Chevron is a wonderful company at which to work, and most of my career I had outstanding and supportive supervisors/managers. I was fortunate to have 11 different job positions over a 22 1/2-year career with Chevron. Chevron always had some kind of program or community involvement which I signed up for to help myself and my family remain involved in important community initiatives, as well.
The last reorganization really took a toll on the company overall. Chevron lost a lot of talent, and many employess who kept their jobs ended up leaving Chevron due to issues with work/life balance, the new job load requirements, new supervisors/managers were not properly trained and given those responsibilites, etc. There were a lot of changes in a short amount of time. I happened to be in a group that took a huge "hit" in personnel changes, and received a new manager who was not happy with his demotion and move to Houston. I was the subject matter expert of the Marketer side of the business and he chose me to lead his group, do my job, and train the new employees. He also selected me for special projects, and I was working on a Global Contract Generation project. At the same time, I was sought out by the Manager of Marketing Policies and Programs in California to help with a Dual Branded contract project. I had the highest salary in the group, the most work, and did an excellent job. The manager could not keep up with the staffing requirements as my co-workers were "jumping ship" to get
Prosexcellent pay and benefits, co-workers, great otj training
Consunsupportive/untrained managers due to reorgs, too many cut-backs w/ the work
• Gathered requirements, created SQL Server and Oracle databases, setup security, set up backup jobs, refresh schemas, grant object permissions to users thru roles, resolve database issues, and perform day-to-day DBA activities
• Primary DBA responsible for all maintenance activities on Oracle (54+ Production databases), SQL Server databases (75+ Production databases running on 80 servers); Primary for Lynx, Atlas Data Stage projects in Houston; Primary for all Cognos installations, and support activities
• Primary DBA for all Team Foundation Database/Chevron Essential Suite (ESS) requests and few more databases; pro-actively resolved numerous performance issues and upgraded server specifications in a timely manner
• Run IPPatrol Reports; interact with Team Lead, Business Owner to resolve any outstanding issues
• Upgraded SQL Server 2005 Standard to Enterprise Edition including two node Clusters, created SQL Server databases based on standards, setup security/ backup jobs / user permissions/objects creation, partitioned tables, refresh databases, and perform day-to-day DBA activities
• Prepare and work on complete life-cycle of Disaster Recovery (DR) to another site
• Learnt new technologies Cognos, DataStage administration and was made Lead in June 2008
• Mentored three (3) employees on Oracle, SQL Server, Cognos, and DataStage, InfoSphere installation and administration
• Upgraded 9i Databases EXP/IMP scripts to 10g EXPDP/IMPDP
• Installed Cognos 8.4, 8.2, applied patches;
I only worked there for a month but the other employees told me that Chevron use to be a good company to work for. The focus was on customer service and caring for the employees. Recently Chevron has switched owners and the new owner doesn't care about customer service or the employees.
He has cut benefits for hard-working employees, and cut how much a manager can spend on food for monthly employee meetings. He has added penalties for not following ALL rules. I got in trouble for everything! Here's what I got in trouble for:
Having over $100 in the register even though it was busy and I didn't have time in between customers to drop extra money into the vault
Not asking customers to wait while I drop extra money into the vault. Seriously, I got in trouble for not asking customer to wait. I said it was bad customer service and my manager said that customer service doesn't help you at this job.
Saying "Have a nice day" instead of "Thank you, have a nice day."
A woman's car broke down so I bought a large soda and gave it to her to help her feel better. My manager didn't want to let me give it to her because we could get sued for doing that. I told her the likelihood of us getting sued for that is really low and its worth the risk to do something nice for someone having a bad day.
Leaving a mop in the front of the store while I paused cleaning to help a customer at the register.
Not wearing gloves to clean up a few drops of coffee on the counter.
Not using the mop to
Extremely positive environment, perform at the highest levels of commitment to employees; our safety, welfare, compensation, benefits and performance
A typical day consists of first, reviewing my manager's calendar and preparing him for meetings for the day. Next I will answer emails received from the team I support, which consists of 48 Engineers with various functions. The requests range anywhere from assistance with calendar scheduling, room booking, meeting invite comprisal and distribution, catering for meetings, working on technical tasks like data entry, data tracking and consolidation, CAPEX/OPEX budget metrics and reporting, special purchases, expense reporting, answering questions concerning company policies, preparing presentations for meetings using PowerPoint, attending various meetings, preparing special award luncheons for supervisors and staff, sizing female employees for Fire Retardant Clothing, performing workstation evaluations on fellow employees, office moves including on/off boarding and managing building maintenance, IT and cubicle space requests.
In my time at Chevron I have learned the basics of how oil and gas are produced starting from the dirt and finishing with shipping to the customer. I have learned what it takes to support the demand of energy. I have learned what it means to put in all I have and to be appreciated for my efforts. I have learned that my role as an Administrative Assistant is vital to the success of my manager. I have only served with the best people and respect what I must do in order to be useful to them. I am honored to have been able to have had this amazing e
ProsWork I do, people I work with, services we provide, benefits and compensation, commitment to employee health and safety.
productive workplace with fun here and there not too serious all the time.
