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Occidental Petroleum Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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  • 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 (2)

    "Good Compnay"

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

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

    Pros

    Company trying to change culture from old-fashioned to more excepting

    Cons

    Not much of a career ladder


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, with nice offices and minimum of distractions. Good for the Geoscientists who need room to think creatively, as well as for the Geoscience Technical staff to solve problems, etc. Good balance of diversity and inclusiveness. Have appreciated the variety of duties and challenges in my current role.

    Cons

    Too much detail on timekeeping, especially on non-exempt employees, some of the roles shouldn't really be classified as non-exempt. Current price of oil has stressed out employees, company is cutting costs as far as they can but has to be done to stay in business in the low oil price environment. Recognize employees are working hard to keep costs down.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the PSA and PRA plans with better funds such as Vanguard funds, use Vanguard as the plan administrator, have a 401k brokerage option and put in good funds such as VPMCX, VWELX, etc.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Advisor"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, less travel currently (was heavy in the past close to 40%)

    Cons

    Leadership roles are not given based on performance


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  5. "nice guy"

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

    I have been working at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    seems to be good salary

    Cons

    working conditions are too long

    Advice to Management

    respect the older employees now


  6. "oxy petroleum"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Occidental Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    good company to work for. Everybody seem nice

    Cons

    not much cons. all depends on your team lead

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  7. "Planning Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planning Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Planning Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, nice people to work with

    Cons

    long hours, no work life balance


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and leadership. Top performing company in its industry with potential for growth.

    Cons

    Corporate environment so not much room for a flexible schedule but some inprovements have been made.


  9. "Great company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    compensation, flexibility, upward movement, senior management vision

    Cons

    recognition, as no downstream, many people are not aware of existence of Oxy


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Live"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to live, great coworkers, small company feel, not too stressful. Long hours may be needed on occasion.

    Cons

    Management can be hostile at times, limited upward mobility, mediocre pay. Do not upset upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Forgive and forget, grudges are counterproductive. Work with your engineers, don't just give orders! Check-in with your staff on a regular basis, not just once per month or after a deadline came and went. You have some real talent working for you, try to be a friend (or at least friendly) not just a boss. Don't shout orders or your best and brightest will leave you.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of movement, good benefits, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    Office politics, lackluster raises, slow to promote

    Advice to Management

    Reward for performance, even in downturns, 360 feedback reviews


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