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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated April 17, 2018
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Pros
  • 9 - 80 schedule and we can wear jeans everyday (in 63 reviews)

  • The 90-80 work schedule is nice (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management approves everything (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. "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good group of people to work with. I enjoyed the open-door policy among management. One of my most favorable employers to date.

    Cons

    Some internal groups are very flat, therefore depending on your department there may be little room for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep appreciating your employees.


  2. "oxy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    good salary and good benefits

    Cons

    poorly managed and little upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    listen to what employees say

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Oxy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits & work-life balance

    Cons

    Does not value technical analysis.


  4. "Sort of great, depending on what you want"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stem in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Stem in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They paid me for a year to do absolutely nothing. If I had 2.5 kids and a mortgage this would be great!

    Cons

    They paid me for a year to do absolutely nothing. I finally quit out of boredom.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone knows the junior staff are underpaid and only sticking around till oil prices recover.


  5. "Oxy as an Engineering Tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 Schedule, Generous Bonus, were purposeful not to lay off employees in the 2014 oil downturn

    Cons

    Company structure reorganizes fairly frequently, there is a bit of in-company competition for resources if you aren't one of the assets that is a major focus.


  6. "Great People & Future"

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    • 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

    Great People, 9-80s, Good environment, Interesting opportunities to learn, and a bright future ahead.

    Cons

    There is room for improvement in terms of completed projects getting quantified and measured to confirm one's impact of success or fail.

    Advice to Management

    Great Job Overall; Continue to create a career ladder and promote from within.


  7. "Better job than most"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employed under union bargained contact.
    Salary for Wichita area and education/experience is very good.

    Cons

    Lots of hazardous materials and working environments.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Process Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is comparable to other majors
    401K

    Cons

    1. Politics kill motivation to convert engineering ideas to reality

    2. No respect for value engineering and devotion to company’s growth

    3. No growth prospects if you have strong engineering skill set

    Advice to Management

    Do not be biased against any race

    Value your engineers


  9. "Manager Real Estate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Bonus structure
    work life balance is great

    Cons

    Tend to keep low performers too long


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I would not recommend this company if you look to gain technical skills"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent starting salary, signing bonus, and moving compensation.

    Cons

    No transparency/compromise on career path moves and timing. Lack of exposure to building/exercising technical engineering skills in early development. HR was clearly a foe. Lots of nepotism.


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