Valero Energy Reviews

Updated 7 May 2021

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4.0
69%
Recommend to a Friend
92%
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Valero Energy Chairman, President and CEO Joe Gorder
Joe Gorder
166 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, they take care of their people(in 37 reviews)

  • "Good Enviornment good pay good benefits(in 30 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. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Pipeline Controller 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a Great Benefits Package

    Cons

    No downside to working at Valero

  2. "Engineer/Supervisor"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Shrewd business people, razor sharp on costs.

    Cons

    Hypocrisy by management; the pressure was always on to cut costs at the operational sites yet Corporate had no expense spared eg 3 private jets, Ranch for entertaining etc.


  3. "This is a stepping stone job"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Process Operator in New York, NY

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very nice managers, good benefits, Good match on 401k, yearly bonus, job is busy so day goes fast

    Cons

    New employees starting wage just a few dollars short of 9-10 year employees current wage so don’t expect to get rich. Shift work 12hrs nights days weekends holidays but you don’t get any shift differential. Cross train for other jobs to help company and you MIGHT get a 15 cent Additional raise. Very High Employee turn over. They skim you on hours during inclement weather. You have to go through this dumb training system like your going to be a rocket scientist but you get paid like your flipping burgers (sorry if I offended you career burger flippers). A lot of micro managing. You will fill out the same paperwork a dozen different ways for one job and don’t forget to not check a box cause they will be hunting you down...

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  4. "Good Environment but Low Pay"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Operator 

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    The people with Valero are generally easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, and pay is relatively low.

  5. "Good pay and benefits"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Process Operator in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is good, regulated so there's no worry your peers at the same level/job title make more than you. 401 matching is good / various medical plans to choose from. Built in OT

    Cons

    Pension program is gone for newcomers :( No or slow job growth once you reach Op 1

  6. "Great company location issues..."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Head Process Operator in Port Arthur, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for family oriented.

    Cons

    Local location management is recruited and has people with years of service forced out or terminated to bring in they own people from refineries they previously worked for. HR is also biased and not neutral between worker and corporate relations.

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  7. "Overall a great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long term employment, company culture is by far the best I’ve seen

    Cons

    Not as many growth opportunities as you may think

  8. "Valero - Great place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area HSE Manager in Brookings, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, company with integrity

    Cons

    To really move up, you need to be able to relocate

  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Valero Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, challenging work, growth opportunity

    Cons

    Lots of hours, operations is unionized and can be challenging to work with at times

  10. "Great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Valero Energy part-time

    Pros

    Fantastic company by to work for

    Cons

    It sucks to suck dude

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