BP Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Good values, but 50% of middle management doesn't exhibit those qualities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PSCM Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - PSCM Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    - Great Perks and Benefits
    - Smart talented diverse people
    - Growth quickly if you are high exposure role
    - Value collaborative environment and suggestions

    Cons

    - Slow decisions when discussing projects
    - Fast decision when divesting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 Review of individual before promotion to management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay, benefits, very weak leaders

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

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits -pension and 401k. Below average insurance. Good place to work for availability to gym, medical facility. Smart and talented workers.

    Cons

    No one can make decisions. Group think -everything by socialization and engagement of stakeholders. Strong leaders are frowned on. Weak leaders are rewarded as team players.
    Lack of overall financial good sense. Investments in wrong areas of the company. Strong preference for British over Americans in senior roles within the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the top levels of Management. Time to make some changes. Good people are leaving because they are not listened to or treated with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great career experience to start your career, but a lot of volatility and politics

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, compensation, and a lot of learning opportunities. The company is great in the beginning of your career.

    Cons

    Stagnation and Politics. There are a lot of broken promises and policies. The company is forever changing, yet nothing is documented and mistakes are often repeated. People are not valued unless you are on GREAT terms with your direct manager.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

    Good Benefits but Poor Culture and Cash Flow

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

    Pros

    Salaries are at parity with the market. Benefits are some of the best, but for how much longer?

    Cons

    Since the Horizon disaster, I have not met anyone who now likes working for BP. Headcount cuts are too deep. Significant brain drain. The happiest employees seem to be the ones getting severance packages. Company continues to bleed cash at unsustainable levels. Drastic headcount, cost, and asset reductions while competitors are growing. Consensus culture inhibits qualified decision-making. Experts not listened to. Tons of processes that are rarely followed, especially HSE and quality. (Most is just market-facing window dressing developed by consultants.) Changing the portfolio strategy to ultra-deep water is a very long term and highly risky decision. It may make the traders happy for a while, but if the ROI is not big or fast enough, it's not a horse to bet on. Job positions are safer in Europe than in North America. Lots of talk of all or part of North America being sold, bankrupted, or shut down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BP continues to struggle because senior leadership continues to just juggle the deck chairs on the Titanic. The same people responsible for the current drastic downturn were simply moved to different roles where they can continue to hide their ineptitude. Morale is at an all time low. We are moving from a headcount problem to a retention crisis. Time to hit the reset button.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    It's like Houston weather-constant change. Company goals and management have too much change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive base pay. Low stress. Real work/life balance.
    Some really smart people work here.
    Good technology

    Cons

    Watch what you say and do - HR gestapo is hiding in the shadows
    Big financial uncertainty with Macondo fines and ties to Russia
    Every couple of years there is a re-organization and management change, very disruptive and damaging to reputation
    Bonus program is weak
    Not the place for you if you like titles and promotions
    "See the world" - NOT - that's only a promotional gimmick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the pendulum from only swinging to extremes
    Dump the Functional model

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Not the same anymore

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operational Excellence in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operational Excellence in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of employee benefits. Company makes things easy to assimilate and get comfortable. Strong focus on values and work/life balance.

    Cons

    High tolerance for inefficiencies and stupidity. Too much bureaucracy in small decisions. Intense downsizing and focus on cost often dilutes growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to grooming leaders in the company rather than blindly hiring externally.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Company in a state of constant change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a very large company with good pay and benefits. Thier global focus opens some opportunities to travel and work overseas.

    Cons

    They can't make up thier mind about who they are, constantly reshaping, redefining, and reorganizing. Most of the countries they are in are somewhat unstable. They tend to send too much time making decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick to it. Be more nimble.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good benefits. Horrible morale.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits if you can hang on. Company is shrinking & doing pocketed layoffs. Morale is horrible.

    Cons

    Middle folks stuck, so are women. No where to go up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire all of upper mgmt & start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Company with good values

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

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

    Pros

    The company lives the values of Safety, Courage, One Team, Respect & Excellence. Management is very accessible and receptive. The benefits are good and there is strong support to have a balanced life style (work and other interests)

    Cons

    Lack of standardization of technical and management processes and practices. It provides flexibility to different entities but requires extra effort to manage associated risks and improving business performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue efforts to standardize and simplify processes and practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Middle Management (Level G staff employee)

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

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice buildings, campus is Eco-friendly, very convenient work locale, free parking, events for family, good pay and bonuses.

    Cons

    VERY political company, minimal respect for experienced employees joining the company, often times promotions or Senior Level Leader jobs (Level F and above) are only given to people who "know" the management team or who are telling the management team what they want to hear. Very British-centric for adopting ideas and valuing opinions. Americans on global teams are treated with an inferior positioning to their British colleagues. If you can accept this environment then BP is a good fit. Company is downsizing considerably due to the legal problems of the Macondo spill. Basically going to a skeleton work model for the US locations. In financial hardships right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more focus on Leadership training around inclusivity. The company only gives this "lip service" but does not demonstrate equality to American's in SLL roles versus their British colleagues.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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