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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated November 8, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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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

    Competitive Benefits, good salaries

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility.


  2. "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.

  3. "Not a good place"

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

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers
    Great benefits
    Fun company activities
    Great location

    Cons

    Upper management is disorganized
    Not a great work/life balance
    Hard to advance


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great company with a bleak future"

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    Current Employee - Automation Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Automation Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great location, 9/80 Schedule, 7% pension and 7% 401k match. Job security is definitely big here since I noticed that some employees would be put into “special projects” instead of being laid off. Only on some very extreme cases have I seen employees get laid off.

    Cons

    Maybe because there was a change in CEO, but I noticed that the company structure reorganizes fairly frequently. Cronyism coming from the top. A lot of in-company competition for resources if you aren't in one of the “Core Assets”. Lack of career ladders in certain division for engineers. Large pay gaps for people doing the same job.

    The project management culture is to spend every cent alloted to them in order for them to keep increasing their budget year after year. There’s a lot of spending on projects on very exaggerated ROIs. Hardly any realized gains on these new projects.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending so much money and worrying about increasing the dividend each year. Instead invest in growing the company rather than selling off assets. Time to do a round of layoffs (too much dead weight)


  5. "HR Generalist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    A great well respected company

    Cons

    Nothing really, all was good.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst - Midstream and Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Oxy as a whole has great benefits: 401(k), pension, health, and overall retirement.

    Cons

    I cannot speak for Oxy E&P, just the midstream and marketing side. The organization has long hours; 55/60+ per week, even outside of the financial monthly close. Additionally, management has decided to implement three organizational structure changes which have caused instability at the analyst/accountant level.

    Furthermore, the corporate controller has unrealistic expectations on deliverable timelines which adds additional pressure on each analyst.

    Finally, the organization decided to implement a new trading software, new team structures, and type of deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest the organization stop trying to change all aspects of the structure at the same time so tangible results can be achieved.


  7. "Engineering Tech-II"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech-II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech-II in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company. Always improving and there for the employees.
    9/80 is great.
    People are great.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any through my experiences.

  8. "Make best of honeymoon period."

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    Former Employee - Financial Reporting Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Reporting Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is negotiable, bonus and benefits are good

    Cons

    Management micromanages and not care about employees future within company. Cares more about bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to support and empower employees


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Poor management"

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    Current Employee - Automation Specialist Senior in Pecos, TX
    Current Employee - Automation Specialist Senior in Pecos, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    benefits are decent. Employees under the managers are easy to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management and ethics. Too many chiefs. Hiring process takes forever and HR may not call you to schedule an interview. Turnaround rate is huge. All management sees is dollar signs and doesn’t care about the quality of life for any of heir employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your long term employees. When they say they are looking to leave, ask them how they can make it better or make sure the team leads can try and find a solution to a problem. Don’t force an employee to work by himself for another 60+ hours of overtime in a pay period.


  10. "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, strong 401k match, gym reimbursement, cell phone reimbursement, 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Horrible management, no work life balance, extremely long hours, inefficient or no processes, lots of internal politics

    Advice to Management

    Train management, understand and respect employees personal lives, HR should be more involved in solving problems and less involved in the drama


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