The front line is where all the action happens and is where the customer service representative spends the majority of their busy day. A typical day starts with checking e-mails and closing any other pending correspondence from the day before. Client orders going to places such as mass retailers like Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire are then taken via phone, fax, e-mail, or EDI and then entered and/or transmitted into a Warehouse Management System. The orders that shipped the day before are typically closed out so that the customers know that the product shipped. A list of open orders are checked and verified to ensure that all orders in queue have shipped and then the orders are filed away. All pretty routine CSR work, you would think.
Depending on the season, out of the norm requests begin to flood in. The requests that are for full truck loads that need to be picked, staged, and shipped in less than 1 hour. The CSR has to drop everything-and begin to message urgent requests to their warehouse counterparts or supervisor to find out if the order can ship, when it can be ready, create the paperwork, and then relay all the info back to the customer. All the while, customer requests are still pouring in and not to mention that your biggest customer is waiting on a Proof of Delivery for an order that shipped less than an hour ago to a city that is 5 hours away and has not delivered yet. All that-and it is lunch already!
Challenges, Managing your time as a representative is criti
ProsThe ability to interact with people from every walk of life on a daily basis.
ConsDepending upon what industry you choose to work in, you could be in an office on the phone or emailing all day long
When times are good, they are really good. When times are bad, they can be really bad.
The oil and gas industry is quite cyclical, so when things are going well, it can be a very fruitful time, and hiring occurs in droves. When things are not going so well, there are layoffs and job cuts which can be quite disconcerting.
This is a place where people's families also work here. You will find generations of certainly families, all working here. My family considers Chevron their family too, so working for Chevron can make people feel very comfortable and relaxed. At times, people expect certain benefits and for Chevron to take care of them in certain aspects of their lives. Given the need to stay competitive, Chevron has started to trim some of these benefits which can be tough if you're used to doing things a certain way at certain times.
The people are very friendly, and very hardworking, which makes it an enjoyable place to work. The culture tends to be more competitive in the Corporate centers of San Ramon and Houston and less so in the field.
You can learn a vast amount in your career at Chevron. You can also get caught up in being one of the masses and not realize how valuable you really are outside of Chevron.
Recently, I've seen the longstanding collaborative culture erode a bit, which is sad, but true when it comes to people making sure they stay competitive and valued. I've learned that being valuable at Chevron comes mostly from building relationships, working your network and making sure your supervisor is aligned of the items you sh
Pros9/80 Fridays- every other Friday off, Pension, 401K matching, civic commitment to the community
ConsMore benefits being trimmed and slimmed, layoffs every time the price of oil goes down.
Excellent benefits, good values, bureaucratic and slow
Chevron is truly an American Blue Chip company that treats its employees very well and, generally, has excellent work-life balance. However, the company is obsessed with processes, bureaucracy and personal silos, and is generally slow-moving and inefficient.
Particularly troubling to US-based employees is the constant offshoring of work to service centers located overseas, where labor costs are a lot less. This results in some cost savings, but often the work is turned around slowly, or wrong, or incomplete, and that makes already cumbersome work processes even more so. If you are an impatient person that likes to see progress made at a fast pace, Chevron is not the place for you.
Another troubling trend is Chevron's recent program in choosing a few Ivy League students and fast-tracking them in rotational assignments, leapfrogging them over employees with decades of relevant experience. This is very different than Chevron's longtime practices of developing talent from the ground up and in-house. It creates an environment where longtime employees don't fees as valued, and the few Ivy League fast-tracked employees feel entitled and superior.
Chevron also has an exceptional emphasis on safety which, if you're a longtime employee, you can't help to carry on into your personal life (always holding the handrails on stairways is an example).
If you're mid or late career and can deal with the bureaucracy, Chevron is a great place. If you're young and not one of the
ProsVery professional, great people, great benefits
ConsBureaucratic and slow, constant offshoring, no in-house development of talent
This place is great for one demographic; teens in need of spending money. Other than that, adults are treated very poorly. There is an "On call" policy where you are expected to sit at home and be ready if they need to call you in (for no pay whatsoever, mind you) and you MUST arrive if called or else it is an automatic termination. Having kids and working here is extremely hard, they don't really seem to care. The only way you can make extra money is if you are generous enough to come in on your day off, but even then you will only get E-Pay if you yourself write it in a little book behind the register to remind the manager. If you don't you will not get the extra pay you deserve. If you are a woman, lgbt, or a person of color I would save the headache and work somewhere else (not because of the workers, they are generally good). The customers are extremely old fashioned which dictates a lot of the companies decisions. However if you are a felon and cannot find a job, this place will hire you. There are no background checks or drug tests, so for people trying to get back on their feet after changing their lives for the better, I would say go for it.
The managers here attempt to squeeze their schedules as tight as possible, leading to understaffing and an extremely stressful work environment. You can get a whopping 25 CENT raise a year, unless of course minimum wage goes up. To them they consider it a raise.
