I joined Occidental because I wanted to work for a large company with a variety of
opportunities — including international postings. I very much enjoy the people I
work with, and Occidental has proven to be a very good fit for my skills.
I work in an asset that has opportunity everywhere — we have a young,
enthusiastic team, and there is great energy and chemistry in our group. We are
at the beginning of a very exciting time, and it will be incredibly rewarding to
be a part of building a significant piece of business for Occidental. Beyond that,
there is a tremendous range of possibilities, and although I have some ideas,
I’m waiting to see the shape of the company at that time. One thing I’m
confident of, though, is that there will always be something exciting to
Occidental offers an amazingly wide range of options for growth, in terms of
different types of reservoirs, operations, roles, and locations — more so than
other, larger companies I’ve worked for. Between the range of options and the
general openness to new, exciting technologies, there is nothing but opportunity
to grow, and along the way, contribute to the company and the industry as a
I came to Occidental because I wanted to be able to use my double background in
Geology and Petroleum Engineering and I was impressed with Occidental’s technical
excellence and international exposure.
My experience with Occidental has been different than at my previous employers
because of the diversity here. Also, Occidental emphasizes personal development and
offers exposure to worldwide engineering (geomodeling and simulation).
The best things about working at Occidental are the people, the opportunities and
the challenging and diverse technical work.
I started with Occidental in a technical role and moved to a project management
role, which gave me great exposure to different disciplines in the industry. Occidental
helped me develop technical and project management skills through different
roles. These experiences will help me to move forward in my career with Occidental.
I came to work at Occidental from Australia because I wanted to work for a world
leader in enhanced oil recovery — one that was more nimble than the major oil
companies. I had heard that Occidental moves at a faster pace than most of its peers
and that has certainly turned out to be the case.
I’ve been given significantly more responsibility at Occidental than my
previous employer. Occidental is supportive of new and creative ideas. Occidental has very
little bureaucracy or “red tape” and has quite a flat organizational structure,
relative to its peers. This means that it moves quickly on new development
projects and gives younger staff exposure to the company’s leadership team and
opportunities to prove themselves and grow. Occidental has been very supportive of my
career development, paying for my Master’s in Petroleum Engineering and
providing plenty of career advice.
I’m very fortunate to have been given responsibility for the production
forecasting and economic analysis of a large enhanced oil recovery with carbon
sequestration project. To be able to work on such a world first is a great
opportunity. In the long term I see a very real possibility of moving into a
senior leadership position and Occidental encourages that ambition.
If you show initiative and get involved to “Make Your Mark,” then you
will receive the support you need to grow and develop as an individual, while
helping the company achieve its goals.
I began my career with Occidental as an Accountant and then moved into a Business
Analyst position in the Finance group. Most recently, I took a position as a
Product Manager in Marketing. With each of these opportunities I have acquired
new skills and I hope to continue to grow through taking on new challenges and
What keeps me at Occidental are the people. You can have the greatest job in the
world, but if you don’t like the people you work with, you are going to be
miserable. Fortunately for me I have a job I really enjoy and co-workers with
whom I enjoy working. I have had several opportunities to develop my business
knowledge through special projects and job movements. I think every role I’ve
had within Occidental has been both a challenge and an opportunity.
I started with Occidental right out of college, so to say I have grown over the
last 10 years would be an understatement. The people I’ve worked with and the
positions I’ve held have helped me grow tremendously, both professionally and