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Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.2 597 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Baker Hughes President and CEO Martin Craighead

Martin Craighead

(220 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on superior, work life balance is reasonable(in 18 reviews)

  • Long standing oil tools company with good benefits(in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance as there is little regard for employees(in 17 reviews)

  • Upper management is doesn't understand the impact of their decisions(in 21 reviews)

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    was good company before when they was BJ Sevices not now to many layoffs

    Field Engineer I (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Prosgood pay and was steady work about two years ago

    Conswas not to divers by everyone including supervisors and managment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An unfocused mess combined with an arrogance like I've never seen

    Many (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsMeaningless solutions from an ineffective management

    In order to create the impression that personnel issues are being addressed, (or wait...customer Gasp! issues for that matter) upper management sets up a committee to investigate specific problems and suggest solutions. But the results are based on the premise that the employees aren’t very sophisticated and can be easily appeased, and the flaws will be discovered. Input from employees is discounted or ignored and clueless managers rely on their own misapprehensions. Because the process is dysfunctional, the results are meaningless.

    Let’s say, for example, that a committee is formed to investigate low morale and declining productivity. But since the workplace is toxic, the committee won’t have the authority to investigate the ineffective management. Even worse, the management may be on the committee. Or the committee must first report to a high level executive who is one of these idiots (“Well, our surprising conclusion is that you are the cause of declining morale.” No, I can’t see that happening either.)

    Since they must ignore the impact of their ineffectiveness on morale, they instead turn to “creative” ideas. Perhaps they find some popular solution to “make employees feel better about themselves.” This could include a patronizing “Extra Special Person” award, meaningless interdepartmental competitions or irrelevant offsite training seminars (“As soon as everyone learns proper time-management techniques,” they tell one another, “productivity and morale will go way up. We’ll even give them free planning notebooks.”) All of which detract from the real things that demand attention, like say uhmmm I don't know.....customer satisfaction? Operational excellence?

    Anywhere you see this happening, its a direct reflection of a management team that has no clue what they are doing, and they solution these problems by micro managing what they cannot understand for themselves.

    If this sounds appealing, this is your place.

    ConsManagement fads / Revolving Doors

    Executives in this toxic company often overcompensate by adopting faddish management approaches, as if propaganda is an effective tool to overcome reality. The result may be aggressively promoted company values that don’t seem to match day-to-day events.

    For example, clear communication is preached in elaborate seminars while poor communication continues to be the norm. Valuing and respecting customers and employees is publicized in the company mission statement, or on framed motivational posters in the break room, but undermining and belittling others seems pervasive. Everyone is told to make company goals their first priority and adopt a spirit of teamwork, but internal competition dominates. Worst of all, the most consistent violators of company values are the most highly rewarded.

    Topics are meaningless / A smokescreen of brilliance

    In this workplace, those who dominate meetings seem to prefer to discuss vague platitudes instead of underlying problems. They focus on theory rather than dealing with reality. By ignoring the real problems facing the company, they fail to accomplish anything of substance. The main impact of meetings is the loss of productive time from your day. Your dominant thought as you leave tends to be “There’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back.” However this all looks and sounds great, so as long as its glossy, well presented, dressed nice and sounds educated....the beat goes on. Peel the onion back though.....nothing there.

    Red Tape

    So much of it, the service equipment looks (big) red......maybe by design?

    Advice to Senior ManagementA toxic work environment usually begins at the top, either through negligence or lack of character and integrity, usually stemming from a naive discounting of the importance of how employees are treated, and how customers are serviced.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    North Dakota Layoffs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Williston, ND

    ProsWonderful people to work with if not management, great new facility.

    ConsHR does nothing about retaliation. Supervisors can do whatever they want. You have to submit to Houston, local hr wont do anything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart over in Williston, it might have a chance. Get rid of the rest of the managers there. Communication is a big factor. Starting at the top of pressure pumping.

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    Made my American Dream Come True. But Junior Management runied it.

    Field Engineer (Former Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsCompetitive compensation. Good Top Management. Good infrastructure.

