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BP Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
881 Reviews
3.6
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controller in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Controller in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    The salary is good. The advance training your recieve is excellent. The insurance is good as is the medical care

    Cons

    no time off to live a personal life, days off often cancelled , vacation non-existant, work days 18 hours, no personal communication allowed while on ship. your not allowed personal computer communication or phone calls while on the ship. The days working and days off schedual is ignored. I haven't been off the payroll ship in the gulf except for training, doctors appoinments and a few other short assignments in 18 plus months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All members from top management on the ship need to have there days off manditory and respected as time off. Away from work and communication from work. The management out on ships should be made to leave work and go ashore. As it was written in the work contract. The Payroll direct diposits, inventory controll, damage payouts,all done by computer and satellite link should be done at a on-shore office not on the ship. this would save money and time

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

    Worst job I've ever had.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Help Desk in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Help Desk in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this company. You don't get anywhere on your work, but only on ratting each other out and butt kissing. They call it "holding each other accountable but yet fail to hold themselves to the same standard.

    Cons

    Some very bad apples in the firm and the usual political untochables.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kill yourself please. You are not worthy to lead. START SHOWING SOME RESPECT !!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rough place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Benefits are stellar, including 401(k) and pension plan. Salary is competitive for the industry. There is significant growth potential into the middle ranks if you're willing to switch your career path around, and be willing to move around the country a lot (especially to Houston).

    Cons

    Management is very disconnected from day-to-day operations; you won't hear from them unless there's a significant problem. Policies are created with little to no input from the front line workers and therefore are overly burdensome and ineffective. Too much emphasis is placed on process and paperwork rather than results. Much time is spent on administrative tasks instead of value-added work. Requires excessive hours (expect 50-60 per week) just to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people to do good work. Examine policies regarding delegation of authority, and actually delegate that authority to make decisions. Listen to your people and take their opinions into account.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Whiting, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Whiting, IN

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    good salary for work you have to do

    Cons

    bad culture exists currently and no one is happy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace all Manager level employees

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Business Unit

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BP

    Pros

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

    Cons

    only 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy Exemplified

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at BP

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Without 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dull, old fashioned leaders who don't want to change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator in Sunbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Sunbury, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are very reasonable although the defined contribution plan is no way near as generous as the old DC plan. Share match scheme is very reasonable.

    Cons

    People jealously guard their expertise and are reluctant to share information. Induction is non existent. Its size means it's very hard to influence. People don't talk to each other if they can avoid it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve induction processes.
    Listen to people lower down the organisation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Office Administrator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at BP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits. This is what tempted me from my old job in the first place, they pay you triple the amount of anyone else and pay for lunch and transportation and phones etc so that all you have to do is pocket your salary at the end of the month.

    Cons

    The staff and the politics are shocking to say the least. The issues of race and stress increases infinitely the lower down the hierarchy you are. I was on call 24 hours a day and if we had colleagues that came from abroad and got drunk, they would call me at 1 am just to call them a cab and they were at a hotel so this was redundant.

    When they wanted to let me go they were so unprofessional. For weeks before that they had meetings with recruitment companies and told me about it. They had meetings about me without me. When we finally had the talk I just said ok and how long is my notice etc, my boss actually asked me if I understood what was going on? The timing of the question was odd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul of current staff, cutting down salaries and benefits of employees because the amount of money spent is ridiculous and could be used better in so many ways.

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

    Lack of transparency and openess

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and training is good. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Senior management are not transparent. Also, permanent posts are created and when they realise there is no appetite for that postion a few years later, they treat you horrbily so you are pushed to leave. Favouritism amongst engineers and ones from public schools to obtain senior positions. Project and change management very poor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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