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At a Glance


Valero offers good benefits, especially at corporate headquarters.

Many employees have flexible work schedules.


Not a lot of diversity.

Employees feel forced to give to the United Way and to volunteer.

The Bottom Line

Many employees say the pros outweigh the cons, but some worry about working at an oil company that stresses refining over integrated services.

About Valero Energy Corporation

Valero Energy was not only named after a mission (the Mission San Antonio de Valero), it is on a mission to be the largest independent refiner in the US. Valero churns out about 3 million barrels per day, refining low-cost residual oil and heavy crude into cleaner-burning, higher-margin products, including low-sulfur diesels. It operates 15 refineries in the US, Canada, and the UK. It also has 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of about 1.4 billion gallons per year. Once a more diversified company, Valero has exited the retail business in order to focus on its oil refining and ethanol operations.


Valero operates in three reportable segments: Refining, Ethanol and VLP. Refining accounts for almost 80% of sales. The Ethanol segment consists of sales of internally produced ethanol and distillers grains in the US. VLP provides transportation and terminaling services to the refining segment. Each of these two segments bring in around 5% of total sales.

Geographic Reach

Valero has refining and wholesale operations in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the US. The US accounts for around 70% of the company's total revenue; Canada nearly 10%; the UK and Ireland nearly 15%; and other countries around 10%.

Sales and Marketing

The company markets branded and unbranded refined products on a wholesale basis through an extensive bulk and rack marketing network. Valero sells refined products through 5,700 branded sites in the US, 900 branded sites in the UK and Ireland, and 800 branded sites in Canada. The company sells ethanol to large customers (primarily refiners and gasoline blenders) under term and spot contracts, and in bulk markets such as New York, Chicago, the US Gulf Coast, Florida, and the US West Coast.

Valero markets branded and unbranded refined products on a wholesale basis through an extensive rack marketing network. The principal purchasers of refined products from terminal truck racks are wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and truck-delivered end users throughout the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland.

The company delivers its product via tanker, pipeline, trucks, and rail cars.

Financial Performance

Valero's sales have taken a battering from the oil price crash, as have many of its peers. From a peak revenue of $138 billion in 2012, it reduced to $76 billion in 2016, before recovering some ground due to rising oil prices the following year. Net income, however, has almost doubled in the same time period from $2 billion in 2012.

Revenue increased 25% in 2017 to $94 billion, mostly due to a $942 million revenue increase year-over-year, due to higher margins on refined petroleum products and higher throughput volumes. The new VLP segment revenue increased by $74 million as well, stemming from incremental revenues generated from transportation and terminaling services.

Net income increased some 80%, from $2.3 billion in 2016 to $4 billion in 2017, the highest profits in a decade. This increase is primarily due to a $1.9 billion income tax benefit in 2017.

Cash holdings at Valero increased from $4.8 billion to $5.9 billion. Operations contributed $5.5 billion. Investment used some $2.4 billion, mostly in CAPEX ($1.4 billion); financing activities utilized a further $2.3 billion, majority of it for repurchase of stocks.


Valero is pursuing a long-term strategy of ramping up its profitable businesses in the US while selling about a third of its high-cost North American refineries and other non-core US assets, in order to explore more cost-efficient projects elsewhere in the US and in faster-growing markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The company ventured into the retail fuel distribution market in Mexico in 2017, constructing three storage and distribution facilities in the country in a $200 million investment. The facilities will have total capacity of around 1.7 million barrels. It plans to construct further storage facilities across Mexico in the coming years.

Ethanol segment is a significant contributor to the company's revenue stream. In 2018, legislation was passed authorizing the extension of the $1 per gallon biodiesel blender's tax credit for biodiesel volumes, which will benefit Valero's refining segment (more than $150 million per quarter in 2018). Hedging its bets, Valero has also moved into the alternative fuel business more holistically. Given that ethanol is a requirement in many of the gasoline fuel mixes it sells, the company decided that it could cut costs by owning ethanol plants, rather than buying ethanol wholesale.

In 2016-17 period, the company spent $4 billion in capital investments, including capital expenditures, deferred turnaround and catalyst costs, and joint venture investments. This consists of $1.6 billion for stay-in-business capital and $1 billion for growth strategies, including its continued investment in Diamond Pipeline.

One area of concern is Valero's track record of running afoul with environmental legislation, for which the company expects to spend close to $ 300 million in 2018. In the November 2016, its Meraux refinery was fined by EPA. Two months earlier, the Quebec Refinery was slapped with $100,000 for violating Canadian Fisheries Act and Benicia Refinery was fined by San Francisco for $200,000. Its McKee Refinery and Ardmore Refinery cost a further $850 million combined.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2016 Valero acquired Parkway Pipeline from Kinder Morgan. The acquisition enhances the company's ability to grow and optimize its product supply to the eastern United States.

Valero Energy Corporation

San Antonio, TX 78249-1616
Phone: 1 (210) 345-2000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Publicly Owned
Stock Symbol: VLO
Stock Exchange: , NYSE
EVP and CFO: Michael S. Ciskowski
Chairman, President, and CEO: Joseph W. Gorder
VP and CIO: Cheryl Thomas
Employees (This Location): 550
Employees (All Locations): 10,261

Major Office Locations

San Antonio, TX

Other Locations

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