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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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  • Lack of communication from upper management (in 17 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. "Confortable"

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

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

    Pros

    9 - 80 schedule and we can wear jeans everyday.

    Cons

    A bit old fashioned. Change is very hard. Upper management approves everything. Only long time employee's in high roles.

    Advice to Management

    Give more power to each employee. Trust that you hired good people and take a risk allowing them to control the work they do.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great for starting out. Don't stay too long."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + 9/80
    + Casual Fridays
    + Company is serious about safety & employee wellness

    Cons

    - Engineers that became managers. You can guess how that pans out.
    - If you're not an engineer, you're basically a floor mat.

    Advice to Management

    Promoting technically skilled people to management positions isn't always the best route. Look for interpersonal skills.

  3. "Field Drilling Superintendent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Drilling Superintendent in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Drilling Superintendent in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Small major oil company, people oriented.

    Cons

    I was laid off in early 2015.


  4. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, Company treats employees very well

    Cons

    Terrible location, No room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Limited career growth


  5. "Bad Management and too Financial dependent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. All benefits and salaries are below average of the industry.

    Cons

    Too much stagnation. Poor hiring practices. Too many average players. Lack of training. Management has no idea what they are doing. It is an E&P company that focuses heavily on numbers. Poor safety records.

    Advice to Management

    Have a sound strategy in Operations. Moving the focus to Middle East may be a quick fix but will bring disastrous results in the long run. Have an experienced CFO rather than relying on the one you have now. Too many operations starting and shutting down.


  6. "Accounting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked for a subsidiary of Oxy. Great place to work. Everyone is very friendly. Oxy benefits are great including medical, dental, 401(k) etc

    Cons

    Occidental Petroleum really had no cons. Again worked for a subsidiary so I was not in Cali or Texas, therefore, can not comment on things in those places.


  7. "Getting Better and Making an Effort to Improve"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Company is making a turn in the right direction as far as culture. Has always been a stable company and for the most part fair when it comes to treating employees.

    Cons

    Expected to wear multiple hats and operating on a skeleton staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward with the new culture of the company.

  8. "Geoscience Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, 9-40 work schedule

    Cons

    Older workers beware. There is a reason with low oil prices that OXY always has openings.

    Advice to Management

    Treat experience with respect.


  9. "Sr Advisor Engineering"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Total salary package
    Opportunity for Expat assigment
    Good and experienced managers

    Cons

    high workload
    frequent organization changes
    Employee retention

    Advice to Management

    Frequent organizational changes gives impression that, management is either not certain of which direction to move the organization or they really like changes jsut to keep folks wandering which direction the ship is going next


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Could be great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benifits,bonus , medical are top 10% in industry.
    Flexibility with work schedule is good, PTO is good. Great first line managers for the most part.

    Cons

    To many layers of management, disconnect with a Houston and surface Operations, there are some serious politics within Houston, IT is driving way to many decisions for the company, Project RIO is a joke and ran by individuals that do not have a clue as to how to advance technology to be profitable for OXY. RIO seems to be worried more about the image rather than the actual project results and deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that producing oil and gas is what makes the company money, and what keeps the shareholders happy. There needs to be some serious work over and restructuring done to the IT/RIO group, they think OXY is an IT company that just happens to make a little oil and gas. Operations should Help drive technology needs, IT should not be making those decisions all the time, they have no idea what ROI is.


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