Occidental Petroleum Overview

Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an American company engaged in hydrocarbon exploration in the United States, the Middle East, and Colombia as well as petrochemical manufacturing in the United States, Canada, and Chile. It is organized in Delaware and headquartered in Houston.
The staff at Occidental Petroleum come from unusually diverse demographic backgrounds. The company is 34.9% female and 48.6% ethnic minorities. Despite its diversity in other areas, Occidental Petroleum employees are noticeably lacking in political diversity. It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Republican Party, at 79.5%. Employees seem to enjoy working in an otherwise diverse workplace that is dominated by members of the Republican Party. Occidental Petroleum has great employee retention with staff members usually staying with the company for 3.8 years. The average employee at Occidental Petroleum makes $105,606 per year, which is quite competitive for its location and industry. In comparison, some of its highest paying competitors, like ConocoPhillips, Oxy, and Marathon Oil, pay $99,333, $94,339, and $93,516, respectively.
Based in Houston, Texas, Occidental Petroleum is an industry leader with 11,000 employees and an annual revenue of $17.8B.

The Organization’s Mission

To develop energy resources safely, profitably and responsibly to maximize value.


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The Team At Occidental Petroleum

Key People
  • Vicki Hollub (ceo)
  • Melissa Schoeb (Vice President, Communications And Public Affairs)
  • Eugene Batchelder (chairman)
  • Laura Matthews (Director, Human Resources)
  • Cedric Burgher (CFO)

The Culture At Occidental Petroleum

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Occidental is advancing a lower-carbon future with our subsidiary Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, which promotes innovative technologies that drive cost efficiencies and economically grow our business while reducing emissions. We also have a marketing and midstream business and WES Midstream, which includes Western Midstream Partners, LP.
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Occidental Petroleum Rankings

Occidental Petroleum is ranked #63 on the Best Companies to Work For in America list. Zippia's Best Places to Work lists provide unbiased, data-based evaluations of companies. Rankings are based on government and proprietary data on salaries, company financial health, and employee diversity.

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Occidental Petroleum Salaries

How much does Occidental Petroleum pay?
The national average salary for an Occidental Petroleum employee in the United States is $105,606 per year. Employees in the top 10 percent can make over $155,000 per year, while employees at the bottom 10 percent earn less than $71,000 per year.
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Occidental Petroleum Salaries By Job Title

While the average employee salary at Occidental Petroleum is $105,606, there is a big variation in pay depending on the role. The higher paying positions at Occidental Petroleum include Drilling Engineer, Engineering Specialist, Legal Extern, and Finance Director. A typical Drilling Engineer salary at Occidental Petroleum is $184,926 per year. Some of the other roles at Occidental Petroleum are Chemical Operator and Plant Operator. A worker with the title Chemical Operator at Occidental Petroleum earns an average salary of $38,016 per year.

Occidental Petroleum Careers

On average, employees at Occidental Petroleum stay with the company for 3.8 years. Employees most commonly join Occidental Petroleum after leaving Exxon Mobil. When they leave Occidental Petroleum, they most frequently get their next job at California Resources.

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Occidental Petroleum Financial Performance

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Occidental Petroleum Subsidiaries

Subsidiaries to Occidental Petroleum include Oxy, INDSPEC Chemical, and Oxy Vinyls LP. Employees at the parent company, Occidental Petroleum, earn $105,606. In comparison, the salaries at Oxy, INDSPEC Chemical, and Oxy Vinyls LP are $94,339, $45,080, and $44,858.
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Occidental Petroleum Competitors

Some of the competitors of Occidental Petroleum are ConocoPhillips, Oxy, and Marathon Oil. The wages at ConocoPhillips average higher than the other similar companies, where the median salary is $99,333 per year. The employees at Oxy earn an average yearly salary of $94,339 per year, and the salaries at Marathon Oil average $93,516 per year.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Occidental Petroleum

When was Occidental Petroleum founded?

Occidental Petroleum was founded in 1920.

How many Employees does Occidental Petroleum have?

Occidental Petroleum has 11,000 employees.

How much money does Occidental Petroleum make?

Occidental Petroleum generates $17.8B in revenue.

What industry is Occidental Petroleum in?

Occidental Petroleum is in the oil & gas - e&p industry.

What is Occidental Petroleum's mission?

Occidental Petroleum's mission statement is "To develop energy resources safely, profitably and responsibly to maximize value."

What type of company is Occidental Petroleum?

Occidental Petroleum is a public company.

Who are Occidental Petroleum's competitors?

Occidental Petroleum competitors include ConocoPhillips, Apache, Chevron, ONEOK, Oxy, Hess, Halliburton, EOG Resources, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Exelon, Williams, Exxon Mobil, Targa Resources, Kinder Morgan, Valero Energy, Enterprise Products, Marathon Oil, National Oilwell Varco, Phillips 66.

Who works at Occidental Petroleum?

Vicki Hollub (ceo)

Melissa Schoeb (Vice President, Communications And Public Affairs)

Eugene Batchelder (chairman)

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