Woolmarket

Ocean Springs, MS

#202 May 18, 2012
From what I've heard (2 different sources that work there) that they weren't letting people know until June about the october job because the people hired on the start in july may not all pass the physical, drug and back ground screening) so I guess actually more people could still get hired in for july. If it's only been a week our so since they let the july group know, I heard it'll be after they get all the july people processed before calling the next group. But that could be total bs...
James

Pascagoula, MS

#203 May 18, 2012
MGCCC offers the Process Technology program. Most of the instructors are retired Chevron operators.
billy ed hatfield

Fishers, IN

#204 May 20, 2012
i went thru 6 hour interview, knew people and rejected. the project ocntrosl manager for CA was intimidated by my credentials.
Escatawpa

Canton, MS

#205 May 22, 2012
Definitely didn't go through a six hour interview....I have the degree, just no experience.
firewatch

Auburn, IN

#206 May 25, 2012
hello all..i live in alabama and i am trying to get on with the firewatch in pascagoula. i have been all over the chevron site and cannot find where to apply for it in there. could anyone point me in the right direction?
Zdr251

United States

#207 May 25, 2012
No clue on firewatch but my neighbor is doing contract work out at chevron right now on a shut down and an operator he knows told him that they did decide to hire 75 operators on this hire because of so many retirements coming up and that no news is good news at this point because he told them that I was still waiting to hear
ellis

Mobile, AL

#208 May 28, 2012
75 people is good news. anyone heard anything else?
James

Pascagoula, MS

#209 May 29, 2012
haven't heard anything yet but 75 people means a 50/50 shot so that's as good as you get the job or not
ellis

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#210 May 29, 2012
i agree
Mobile

United States

#211 Jun 1, 2012
My husband was hired May 3 for the October position, so they have already started hiring for that time. Also his friend got hired on the same date for the same class. Idk what that means for you guys, but I think the October positions have already been filled.
Escatawpa

Canton, MS

#212 Jun 1, 2012
So everything we've heard, been told and posted about since May has been bull****? I don't get it....
Kaitlyn

Auburn, AL

#213 Jun 1, 2012
My boyfriend got the call that he was hired for the July class around the 3rd of May as well. Good luck to you guys, but it sounds like everything is complete.
Firewatch response

Hollywood, FL

#214 Jun 1, 2012
In order to get on firewatch you have to go through a contractor like Performance.
MjS

Tuscaloosa, AL

#215 Jun 6, 2012
I started as an operator in Pascagoula in October 2011. I didn't know anyone. I didn't have refinery experience but had related experience. I did very well on the interview. Something to remember for next time is when answering the questions always incorporate safety and teamwork into the answer. It's what they are looking for.
As for them hiring nothing but family and friends, that's half true. I'd say my class had about 50% that were related to someone and 50% that wasn't. Most of the new hires came from Hurley Ms as well.
It's mostly luck if you don't know someone. There's always hope. Four people selected for my class decided they didn't want the job. So the day we started they made calls and got the next four candidates in the next day.
That refinery class at jc isn't always a given either. We were told that several of their graduates failed the test before the interview.

Since: Apr 12

United States

#216 Jun 11, 2012
Anybody that starts in July got their final "clear for hire" email yet?
Escatawpa

Canton, MS

#217 Jun 14, 2012
I don't believe luck has anything to do with hiring. My opinion it has everything to do with appearance.....I'm a female who did graduate with honors from the ptech program. I did pass the test, and had an interview in 2011. We were told as long as you didn't get letter saying you were no longer considered you were still in the "pool." No I don't have any experience, but I assumed trainee position covered that. Seems like if your not a young male or know someone you don't have a chance..all I've ever got was a letter from company asking me my annual income......still wonder why that mattered
MjS

United States

#218 Jun 16, 2012
I ment luck in that the classes are usually about 24 people out of a pool of 2k candidates. Unless you know somebody, which I didn't, it's alot of luck. At least half my class didn't know anyone out there. One guy interviewed 6 times before getting the job. And there are plenty of female operators out there. I have two in my crew, one in her 50s that hired on 5 years ago. They do a great job. We had a female intern from ptech in my unit last month.
I'm sure my bachelors and industrial experience helped but I didn't know a single person in the refinery when I interviewed.
But like I said, half the class had family or friends out there. There's still a chance though.
Escatawpa

