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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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  • "Long hours , time away from family," (in 17 reviews)

  • "Work life balance could be better" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Great Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunities to manage your own projects. Very friendly and supportive co-workers. Safety-oriented culture. Company as a whole seems to value their interns and invests in opportunities for them, whether that be projects or networking opportunities. Compared to a lot of my friends who interned at other companies, I felt like I had one of the best experiences due to the type of projects they allowed their interns to be a part of.

    Cons

    Some days are extremely hectic and some days you have almost nothing to do, but that's somewhat expected in a manufacturing environment. Some job locations are remote.

    Advice to Management

    Make the mentoring program more structured. Sometimes my mentor was hard to get in contact with. Other than that, keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company 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 Valero Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits ,Gym and Onsite Health care.

    Cons

    Limited PTO
    No future growth. This company is not for candidate looking to work in fast paced.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide employees to explore different areas and different technologies.Sticking to one technology without handful of work, makes sick.

  3. "Nice to work for Valero"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job benefit, fit me

    Cons

    I didn’t experience anything from my job location


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Inept & Indecisive leadership"

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    Current Employee - Planner in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Planner in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive compensation to other oil & gas refineries.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership! The Memphis refinery management lacks field experience & ability to make tough business decisions. Mid level supervision & craftsmen are worked in circles due to the poor leadership.

    Work life balance is non existent. If you want to achieve success & promotion, you will be expected to work 7 days a week & long hours. Your family must come 2nd to the big V!

    Higher performers will be pushed to their breaking limits while low performers are allowed/accepted for poor performance. The only reward for being a high performer is the ability to do someone else’s job that does not meet expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are not just numbers. Memphis management treats employees as if working there is a privilege instead of promoting teamwork. This must be fixed or more valuable employees will continue to leave the facility.


  5. "Ok as a starting job, unless into customer service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay is ok for a starting job compared to some others

    Cons

    Endless Expectations
    Magnify Mistakes while Almost Ignoring many things done well

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of employees
    Give weight to at least some of employees' input


  6. "Board technician"

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

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Constantly innovating computer systems and developing automated programs.

    Cons

    Stressful, reduction in qualified emokoyees

    Advice to Management

    Show concern for manpower and training.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ops"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great profit sharing, job stability with the overall vision of the company

    Cons

    Hiring mirco Mangers, that don't empower their work group, to busy degrading them and holding write-up and bonus over their heads

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right people, not who your friends or the guy that has tried to get his co-workers fired ....that is absolutely not the type of continuity you want ...

  8. "Analyst"

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

    I worked at Valero Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience and great teamwork

    Cons

    fewer growth opportunities but great management


  9. "Wholesale Contract Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great health and wellness benefits, onsite gym, yearly bonus/raise, pleasant coworkers, nice company culture.

    Cons

    Salary is not the best, sometimes feel unheard by management, growth opportunities are scarce, and why does Joe get paid so much? Top three paid CEOs in San Antonio, and last I checked, he held the #1 spot.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Learned alot of different units because very lean organization.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, high expectation of everyone to live at plant and support production, political, old school work environment of voluntold of what you need to be doing, alot of micro managers, high performer usually know the right people or

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to support engineering and give 9-80 schedules. Recognize that you do have let people have work/life balance or family and personal health suffers.