    ConsGood Top Management. Illiterate junior managers. Poor resource and poeple management by junior management. Very bad culture, the rednecks have runied the atmosphere atleast in the OKC office. Managers in this office have hired relatives to benefit from the employee referrel program. These new hires take up vacancies that should have been filled by graduates. Poor organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease hire educated and capable junior management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Should have listened to previous reviewer before taking the job. He was right on.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey do care about their customers but planning is failing across the board.

    ConsPoor management if that is what you call it. Poor planning, barely functioning. Some are great there, but management is clueless on how to really manage a team. Destructive team culture is allowed to thrive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement new technologies better, do some real management of personnel, routes, etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Self Serving Corporate

    Field Service (Current Employee) Broussard, LA

    ProsA corporation being a self serving entity will generally guarantee stockholders a fairly decent profit as long as they realize this type of management will be fairly short lived.

    ConsThis type of management is generally accomplished by monopolizing on the work done by the non-management employees. The employees who generate the income will suffer from the excesses of the upper level management - who generally do not generate any capital for the company. This will last only as long as it takes for the better and more seasoned employees to find another job. By doing this it will strip the corporation of their experienced employees and generally leave them short of people to do the work. This will cause them to start losing market share which in turn will cause them to start losing revenue and the value of the stock will drop.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart treating your field employees with the respect they deserve. Be honest with your employees. You push ethics but then you do not practice them when it comes to dealing with your own employees. You maintain upper level management salaries while cutting the salaries of the people who actually earn the revenue. While the employees you are mistreating may not have an "earth science" degree, they aren't stupid. There are many reasons they didn't get their degrees. But they are still highly trained and qualified and many will be leaving the company as soon as they find another job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Confusing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsI have had experience with BH for over 8 years. Good healthcare, large company chance to move around if you are 'chosen'

    ConsIn a bouyant market BH still seem unable to translate success into profit and are continually reorganising to cut costs and resources, leaving a very unsettled workforce. Experience is not rewarded, highfliers are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdmit strategy failings, get back to core business

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Your just an expendable number

    Master Mechanic (Former Employee) Houma, LA

    Prospay is great 401k medical is ok

    Consthey do not care if you do your job better than anyone else even if you save them millions of dollars they do not recognize the person doing the job. they only notice if you make a mistake . then they fire you. after they realize the mistake that was made was them and not the ex-employee they cover up the mistake that cost the ex-employee so much more than a job! They have meetings for meetings and micro manage so they stress the employee to the limit while covering their own butts in the fine print! they expect loyalty but they have none to the employee or the ######.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop diversification hire on merit not race. repeated anonymous complaints should be investigated to find the anonymous employee who is causing stress to the employees that work at work instead of watch everyone so they can tattle tail and cry baby. they do it because the working man is going to make more money the the watching man be productive and constructive not petty and destructive! stand up for your hard working employees and let the lazy watchers walk. it doesn't really matter since my husband is Halliburton now your loss BHI " Wife ex-employee" GO BIG RED!!!!

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    Judas would be a good fit for this company.

    Machinist (Former Employee) Tulsa, OK

    ProsOK if one is a game player

    ConsTheir "attention to safety" is really a "rat out your coworker" program. Much computer-based and immaterial information is required on a monthly basis as well as "Observations" turned in. These could be anything from equipment problems to "I saw so-and-so doing his job correctly". Points were given for this to "safety teams" with a free feed awarded to the highest scoring team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to respect your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Un-safe and hostile environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sand Springs, OK

    ProsThey provided us with a Ham for Thanksgiving, and closed the plant on Christmas. I didn't mind the 12 hour shift, but the rotating days and nights every week only added to the unhealthy environment.

    ConsManagement does not know or care about their employees, and refuse to recognize those who go above and beyond their job description. Their actions are very hypocritical of those policies they enforce. We were all one big team until it came to bonus-time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to learn how to do the job of your subservient's, and learn to recognize and appreciate integrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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