Sumrall, MS

#219 Jun 21, 2012
Its just really upsetting that the company has the reputation of hiring friends and family over individuals who could of been more qualified. Some candidates have worked hard just to get an opportunity to even be considered for a position. Just to find out half your chance has already been taken! For no other reason than they know or kin to someone! Especially now when good jobs are hard to find! I worked hard going back to school and getting my degree, while working full time and taking care of family. Yes there is always hope, but I don't put much faith in this company not with unfair hiring practices....there's always other fishes out in the sea.
Jim Tracy

United States

#220 Jul 31, 2012
Didn't even answer the question. That was just a bunch of negative comments. Anybody can do whatever they want in life
JJohn wrote:
Uh, you live in Lake Charles and you're coming here? Isn't there more oil work in your place than here?
Go to Houston or Beaumont Tx, that's where all the real oil refinery work is.
I've taken the operator test twice and passed with flying colors. I made it to the top 25% but the problem was they were only looking for like 20 positions and there were 90 of us there.
I hate to be so blunt but it really is a 'good old boy' system. If you know somebody, it's easier to get out there than if you don't. Unless you're just dumb lucky or you know somebody you WON'T get a job out there, even with experience in operations and with good references. Houston is a far better market @ getting a job in your trade friend.
As for places to live? Stay the hell where you are. There's gotta be more oil work there than here.
I even called the local jobs center and Chevron's security office to try and get a construction or safety job during the construction of the new section of the refinery. Chevron isn't even going thru the local jobs center to hire people. They're bringing in their own crews from elsewhere.
So much for hiring locals.
Uh, school systems? Pascagoula isn't bad but the school system is, per the Mississippi Press, 50% black and 10% Mexican. Only 40% white these days, if that means anything to you. It does to some people even though it's borderline racist.
The white flight out of Moss Point/Pascagoula has been going on for 30 years now and is only accelerating. I was in P-goula recently and I saw TONS of for rent signs on homes.
No jobs?
If you do live in Pascagoula, live near the beach as the rest of the city is a ghetto or a stinkhole filled with old shipyard blue collar houses and neighborhoods that have gone unfilled since @ least the hurricane, and probably even before. The city's been in decline since the 90s when we started losing shipyard contracts en masse.
Whatever you do, do not live in Moss Point. It's the crime capital of both the coast and Jackson Co. from what I've heard, seen, and been told. If you do have to live in 'Moss Point'- then live in Escatawpa. Which is like the area of Moss Point near I-10. The black folks there tend to be more working class and the white people as well. Although there are plenty of crooks from what I hear as well.
Gautier is ok but it's serviced by the Pascagoula School District and from what I'm told, it's slowly declining in quality. There's a mall there but it's dying. It lost like 4 of its best stores in the last 2 years alone. In another ten years it'll probably die.
Ocean Springs is where most of the white people and the black folks with sense or money live. Either that or in rural areas like Hurley, Escatawpa, Vancleave, or Grand Bay Alabama, which is only like 10 minutes away from Pascagoula.
If I had to pick and choose I'd live either in Ocean Springs or Alabama, as its not that far of a drive.
But that's if you absolutely have to. Jackson Co. has been bleeding jobs for 15 years now and the population is the same. I don't know where these people work.
The shipyard has like only 25% of the jobs it had in the 80s so obviously not there. Chevron is about the same in terms of employment numbers as it was in the 90s.
I guess some work at the casinos.
Just keep in mind, if you come here, you better own a car. If you don't, don't expect help from anybody and don't expect any kind of train/mass transit as that's only in Biloxi/Gulfport.
My advice, go to Houston. We literally have on refinery here, Chevron. Lake Charles has more than that and I know Houston has more refineries than they know what to do with.
Good luck.
Jim Tracy

United States

#221 Jul 31, 2012
Thank you! There are so many negative comments on here. There's an old saying "Whether you think you can or can't.... Your always right." Stay positive and think things are going to happen and visualize yourself succeeding and it will happen. I looked up how much operators make$ and so many posts are so negative and don't go there or good luck with getting a job.
applicant wrote:
Texas...dont listen to them. Chevron is a great place to work. You will be making over 100k after 3 years, and if you live in AL, life is good. Hours are long, but schedules offer many days off. good luck. Anyone looking at this thread has probably applied for this job because they wanted it, so dont listen to all the negativity.

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