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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Long hours, management picks and rewards favorites regardless of work ethic or knowledge (in 11 reviews)

  • traditional environment, traffic in san antonio is annoying (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Chill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    It was a chill job and it pays the bills.

    Cons

    Pay was too low for how expensive it is to live in the city.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits and compensation, but what really makes this a great corporation is the people.

    Cons

    Promotions may be limited to only a "select" group.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a career path for all departments, not just a select few so that all employees have an opportunity to progress their career with you.

  3. "Great company"

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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 Valero Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits. Lots of learning and hands on experience. Very involved with the community.

    Cons

    No defined career paths on the trading floor.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Process supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Process Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Process Supervisor in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gained valuable knowledge that I took with me to my next job

    Cons

    They force you to work overtime or they threaten to take your vacation away if you don't cover open shift.

    Every year around bonus time and time for your raise you and everyone else gets blind sided with negative feedback and a few chosen people will excel. Would rather have seen a flat line across the board raise to everyone to make it more of a team reward.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders and not "bosses". Pick the ones who inspire the ones around them with their actions.


  5. "Minimal job growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Company does not offer growth opportunities, does not invest in their employees unless they are management. Very difficult to move around unless you know someone, which you have to do since most internal jobs are not posted.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok to work for."

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    Current Employee - Operations Superintendent in Port Arthur, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Superintendent in Port Arthur, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Valero has a huge network with a great deal of talent to use as a resource to get up to speed. And the co-workers are generally willing to help you succeed.

    Cons

    If there is a location you are interested in within the Valero network, apply there and no where else. Once inside Valero, there are no transfers, unless it's related to a promotion. Valero is very frugal when it comes to relocation. There have been MANY high performing individuals that has left the company because of Valero's refusal to relocate on a lateral basis.

    Also, if you're not into the United Way, every year, you'll feel like you're being hounded and harassed to contribute.

    Advice to Management

    The address to the corporate headquarters is One Valero Way, when in fact, we have several plants with each its own culture, since they've all have been acquired from different companies. If you really want a consolidated and unified culture to reflect "One Valero Way", please consider the idea of relocation at lateral levels. This will enable sharing methodologies on a much more rapid pace, enabling us to have a more uniform feel. Right now we've got several people in the boat rowing in different directions.


  7. "Sr Process Engineer- Port Arthur"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -High emphasis on technical training even on topics not directly tied to your discipline; making you well rounded.

    - Local management will hold people accountable

    - Great benefits

    - Directors accessible by subordinates due to their office proximity

    - Once you prove yourself, they will give you the room to grow and not micro-manage you

    - Corporate SME that was always available if needed but never over-bearing and burdening you with work.

    Cons

    - At the time I was with the company, there were no mid-level management in engineering to develop someone

    - My perception was that my age didn't allow some opportunities to be open to me

    Advice to Management

    When only considering the younger employees for promotions, you may be overlooking an employee with an extensive background in military leadership as a commissioned officer.

  8. "cashier/maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    got hours that i wanted, flexible schedule, easy cashier work

    Cons

    not much depth in the employee roster, angry customers, little gossip

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the owner hes strictly about numbers not customer satisfaction.


  9. "Sadly disappointed."

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    Former Employee - Process Operator in Texas City, TX
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Texas City, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was great, physical aspect of the job because it passes time, working outside because it allows you to be active and not sit behind a computer all day, how their were opportunities to do more and help with projects and get more experience, most of my co-workers were great and didn't mind being a team player, the benefits were excellent.

    Cons

    Shift work, getting forced to work overtime a lot, working holidays, the long shifts, relief time being so early in the morning.

    Personally for me, the HR team at Texas City was TERRIBLE.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to mediate the problem when someone feels threatened by a co-
    worker. When someone says they are being stalked all the time, gets called deragatory names, feels scared for their life because the co-worker is so sporadic and nuts, and tells you this guy tried to run them over with a golf cart, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.


  10. "CSR"

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

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time shifts, friendly environment

    Cons

    Only two people per shift, needed more people

    Advice to Management

    None


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