Chevron, with its global headquarters in San Ramon, is California's top oil and gas producer, and most of the oil stays in the state. In fact one in five cars in California runs on fuel manufactured by Chevron. The company is also a top fuel provider to California's 15 largest airports.
The company operates two of the state's largest refineries, in Richmond and El Segundo. Together they process more than 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Chevron maintains more than 1,000 miles of pipeline in California, continuously delivering oil, natural gas, gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels.
They produce an average of 165,000 barrels of oil and 83 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day in California.
Operations in the state goes back more than 130 years, to the first major discovery of oil in the state.
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Apple's current headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. -- called the Infinite Loop -- is an 856,000-square-foot facility that houses approximately 3,000 employees. The other 13,000 employees work at various locations around Cupertino that the company either leases or has purchased. In all, Apple employs about 73,000 people worldwide.
Last year the company announced plans to construct a new 3.4 million-square-foot office campus that will be completed in 2016. Apple said it will hire 7,400 additional employees by 2016.
Despite a good third quarter as the company shifts away from traditional personal computers to mobile devices, it recently announced a number of layoffs. An additional 11,000 to 16,000 jobs were cut as part of its restructuring plan.
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Based in San Jose, Cisco announced in August that it will lay off about 6,000 employees due to slow growth in the most recent quarter. The number represents about 8% of the company’s global workforce.
On the positive side, in March the company announced an investment of $1 billion to build "the world's largest global Intercloud," or a network of clouds to support objects ranging from wearable devices to appliances to automobiles.
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In response to competition from pure-play SaaS players, Oracle recently announced it will acquire TOA Technologies to bolster its cloud portfolio. This is the company’s third acquisition in the applications product category.
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Occidental is the 4th largest U.S. gas and oil company based on 2013 market capitalization.
With net income for the second quarter of 2014 of $1.4 billion the company is going strong.
"For the fourth consecutive quarter, we have delivered strong domestic oil production growth, with increases coming from both our Permian and California assets,” said CEO Stephen I. Chazen. Domestic oil production was 278,000 barrels per day for the second quarter of 2014.
While the company is a leader in 3G, 4G, and next-generation wireless technologies its various subsidiaries continue to grow as well. Just this month the Qualcomm Life, Inc. subsidiary announced it was collaborating with partners to develop connected health solutions which would enable continuous care, informed interventions and better management of at-risk populations.
The second quarter of the biotech company saw a lot of changes. Even with revenues up 11%, the company reduced its staff by 2,400-2,900 through 2014. This represents 15% of its global workforce.
It will shut facilities in Washington and Colorado, but will expand in California and Massachusetts.
The manufacturer of storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment product saw fourth quarter revenue of $3.7 billion.
CEO Steve Milligan points to “continued robust demand in gaming and stronger-than-expected demand in notebook PCs” for the growth.
Second quarter revenue hit $6.53. This is quite a leap from last year at the same time where revenue was $2.77 billion. CEO John C. Martin, PhD points to strong sales of Sovaldi, a medicine used to treat hepatitis C, for the robust financial results.
In the past two years the company has moved from a medium-sized pharma company to of the largest in the world. It is now larger than Sanofi, Lilly, AbbVie, Bayer, Bristol-myers, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Novo Norkdisk and Amgen.
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