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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  • Long hours, management picks and rewards favorites regardless of work ethic or knowledge (in 10 reviews)

  • traditional environment, traffic in san antonio is annoying (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Honored to work at Valero!"

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

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

    Pros

    -Co-workers seem more like family, makes for a fun work environment
    -Challenging work assignments
    -Supportive leadership
    -Excellent & competitive pay (with annual merit increases)
    -Company bonus always exceeds my expectations
    -Interesting industry
    -Strong community involvement and empowerment to give our time to causes we believe in
    -Ability to work out at on-site gym during lunch
    -On-site Doctor's office / free annual wellness exams with full blood work

    Cons

    -Lack of telecommuting/working from home option for most employees


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Weigh Your Options Before Accepting an Offer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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

  3. "Terminal Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Terminal Operator in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Terminal Operator in Fontana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional job learning everyday is exciting.

    Cons

    None applied to area very good.

    Advice to Management

    Very rewarding to work here.


  4. "Valero Energy"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, above average pay, on-site gym, nice coworkers, no overtime.

    Cons

    I think overall Valero can be a decent company to work for. However, my department had a claustrophobic environment. The work we did was monotonous but the manager would turn down opportunities for new projects. We were also over-staffed and often did not have enough work to go around. Other major downsides include stagnant company culture, ugly cubicles, dress code, and extremely inflexible hours.

    Advice to Management

    Start updating the culture or you will not be able to hire new talent.


  5. "Excellent Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great Co-workers
    Good Pay
    Great benefits
    Great offices

    Cons

    Even though I have been lucky and I have been able to advance in my career pretty fast, to move up the ladder someone else above you has to retire or leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, I love working here!


  6. "Looking for employment with a natural gas company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Sunray, TX
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Sunray, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay-401k-health & medical benefits

    Cons

    Confined to one set location


  7. "Instrumentation Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefit, fair pay, and good work environment.

    Cons

    I do not have any to complaint at this time.

  8. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Operator
    Current Employee - Process Operator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good company to work for, first place I've worked at where they actually look out for there workers.

    Cons

    The schedule takes a bit to get used to, but after you do its very convenient


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Professional, Technical, Middle Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  10. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Like working with public and great customer service.

    Cons

    I have no downsides in what i do as manger. I like what do.

    Advice to Management

    Working hard as a manger and being responsible and honest to the field of management.


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