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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated October 4, 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. "accounts payable"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    The people are very nice. It is a family oriented company. Their benefits are above average compared to other companies and the compensation is probably a little above average.

    Cons

    Most employees are long term and it is hard to advance at times.

    Advice to Management

    Move back to Dallas.


  2. "Reservoir Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent
    People are pretty nice
    Opportunity for a lot of responsibility
    Will require you to use your problem solving skills

    Cons

    I was used to working at a Major with more processes so it was a little hard to figure everything out for myself

  3. "Strong Good 'ol Boys club presence"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Benefits. You will not find better benefits anywhere. Pay can get competitive if you're willing to negotiate.

    Cons

    Politics everywhere, it's not what you know, but who you know that will determine your growth an success within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the good 'ol boys club.


  4. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits I have seen at a company.

    Cons

    No negatives from my experience


  5. "Represhensible"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petrolia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petrolia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits. Interesting process. Relevant to field of study.

    Cons

    Supervision does not provide timely feedback to employee which can result in being blindsided at review, can provide favorable treatment towards other employees, and does not communicate honestly to management about timeliness of employee feedback. Also, making references to employee skin tone is not an acceptable business practice.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure newly hired engineers properly accommodate by assigning them to a specific area so they can learn the plant and processes, provide timely feedback to employees to ensure goals are being met, and hold supervisors accountable when they do not follow company protocol, and when their delegation is unethical and unprofessional.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, 9-80 schedule, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Functional groups may limit exposure to certain technical disciplines, maybe slow career progression


  7. "Controller"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Controller
    Former Employee - Controller
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Breadth of experience - the management believes in rotations. Great people and assets to work with and really get the chance to bring your skill-sets to the table.

    Cons

    If you don't know the right people, very difficult to move up. Promotions are decided by one person team instead of a "Compensation Committee" type in other large publicly traded corporations. On the other hand, people close to the decision maker excel and can get away with murder. Occidental claims not to be a "Big Oil" company but the VP level and above have an attitude of middle eastern kings and queens.

    Advice to Management

    Decisions should be made collaboratively and in cases of promotions by people independent of their bosses. Historically the VP/Corporate Controller has made decisions in accounting and that has not been productive.

  8. "Corporate job = safe but boring"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, decent benefits, strong company

    Cons

    Slow professional growth, some divisions were very siloed, inefficiencies, emphasis on "face time" in some functions


  9. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Took care of their employees

    Cons

    Old corporate was set in their ways


  10. "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Midland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Investment in employee growth, challenging work environment, exceptional work-life balance, great benefits, friendly co-workers, great position in industry and focus on long-term growth, among many others!

    Cons

    Still a large corporation that will inherently have some red tape, but nothing extreme

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on frequent employee feedback and support employee learning/career development


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