On the more positive side, most people who work there are an abso
ProsKind coworkers, Hires quickly
ConsTerribly small break room, No benefits, You can only wear jackets you purchase from the company for 30-45$, You cannot make your own schedule
A typical work day consisted of logging into the phones and the computer. Documenting and tracking all of the technical support issues that we would receive throughout the country regarding the leased POS systems from the different Chevron and Texaco stations. Most of the issues were fairly simplistic and could be handled in a matter of minutes, however the more difficult issues would usually end with some piece of hardware going bad and would require dispatch for hardware replacement.
Some of the things that I learned from this position; are that no matter how big or how difficult the situation is, most people are reasonable. If you dedicate your undivided attention, and perform your level best to provide great service the customer will give you the opportunity to serve them well. Another very valuable jewel that I took away from this position, was think simple first. It has been my experience that as we progress in this technical world of our, we tend to think too complicated. During my tenure in this position I have discovered that the bulk of my calls were solved by thinking simple first and then getting complex.
I had a small opportunity to do a little training. I do remember the department adapting one of my favorite themes. “It is okay for you to be smart, but do not make your customer or end user feel dump in the process”.
The people that we worked with were awesome. We all still get together regularly and talk about the old days when we were all under the same Chevro
Prosgood pay, great co-worker, and very safe environment
Consthe job ended due to company departmental sale
A typical day working at Chevron would consist of many things such as opening and closing the store, making all of the food through out the day, making coffee through out the day, helping customers, stocking shelves, pulling out of date items, training new employees, opening and closing the car wash, spraying down cars before they enter the car wash, and being polite and courteous to customers. While working at Chevron I learned many things, a few of those things I learned are how to rotate items on shelves, how the gas pumps worked, and how to check inventory. Working at Chevron I had some of the best co-workers that I have ever worked with, besides some bad apples we had the best team an employee could ask for, everyone I worked with was very hardworking, very team oriented. They made working at a gas station fun and enjoyable. The hardest part about working at Chevron was the hours. I was hired to be the night supervisor so I planned everything around the hours I was going to be working, I planned childcare, life, bills, etc. But unfortunately I was not given the hours I was hired for, and that made my home life very difficult. The management at chevron was decent. I absolutely loved my supervisor, who trained me, and worked with me almost everyday, she was patient, kind and understanding. My store manager was not the most understanding or caring women. She did not care about most of her employees, she would pick favorites, and be very rude to the other employees. She oft
ConsNo breaks, no healthcare, no time off, minimum wage, and no room to move up on the ladder.
-Chevron is a type of Company worldwide recommended to work. Itself is a world first class Company. By complexity of operations, it should be maintai
-Chevron is a type of Company worldwide recommended to work. Itself is a world first class Company.
By complexity of operations, it should be maintained 24 hours, 7 days and always on, so it demands for operations working 21-21 or 28-28, schedule reinforced by Angolan laws and regulations. It was good for me working on that kind of working schedule.
-Chevron it is a big School, it is a permanent learning, learning and development programs are there, team work is another tool for learning as cross training, despite professional trainings, there is soft skill and management trainings. From Chevron I learned for life. The expertise motivating me to apply jobs online overseas, is a value gained from Chevron. I leaned professional, management, safety and environment, including family and others care from Chevron.
-Management, I leaned management is to consider and gather all resources in hand, taking as priority human resources, support, train, coach, control, help, care, all that will be the tools to empower them to run a business and deliver results with quality, cost and timely, to provide value and operational discipline for the organization and profits.
-Workplace culture, was based on diversity. And in fact interact with different people from different culture, I learned much more and gave me a value for improvement. Key point-Communication.
-Hardest part of the job, I think long hours working a day, more than 12.
-The most enjoyable of the job, was working conditions
ProsTeamwork, permanent training and career development.
Conslong working hours and short breaks, lack of insurence of any kind to nacional employees.
Questions And Answers about Chevron
What is the best part of working at Chevron?
Asked Oct 11, 2019
Answered Jul 2, 2022
It feels like a family environment.
Answered Jul 1, 2022
What is the interview process like at Chevron?
Asked Apr 3, 2016
No interview was required because of business unit reorganization
Answered Mar 10, 2020
Just really basically getting to know a lil something about you and get a good connection
Answered Nov 12, 2018
What is the most stressful part about working at Chevron?
Asked Jan 14, 2017
Working with less than a hundred dollars at register besides poor and rude management
Answered Sep 23, 2019
Management expects you to complete tasks on your own because it’s believed that nothing will get done if working with others and it only causes people to mess around.
Answered Mar 7, 2019
What is the work environment and culture like at Chevron?
Asked Jun 17, 2016
Your Employees are only as good as the manager, But the manager is only as good as the owners , I worked at a Chevron for 15 years 2 mangers and 2 owners , the owners took advantage of the manager , they in turn took advantage of us, till we got a manager who stood up to them , great team work and willing employees
Answered Apr 6, 2019
Culture has changed significantly since year 2000. Changes on procedures and process but has no impact on day to day work Operators and Maintenances actually does.