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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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Valero Energy Chairman, President and CEO Joe Gorder
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  • Long hours, management picks and rewards favorites regardless of work ethic or knowledge (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. "Process Engineering Inern"

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    Former Intern - Process Engineer Intern in Benicia, CA
    Former Intern - Process Engineer Intern in Benicia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting work. Generous pay.

    Cons

    If petroleum refining isn't for you, then you won't enjoy your position.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront about expectations for interns


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern

    Pros

    pays well, people are nice

    Cons

    not room to move within company

  3. 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.


  4. "Great Company, One Bad Refinery"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very stable job for now. Very challenging and constant problem solivng

    Cons

    Very long hours.

    Benicia refinery hires mostly from BYU so you are treated differently not being mormon.

    Unpredictable schedule

    Many employees are hostile


  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. "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.


  7. "Valero (Corner Store)"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Conroe, TX

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

    Pros

    Managers were nice, and the work is easy.

    Cons

    The one I worked at promoted the worst worker we had to assistant manager, and then shorty after, she quit.
    Angry customers are a challenge at times.
    Some stores are understaffed.

  8. "opened and closed the store stocked an ect... i was a manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Crockett, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Crockett, TX

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

    Pros

    learned social skill, managing skills, how to be a leader and how to stay loyal and take care of my responsibility's as a manager

    Cons

    it can be stressful learning everything having to learn it some people will take to you crazy but they just had a bad day

    Advice to Management

    stay on top of your stuff but also connect with the team you have and the customers and do the absolute best no matter what


  9. "Advancement in all ar"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work hours for differnt shifts. Gym

    Cons

    Advancement to move anywhere in the company. Want more outside people


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Do your homework"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, although they are slowing hacking away at them

    Cons

    Valero will hire you for as little as possible. Advancement is very difficult unless you are married to, related to, or very friendly with someone who matters. Nepotism run deep so be very careful. Good employees get the bulk of the work with no promotions or increased pay in sight. Prepare to become a work horse and be treated as such. If you get on the wrong person's radar, you will be asked to retire. Leadership hires and fires on emotion, not abilities. You can have a horrible person that gets called up on a regular basis than stays in their position and good people who work hard find themselves on the chopping block because of perceived slights. A lot of turnover right now. Women are historically paid less than men and female leadership is dwindling.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good, hard look. There is a reason the company went from #3 Best Employer to #280.


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