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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • 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. "Great place to work"

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


  2. "Represhensible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petrolia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petrolia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Interesting process. Relevant to field of study.

    Cons

    Management does not communicate with employee any concerns in a timely manner and instead blindsides you at your review. In addition, management also accepts unprofessional behavior from superior that includes being insulting, showing favoritism towards other employees, lying to management about communication with employee, and making reference to employee skin tone.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own protocol and immediately address with employee any relevant concerns, and hold superiors accountable when their behavior is hostile, unethical, and unprofessional.


  3. "Because you can't give negative stars......"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    You can consider yourself employed.....instead of unemployed

    Cons

    Antiquated processes and it is run like a sweat shop

    Advice to Management

    Kill yourself.....


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  5. "Corporate job = safe but boring"

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


  6. "Excellent Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Midland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Investment in employee growth, challenging work environment, exceptional work-life balance, great benefits, friendly co-workers, great position in industry and focus on long-term growth, among many others!

    Cons

    Still a large corporation that will inherently have some red tape, but nothing extreme

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on frequent employee feedback and support employee learning/career development


  7. "Good company"

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


  8. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Effort in avoiding layoffs.
    - Reasonable pay (not high and not low).
    - Flexibility with working hours.
    - Strong early career (1-4 years) experience.

    Cons

    - Zero regard to degree (unless maybe PHD).
    - Promotions strongly based on everything non-technical.
    - Low training opportunities. Mostly in-house which are easily interruptible by job demands.
    - Extremely tight on employee welfare.
    - No real progression plan.
    - Almost no retention.
    - At mercy of your people skill after 5 years experience...

    Advice to Management

    - If expectations are based on years of experience, then salary grade should be too...


  9. "Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package and and compensation was fair,

    Cons

    Management seemed clueless at times.


  10. "Well established company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great group, smart people, developed team

    Cons

    not a lot of room for career advancement


  11. "Mostly Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Automation Systems Integrator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Automation Systems Integrator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The automation department is great and has great leadership.

    Cons

    Some empty promises and with it being an oil and gas company raises when oil is down are hard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing the department I work in is great


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