BG Group

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BG Group Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
87 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

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
  • The work-life balance depends on your management chain (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Varied and great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Embrace the old; fear the new

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

    I worked at BG Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    They are at their worst right now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BG Group as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are the best you'll ever meet. There's free soft drinks and coffee. Downtown location

    Cons

    Open concept... you have to be a VP to get an office with a door. They stopped paying for parking for contractors and then fired all the contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Are there any of you left? CEO got fired (new one hasn't started yet).... 3 executives went off to run other companies, two recent ones jumped ship.. you can't get any of the brass from UK to come to Houston... all the projects are on hold or slowing down. I guess my advice is to get out while you can!

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Group
    Former Employee - Technical Group

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

    Pros

    As with most companies there are the good and bad managers. I'd say BG Group as plenty of both. They do emulate larger companies and really try to develop better employees.

    Cons

    Very strange office politics and it takes a while to get used to the British business culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead from the front.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The company is great, but the management is not far-seeing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BG Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits were great. The co-workers were great.

    Cons

    There's hardly ever promotional potential existing in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To promote people from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Many changes within own team / senior management resulting in lack of maturity in organisation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assurance in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assurance in Houston, TX

    I worked at BG Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The management tries to emulate other larger peers, with salary at higher end, however lacks gravitas

    Cons

    Very Brit, with rife politics and not that transparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce silos and complexity that is not necessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I loved the diversity of people I worked with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at BG Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet different people
    Learn different cultures
    Great community service outreach
    Committed to non-profit organizations

    Cons

    Lack of communication amongst the upper level management
    No accountability the higher up you move in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the problem children you have in upper management before you lose more valuable and talented people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BG Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits and opportunities for international assignments

    Cons

    Downtown commute is difficult for suburbanites with families

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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