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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • The 90-80 work schedule is nice (in 24 reviews)

  • Good culture, 9-80 schedule, pleasant work environment (in 51 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 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good Place to Learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to Learn the Industry. Really good benefits.

    Cons

    Not a good place to advance your career. A good place to have a job but not a career.

    Advice to Management

    Management rotation. Diversity doesn't just mean women.


  2. "Intern Production Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum as an intern

    Pros

    Open door policy with many of the employees makes getting help and questions asked an easy task. Working hours are very flexible for an intern as long as you put your time in and are not missing any important meetings. The field offices have a fun and relaxed culture while the corporate in Houston is more stern and rigid.

    Cons

    Upper management is aging and out of touch with the young employees. With the downturn interns definitely feel like a cog that can easily be replaced or done without. "Meaningful Projects" that are honestly not the beneficial to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Do not take the frustration that comes with a downturn out on the interns. We have meaningful ideas and are capable of actual work if we are only assigned projects that are usable.


  3. "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Oxy is a very stable company, even in the Oil & Gas market. Plenty of opportunities to move around within the organization or International

    Cons

    Like most companies, you need to be part of the "click" to get the opportunities


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Apparently unlimited need for engineers due to mature++ fields. Little direction should suit experienced employee or consultant with prior knowledge of tasks. Massive software budget means many duplicate programs available.

    Cons

    Mostly a geographically restricted production company working on very old oilfields. Can get repetitive. Reliance on contractors or service companies for advanced techniques.

    Advice to Management

    None. Company has been able to reward managers very well using current model. Share price has been kept high by buying back stock. Company (or assets) can always be sold in crisis.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "About Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and challenging projects. Good technical people that try to do the right thing. Adding more words to hit 20-word minimum.

    Cons

    Treat people like widgets. Terrible locations... Long Beach, Bakersfield, Greenway Plaza... Management is somewhat cut throat.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat people like dirt - that is why you have a revolving door of folks leaving constantly. Pay is not competitive with the rest of industry.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Rollercoaster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people. Decent Benefits. Flexible schedule. Management that I have worked with is approachable and understanding.

    Cons

    They only value their engineers and geologists, they don't show real value to those in support positions. Not a steady place to work. There are lots of reorganizations and uncertainty.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, pay so-so, many changes in management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, offices are nice besides trying to get down Richmond, 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Always changing direction, multiple changes in management and personnel, compensation was on the lower end compaired to other Oil & Gas companies, but HR would say that is not so. Bonuses for Techs are on a completely different (lower level) than any other position.

    Advice to Management

    Motivation was needed, especially during a time when an announcement went out with NO WARNING that our business unit was being sold. It was perfectly timed on the employees Friday off so everyone was in complete chaos on Monday. Hopefully they figured it out after that one.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Work at Oxy has been "interesting" for a lack of better words."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flex schedule, 9/80(every other Friday off), great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move around, "stiff" environment, Not an even playing field for all employees


  9. "IT Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    IT intern are given meaningful projects to work on. The projects are based on current business needs and the solutions are given serious consideration by management. Interns are provided with access to the tools required to perform their assigned projects.

    Cons

    The internship program is really geared toward recruiting and retaining engineers. IT interns seem to be more disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Invite IT interns back, engineers are not the only critical human resource.


  10. "I was a summer engineering intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Midland, TX
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Midland, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The 9/80 schedule was nice, and my group showed they wanted me to succeed by helping me understand new concepts, being patient with my many questions, and taking me out to the field.

    I appreciated the two organized field trips for all interns to Houston and Midland, especially the visit to the oil and gas portion of a museum in Houston.

    Cons

    I would have liked to had more impact. I only really worked on one project, and it would have been better if I could have contributed more. But perhaps that is my fault.

    I did not expect a work start time of 7am.

    There were some problems with communication. The mentors were not clearly told what to expect the first day, and so my mentor thought I would be in a different location that day than I actually was. If such problems exist in HR for interns, who's to say they don't exist for full-time positions? I also witnessed an employee who pulled on the intern he was mentoring to focus on things other than her manager wanted because the manager was located in a different city than the mentor and mentee. This situation put a lot of stress on that intern.

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR communication for the first day


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