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Pros
  • Great company with great benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • Co-workers seem more like family, makes for a fun work environment (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (4)

    "Weigh Your Options Before Accepting an Offer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Port Arthur, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Port Arthur, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Let me preface my review by stating that the attitude and culture of the refinery I worked in, in Port Arthur is not representative of the company at large. This review is specific to that location only:

    Pros:

    A ton of learning opportunities for a young engineer

    Good compensation and benefits (still below industry average)

    Knowledgeable resources both locally and at a corporate level for support

    Cons

    Blatant favoritism towards some employees that wasn't based on performance or manner in which work was accomplished

    Questionable business ethics regarding contractors, job bids, and environmental reporting

    High turnover rate for engineers (lack of middle aged employees and mentors)

    Poor quality middle management (in part due to turnover and in part due to upper management decision making)

    Lack of training guidance on work processes and job responsibilities i.e. a trial by fire approach


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Valero Renewables - great possibilities but falls short"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Lab Technician in Linden, IN
    Former Employee - Quality Lab Technician in Linden, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good money and good benefits.

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance.
    Does not practice what they preach about safety.
    Not enough people to cover all the work - force people to use vacation time if they can't cover when someone calls in sick or takes vacation.
    Work load/responsibilities not equal for team members on the same shift.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is really going on.
    Be involved in the day to day instead of staying in your offices barking orders.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "mechanic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    mostly independent work environment

    Cons

    inconsistent with our paychecks due dates

    Advice to Management

    need to pay your workers on time


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Borderline Hostile Work Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great Pension Plan. Great Hours.

    Cons

    HR is all about the company not the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the problem! Evaluate your HR.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Valero Energy Accounting Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - European Operations Accountant in San Antonio, TX
    Former Contractor - European Operations Accountant in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Valero Energy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The HQ is based in San Antonio, Texas at the Valero Energy secure and secluded corporate campus. The campus is located in a great area of the city, on the west side of San Antonio. Many other companies within a 20 mile radius as well as housing options, and eateries.

    Cons

    The company offers a range of amenities and services such as full service gym, cafeteria, and doctor all on campus for full-time employees ONLY. Interns, part-time employees and contract employees only get access to the cafeteria.
    I applied to work full-time with the company after interning with Shell Oil and completing my undergraduate business degree but was offered a contract position through the company’s third party hiring agency Select Staff. I was told because I did not intern or have previous experience with Valero contract and temp employment is the best form of evaluation. I was put on the European accounting team to fill a desk for an employee who took another offer. Work was incomplete and no one familiar with the desk enough to show me the ropes. I have worked in “sink or swim” environments in the past however, from the first day I was hired I was penalized for back-log that I had not built up.

    Advice to Management

    Management should consider evaluating with Human Resources how teams within the accounting department are staffed and expand the university new hire pipeline process.


  6. "CSR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    busy store so getting experiences very fast. providing services to customers . Providing varieties of products to customers.

    Cons

    Over work load, so busy, have no break even to have launch or breakfast ,
    pay is not enough to survive in Texas. payments at pumps are problematic.

    Advice to Management

    provide the chances of overtime ,
    make weekly payment instead of fortnightly.
    Repair the payment machine of pumps
    Increase the payment rate.
    Develop the incentive system of Wages Payment
    provide more benefits to the employee working late night.


  7. "Cashier"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they give good hours weekly and many things to learn

    Cons

    bad schlued timing is not good for students

    Advice to Management

    sudhar jao

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unhappy employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary good insurance good bonuses

    Cons

    Unsafe poor moral dangerous run down

    Advice to Management

    Think more of employees than profits


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Some good & some bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Valero Energy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, employees, customers, image, some management

    Cons

    Schedule, pay for some, training, workload

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  10. Helpful (4)

    "If you work at a male dominated company in Texas is that an oxymoron?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In San Antonio there are few head quartered companies, so locally it is considered a great place.

    Cons

    Few or no personal growth opportunities unless they have to with Valero sponsored charities. Professional accreditation's are hard to maintain as academic or other qualifications or certifications are not valued as most employees here worked their way up. Men are rewarded on their potential, women rewarded on deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    The tight grip on spending does not always translate into savings or productivity. Employee loyalty is born from respect, mutual and otherwise.


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