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Valero Energy Reviews

Updated May 16, 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. Helpful (3)

    "The Best Company in the US"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best place to work because: you have the opportunity to help others, the community you work in, your co-workers treat you with respect, the benefits are very competitive since they help you pay for your benefits, Valero cares about your well-being since they have fitness center, clinic @ head quarters and they provide a Gym subsidy for those not working at head quarters, they also provide a subsidy for day care, they also help you understand how fortunate we all are by being able to donate to many charities, and NO they don't force you to donate!, you decide for yourself how much to contribute, great pension plan, 401k matching, I can keep going on and on how great Valero is! Lastly, you get yo meet the CEO once you are hired, I mean where do you can the chance to meet the CEO, nowhere.. They also provide many charity events for our veterans, children, and many other social events that benefit the community.

    Cons

    It's hard to think about anything negative since they truly provide a great work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!!


  2. "Finance SAP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAP Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - SAP Intern in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    nice and interesting job role

    Cons

    little repetitive work at times


  3. "Amazing workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    • Great work/life balance
    • opportunities for professional growth
    • management really cares about employees career and well being

    Cons

    • somewhat conservative work environment.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Receive great benefits, amenities and perks on campus, community service and overall appreciates employees.

    Cons

    Depending on department, things can be run differently by management instead of the same across the board. Morale can be up and down depending on management style.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely appreciate and get to know the people who work for you instead of giving the feeling they are just replaceable workers.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Valero Welcome Renewable Plant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welcome, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welcome, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Valero Energy group provides good benefits and pay for their employees and if you are a member of an elite group of backside kissers you get paid even better than deserved.

    Cons

    I cannot speak for the relationship between management and employees at other facilities, but I can give my perspective of the Welcome, MN facility.

    At this facility you will find some really good people, some really good friends and a career that you may want to take pride in. The good people and hard workers are unfortunately; leaving or are being blackballed out of a job at this facility. I believe it has everything to do with taking pride in your work. Those people that you can count on, that take pride in their work and would ultimately just like to put in an honest day’s work to earn a living, plain and simply aren't being appreciated. There is a good deal of favoritism shown to people that are truly lazy or just have poor work ethics because they know how to "schmooze" or kiss hindquarters. Alternatively, those people that show up every day on time and try to do their best seem to get no recognition at all. This has lead the Welcome facility to a point where a large number of the experienced staff are looking to move on or are being forced to move on; as they question management or are tired of being treated poorly by management because they know more about the position they hold than management themselves. They have tried and tried to move up based on merits, but this doesn’t work as the “schmoozers” are really good at being ‘Yes Men’ and not thinking for themselves. The hard working employees have tried to make improvements to the everyday work life only to have it all demolished by those that really do not care or by poor choices made by management for which they never take credit. I have witnessed such things as a member of management making changes which produced wasted product and then they knowingly let someone else take the blame for the mistake. I have witnessed certain managers turn his/her cheek on a safety issue that he/she was involved in, but others are fired for much smaller issues by comparison.
    Although most people would choose to do right by the community and donate to a good cause; you will be forced to donate to the United Way and also to volunteer a certain number of hours the Valero only approved events each year. You will be badgered by the administration until you do both of these things and if you make the decision not to do either of these things your raise and bonus are threatened.

    Suffice it to say that I could go on and on about these issues, but I won't. Just keep an eye open for all of the job postings that come open over and over again and again. The amount of turnover should speak for itself.

    I wouldn’t not recommend applying for a job at this facility unless you have absolutely nothing in your background check and if you are the type of individual who would have nothing in your background check; you’re too good to work here and will grow frustrated very quickly because of the things I’ve mentioned above. If you do decide to apply for a position at this facility; keep in mind that if you are the sort of individual that likes to take ownership or pride in his/her work, you will be sorely disappointed here as I see no improvements being made at this facility with local or corporate management.

    Advice to Management

    I pretty much summed things up in the cons section of this review and hope that people read through this and keep this all in mind as employees leave this facility because of the local and corporate management.


  7. "Decent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture, great people to work with, close to a big city

    Cons

    Different management style across different refineries


  8. "Customer service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Good company had ways of showing they appreciated the employees. Good benefits and decent pay.

    Cons

    Long hours. Open on holidays. Sometimes on night shifts by yourself. Unfortunately customers would steal gas and not much could be done about it.

    Advice to Management

    Make pay s little higher. If there is a shift difference pay should be higher.


  9. "Summer Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive pay
    - Opportunity to learn more about the refining industry
    - Very focused on being the best refiner.

    Cons

    - Housing is not provided for the interns. That made things difficult.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest assisting the interns more with finding housing.


  10. "Manager"

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


  11. "Great Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Salery and benefits package

    Cons

    Not enough room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Clear paths for advancement


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