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Tesoro Corporation Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • many of the things we had to do were redundant policy wise, but when you have a lot of overlapping upper management jobs, you get that (in 9 reviews)

  • No work life balance and the culture doesn't not allow you to be very innovative unless you try to break those barriers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Working at Tesoro"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay good benefits long hours

    Cons

    Safety procedures are enforced when something goes wrong results come first.
    If your a bad employee rope to hang your self is passed out by the spool until they get fed up and fire you for something minor.

    Advice to Management

    Follow safety procedures and stop making up new ones that don't make sense spend some time in the field so you can learn how things work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The amenities are great. On-site gym, cafeteria, coffee shop, doctors office, and UPS site. The Company is definitely growing.

    Cons

    Re-org is constant. No one ever knows when they're going to be moved from floor to floor or who they're going to be answering to next. There has been a lot of turnover recently as well. Many people are over worked and the Company seems to be taking on more than it can handle.

  3. "Solid foundation, great place to develop a good career"

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company with good pay, good benefits, open door from management, empowerment of employees to succeed and implement business improvement initiatives which translates in competitive advantage over other refiners. The culture is one of progress, adapting, and inclusiveness. Maybe a bit too much of the "legacies" cultures from previous owners (Arco, Shell, BP, and even old Tesoro), but that's changing and with the company name change, we will probably start working towards developing our own identity. A company that materializes on market opportunities for M&A by having a solid cash flow, when other companies are hurting from not having the financial discipline. It's a very good company to work for. Very exited about what's coming next... foundations are robust to take the company to the next level.

    Cons

    Old cultures need to go away... people need to embrace who we are!

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving the change... some people may not like it, but it's the right thing to do. No company has ever made it to the next level by sticking to the old methods or stop growing...


  4. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Allow poor performers to be promoted. Allows bad behavior to continue. Lack of quality leadership. HR felt like they didn't need to follow the rules. Dysfunctional.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate when claims are brought to forward instead of hiding them under the carpet. Review your HR staff across the organization.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Unwarranted Optimism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I am continually surprised by all the positive reviews about working at Tesoro; but there is also the potential that it's better in the field than it is in San Antonio.
    The pay is good, the facilities are nice, there are a lot a smart, friendly people and hard workers who have been acquired from lots of different organizations. The company is profitable and the business model is sound. Some of the leaders run their areas well. In general, as a business, Tesoro has a lot going for it.

    Cons

    However, culture eats strategy for breakfast. While there are positive pockets, generally Tesoro is about as dysfunctional as it gets (in my years of living different corporate cultures). Senior leadership seems severely out of touch with the day-to-day or else, they just don't care. Either way it comes down to not caring enough, because while we are spending money and burning effort on renaming/rebranding the company and there is a lot of "rah rah" and bling, there is severe attrition associated with the schedule-driven, burn-out machine that is our poorly run ERP implementation; there are acquisition integrations in a changing system and uncertain organizational environment; and there are constant (every 3 months or so) reorganizations, especially within the CFO organization. Key positions of leadership are occupied by clueless, quickly promoted yes-men with previous connections to the C suite. Empire building is constant, and the deck gets shuffled so often that even a consistent empire would be preferable to the constant positioning. Women are not well-represented or respected in leadership. Large initiatives are launched, declared successful and then disbanded with no evidence that any process ever really changed (no scorecards, no accountability). Worker bees are completely expendable, whether they have 1 or 18 years worth of knowledge. Within certain cabals, dissent is not tolerated. The solution to what to do about the employee survey was not to do another one (people have told me they lie on the survey because, in the past, it has not truly been anonymous and they're not sure it is now).

    Advice to Management

    The truly sad part about it all is that this could be a great company. If management had an attention span longer than 2 minutes and were a little less worried about their egos, they could, over time, implement a culture change to correct these issues. The fact that culture issues aren't seen for the sort of land mine that they really are means that leadership is clueless about the things that really matter; the best case is continually missed potential, and the worst case is something they'll never see coming and won't recognize when it does.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    No work life balance and the culture doesn't not allow you to be very innovative unless you try to break those barriers .


  7. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Growing company, I love the family environment at the workplace.

    Cons

    If you want to move up/raise you have to take the initiative (almost pester your manager).

    Advice to Management

    I think sometimes new ideas are not fully thought through. It is a good idea but not really acceptable for our case. You will go through it and then realize that halfway.

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Easy to move within the company
    Gym on site
    Great benefits

    Cons

    The on-site cafeteria is garbage (Sodexo)


  9. "A Company Growing Fast"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of Growth for the company, new opportunities opening every day. Good salary, decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Need to develop their HR policies, on boarding, personnel planning, long term development. It's possible this company is growing to fast, and not taking the time to address existing issues.
    Pension program is lagging behind other Major Oil Companies

    Advice to Management

    Put money into developing your employees and making them comfortable. Ensure you have travel policies, office policies, etc that make the employee feel valued by the company, and not just looking at how to save as much money as possible.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Tesoro Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and lots of growth

    Cons

    Pay not as high as an EP


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