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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated May 26, 2018
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Pros
  • "They offer great benefits even for part-time employees" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Co-workers seem more like family, makes for a fun work environment" (in 23 reviews)

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" (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "Right of Way Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Right of Way Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Right of Way Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Pay, Great Mgmt.,

    Cons

    No Cons that I can note at this time

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Coast to Retirement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Valero offers a stable career with a lot of benefits beyond the standard salary and health benefits. The company is situated on a beautiful campus that includes gym, basketball court, tennis courts, full-service medical clinic for employees and family, cafeteria, subsidized daycare facility, etc.

    Cons

    Due to the desirability of the amenities and brand recognition, the company has historically been able to hire at relatively lower salaries. Career growth and any significant growth in compensation is somewhat of a crapshoot. Employees are typically looking for a place to retire not seek professional development. Status quo is acceptable. It's not a great place to work if you are seeking professional development.


  4. "Customer Service Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy part-time

    Pros

    They offer great benefits even for part-time employees.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your part-times better.


  5. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Ardmore, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits but it’s used to treat employees any kind of way.

    Cons

    Corporate turns an eye away from terrible leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Train leaders to treat the individual contributors with respect and dignity. If you take care of your employees then they will take care of the rest.


  6. "Good Place to Put on your Resume then Move On"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Professional in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Accounting Professional in San Antonio, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company offers good pay and a variety of benefits.
    Management is very accessible.
    You will get a variety of work experiences.
    Excellent bonuses are given.

    Cons

    You will work long hours.
    The company forces you to contribute a percentage of your salary to the United Way.
    Some people moved in to management have very limited technical skills in the area they are in.

    Advice to Management

    Distribute work more evenly so there is more of a balance between those working longer hours and those working fewer.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Horrible Management."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Aurora, SD
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Aurora, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and the people are fun to work with. However, Management in the front office are horrible.

    Cons

    Management needs some improvement. Getting rid of most of them and starting fresh would be great.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of them and get new management.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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