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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Pros
  • The 90-80 work schedule is nice (in 24 reviews)

  • Good culture, 9-80 schedule, pleasant work environment (in 51 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. "Good Jumping Spot"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Chemical Plant Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemcal Plan Operator in Petrolia, PA
    Current Employee - Chemcal Plan Operator in Petrolia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits, plant management easy to deal with

    Cons

    Communication can be poor, no reinvestment back into the plant

  3. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Instrument tech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  5. "Strong company and treated employees fairly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When Oxy spun off the California operations and moved the headquarters to Houston, management was fair in its treatment of the employees staying in California. They gave most of us the opportunity to either move to Houston or stay in California.

    Cons

    The last couple years the headquarters was in Los Angeles, the offices were getting run down. They didn't fix many of the problems since they knew they were moving everyone to Houston.


  6. "Reservoir engineering Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineering Advisor in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineering Advisor in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Competent and fiscally responsible management

    Cons

    Can get stressful at times


  7. "Represhensible"

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Supervision does not provide timely feedback to employee which can result in being blindsided at review, can provide favorable treatment towards other employees, and does not communicate honestly to management about timeliness of employee feedback. Also, making references to employee skin tone is not an acceptable business practice.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure newly hired engineers properly accommodate by assigning them to a specific area so they can learn the plant and processes, provide timely feedback to employees to ensure goals are being met, and hold supervisors accountable when they do not follow company protocol, and when their delegation is unethical and unprofessional.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • 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


  9. "Corporate job = safe but boring"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  10. "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    • 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


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