Valero Energy Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated Dec 8, 2020

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Valero Energy Chairman, President and CEO Joe Gorder
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182 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, they take care of their people(in 36 reviews)

  • "Good pay, great mentors and support staff(in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "The Memphis refinery management lacks field experience & ability to make tough business decisions(in 22 reviews)

  • "Long hours and some holidays scheduled to work(in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Operator 

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good Enviornment good pay good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours weekends holidays weather

  2. "good"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    great place to work . . . . .

    Cons

    long hours. . . . . . . . .

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company- hard work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Bonuses Pay Great insurance 1 to 1 401k match Smart people

    Cons

    Long hours, They run lean so you’re doing a lot of work. Turnaround schedules Only 2 wks vacation to start

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Inept & Indecisive leadership"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive compensation to other oil & gas refineries.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership! The Memphis refinery management lacks field experience & ability to make tough business decisions. Mid level supervision & craftsmen are worked in circles due to the poor leadership. Work life balance is non existent. If you want to achieve success & promotion, you will be expected to work 7 days a week & long hours. Your family must come 2nd to the big V! Higher performers will be pushed to their breaking limits while low performers are allowed/accepted for poor performance. The only reward for being a high performer is the ability to do someone else’s job that does not meet expectations.

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  5. "Great Company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oil Refinery Operator in Memphis, TN
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great money, great teammates, always something to do, exciting, learning new things daily.

    Cons

    Long hours,long hours, long hours. Long hours , time away from family,

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  6. "Shipping and Receiving Operator"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shipping and Receiving in Evansville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great hourly pay and bonuses!

    Cons

    Long hours and some holidays scheduled to work.

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  7. "Senior engineer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits,professional challenge, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Politics, long hours, lean staffing, favoritism

  8. "Good Place to Put on your Resume then Move On"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Professional in San Antonio, TX
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company offers good pay and a variety of benefits. Management is very accessible. You will get a variety of work experiences. Excellent bonuses are given.

    Cons

    You will work long hours. The company forces you to contribute a percentage of your salary to the United Way. Some people moved in to management have very limited technical skills in the area they are in.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sad state of a once great company"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing and Supply in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but quickly falling behind their industry peers.

    Cons

    Long hours, high stress with little recognition UNLESS you are a female under 35 and play politics, or a male under 35 who plays politics. YOUR PERFORMANCE DOES NOT MATTER. Younger or connected employees gain advancement with mediocre skills and poor work ethic. Go ahead, stay on your phone all day watching movies, let your terminals run out or leave for vacation while your refinery goes into containment... it's okay! Your older counterparts will fix your mess and YOU will be rewarded. Women are paid SIGNIFICANTLY less than their male counterparts no matter their education, experience, work ethic or performance. If you give your 2 week notice and are a woman, you will be let go immediately and benefits ended the same day (not a one time occurrence but a significant pattern). If you are a male and going to work FOR A COMPETITOR, they will let you stay through your 2 week notice even though you are in a highly sensitive roll (again, a pattern). I used to be an incredibly proud employee, but now hear daily horror stories of older employees being drummed out (they will continue to pile work on you until you are forced to resign or have a stroke), or will let you train and be a doormat for straight out of college young people. They do not give new (including college graduates) or transitioning employees the proper foundation to ensure their success. In the past, we had clear stepping stones and career paths to ensure employee growth and success. New management says that never existed and are doing an incredibly poor job creating their own "path" which is proving to be a massive failure. Valero's reputation has taken a significant hit throughout the industry and the low morale is widely known.

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  10. "Lab"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High salary, enployee focused, stable

    Cons

    Long hours, too much incompetence in mid-management

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