moon township

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introduction

The following pictures and information are provided to help employees who are considering an assignment in Moon Township, PA see what it is like to work and live there.

Moon Township is located 15 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh in the southwestern part of Pennsylvania. It is a 20-minute drive from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Beaches, mountains, lakes and national parks are a few hours away by car.

Moon Township has a population of approximately 23,000 and is a suburb of the city of Pittsburgh, which has more than 300,000 residents. Pittsburgh and its western suburbs offer many distinctive neighborhoods, historical sites, tree-lined streets and upscale shopping.

Pittsburgh and the surrounding area have received many accolades, including:

Pittsburgh has four distinct seasons with an average summer temperature of 85°Fahrenheit and lows in the winter reaching 20°Fahrenheit with an average winter snowfall of 3.5 feet.
Pittsburgh has an international airport (PIT) located 15 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh and only 10 minutes from Chevron’s offices in Moon Township and offers flights to San Francisco and Houston, making travel between San Ramon and Houston convenient. The airport is served by nonstop flights to and from many U.S. cities, as well as service to international locations. Nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Paris is available, making this one of the fastest ways to get to Europe and beyond. From Paris, you can connect to several destinations including Asia, India, and the Middle East.

housing

Moon Township is nationally recognized for offering residents affordable suburban living. The Pittsburgh and Moon areas have many types of neighborhoods and housing options ranging from single-family homes to townhouses, condos and apartments.

Houses and condominiums are available for purchase and for rent throughout the Moon Township and greater Pittsburgh areas. There are many apartment complexes in the surrounding area that provide short- and long-term rental and lease options.

Short-term fully-furnished corporate apartments that are near the Chevron offices are available and can be leased at Ventana Hills. Merritt Commons Apartments can also be rented short or long-term.

Pittsburgh Moves is an excellent website recommended to help you with your home search. It includes an effective search engine and a mortgage calculator that includes property taxes.
  • Power: All homes and apartments have electricity installed. Residents request that power be turned on with the local provider. Services are billed monthly. Area providers include:
    FirstEnergy
    Duquesne Light
    Penn Power Company
    Electrical outlets are 110 volts with 220 volts for dryers and washing machines.
  • Telephone: All homes and apartments are equipped for phone service. Multiple phone lines (for example, phone lines for fax machines or teenage children) can also be installed. Cell phone service is also available. Residents sign up for service through the phone company and are billed on a monthly basis. Area suppliers include Xfinity and Verizon.
  • Gas: In most areas, one company provides gas and electric service. In certain areas of town, electricity and gas services are provided by separate companies. Some homes with acreage and on the outskirts of town may have propane tanks on the property. Propane tanks are filled at the resident's expense, as needed. Residents should check with their landlord or realtor to find out what services are required for their home.
  • Water: All water flowing to homes and apartments has been filtered through city water systems. Water is safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing clothes. In some of the more rural areas well water and septic systems are in use.
  • Internet: In general, homes have Internet service capabilities. To reduce costs, most people bundle Internet, phone and cable services through one service provider. Some apartment complexes provide free wireless Internet to their residents. Service providers include Comcast and Verizon. Coffee shops often provide free wireless connection for their customers. Local libraries have computers with Internet access for public use.

work environment

Chevron has approximately 400 employees in Moon Township at two office buildings that are within a mile of each other. These offices provide an open cubicle work environment with several private offices for management. There are multiple meeting rooms available at each building.

The offices are within two to three minutes driving distance of restaurants, banks, and shopping.

There are numerous volunteer and community events offered by the Johnston Street building. Most of these events focus on meeting the needs of the Acadiana community. Construction planning is underway for a new first-class facility that will accommodate our current Moon Township workforce as well as provide ample space to support our future growth. While much of the design work is in the early stages, the new campus is expected to include many of the same amenities that are present in Chevron locations elsewhere, such as a fitness center, central coffee lounge, cafeteria, outside meeting spaces and parking. Business casual clothing is typically worn. On Fridays, employees in our main office dress casually and may wear jeans.

The Moon Township offices offer both the traditional 5/40 and the 9/80 schedules.

first-class facility for growing workforce

A new first-class facility is planned to accommodate our current Moon Township workforce as well as provide ample space to support future growth. The new campus is expected to include many of the same amenities that are present in Chevron locations elsewhere, such as a fitness center, central coffee lounge, cafeteria, outside meeting spaces and parking.

education

Pittsburgh has many private and public school choices.

Moon Township residents have access to excellent public schools for elementary through high school aged children:
High school and middle school facilities are situated on a 30-acre campus in the center of Moon Township near Moon Stadium and other athletic facilities.
There are five elementary schools located in neighborhoods throughout the district.

Several colleges and universities are also located throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Region:

special needs

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support services

Residents of Pittsburgh and its suburbs, including Moon Township, have access to excellent and abundant healthcare services. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has many locations throughout the area.

Health insurance for expatriates on assignment in the United States covers services in the local area. Medical facilities offer prescription filling, laboratory, X-ray and ultrasound services.

Expatriate health insurance also covers certain mental health and substance abuse treatments for employees and their covered family members. Confidential counseling with certified psychologists and counselors is available through Employee Assistance and WorkLife Services. This can be helpful for families trying to adjust to a new country and culture. Dentists, including orthodontists and pediatric dentists, are located throughout the Moon Township area.
Automated teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout the area. Most merchants take debit cards, credit cards and cash for purchases. Very few accept checks.

