BP Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
848 Reviews
3.6
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BP Group Chief Executive of BP Robert Dudley
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Pros
  • The work environment is fairly relaxed in most cases and the work life balance is decent (in 125 reviews)

  • This is a very large company with good pay and benefits (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Some position will require a lot of commitment, resulting work-life balance problem (in 22 reviews)

  • Senior management parks in the underground garage while the working stiffs park outside (in 21 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PSCM Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - PSCM Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    BP treats its employees really well. Hours tend to be flexible, benefits are top class, work culture tends to be driven but relaxed.

    Cons

    College graduates may find an eventual glass ceiling if looking for the management track. Many college recruits tend to leave BP after 7 to 10 years because they find BP tends to have an age bias when promoting staff to the next level of management. Like most major oil companies, the work force tends to be dominated by Contractors. There can be an us against them mentality depending on where you work in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to clear with staff what their development opportunities are, and help people to find challenging roles. Also, management needs to find ways to better support grass roots efforts. Often times strategy is well networked at senior levels, but when implemented on the ground it flounders because management has not engaged staff at the right levels. Generating change from the bottom up may lead to more value creation and success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very good employer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Technical and patient. Good training and good work culture. Job Security is good as well.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and loads, I mean loads of paper work that doesn't bring any value.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good honest company that can get bogged down in process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Benifits
    bike to work
    9/80 schedule
    work life balance

    Cons

    bureacracy
    too many people
    slow to act

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make decisions quicker. focus on value. the company focuses on safety. this is great, but bp isnt creatjng revenue just by being safe. revenue is created through oil and gas production

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It has its ups and downs, but overall a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Superintendent
    Current Employee - Superintendent

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

    Pros

    I've been at BP over ten years now. As a long term employee, I have my share of petty gripes about the company. But overall I can't complain. I believe the company genuinely cares about it's employees, the pay and benefits are excellent, and the work-life balance is good. And the people I work with are great.

    Cons

    In some areas of the business there are still good 'ol boys networks, but it seems like the company is working hard to dismantle them. Unfortunately there are still some mid-level and higher people who are only in their roles because of their network. Sometimes personnel policies can be pushed aside for convenience. For example, even though most roles are supposed to be posted and competitive - and employees are expected to be in a role for at least two years - some employees (one's who are deemed to to be "special" by management) are given the role through "facilitated moves" and the two year rule is ignored. For the rest of us mere mortals, we just have to suck it up. It's not a widespread issue, but it can cause some discontent when someone is given a plum assignment over many other equally qualified people who weren't even given a chance to apply and interview.

    One other con is that the company is continuously reorganizing. In the last ten years I've lost track of the number of reorgs. Every time new senior management comes in it seems that the old organization is ineffective and needs to be replaced. It's happening again as I write this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply your resourcing policies consistently. Stop the reorgs. It's not the organization of the company that's an issue, it's the way you choose to operate within an organization. Just shuffling people around doesn't fix anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Crappy pay for long hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Albert Lea, MN
    Current Employee - Cashier in Albert Lea, MN

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

    Pros

    Long shifts, some nice people, somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    Poor pay, shifts interfered with school, maintenance not up to par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees, manage your gas stations better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    not enough internal promotions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP full-time

    Pros

    good people, good teams, global perspectives on energy

    Cons

    if your not a brit, you wont move up.. much..

  8.  

    really bad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IST in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IST in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is pretty decent. Environment is fast paced.

    Cons

    really awful people. time isn't spent on interns. macondo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    BP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Good Pay and severance package for laid off employees.

    Cons

    Work Force Reductions. Lay people off all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide stability to the work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    A once great company struggling to find its identity in the post Macondo world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people, collaborative work environment.

    Company really cares about people. Good work/life balance policies supported by leadership

    Cons

    The company is very complex. Sometimes, it's not always clear who is accountable for what, so performance is not always addressed in the way that it should. In my 15 years there I don't think I have ever had really clear feedback on my performance.

    I do not think the management has the ability to address BP's cultural and organization issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people fully accountable for performance because it's too easy for people to shirk accountability for delivery. Don't invent process to subsidize the lack of accountability in the organization

    Bring in external leadership to overhaul the corporate culture.

    Reduce the size of the organization to reduce complexity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    employee for more than 10 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Benefit, 401k, 7% match-up, annual cash bonus, training opportunities, pension plan, 9/80, work from home, diversified workforce, gym in the office.

    Cons

    Politics, too many processes, undecisive management, no clear vision as result of Horizon incident, many re-orgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to own its process rather reply on consultants. Follow process if it is good otherwise improve process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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