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BP Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
237 Reviews
3.0
237 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.  

    Stability in big oil

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

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    BP has a lot of assets worldwide. A lot of good people work for them. There is a variety of work so being bored is rarely an issue.

    Cons

    Global leadership tendencies are toward micro-management of business units. Running scared since Texas City and Gulf incidents. This monolith company can't seem to get out of its own way. I think leadership intentions are good overall, but they just don't know how to be nimble or are too afraid to let the reigns loose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to give local control back to your business units. One size fits all does not work well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I gained broad experience and skills in business.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    The company is very large and you have the ability to gain many experiences in different parts of the company.

    Cons

    The organization structure is complex and it changes every few years. It is difficult to identify sponsors that stick around long enough to help you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on diversity for all in addition to women in order to drive business growth in an ever changing demographic world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work , but shrinking/sinking ship on the downstream side.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Safety in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at BP full-time

    Pros

    BP employs some very smart people. The culture is laid back with plenty of flexible working arrangements available. There are some great people that try to work common objectives.

    Cons

    The company is risk adverse. After the Texas City and Gulf disasters, there is no appetite to operate assets due to risk exposure. The downstream business is little more than a shell of what it used to be. The company's downsized structure means there really aren't any opportunities to grow. All downstream businesses are restructuring with substantial layoffs ahead for 2015. The company will most likely divest and exit the downstream business when the dust clears.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly is the best policy. People know they're on a sinking ship no matter how much you deny it. People just want to know the truth so they can make the best decisions for themselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and the people are great

    Cons

    The company feels too big at times and can slow down your work flow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe there are too many managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work at BP and you'll see how they got into trouble.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - PSCM Specialist in Houma, LA
    Former Contractor - PSCM Specialist in Houma, LA

    I worked at BP as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wasn't afraid to pay people and let you work on what you know. But....

    Cons

    Used a lot of core contractors but really very hard to get hired on. Way too many bosses, meetings and directives.
    BP is too afraid of offending higher ups by asking questions. If the word comes down to do something please don't ask why, just do even if you know it's wrong and there will be problems. You will find out really fast where the doghouse is.
    Good people were discouraged often and lost the will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire good and talented people and let them work. Good and experienced people sometimes have ideas that work.

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

    If you like roller coasters...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work with very smart people. Interesting global business. Great benefits and employee programs.

    Cons

    Very reactionary. Also, distrustful of people not raised in BP. Too focused on the short term. Constant changes in structure and strategy are big distractions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and consider what your needs will be in 5 years and make a plan to meet them. Stop focusing on next quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Politics rampant in Learning & Development at BP - it is who you know, not what you know or how well you perform.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great / world class pension and 401k retirement programs. Fantastic work - life balance. Huge bonuses and good salaries keep people locked in.

    Cons

    Downsizing and laying off thousands at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop people within for leadership roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    global middleware operations manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    company likes to promote from within, good salary and benefits, can make a career there, great opportunities to work with very smart people

    Cons

    hard work and long hour expected. You get paid well, but pay for it in your personel life. Lots of politics, better have someone high up supporting you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't let good talent slip away

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large, bureaucratic, and hundreds of processes to get through any project.

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

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -BP Pays well
    -You'll have an Operator on your resume
    -9/80 workweek
    -Gyms on campus
    -Good 401k matching
    -Global footprint

    Cons

    You won't have a 'cool' or 'sexy' job if your not in engineering. Although the company is global, its very difficult to actually work in a different Region due to cost. Oh, and they are laying off thousands of people :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    QUIT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

    • 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

    Full time employment
    Easy job
    That's it

    Cons

    Not enough pay
    Benefits are lacking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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