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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated February 14, 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 9 reviews)

  • located in the north of San Antonio so there is not much to do; (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Professional, Technical, Middle Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Superintendent
    Current Employee - Operations Superintendent
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salaries & bonuses, great financial outlook

    Cons

    No concept of work-life balance, upper management mainly concerned with achieving metrics and short term economics rather than properly maintaining the equipment, very hipocritcal concerning their advertised values--they're only for PR


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Plenty of challenges.

    Cons

    Disconnect between corporate and refinery goals


  3. "Lead IS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Information Systems (I/S) Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Information Systems (I/S) Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401k best ever
    Very stable
    Great Bonus structure
    Spectacular facilities in headquarters
    Great coworkers who are friendly and helpful
    On site wellness center
    Family oriented

    Cons

    IS upper management is not the best. Mostly you will get to work on mundane, old technologies that won't take your career anywhere.
    San Antonio is probably the only location, no flexibility at all. Not enough emphasis on rotation and learning skills. I have lots of experience so to me it's a place you can retire. For the young ones who wana learn skills and be competitive I wouldn't say the same

    Advice to Management

    Money is not the only reason people would stay anywhere.
    Gone are those days when you worked for 1 company all your life. Encourage talent, provide opportunities to train, move around learn for people who want to ekse the future looks bleak. Valero is great ok, but there are other great companies too, bear this in mind.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work not rewarded"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Linden, IN
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Linden, IN
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, great people

    Cons

    Long hours, management picks and rewards favorites regardless of work ethic or knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Don't bite the hand that feeds! Hard working, senior employees are jumping ship because newer, less qualified employees are being rewarded first.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IT manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Wimbledon, ND
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Wimbledon, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very progressive. lots of energy

    Cons

    Valero Energy are a very Head Office driven organisation with other locations having limited band width for initiative and decision making

    Advice to Management

    Be more trusting in the skill sets of teams outside of San Antonio


  7. "Quality"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent bonus, good budget to spend on instruments and supplies, easy to get new equipment approved

    Cons

    Heavily focused on engineering, to detriment of other dopts, if you are not an engineer, management doesn't listen or take seriously


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Process Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job environment and location

    Cons

    Low pay for refining job


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Process Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Process Engineer in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Process Engineer in Baytown, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience as a young engineer. Valero promotes high responsibility at an early age in your career.

    Cons

    Each refinery has its own culture and the company as a whole lacks a sense of uniform values. Very difficult to relocate among certain refineries. Several promotions seem to come from outside hires.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on developing your employees career instead of micromanaging. Need to adapt to millennial mentality in order to retain talented engineers.


  10. "CSR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy. Okay benefits. Flexible. Manager was great.

    Cons

    beer runs. people tell you the wrong pump then someone else pumps their gas and they get mad at us. people steal. working Saturday until 1am.


  11. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great customers, meet allot of nice people

    Cons

    Work long hours. Supervisors don't understand the work load you are put through. They don't understand at time. One supervisor did a big no, no and only demoted.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay for csr. Better health insurance for cashiers.



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