Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work Life balance in my department (in 22 reviews)

  • They have good benefits while in the training program (in 45 reviews)

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  • work-life balance is hard if you allow it (in 20 reviews)

  • So what does upper management do (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Upper Management=Micro Management

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Coordinator in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, several kindhearted people, mostly nice environment.

    Cons

    Enjoy your shoulder, because there will always be someone looking over it! Market and personal favorites dictate your promotions. Be aware!!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing promotions for people you like and start posting job opportunities so that others who are more deserving at least feel like they were considered. Be fair!!!


  2. Good company

    Former Intern - Project Intern in Overland Park, KS
    Former Intern - Project Intern in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Baker Hughes as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice leadership. Good for growth

    Cons

    Very rigid process flows and not so cool work environment.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A company collapsing due to external forces

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Significantly more laid back corporate atmosphere than its main competitor, Schlumberger. A good portfolio of technology/products to learn and try and apply to reservoir problems.

    Cons

    Long term planning has disappeared at this company. If it doesn't show shareholder value in 6 months or less, forget about it. There's no investment for the future. Head cuts have gone to such an extreme that if the merger with Halliburton does not go through, this company will collapse, unable to handle the work that would normally go its way.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    No loyalty to hard workers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training programs and training center

    Cons

    Mid level management is incompetent across the board. Very little to no knowledge across lines and have no clue what the workers are doing

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your hard workers and show them loyalty rather the buddy system that is rampant through the company


  6. Helpful (1)

    Mr. Baker Would Be Concerned

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    Former Employee - Inventory Manager
    Former Employee - Inventory Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Attracts talent, many employees with very impressive resume and education. High tech products and innovative manufacturing.

    Cons

    Disconnect between HQ and field offices. Apply Corporate policies with a broad stroke without regard for local needs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the intrusive Central Party behavior. Houston does not know how to implement policy at the District level.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Problem Company in Transition

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    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay and good benefits, have opportunity for upward movement.

    Cons

    The company does not have any system of checks and balances over upper management. Promotions and pay increases are not made on achievements and sound business decisions. The system favors personnel who are in the part of the inside group (etc. ex BJ Personnel, all who work at this facility before it was shut down when Baker acquired it). Currently Baker HR has some issues that need to be addressed, if left unchecked could lead to some serious legal violations. Some of this could be the result of the Halliburton acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to step out and do what is right, everyone is important and those that remain deserve to be treated with respect and not lorded over for the sake of a job. Make good business decisions no matter how the crowd feels. If you have to let people go do it with respect and dignity.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Baker provides excellent benefits. Co-workers are very friendly and eager to help. They working environment is kept very clean. Safety is a top priority.

    Cons

    Majority of managers base decisions on personal feelings instead of sound business acumen. As industry has declined too many people who do the work have been let go and too many managers remain. Management expects their people to sacrifice their personal life for work.

    Advice to Management

    Place managers in positions of which they have knowledge. There are too many managers that fall in the category of "jack of all trades, master of none".


  9. Helpful (1)

    Baker Hughes

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    Former Employee - Solids Control/R&D Drilling Fluids Engineer in Clarksburg, WV
    Former Employee - Solids Control/R&D Drilling Fluids Engineer in Clarksburg, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to establish work history and extensive travel; pay is generally above average but there are exceptions.

    Cons

    The company is not known for following through with promises or verbal agreements; promotions are not always honored.

    Advice to Management

    1. Two 16 inch centrifuges will keep up with the competitions ~20 inch centrifuge in solids control. If management had doubled up on their centrifuge deployment maybe they would not have lost the contracts on NY, PA, OH and WV. 2. Monitoring of the active pits every 12 hours by drilling fluid engineers should be monitored. "Dog Housing" reports has been reported, at least to NE Regional management. 3. Estimates on flushing out cement from equipment should be more accurate. Being over by 50 to 200 barrels is not appreciated in the field.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Doesn't pay to go above and beyond

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally nice work environment, good training opportunities, above average pay.

    Cons

    Management makes promises that aren't kept. All significant technical decisions are made from German office, US technical employees have no support from upper management (applies only to drilling services). Above-average work is not recognized even when it gets the company out of a bind.

    Advice to Management

    Support the decisions and development of your employees.


  11. Baker Hughes PPS

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    Former Employee - Baker Hughes PPS in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Baker Hughes PPS in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Alot of overtime and good pay and benifets

    Cons

    on call all the time and continually gone on jobs



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