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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated April 10, 2018
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  • Long hours, high stress with little recognition UNLESS you are a female under 35 and play politics, or a male under 35 who plays politics (in 13 reviews)

  • There needs to be a work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "GREAT PLACE to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    competitive pay and well compansated

    Cons

    Work life management if very difficult


  2. "Lab Tester"

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    Current Employee - Lab Tester in Three Rivers, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Tester in Three Rivers, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits, a lot of room for growth, development of skill sets

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss, coworkers are very much classified by the environment in which the Valero location is

    Advice to Management

    More guidance during training would be appreciated and taking into consideration the opinions of your employees

  3. "Sad state of a once great company"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Supply in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing and Supply in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but quickly falling behind their industry peers.

    Cons

    Long hours, high stress with little recognition UNLESS you are a female under 35 and play politics, or a male under 35 who plays politics. YOUR PERFORMANCE DOES NOT MATTER. Younger or connected employees gain advancement with mediocre skills and poor work ethic. Go ahead, stay on your phone all day watching movies, let your terminals run out or leave for vacation while your refinery goes into containment... it's okay! Your older counterparts will fix your mess and YOU will be rewarded. Women are paid SIGNIFICANTLY less than their male counterparts no matter their education, experience, work ethic or performance. If you give your 2 week notice and are a woman, you will be let go immediately and benefits ended the same day (not a one time occurrence but a significant pattern). If you are a male and going to work FOR A COMPETITOR, they will let you stay through your 2 week notice even though you are in a highly sensitive roll (again, a pattern). I used to be an incredibly proud employee, but now hear daily horror stories of older employees being drummed out (they will continue to pile work on you until you are forced to resign or have a stroke), or will let you train and be a doormat for straight out of college young people. They do not give new (including college graduates) or transitioning employees the proper foundation to ensure their success. In the past, we had clear stepping stones and career paths to ensure employee growth and success. New management says that never existed and are doing an incredibly poor job creating their own "path" which is proving to be a massive failure. Valero's reputation has taken a significant hit throughout the industry and the low morale is widely known.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention! Fiefdoms are running amuck and morale is incredibly low. Senior management is letting go of everything that once made this company great. You will continue to lose your best employees unless something changes very soon.


  4. "analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good company, good people, relaxed work environment, job security

    Cons

    bad location- corporate, no flexibility, buerocratic


  5. "Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    Hard work and life balance.


  6. "Seriously"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good Competitive Pay. Bonuses are great.

    Cons

    Management is full of politics


  7. "Amazing job, terrible management"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Ardmore, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The amount of money you make is amazing! Rotating schedule give you plenty of time off! Typically you will receive a $10,000 bonus a year.

    Cons

    No life outside of work. The management is terrible and run so short staffed, you’re constantly working overtime. The managers do not listen to hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers.

  8. "Valero Roscommon Michigan ABSOLUTE worst"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Closer in Roscommon, MI
    Former Employee - Cashier/Closer in Roscommon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free drinks from the soda fountain...otherwise none.

    Cons

    Managers are lazy, they either undercut your hours or work you to the bone, they are unorganized and very quick to write you up over their own inner management turmoil, will have you lie to cops, workers will not do their duties correct on shifts before you so you do more work your shift, not willing to hire better staff, all of the staff is disrespectful and very sneakily two faced. Just don't work there!

    Advice to Management

    Quit and find all new management


  9. "Engineering Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Large amount of projects to work on.

    Cons

    Friction between administration and operations that makes completing projects difficult.


  10. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Network Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Respects Employees
    Pay is Good

    Cons

    Not great for Information Technology


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