll over)
    *wellness & perks program, discount programs, bonus
    *401k & life insurance, medical, dental, vision
    *room for advancement

    Cons

    I was happy at this company!

  8. "Not the worst not the best"

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    Former Employee - Automation in Carlsbad, NM
    Former Employee - Automation in Carlsbad, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dow chemical schedules were nice

    Cons

    Typical big company problems not for someone that likes to stay busy

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management bad system losing"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Deer Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Bad management, No growth opportunities, Don't care for employee safety, no idea how to run or hire employees. Poor decision making throughout.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious and look deep within. You could not have a bunch of unqualified and disastrous decision makers. Improving hiring practices. Hire smart people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great honeymoon period then everything will stagnate. Know when to get out."

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    Former Employee - HES Specialist
    Former Employee - HES Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits package. The company was very helpful when I needed to complete a medical procedure.

    Cons

    Never really off unless you have a counterpart that takes your responsibilities on when are scheduled off. Career advancement process lacked transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to appreciate what challenges employees in West Texas face due to the high cost of living and limited recreation opportunities.