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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated January 1, 2019
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  1. "Hello"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company fo4 the moneh

    Cons

    Nothing bad wirh this one

    Advice to Management

    No


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Contract worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible company to work for, great working environment, great people, 9/80 schedule is awesome

    Cons

    Takes years for the company to hire on contract workers, contract workers are literally not created or seen as equal to the Oxy hired employees. You have to go through an act of Congress to try to get hired even if you've been there 3+ years

    Advice to Management

    Please do more to hire your contractors on and not just put them on a back burner. Its very frustrating to go years through a temp agency and have to keep your fingers crossed that maybe this year will be your year. If an employee has invested years working there through a temp agency then at least have the decency to hire that employee so that they can have good benefits and perks that the Oxy employees have and continue to grow with and one day retire from the company.

  3. "Sr Accounting Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    *Willing to train you
    *Benefits are great
    *Vacation/sick days/paid holidays/bearevement leave/short/long disability (vacation roll over)
    *wellness & perks program, discount programs, bonus
    *401k & life insurance, medical, dental, vision
    *room for advancement

    Cons

    I was happy at this company!


  4. "Not the worst not the best"

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    Former Employee - Automation in Carlsbad, NM
    Former Employee - Automation in Carlsbad, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dow chemical schedules were nice

    Cons

    Typical big company problems not for someone that likes to stay busy

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management bad system losing"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Deer Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Bad management, No growth opportunities, Don't care for employee safety, no idea how to run or hire employees. Poor decision making throughout.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious and look deep within. You could not have a bunch of unqualified and disastrous decision makers. Improving hiring practices. Hire smart people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "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.