BG Group Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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BG Group Chief Executive Helge Lund
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Pros
  • Good Work Life balance and generally treats employees with respect (in 4 reviews)

  • Company offers good growth prospect - although it is a function of home asset (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It is a challenge to maintain work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Leadership, politics, a dire HR department and limited development opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Executive/Personal Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant to Project Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant to Project Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at BG Group (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The pay is exceptional, perks are great, the international work force is great to learn from

    Cons

    The management is constantly changing or making changes. There is no consistency


  2. Sr. IT Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Infrastructure Program/Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Infrastructure Program/Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BG Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    No micro management. good work environment.

    Cons

    Occasional work from home not allowed.


  3. Pretty Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BG Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Somehow, they got a bunch of smart people together...

    Cons

    ... under wildly incompetent upper management. Most of the safety policies were a joke. We were office workers.

    Advice to Management

    Use some common sense.


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  5. Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BG Group full-time

    Pros

    good work-life balance, great pay/benefits, and room for growth

    Cons

    poor management layer and difficult to get a promo

    Advice to Management

    look at promoting within more


  6. Strong Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Agile in decision making. Good communication.

    Cons

    Current uncertainty with pending take over

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on delivery


  7. Non Functional

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at BG Group

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

    Pros

    Nice offices and free drinks

    Cons

    Company has too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Stickler for titles instead of focusing on the job itself. No effective direction and want to be touted as being a forward thinking company.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees and focus on the bottom line. Gain some sense of direction and stop going in several directions


  8. Embrace the old; fear the new

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BG Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are a Brit.

    Cons

    If you are not a Brit, not so great. You will be the first one out the door when there is a layoff. Entrenched in the old, tired ways of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond your own pension and take responsibility for ALL of your employees. Get into the 21st century.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great experience; not a place to get recognized for talent or effort.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Shipping in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Global Shipping in Houston, TX

    I worked at BG Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of fast paced exciting work. New technology and business keeps the technical and business side busy. The commercial work done is the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Career "kingdom builders" actively work to thwart advancement or recognition of quality people. To advance in BG you must know someone higher, swear loyalty to that person and their ideas, and fight those outside your "kingdom". Tremendous amount of energy wasted with internal politics. Some decisions

    Advice to Management

    BG Group is rife with dead wood in the middle management positions. In order to move BG Group forward effectively, the senior management must look down into the ranks of middle management and must honestly evaluate if the "kingdom builders" or working for BG Group or themselves.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Varied and great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to senior management is fairly easy, varied work assignments and opportunity to travel / relocate.

    Experience is what you make of it (as it is at all places) but at BG if you work hard, put yourself out there things will happen and you can work on some really big projects with a lot of responsibility. It can be a frustrating place to work sometimes as there is a dichotomous culture of getting things done and being entrepreneurial but at the same time there is a lot of process and procedure that you have to follow but hasn't quite been thought through and often feels like it is there because it needs to be there due to the size rather than adding value.

    Management is very mixed, some great people and some not so great. I can definitely see myself moving back if the opportunity arose, just when there is more stability and clarity of vision.

    Comp & Bens were world class, now... not so sure....

    Cons

    Training is up to you.

    Formal progression is there but you have to force it.... A LOT. Often you are performing a role that is 1 or 2 levels above where you are but with no formal recognition of your efforts and it becomes just a normal expectation that you have to work like a manager/senior manager in a junior role. This is good for the short term and from an experience point of view as you can learn a lot but after 18 months - 2 years of "outperforming" it becomes tiresome when you see no progression (there is recognition of "good job but that soon becomes demoralising").

    Lots of people have left recently and BG was all about the people.

    Leadership really needs to figure out what it wants to do and stick to that vision.

    There are not many roles / chances for progression after a while (especially to more senior levels) and often people are brought in from outside vs. progression/promotion. That was why I left.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to have a vision and stick to it. Things need to be thought through more.

    Staff recognition and promotion opportunities need to be improved.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work for British, terrible for none British employees

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BG Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Company has an excellent package for expat positions and for people from Headquarter in Reading UK. Company car, high salary, opportunity for being expat and also stock options as well as pension.

    Cons

    I work in Houston as an US employee. People were moved from UK to do the same work as mine, but they get better pay, uplift for working in Houston and company even pays for their housing, cars and cell phones. I always felt bad for being in a disadvantage position. All company direction comes from UK and British in Houston are the only ones aware of what is happening in company. They use their Houston office as a vehicle to secure Green Card for British employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to all employees, regardless of the office they have hired from. You cannot claim to be an international organization, but only focus on British talents.



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