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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated July 20, 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. "Fast-paced, challenging environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work to do, lots of training available, challenging projects from day one. Overall, good management style. Good benefits

    Cons

    Sink or swim environment - help is there, but you need to ask for it. Lack of communication from upper management.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Occidental Petroleum"

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

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, offices rather than cunicles

    Cons

    Understaffed, extreme work load, limited upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach

  3. "Docυмenт Control"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Documentation Control in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Documentation Control in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum (Less than a year)

    Pros

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Location and great coworkers"

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

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

    Pros

    The following are pros that I have personally identified with this company after working for them for more than 3 years:

    9/80 Schedule
    Location
    Parking
    Time flexibility
    Bonuses
    Coworkers (within the department)
    Gym subsidy
    Cell phone subsidy
    Benefits

    Cons

    The following are the cons that I have experienced:

    Hard to move up within the organization
    Educational programs favor only the people with no undergraduate degree
    You can be overworked certain weeks (70+ hours/week), but direct management recognizes efforts
    Hard to work with other people in other departments

    Advice to Management

    The CEO has mentioned that young people should start taking more of a leadership role within the company in order to replace managers that are at a retiring age. However, there is a lack of programs in order for this to happen.


  5. "Occidental Petroleum"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits and people.

    Cons

    Very slow to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Slow to make decisions.


  6. "Engineering Specialist"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, great corporate culture, benefits and compensation are par for the course

    Cons

    Improvement of visibility with work developmental plan


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Free at last."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Oxy offers an attractive benefits package.

    Cons

    CEO is determined to break-apart & sell company assets piecemeal to preserve the divid. Nobody's job is safe.

    Management is busy enriching themselves at expense of the line-workers.

    Company is top-heavy with directors and VPs. Too many chiefs; not enough indians.

    Don't trust what management says; watch what they do.

    Morale among rank-and-file is low and getting worse.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. Leave.

  8. "Great company"

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    • 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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule for all employees, 75% reimbursement for monthly gym, 7% 401k match, Good pay, yearly bonus, opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Politics, Lack of training opportunities,


  9. "IT"

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, place to improve yourself, easy to move between departments, decent salary, good benefits

    Cons

    Midland is not the pretties town in Texas

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employee close, they are the one who can make the difference.


  10. "Another Year to Go"

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

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

    Pros

    Better position in the down market than most of the surrounding competitors.
    Taking proactive approach on embracing new technologies.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, too many teams doing the same project that created uneccessary tension.
    Too many re-organization in less than a year. Projects are left hanging as people shuffled around.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize overheads and retrain/reassign/layoff under-permanced personnels. Having 10 people doing a job that can be accomplished by 1 actually slows the project down most of the time.


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