BP
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www.bp.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 12, 2014
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86% Approve of the CEO

BP Group Chief Executive of BP Robert Dudley

Robert Dudley

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Business Unit

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at BP

Prosexcellent salary and benefits
some truly knowledgable experts to work with
state of art technology

Consonly 5 options (time frame based) on 401K direction
Utter and appalling disrespect by management towards employees has led to discouragement and low morale.
Management is by quarter; this means necessary long-term expenditures (read maintenance, inspection, etc.) may be deferred.
Focus on personal safety with ignorance about process safety
Wonderful, people-oriented American managers have been replaced with uncaring Brits
Do not seek employment here if you are female or a minority - you will not receive respect or opportunities
Say no and you will be asked to leave; it is viewed as disrespecting authority; even politically correct questioning may lead to consequences

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the employees as the assets they are.
Seek to understand process safety and the human elements thereof. Unbridled arrogance and failure to understand consequences leads to platforms sinking. So does deferred maintenance and inspections.
What's wrong with women and minorities? Get in this century! Methinks the man doth protest too much! Stop sponsoring diversity conferences in the community until you understand the subject.
Not everyone who disagrees with you is your enemy; they may be trying to CYA. For you English, ask an American what that means.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Bureaucracy Exemplified

Drilling Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at BP

ProsPursuit of Innovation, strive for best practice in most aspects of organizational endeavor.

ConsMiddle management just simply lacking in preparation and fundamental leadership skills. Forced performance ranking breeding caustic animosity and indignation.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management should not assume that tenure translates to preparation for leadership. Several managers are jerks, lack people skills and draw the ire of those that have had leadership/supervisory training elsewhere. The performance evaluation process is the most arcane motivational tool I have come across and appointments mirror the notorious methods of the british "civil" service aka "evil" service. Some staff are shocked at been selected to lead!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Unfortunate experience with a company that I wanted to retire with; a big mistake that would have been.

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at BP

ProsAs a consultant, it was a very easy and enjoyable position. I was initially an IBM/pWc Consultant, later BP insourced all of the consultants in their job capacities + 50% more duties.

ConsThe workload was extremely heavy and BP management simply did not listen and infact, they rebutted that it was not too much, more over we where labeled inefficient.

Advice to Senior ManagementWithout employees you don't have staff to operate the business, LISTEN TO EMPLOYEES, they are simply the thermometer of how the business is doing now and in the future.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Inhumane place of work

annonymous (Current Employee)
Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

I have been working at BP full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExperienced people who are willing to coach and share their knowledge!

ConsCompletely inhumane working place. Terrible office. V little parking once you get inside no privacy no place to sit and collect your thoughts. People stuffed in the building like chickens. If you are sick or pregnant no guidelines from company no place to take a break no one will help you! People dont talk to each other just work like robots. No communication

Advice to Senior ManagementIm regretting taking this job. You have absolutely no care for your employees all you care is how bp looks in the press!

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible culture, individuals don't live the values, managers lack vision and leadership

IT Project Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at BP full-time for more than a year

ProsSalary and benefits were OK for me.

ConsCulture of fear, unable to really speak your mind or challenge the status quo - must toe the party line or say goodbye to any ideas of career progression. Managers are not leaders and have no vision or desire to change / improve ways of working. Values would be great but managers do not live them! Roles and responsibilities unclear, resulting in individuals duplicating / omitting tasks and conflict between team members. Organisation is overly complex - much simplification and cost cutting (getting rid of 'dead wood') could be made, but won't happen due to above points. Empire building and old boys network thrive, not many women here and if your face doesn't fit, you won't progress. Office is a zombie zone - nobody talks to each other. This is the most hostile, unfriendly work place I've ever encountered.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of ineffective managers, be open / listen to new, improved ways of working suggested by incoming talent. And stop patronising employees with talking the values if you can't walk the walk.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not recommended

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BP full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood compensation and benefits. Very good worklife balance.

ConsNeed to be careful as practices can run counter to company policies. A lot of opportunities since turnover is high, though employee's indication to rotate could be met by managerial retaliation. Continue to attract people as it is in a good industry, but seldom able to keep the good recruits or attract from within the same industry.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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7 years experience

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Baku (Azerbaijan)

I have been working at BP full-time for more than 8 years

ProsSince you are overloaded, you learn a lot in a few time period.

ConsWorkload and no recognition for what you achieve. There is no equal opportunity. Everyone is overloaded and salary compared to you workload is minimum.

Advice to Senior ManagementFair approach to everyone. Fair return on you performance and recognition of your achievements.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst . Job. EVER. For worst. Company. Ever!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunbury, England (UK)

I worked at BP full-time for less than a year

ProsCompensation not bad! Other than that, there wasn't much good to say about this horrible company.

ConsUnethical, unreliable, untruthful. They say the right words, but there is no substance behind them or there is blatant dishonesty and they single out contractors as scapegoats.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit. Let honest, truthful people run the company.

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Career Suicide/Low Morale - Do not work in HR!

Human Resources Staff (Current Employee)
Sunbury, England (UK)

I have been working at BP full-time for less than a year

ProsCompetitive Salary
Prestigious company
Each department has its own set of cultures ( you may work in Shipping and love it!)

ConsUnethical management
Second class culture towards contracted staff
Poor leadership
Work Life imbalance (can work 12 hours a day)
Lack of development opportunities
Extremely high turnover within HR

Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise that management/supervisory staff learn and action the BP Values and Behaviours before promoting it downstream. I have witnessed extreme scenarios of unethical behaviour.

Improve on management style. The current autocratic style does not work and there is an air of unhappiness and low morale within the department. Staff are too scared to speak up incase they are disciplined/dismissed in this poor economic climate. Painting over the cracks will not work. Helmut Schuster (Head of HR) when will you step in?

There is always a promise of "new development opportunities" which support staff never see.

I would not recommend working in HR, especially as a contractor. HR contractor roles are in abundance due to the high turnover rate!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Oppressive culture, reorg after reorg after reorg

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BP

ProsGreat salary and benefits
Facilities are nice
Extremely culturally diverse

ConsHR is a nightmare and run by an ego maniac
Performance driven culture is a joke
Aging workforce is appalling and no attention to filling the pipe

Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the Talk
Behaviors are tell tale signs
Try visiting the lower ranks sometime and gathering feedback

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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