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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated November 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 12 reviews)

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

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  1. "Lab"

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High salary, enployee focused, stable

    Cons

    Long hours, too much incompetence in mid-management

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time listening to rank and file.


  2. "Operations Shift Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Port Arthur, TX
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Port Arthur, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits. Plenty of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Too many hours worked. Constantly under staffed. Work / Life balance is severely off. Can be high stress at times.

    Advice to Management

    Double staffing

  3. "Conservative Company with Great People"

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    Former Intern - Information Services Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Intern - Information Services Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable, Good Benefits, Efficient, Experienced Employees/Management

    Cons

    Slow to Roll Out Changes, Old Technology


  4. "Internship"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy as an intern

    Pros

    40 hours, great pay, holidays off, and great culture

    Cons

    lots of projects
    depends on manager if you fit in.


  5. "Control Systems Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of experience and good pay

    Cons

    Working in oil refinery is not for everyone


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok to work for."

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    Current Employee - Operations Superintendent in Port Arthur, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Superintendent in Port Arthur, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Valero has a huge network with a great deal of talent to use as a resource to get up to speed. And the co-workers are generally willing to help you succeed.

    Cons

    If there is a location you are interested in within the Valero network, apply there and no where else. Once inside Valero, there are no transfers, unless it's related to a promotion. Valero is very frugal when it comes to relocation. There have been MANY high performing individuals that has left the company because of Valero's refusal to relocate on a lateral basis.

    Also, if you're not into the United Way, every year, you'll feel like you're being hounded and harassed to contribute.

    Advice to Management

    The address to the corporate headquarters is One Valero Way, when in fact, we have several plants with each its own culture, since they've all have been acquired from different companies. If you really want a consolidated and unified culture to reflect "One Valero Way", please consider the idea of relocation at lateral levels. This will enable sharing methodologies on a much more rapid pace, enabling us to have a more uniform feel. Right now we've got several people in the boat rowing in different directions.


  7. "Sr Process Engineer- Port Arthur"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -High emphasis on technical training even on topics not directly tied to your discipline; making you well rounded.

    - Local management will hold people accountable

    - Great benefits

    - Directors accessible by subordinates due to their office proximity

    - Once you prove yourself, they will give you the room to grow and not micro-manage you

    - Corporate SME that was always available if needed but never over-bearing and burdening you with work.

    Cons

    - At the time I was with the company, there were no mid-level management in engineering to develop someone

    - My perception was that my age didn't allow some opportunities to be open to me

    Advice to Management

    When only considering the younger employees for promotions, you may be overlooking an employee with an extensive background in military leadership as a commissioned officer.

  8. "CSR"

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

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time shifts, friendly environment

    Cons

    Only two people per shift, needed more people

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Great company to work for"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, bonuses, vacation, community minded, usually concerned with doing what is right even if its not standard policy.

    Cons

    Raises are really mostly cost of living adjustments. The expectation to work hard is always there which is fine, but every missed day is counted carefully. Sometimes it feels like their attitude is: if you don't like it, leave.

    Advice to Management

    Annual merit increases are barely covering the cost of living increases. Employees who perform very well should get raises above the norm. Remember the old saying : Employees are our #1 asset.....doesn't seem like this is true anymore.


  10. "A Review of Valero Energy Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    good people to work with
    good benefits

    Cons

    the hours of the position


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