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Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
628 Reviews

3.5
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Baker Hughes President and CEO Martin Craighead
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on superior, work life balance is reasonable (in 19 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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  1.  

    Lacking of Support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration  in  Artesia, NM
    Former Employee - Administration in Artesia, NM

    Pros

    Easy to move up in the company with no experience in management! They hire whoever!

    Cons

    No support from HR and lacking management and coaching, HSE culture, ability to work as a team is very poor!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to get off there butts and see what's really going on in these districts! I dedicated my time from clock in to clock out! I spent hours trying to make the team better and most importantly, make the company better! With my knowledge and experience I brought to the table, the management did not support me because they thought I wanted "their" job! Every little mistake that was made, HR was called instead of them talking and walking me through my mistake! As well as coaching! That's what I wanted is to work as a team!!! The evaluations are poor and need to be looked into. HR and HSE structure needs to be looked into! HR is to support employee and management, but not favor management because there buddy!!!

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

    Baker Hughes, as a whole, is a good company to work for. However, there are some discriminator practices still in place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Frac Supervisor  in  Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Frac Supervisor in Williston, ND

    Pros

    Good Pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    They still have a serious discriminatory issues among the upper district ranks. I Experienced this first hand. Districts in the upper states, such as N.D. minorities Do Not have an equal opportunity to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead on concentrating on numbers, and making decisions based on numbers, you should conduct surprise inspections and talk to the lower rank employees, who know what is really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Because that's the way we've always done it"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Claremore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremore, OK

    Pros

    good benefits and good safety training

    Cons

    Inability to change. No change management process implemented. Good Old Boy attitude in Claremore. Mid level managers not willing to work together for process improvements, constant finger pointing. Houston work environment is TOTALLY different than the Tulsa Area environment, especially the Claremore Artificial Lift group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the office culture especially in Operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Operator  in  Mill Hall, PA
    Former Employee - Field Operator in Mill Hall, PA

    Pros

    Good place to gain oilfield experience. Good field supervisors and team

    Cons

    Poor management in the office who do not care or understand what goes on in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your field people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    No company direction!

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Most of them are very nice. There are a few backstabbers just like anywhere else.

    Cons

    No management direction at all. They never make any kind of decisions. The inmates run the ship. They are too worried about everyone being happy as opposed to making the hard choices to make the company money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to lead!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    - Oil and Gas Industry
    - Medical Benefits
    - sign on bonus
    - Employee stock purchase program

    Cons

    - Poor performance management , favoritism, unskilled employees
    - Below average pay , no opportunity for growth
    - Toxic and un ethical behavior
    - Managers do not care, very frequent lay offs
    - Products have old very old very very old
    - the culture is going away ... lots of good talent going outside... the oldies are in the company and bringing it down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - learn to change, promote within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poor use of resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Welder  in  Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Welder in Williston, ND

    Pros

    Decent pay if you wish to trade your personal life for a dollar.

    Cons

    Management does not plan work load well. Way to much work and work load placed upon individuals. Having been in the welding department, their where many 24-30 hour days. I know now why when I went to work there my friends said my wife would be a "Baker widow" ! I quit after 3 years, just could not take the stress from management changes, work load and tool hands changing plans mid-job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan your jobs better and make the ops coordinators accountable for getting information to the welders in a timely manor. You can't just spit a 5 7/8 shoe with a 4 3/4 i.d. on a moments notice !! Jobs take planning and time. The N.L.R.B. has guide lines for a reason !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of stability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exposure and involvement in many short and long-term projects. Fellow coworkers are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Constant change that doesn't make any of the processes any more efficient for customer or developer(speaking from the IT environment). Because environment is constantly changing there is no stability and lack of knowledge about the business process. Work-life balance is not good. My group, for the most part, were working during their 'vacations', holidays and most weekends of the month due constant juggling of project priorities as determined by upper management. As is the case with some other companies, IT group is asked constantly to do more with less. But upper management should be at least filtering when the workload is near maximum capacity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should be listening to both the IT group and customers for scope and capacity of projects. Projects should not be shoved down the throat of IT group and simply say this has to be completed within a particular time frame. When it is apparent to the group that this time frame is only to help members of upper management meet yearly objectives/goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Most managers from Director to Top Execs base their decisions on what's good for them--not the company or its employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Co-workers and peers, for the most part, are pleasant to work with; share and collaborate on ideas; and work hard for this company despite the lack of appreciation from their superiors. They do what's best for Baker and it's shareholders unlike top management.

    Cons

    Hiring decisions are based on what's good for the public perception and/or what's good for the company's perception of me. Promotions are based on the same criteria, but this is where the "who you know determines where you go" process. Multimillion dollar mistakes have been over-looked because the VP responsible had a "rabbi" in the upper ranks of executive management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take note of the aforementioned pros and cons. Also, start practicing what you preach to employees: The Core Values. Integrity is probably the core value most frequently breached by upper management. That would be a good place to start should you decide to clean up your act.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Hard to get along with co-workers at Baker Hughes.

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

    Pros

    Good pay for an intern. Other then that, nothing else that really sets it apart from the average company.

    Cons

    Co-workers are hard to work with. Company not willing to upgrade and use better tools. Lack of innovation and motivation in employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more willing to take risks and use better tools in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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