BP Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
846 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Strong push for admirable culture doesn't hit mark

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Strong company with good balance sheet. Work was satisfying.

    Cons

    Company's upper level management still falls on old school oil & gas good ol' boys club politics despite efforts to push a strong culture of safety and diversity. Decisions aren't necessarily made in the best interest of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Indirect Procurement

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

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

    Pros

    Great to have on your resume (the fact that BP still attracts attention)
    Flex-work schedule
    Laid-back environment
    Some cool people to work with

    Cons

    Very dysfunctional departments (Indirect Procurement is one of them)
    You have to eat, sleep, and breathe "company values" that do not ring true in all areas
    No structure or proper guidance from managers
    Very obvious "blamers" when something happens
    Use emails for weapons or to simply throw you under the bus, be careful what you say to certain people, they look for opps to discredit you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Get OUT While You Still Can!!!

    Current Employee - Tech Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tech Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Beautiful building, lot's of foreign accents, smart people

    Cons

    Too many to list at once!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    QUIT!

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  5.  

    Watch Your Step

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiting, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiting, IN

    I worked at BP as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice money and Some nice people

    Cons

    The friction between BP employees and contractor employees is so thick. Older employees seem overconfident and never ask the right questions or were never trained having inherited the job. You can tell BP had now competitive selection.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better get some newer or at least trained people on site. All the nice talk and publicity on site is fake.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Anything to save a buck...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Pricing Specialist in Warrenville, IL
    Current Employee - Contract Pricing Specialist in Warrenville, IL

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

    Pros

    Large company that pays pretty well and looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    They have highly qualified contractors that work there for long periods of time without hire. The BSC in Warrenville is the arm pit of the organization. Lots of petty, jealous, women and men simply waiting to retire. Avoid working there at all cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hated it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Europeans do not know how to run a large oil company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, location

    Cons

    Insufferably bureaucratic, politically correct, slow to respond, people with much authority but no economic accountability, poor stock performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's the point?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Zero Work Life Balance, Political, and Seniority over Ability.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PSCM in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - PSCM in Anchorage, AK

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, but overall compensation leaves much to be desired.

    Cons

    Ineffective and incompetent managers and supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gut the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Its been terrible after the Macondo accident.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Houma, LA
    Current Employee - Instrument Technician in Houma, LA

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

    Pros

    I cant think of any.

    Cons

    Everything has gone down down down after Macondo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are jumping ship like its on fire around here. Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Career started great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Warrenville, IL

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

    Pros

    Large organization with great people for the most part. Lots of opportunity to grow your career with strong company values. Safety is really important and I learned so much about how to use safety tips on the job.

    Cons

    People are not valued. Profits are the most important item to the company. You can grow your career but keep your job network because you will need it once your department is cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good people but you don't value them. Listen to the employees and the Business Service Center should not be on a different salary structure. It does not show you value them at all. The cost of living is the same for all of your employees in that area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management doesn't care about anything, all politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at BP full-time

    Pros

    Large company
    Good retirement benefit
    Recent years try to increase number of female in leadership roles.
    Lavish spending on office equipments and ergonomic analysis.

    Cons

    Company has local rules governed by local HR.. Very unclear and poor local HR. No definite rules/handbook to follow. 1800 HR (BPpeople) support line is useless.
    Relative expensive healthcare plan and very few PTO days for industry standard.
    Managers do not care about employees' feedback.
    Poor mid and upper level management on local site.
    Spend excessive amount of time on trainings regarding BP core values.
    Encourage "open doors" culture but not true at all....
    Tolerate employees with poor performance and do not reward high performance employees.
    Do not fairly promote employees.
    Difficult to climb up career ladder until move around to various BP locations worldwide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BP corporate needs to standarize local BP divisions rules and encourage local BP leaders to focus more about lower level employees and more closely evaluate reports and information reported by Extended Leadership team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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