BP Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Self induce problems

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A good place to develop engineering skills. Top industry training program for engineers

    Cons

    Hire bottom of graduating class. Too much politics, promotion and performance ratings are very unfair. You have to suck up to people to progress in your career. BP has suffered and may continue to suffer from reputation damaging incidents because of lack of competent leaders. People are chosen to lead not based on skills but based on network.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair in performance ratings, deployment and promotions. Top engineering companies are led by sound engineers. As too much cook spoil the broth same way too much layers of management kills the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Operating in a Cyclical Manner... in a Cyclical Market Leads to Frustration and Stifles Career Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For Process Engineering, there is a much more tried and true path. Doors open for Process Engineers in a way that they don't necessarily for other disciplines. There is also opportunity for mobility within disciplines. While the world of upstream (exploration and production) and downstream (refining and marketing) are fairly segregated, there is a lot of opportunity within those, but it's definitely a function of how broad your network is (and whether or not you have others endorsing you).

    Cons

    The company operates in a very reactive manner (and considering there are shattering incidents that seem to occur every so often, that's not a good thing). Currently, oil price is down, and there are job cuts all around (the jobs that were added - but were they necessary? - back when the going was good and crude was high). When the going gets good again, the projects will commence and there will be an influx. While this is normal in any cyclical industry, there are ways to manage this in teams/roles that are justified ALL the time - and don't just come and go, based on financial performance. This company loves reorganizing and restructuring. The message can be all about alternative energy and environmental compliance one day, and then shift to process safety solely the other - there isn't a balance across all to systematically oversee the entire portfolio through ANY type of market. Similarly, when I first joined (6.5 years ago), the company was open to moving cross-functionally, as long as you were eager to learn and could prove yourself. Now, there is a significant shift toward specialization, and keeping people in their current track. Also, my experience has taught me that proving yourself as a high performer, when early in your career, can sometimes be a double-edged sword. Management won't want to get rid of you, and just keep you in your role.

    Advice to Management

    Create systems and work practices to support roles, so that we're not so reliant on the people in them. Management should foster career growth, not stifle it for the sake of getting the current job done.


  3. Crappy pay for long hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Albert Lea, MN
    Current Employee - Cashier in Albert Lea, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Care about your employees, manage your gas stations better.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    not enough internal promotions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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..


  6. really bad place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - IST in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - IST in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty decent. Environment is fast paced.

    Cons

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


  7. chaos

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time

    Pros

    Making up things as you go keeps the day interesting

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, chaotic structure, incompetence

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable. This halfway between asset model and functional model is to much to bear for some, while others sit back. Give engineers something to aspire to.


  8. Disappointing but character building.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pipeline Controller in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Pipeline Controller in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and yearly bonus,

    Cons

    Nepotism, gross favoritism. No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house & deal with poor mismanagement.


  9. Great career experience to start your career, but a lot of volatility and politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, compensation, and a lot of learning opportunities. The company is great in the beginning of your career.

    Cons

    Stagnation and Politics. There are a lot of broken promises and policies. The company is forever changing, yet nothing is documented and mistakes are often repeated. People are not valued unless you are on GREAT terms with your direct manager.


  10. Helpful (2)

    It's like Houston weather-constant change. Company goals and management have too much change.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive base pay. Low stress. Real work/life balance. Some really smart people work here. Good technology

    Cons

    Watch what you say and do - HR gestapo is hiding in the shadows Big financial uncertainty with Macondo fines and ties to Russia Every couple of years there is a re-organization and management change, very disruptive and damaging to reputation Bonus program is weak Not the place for you if you like titles and promotions "See the world" - NOT - that's only a promotional gimmick.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the pendulum from only swinging to extremes Dump the Functional model


  11. Helpful (6)

    Good Benefits but Poor Culture and Cash Flow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries are at parity with the market. Benefits are some of the best, but for how much longer?

    Cons

    Since the Horizon disaster, I have not met anyone who now likes working for BP. Headcount cuts are too deep. Significant brain drain. The happiest employees seem to be the ones getting severance packages. Company continues to bleed cash at unsustainable levels. Drastic headcount, cost, and asset reductions while competitors are growing. Consensus culture inhibits qualified decision-making. Experts not listened to. Tons of processes that are rarely followed, especially HSE and quality. (Most is just market-facing window dressing developed by consultants.) Changing the portfolio strategy to ultra-deep water is a very long term and highly risky decision. It may make the traders happy for a while, but if the ROI is not big or fast enough, it's not a horse to bet on. Job positions are safer in Europe than in North America. Lots of talk of all or part of North America being sold, bankrupted, or shut down.

    Advice to Management

    BP continues to struggle because senior leadership continues to just juggle the deck chairs on the Titanic. The same people responsible for the current drastic downturn were simply moved to different roles where they can continue to hide their ineptitude. Morale is at an all time low. We are moving from a headcount problem to a retention crisis. Time to hit the reset button.



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