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Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
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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.  

    What was once "A great place to work" has become a caricature of its former self

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary/Bonus structure is at the very high end for those willing to live out BP "values". If you are willing to just smile and nod through the endless ebbs and flows of management change, you will be rewarded with a six figure salary amid an archaic and unfulfilling work environment.
    Refining has made strides in safety culture over the past several years, emerging morale issues stand to threaten this trend.

    Cons

    You are only as good as your last line manager. If you have any amount of character or personal integrity, you will last only as long as you have a like minded line manager. All bets are off once the inexperienced ladder climbing short timers move through. Senior management frowns upon those with extensive site knowledge as most are highly degreed and their fragile egos will not allow them to take advice from somebody who is "below" them in the scholarly/managerial hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using your refineries as production lines for inexperienced ChemE's /managers to move through the system. These people move in and change only for the sake of change and the paragraph it adds to their resume. As passionate leaders try to embed improvements to archaic processes, others just smile and nod knowing that it will never really matter in the end as long as they get a "Delivers Expectations" on their year end review for participating in such a charade. The respected leaders of these refineries are cast off as a result of this reckless thinking at the behest of building the resumes of BP management. What is wrong with having experienced subject matter experts as it relates to refinery operations? Please finish selling off your US assets before the harm you cause becomes irreparable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intenal Communications, Media Relations, Public Affairs, Community Relations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP

    Pros

    Compensation, resume builder, benefits, global opportunity

    Cons

    Extremely political. Most senior leaders are only interested in their own advancement and can't be trusted to do the right thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince your employees that you're doing what's best for the business. There is serious mistrust.

  3.  

    Like other big companies - BP is a huge bureaucracy. However, BP lacks strategic direction and full of inept leaders.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company for work/life balance

    Cons

    Hallmark of cronyism and nepotism if one is looking for career progression. Lots of processes, assurance, guidance that does not add value but increases more people, meetings, and costs, that gets in the way of getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Group leadership in BP is bloated and made up of unethical people who were "yes men" all the way to the top. These groups leaders have to be replaced with technocrats and real leaders. Most of the group leadership are unqualified or have tangential knowledge on things; so they surround themselves with people just like them because of their insecurities. For example, Diversity and inclusion (D&I) in BP today just means hire women in key positions. D&I should include everything that makes us unique... This is an example of the narrow and short-circuited thinking that comprise major decisions made in BP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful co-workers, bad management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at BP full-time

    Pros

    The retirement benefits are good, and co-workers are supportive and friendly.

    Cons

    Upper management wants employees to work hard, and then stay late and work harder. There is little reward for exceeding goals/deadlines.

    Promotions are based on recommendations from managers and team leads; there are no clear guidelines, and favoritism is evident.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower the "red flag" for over-worked employees to consistent 45 hr work weeks, instead of consistent 50 hr work weeks.

    Hire RAs to replace RAs, instead of hiring scientists to replace RAs- too many managers and too little entry-level employees leads to an uneven distribution of work, and slower research.

    Give spot bonuses again.

    Notice how many employees have left in the past two years, and realize there is a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning opportunity, but time to move on.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK

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

    Pros

    The benefits offered by BP are great and there are opportunities to move to another location if you desire. There are plentiful training opportunities and it is relatively easy for someone to work their way up the ladder, which creates some of the problems within the company.

    Cons

    The organization is in constant change and is suffering from poor management. Most leadership are interested in satisfying their managers and everything is all about making them look good. Management is not focused on actually improving the company, but are focused on checking boxes and looking good. Morale within the workforce is also very low right now.

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    So so

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

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

    Pros

    Good training and career development if you are fresh out of school

    Cons

    Too much politics, too many meetings, less time to be innovative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders need to be more accountable

  8.  

    Low pay, low patience customers

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP

    Pros

    Very easy, low work load, decent amount of hours

    Cons

    Low pay, very boring, inconsistent hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide workers with more responsibilities

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

    Unorganized

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at BP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation, training, benefits, resources, assistance

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, inability to change roles, all cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide feedback to team on staff changes, program health, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    BP is trying and failing to change it's culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and perks are above average at BP, although there is no transparency or indication of fairness in compensation policy.. No expense is spared on employee events and training. BP seems to aspire to do the right things, however it clings to dated leaders and methods which keep it from succeeding. BP looks good on a resume but there are many more Cons than Pros.

    Cons

    BP is stuck in a management time-warp. It is a very hierarchical, very British, culture which gives insufficient respect to the rest of the world. Virtually all meetings drag on longer than necessary and BP gets caught in consensus paralysis. Everyone (regardless of stake) gets to voice their opinion on everything, so decisions are difficult to make and never stick. I suspect it is a good place for drilling engineers and scientists, but a terrible place for modern corporate talent trying to drag BP into the modern world. There are WAY too many contractors, who are kept for years. This prevents fluid talent growth among employees and costs projects and departments way too much. The IT area is horrifically behind the times and takes years to implement projects that should take weeks or a few months. Accountability is inconsistently applied and unfairly measured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Values and Behaviours effort has failed dramatically because top management talked the talk, but didn't walk the walk. The world does not revolve around London and poor BP managers and directors in London disengage and discourage remote leaders trying to drive initiatives elsewhere. Break the consensus paralysis by putting accountability in the right places. Not everyone needs to sign off on every decision. BP needs to retire or fire half it's London based leadership team and distribute that leadership out in the regions where it belongs. I've worked in two other global Fortune 100 companies and BP doesn't even come close in terms of leadership, process, decision quality and respect for employees. BP needs to totally rethink IT systems and processes..because IT&S is fundamentally broken. If you truly want to be a global company, start acting like one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No Advancement, No Benefits, No Raises for 4yrs need new job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Gas Station Attendant in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Gas Station Attendant in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    I like the fact that you are in control of business while your working there is no one over your shoulders but your responsible for everything.

    Cons

    People not coming in on time always late when it's my time to be releaved. Again no insurance or benefits for 40 hrs worker I thought you were to get benefits for full time workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees some of them really care for jobs and we are treated like we don't exist.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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