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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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Valero Energy Chairman, President and CEO Joe Gorder
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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

    "Great place for a career"

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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 Valero Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong caring culture. A place where hard work and dedication are expected.

    Cons

    Has always rewarded everyone the same so sometimes extra effort and success is not recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Middle Management is stretched so thin, they don’t have time to communicate as much as needed.


  2. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentorship, a lot of practical experience in chemical operations and the chance to work on capital projects.

    Cons

    Not a lot of other interns to interact with on-site.

  3. "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.


  4. "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 ...


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Oil Refinery Operator in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Oil Refinery Operator in Memphis, TN
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great money, great teammates, always something to do, exciting, learning new things daily.

    Cons

    Long hours,long hours, long hours. Long hours , time away from family,

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Good place to start career.
    Lots of experienced engineers to learn from.
    Intern program makes you feel excited to work for company.

    Cons

    -Local management has absolutely no clue what to do with engineers in 3-5 year range.
    -Backwards thinking is leading to retention issues at some sites, with MANY more to follow.
    -Higher ups have explicitly stated a preference for nepotism...if you’re not related to someone in the company or major company contractor, watch out.
    -Zero career planning, and RLTs fail to address this.
    -Some sites have too much pride to address their ever prevalent morale issues.

    Advice to Management

    It’s the 21st century, move forward. Have a rotation program for younger engineers, you’ve got 15 refineries. As good as the intern program is, that’s how bad your development as a full time engineer can be. The company will continue to lose money on its technical workforce and future otherwise. WAKE UP!


  10. "Shipping and Receiving Operator"

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    Current Employee - Shipping and Receiving in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Shipping and Receiving in Evansville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great hourly pay and bonuses!

    Cons

    Long hours and some holidays scheduled to work.

    Advice to Management

    Great management