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BP Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
879 Reviews
3.6
879 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work environment is fairly relaxed in most cases and the work life balance is decent (in 131 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are top notch for the position that I am in (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Some position will require a lot of commitment, resulting work-life balance problem (in 23 reviews)

  • Senior management parks in the underground garage while the working stiffs park outside (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    great company, opportunties for growth & progression

    Cons

    industry is currently impacted by lower crude oil prices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Systems Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Great company to work for

    Cons

    Not as fast paced as tech companies on changes. Very risk averse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight the Maconda cases tooth and nail.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very great experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Quick access to gas for my car, nice friendly experience with coworkers.

    Cons

    Can be busy at times, workload may seem much for some people.

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  5.  

    meh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Good pay for an intern

    Cons

    Subjective assessment on your performance

  6.  

    Excellent Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good life-work balance. Challenging projects. The people who work there are highly capable and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    In the effort to address issues and defects often additional processes are introduced that create unforeseen complexities. The result is that it can be difficult to progress work at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on reducing complexity by challenging new projects / processes to ensure that they are truly value adding.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Production Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere for learning and developing skills. Fellow employees are great - knowledgeable, friendly, talented and create a very positive working atmosphere.

    Cons

    They are hurting financially from the lawsuits. Currents layoffs are underway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many levels of management, getting approval for implementing technology is difficult

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Operating in a Cyclical Manner... in a Cyclical Market Leads to Frustration and Stifles Career Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer

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

    Pros

    For Process Engineering, there is a much more tried and true path. Doors open for Process Engineers in a way that they don't necessarily for other disciplines.
    There is also opportunity for mobility within disciplines. While the world of upstream (exploration and production) and downstream (refining and marketing) are fairly segregated, there is a lot of opportunity within those, but it's definitely a function of how broad your network is (and whether or not you have others endorsing you).

    Cons

    The company operates in a very reactive manner (and considering there are shattering incidents that seem to occur every so often, that's not a good thing). Currently, oil price is down, and there are job cuts all around (the jobs that were added - but were they necessary? - back when the going was good and crude was high). When the going gets good again, the projects will commence and there will be an influx. While this is normal in any cyclical industry, there are ways to manage this in teams/roles that are justified ALL the time - and don't just come and go, based on financial performance.
    This company loves reorganizing and restructuring. The message can be all about alternative energy and environmental compliance one day, and then shift to process safety solely the other - there isn't a balance across all to systematically oversee the entire portfolio through ANY type of market.
    Similarly, when I first joined (6.5 years ago), the company was open to moving cross-functionally, as long as you were eager to learn and could prove yourself. Now, there is a significant shift toward specialization, and keeping people in their current track.
    Also, my experience has taught me that proving yourself as a high performer, when early in your career, can sometimes be a double-edged sword. Management won't want to get rid of you, and just keep you in your role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create systems and work practices to support roles, so that we're not so reliant on the people in them. Management should foster career growth, not stifle it for the sake of getting the current job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to hang out and not work too hard if you can take the politics and look busy

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are top-notch. People are smart and mostly nice to work with. Location in Chicago is terrific.

    Cons

    No decisions are actually ever made in Chicago or by line management - all has to be agreed by staff groups in London. DOAs for local management are unclear and insignificant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devolve decision making to local management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Management and tactical strategy at British petroleum as of the start of my career and the developpement of my goals in this company

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    Current Employee - Geophysicist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in New York, NY

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The strong team building that is due to the underlaying manager that pushes the employees to take iniatives and report actions that are not normal dyring daily activities

    Cons

    There is a lot of cons but so it is the case of every job in any field and in my personal opinion abd without mitigation i can state that the only con that i perceive is the long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on team building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Whiting, IN
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Whiting, IN

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, great benifits

    Cons

    Slow response by upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline the process and make them faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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