BP Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Good Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great and the people are great

    Cons

    The company feels too big at times and can slow down your work flow.

    Advice to Management

    I believe there are too many managers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Slow / bloated

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

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    BP promotes minorities and women and has a lot of collective knowledge. People are nice at BP, but only because their jobs are ultimately too cushy. It's easy to be nice when you're jobs are fluff and you make fewer executive decisions per person.

    Cons

    Everything happens too slowly, too many processes, too much overhead, too many meetings and trying to follow the functional model just because its a corporate trend when you've become a small operator who's overstaffed is not effective.

    Advice to Management

    Push back to your leaders and challenge status quo so the grunt-workers don't get sick of the bureaucracy and leave.


  3. Geophysicist

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

    I have been working at BP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is Competitive and energetic.

    Cons

    Current oil prices are down.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    They talk about having a speak-up culture but you better not if you want to go up the ladder. Tons of politics.

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

    I have been working at BP (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you get in where's there's actually a good boss it can be a great company to work for.

    Cons

    They promote the wrong people. They don't want a true speak-up culture as they might have to look at themselves and realize they don't have a lot of great managers. Talent isn't what gets you promoted. They try to control people by saying "It's not what you do but how you do it". That's BS as this is an oil company and "what we do" keeps things from blowing up and killing people. They promote for behaviors not how you impact the business or how good your delivery is. Management stomps out technical people with great ideas if they don't have the right political views. BP management has forgotten we are running Oilfields not popularity contests. They talk about safety but uninformed management makes poor decisions. Unfortunately this is rampart in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Management wouldn't take sound advice as management is always worried about how they look and they are too busy managing upwards. Quit being such arrogant brits and promote more technical talent, you'll be surprised how much better the company would be.


  6. If you like roller coasters...

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

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with very smart people. Interesting global business. Great benefits and employee programs.

    Cons

    Very reactionary. Also, distrustful of people not raised in BP. Too focused on the short term. Constant changes in structure and strategy are big distractions.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and consider what your needs will be in 5 years and make a plan to meet them. Stop focusing on next quarter.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Large, bureaucratic, and hundreds of processes to get through any project.

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

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

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

    Pros

    -BP Pays well
    -You'll have an Operator on your resume
    -9/80 workweek
    -Gyms on campus
    -Good 401k matching
    -Global footprint

    Cons

    You won't have a 'cool' or 'sexy' job if your not in engineering. Although the company is global, its very difficult to actually work in a different Region due to cost. Oh, and they are laying off thousands of people :)

    Advice to Management

    QUIT


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great salary and overall total rewards package!

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

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BP has a fantastic total rewards package, with salary, 401K, portable retirement, annual bonus, and stock. They are competitive with any of the other oil majors.

    Cons

    Lots of intelligent people work for BP. They don't always work towards a common goal. Managing down is not always a strong suit.

    Advice to Management

    Create a global thrust to encourage prioritizing team alignment and revenue creation for BP over personal goal achievement. Provide better incentives to managers to improve the efficacy of direct reports.


  9. Self induce problems

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

    I have been working at BP

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

    Pros

    A good place to develop engineering skills. Top industry training program for engineers

    Cons

    Hire bottom of graduating class. Too much politics, promotion and performance ratings are very unfair. You have to suck up to people to progress in your career. BP has suffered and may continue to suffer from reputation damaging incidents because of lack of competent leaders. People are chosen to lead not based on skills but based on network.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair in performance ratings, deployment and promotions. Top engineering companies are led by sound engineers. As too much cook spoil the broth same way too much layers of management kills the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good perks, chaotic structure

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility
    Great benefits
    Mostly good and smart people as a result of rigorous selection processes
    Plenty of development opportunities if you seek them out and take advantage of availability; getting ahead is very much a matter of networking and making things happen for yourself

    Cons

    Seemed like there was constant restructuring at department, function, and/or corporate level, so overall strategy was questionable.
    Personality assessments given as part of selection were rigged at times. (I know because the YSC psychologist admitted to me that she slanted one assessment to get me away from a specific manager and was willing to revise the same assessment to give me a better shot at another opportunity!)

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the structure to support and align with the strategy, put it in place, and give it a chance to work over a period of time.


  11. Excellent Company

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

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good life-work balance. Challenging projects. The people who work there are highly capable and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    In the effort to address issues and defects often additional processes are introduced that create unforeseen complexities. The result is that it can be difficult to progress work at times.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on reducing complexity by challenging new projects / processes to ensure that they are truly value adding.



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