There are many banks in the area. The largest local bank is PNC.

Chevron Federal Credit Union has an ATM available at the Moon Township facility.
The United States Postal Service has several locations around town where you can send letter mail and packages for a fee based on weight and destination. All field offices have mail services available during working hours to send interoffice mail and in some cases employees can ship personal letter or package mail for a fee.
Moon Township employees are not provided a driver. Chevron will arrange for expatriates to have driving lessons and an allowance for a vehicle, if needed. Transportation services, including taxicabs, buses and area transits, are available for a fee.
Most households in the Moon Township area operate without the assistance of outside help. Cleaning, baby-sitting and gardening services are available for hire. Most household help providers come on a daily or scheduled basis and rarely live in the home.

It is very important to interview and check references. The phone book, neighbors and other employees are good references for these services.
KinderCare offers several day-care programs, with 12 locations, two of which are within two miles of the Moon Township office. There are also locations in the North Hills and downtown area. KinderCare accepts children from 6 weeks old to 12 years of age. Bradford Child Care Services has 17 locations in Western Pennsylvania, caring for children from infant to school-age.
Those interested in additional security may choose to live in gated communities or apartment complexes that offer security services. Homeowners can also install security alarm systems, which are monitored by security service companies for a fee.
Local nurseries sell seeds, trees, bushes, flowers and pottery. Several businesses in town offer landscaping services, and stores such as Lowe's and The Home Depot sell materials for do-it-yourself projects.
Pittsburgh furniture stores sell a variety of modern, traditional and made-to-order furniture. Furniture delivery is available to most all areas of town for a minimal fee and sometimes for free.

shopping

There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from. Check out the options at Urbanspoon Pittsburgh. Popular restaurant chains nearby include:

  • P.F. Chang's
  • Red Lobster
  • Olive Garden
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Applebee's

McDonald's, Wendy's, Primanti Bros, and several other fast food chains are a short drive from the office to grab a quick meal.

Giant Eagle is the major grocery chain here. There are also many regional grocery and warehouse stores such as Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Costco, and Target.

  • Asian Market & Teriyaki Bowl
  • All India Sweets & Grocery
The Mall at Robinson is only minutes from the Moon Township facility. It includes department store Macy's, JC Penney and Sears as well as several shoe, clothing and specialty stores. Adjacent to the mall are several strip malls and restaurants for shopping and dining. Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond are just a sample of the retailers that can be found in this area.

Ross Park Mall houses Nordstrom and Macy's as well as many other high-end establishments such as Tiffany & Co., Apple, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors to name a few.
Local nurseries sell seeds, trees, bushes, flowers and pottery. Several businesses in town offer landscaping services, and stores such as Lowe's and The Home Depot sell materials for do-it-yourself projects.
Bakersfield furniture stores sell a variety of modern, traditional and made-to-order furniture. Furniture delivery is available to most all areas of town for a minimal fee — and sometimes for free.

More choices are available in the Los Angeles area. Check with retailers for delivery costs.
  • Ross and Kohl’s carry men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and home goods.
  • Best Buy is a specialty retailer of consumer electronics such as televisions, DVD players, home audio, car audio, computers, cameras, music, movies, software and more.
  • PETCO offers pet supplies and services such as grooming and dog training.
  • Russo’s Books is a popular bookstore in Bakersfield. 
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transportation

Most employees who work in the Moon Township offices drive to work in their own vehicles. The commute time can range from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on where you live and the time of day.

In order to buy a car you need a PA state license or ID. Requirements for Pennsylvania can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's website.

There is a van to transport employees between the two Moon locations. The parking is free. There is no public transportation to any of AMBU locations.

recreation and entertainment

There are many popular attractions ranging from the Children's Museum, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and Carnegie Museums to professional sporting events and ballets. Depending on the time of the year you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as snow skiing, boating, mountain biking, camping, hunting and fishing.

Professional sports teams include the Pittsburgh Steelers (American football) hosted at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh Penguins (ice hockey) in new Consol Energy Center and Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball) played at PNC Park.

There is a bike/jogging trail that runs from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. The Great Allegheny Passage offers hiking and biking between the two cities and extends for 150 miles, connecting the two locations.

places to see

additional information

It is a good idea to gain a basic understanding of the American culture, history and language. Daily interactions and tasks will be completed in English. Chevron offers 80 hours of instruction to expatriate employees and their family members who relocate into the United States.
Pets can be brought into the United States. Dogs and cats must be free of disease when examined by customs. Further veterinarian examination may be required. All animals should have rabies shots 30 days prior to entry. Certain breeds may be required to remain in quarantine for a set time before being allowed into the population. More information about importing pets is available on Foreign Born website. Some rentals do not allow pets to be brought to the premises.
Pennsylvania recognizes religious freedom. There are more than 1,000 cultural and religious options for worship ranging from Roman Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist. The Sri Venkateswara Temple in Penn Hills is the center for Hindu faith in the area. The Rodef Shalom Jewish congregation is located on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh.
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audiocast

Listen to a few minutes of a conversation between expats about living in Moon Township (intranet access).

  • Length: 14:11 minutes