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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. "Commercial Lead"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Decent work life balance and pay.

    Cons

    Inappropriate/discriminatory treatment of African Americans. Strangulated corporate structure. Mis managed resources (equipment and people )

    Advice to Management

    Revert back to matrix organization and reward based on merrit instead of solely by friendships/social conformance. Remove those who erode the morale and culture of the company.


  2. "Senior Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourage movement within company. Great corporate environment and culture. Amazing Benefits.

    Cons

    Some management not utilize and manage people in the most efficient way.

  3. "Good Jumping Spot"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work was fairly easy and relatively straight forward to automate. Fellow coworkers were friendly and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    The company systems are a mess. One system did not talk to another resulting in a lot of extra work.


  4. "Chemical Plant Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemcal Plan Operator in Petrolia, PA
    Current Employee - Chemcal Plan Operator in Petrolia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits, plant management easy to deal with

    Cons

    Communication can be poor, no reinvestment back into the plant


  5. "It gets interesting..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    High visibility roles, good breadth of experience required, low pressure to perform for third party stakeholders (such as Shareholders, Loan Officers, etc.)

    Cons

    Little privacy, currently understaffed, no room for advancement, somewhat disorganized unless you take charge of the process, communication needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Offer advancements, hire more people or consultants, increase capital budget, improve communication & transparency, covered parking might be nice


  6. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Flexible work schedule
    Very good matching 401k plan, about 6% plus retirement benefits
    9/80 work schedule
    Learning opportunities

    Cons

    Politics within the management team

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those who work instead of everyone wants to be a manger


  7. "DIVISION ORDERS LANDMAN"

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    • Culture & Values
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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and company is on solid financial footing.

    Cons

    Company has hard time keeping talented employees due to compensation.

  8. "Instrument tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Monday through Thursday work week, ten hour shift with occasional overtime , three day weekends, three weeks vacation, great benefits

    Cons

    Not the biggest fan of call outs but it's extra money. Some plants have a rotation schedule, others are just first one to answer


  9. "Strong company and treated employees fairly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When Oxy spun off the California operations and moved the headquarters to Houston, management was fair in its treatment of the employees staying in California. They gave most of us the opportunity to either move to Houston or stay in California.

    Cons

    The last couple years the headquarters was in Los Angeles, the offices were getting run down. They didn't fix many of the problems since they knew they were moving everyone to Houston.


  10. "Reservoir engineering Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineering Advisor in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineering Advisor in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Competent and fiscally responsible management

    Cons

    Can get stressful at times


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