plan highlights

Use the links to find more information about each plan feature.

You can contribute from 1 percent to 75 percent of your regular pay on a before-tax, traditional after-tax or Roth 401(k) basis, or any combination of the three, subject to certain IRS limits. You are always 100 percent vested in your own contributions. This means the money is yours and you can take it with you when you leave the company.

  • Before-tax contributions reduce your current taxable income. You pay no federal income tax and, in most cases, no state or local income taxes on the amount you contribute and any associated earnings until they are distributed.
  • Traditional after-tax contributions do not reduce your current taxable income, but they will not be taxed when they are distributed to you in the future. The earnings associated with traditional after-tax contributions, however, will be taxable when distributed.
  • Roth 401(k) contributions are like traditional after-tax contributions. But the earnings on the contributions are not taxable when distributed, as long as you are at least age 59½ and have maintained the Roth 401(k) account for at least five years at the time of distribution.

Keep in mind that there are limits on the combined total of before-tax and Roth 401(k) contributions during a given year, including any you make to another employer’s plan. The IRS also limits the combined before-tax, traditional after-tax, Roth and company contributions to the ESIP each year. View the IRS limits.

Chevron supports your choice to save – and helps you save even more – by matching a percentage of your contributions. You are immediately vested in Chevron’s matching contributions. This means you own 100 percent of that money and can take it with you when you leave the company.

  • If you contribute 2 percent of your regular pay, Chevron contributes an amount equal to 8 percent of your regular pay.
  • If you contribute 1 percent of your regular pay, Chevron contributes an amount equal to 4 percent of your regular pay.

The company match is invested in the same way as your regular payroll contributions.

The plan offers an automatic contribution increase option that allows you to schedule future increases in the amount you contribute. You choose a target contribution rate and an annual increase. For example, if you want to increase your savings from 8 percent to 14 percent, you could schedule your contribution rate to automatically increase by 2 percent per year. After three years, you would reach your goal of 14 percent. You can’t set a limit, or cap, to your annual contribution increases, so you’ll need to monitor them yourself. Automatic contribution increases will stop if you reach the plan limit of 75 percent of your pay.

You choose a time during the year when your automatic increase will occur. Annual increases will continue until you stop or change your election. Regardless of your contribution rate, contributions stop immediately if you reach the annual IRS limit during the year.

To sign up for the automatic contribution increase option, log on to your account and select Contribution Amount or contact Fidelity through the HR Service Center.

If you have retirement savings in another eligible retirement account, such as an individual retirement account (IRA) or an employer-sponsored plan, you may be able to roll those savings over to the ESIP. Funds from a Roth IRA may not be rolled over to the ESIP. Upon retirement, if you choose to receive your pension as a lump sum, you have the option to roll it over to your ESIP account.

To make a rollover into the plan, you must already have a balance, or be eligible to enroll in the ESIP. For instructions on how to complete a rollover to the ESIP, log on to NetBenefits or contact Fidelity through the HR Service Center.

While the plan is intended to help you invest for the long-term, you may borrow from your account and pay it back with interest. The following are some key loan provisions:

  • Minimum amount: $1,000
  • Maximum amount: cannot exceed the least of 1) 50 percent of your total vested account balance, less any outstanding loan balances; 2) $50,000, less your highest outstanding loan balance(s) from all qualified plans over the previous 12 months; or 3) the value of the account(s) used to fund the loan.
  • Maximum number of loans at any one time: 2*
  • Waiting period to apply for another loan: 30 days after payoff of previous loan.
  • Repayment: up to five years for a general-purpose loan; up to 25 years for a principal residence loan.
  • Application fee: $50 per loan, nonrefundable.

It may take several pay periods for your first loan payment to be deducted from your paycheck. Your loan confirmation letter will include estimated dates for your first and final payments.

* Effective January 1, 2018, the maximum number of loans was reduced from three to two. If you already had three loans prior to January 1, 2018, you are not required to pay off one of them in order to comply with the new two loan maximum.

Chevron employees may withdraw money only under certain circumstances.

Age 59½ withdrawals. Once you reach age 59½, you can make withdrawals from your ESIP.

Disability withdrawals. If your claim for total disability benefits under the company’s Long-Term Disability Plan has been approved, you can withdraw money from your ESIP.

Hardship withdrawals. You can withdraw money from your ESIP for a serious financial hardship, including:

  • Purchase of a principal residence.
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses.
  • Tuition and fees for postsecondary education.
  • Prevention of eviction or mortgage foreclosure.
  • Funeral expenses for a family member.
  • Expenses for repair of damage to your principal residence.
  • Before making a hardship withdrawal, you must first exhaust other options, including loans. In addition, you cannot contribute to the plan for three months after a hardship withdrawal.

Military duty withdrawal. You can withdraw money from your employee before-tax and Roth accounts on a pro rata basis after 29 days on active military duty.

Tax implications: You will be responsible for paying any federal, state, local or foreign taxes on a distribution or withdrawal from before-tax accounts. A distribution or withdrawal of Roth 401(k) earnings is usually also taxable unless the initial Roth contribution was made more than five years ago and you are at least age 59½. Early withdrawals may be subject to a 10 percent federal penalty tax. To the extent required by law, Fidelity will make the appropriate withholding for tax purposes.

When you retire or stop working for the company, you can generally receive a distribution of your account. You can decide what to do with your account balance from the following options:

  • Leave your money in the plan, as long as your balance is more than $1,000. However, you must begin taking minimum required distributions when you reach age 70½.
  • Rollover your balance to an IRA or another employer’s plan. It may be necessary to roll over assets based on before-tax, traditional after-tax and Roth 401(k) contributions into separate vehicles. Before deciding whether to rollover your assets, you should consider the investment options, administrative fees and investment expenses of the new account or plan.
  • Receive fixed-dollar installment payments.
  • Receive partial distributions or a lump-sum payment.

To receive a distribution, please contact Fidelity through the HR Service Center.

Note: Special rules govern the taxation of distributions from your Chevron stock funds. For more information:

  • Review Taking a Company Stock Distribution.
  • Call Fidelity through the HR Service Center.

Tax implications: You will be responsible for paying any federal, state, local or foreign taxes on a distribution or withdrawal from before-tax accounts. A distribution or withdrawal of Roth 401(k) earnings is usually also taxable unless the initial Roth contribution was made more than five years ago and you are at least age 59½. Early withdrawals may be subject to a 10 percent federal penalty tax. To the extent required by law, Fidelity will make the appropriate withholding for tax purposes.

All ESIP accounts are subject to certain fees:

  • Plan administration fee. As a participant in the ESIP, your account is charged a quarterly fee to cover the cost of certain plan administrative activities such as legal, accounting, recordkeeping and participant communications. The quarterly fee may change from time to time, and is deducted generally within the first week after the end of the quarter. It is paid by deducting a proportional amount from Chevron Stock and all funds in which you are invested (excluding brokerage investments). The quarterly fee is currently $6.50 and appears as a separate charge on your statement.
  • Investment management fee. The investment options offered by the ESIP (excluding Chevron Stock) each charge participants an investment management fee to cover operating costs. This fee is paid through each funds’ expense ratio. More details are available in the fund prospectuses.
  • BrokerageLink account fee. If you have a brokerage account, you will pay any commissions or other transaction costs associated with your brokerage account.
  • Fidelity Personalized Planning & Advice fee. If you enroll in professional account management, there is a fee based on your account balance. The fee will not exceed 0.30 percent annually, and is deducted from your account balance each quarter.
  • Loan initiation fee. If you request a loan, there is a loan initiation fee of $50.