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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated November 11, 2017
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Pros
  • The 90-80 work schedule is nice (in 27 reviews)

  • Good culture, 9-80 schedule, pleasant work environment (in 56 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 16 reviews)

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  1. "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.


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

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    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.

  3. "Geoscience Team"

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    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.


  4. "Sr Advisor Engineering"

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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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Could be great"

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    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.


  6. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, and 9/80 work schedule

    Cons

    Promotion is based on who you know and how well you brown nose your manager. Although upper management says they promote women, it's a figment of their imagination. CEO doesn't have a clue what is really going on below her direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Follow through on what you say - stop with the lip service.


  7. "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Room for advancement, great benefits

    Cons

    Location, parking, very large company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very good, but not great"

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    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.


  9. "Permian"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Oxy hasn't had layoffs like most other large companies. Oxy is focusing on core acreage in the Permian Basin.

    Cons

    The latest "re-org" has created too much duplication of efforts, and added too many additional layers of middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to smaller asset based teams. There's no need for 3+ people do be doing the job that was done by 1.


  10. "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.


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