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BP Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
861 Reviews
3.6
861 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is fairly relaxed in most cases and the work life balance is decent (in 125 reviews)

  • This is a very large company with good pay and benefits (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Some position will require a lot of commitment, resulting work-life balance problem (in 22 reviews)

  • Senior management parks in the underground garage while the working stiffs park outside (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Management and tactical strategy at British petroleum as of the start of my career and the developpement of my goals in this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in New York, NY

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The strong team building that is due to the underlaying manager that pushes the employees to take iniatives and report actions that are not normal dyring daily activities

    Cons

    There is a lot of cons but so it is the case of every job in any field and in my personal opinion abd without mitigation i can state that the only con that i perceive is the long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on team building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Whiting, IN
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Whiting, IN

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, great benifits

    Cons

    Slow response by upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline the process and make them faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning experience and wonderful people, but very slow progress.

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

    I worked at BP as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good work life balance. Everyone is very knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge and help you.

    Cons

    Takes a very long time to get anything done because of all the bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to streamline some processes to increase the efficiency of the organization and the productivity of each employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sr Planner

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

    I worked at BP

    Pros

    Employee focused, lots of accommodations

    Cons

    Parking is sometimes a tough thing to find

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    internship

    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at BP as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    lots of different opportunities are available here, can move all around the world if you want. big company which has its pluses and minuses

    Cons

    big company which has its pluses and minuses. BP currently has a bad reputation which could hinder future job prospects for former employees.

  7.  

    Going down

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

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

    Pros

    benefits and pay are good for the area

    Cons

    constant cost cutting, people laid off over the oil spill, sell off of most US assetts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the internal requirements and focus on the people. Way to many policies that are constantly changing

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

    There could be worse places to work

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

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

    Pros

    Decent company with good pay and great benefits. Highly focused safety culture.

    Cons

    Many managers are "yes men". There is overall complacency within management- as long as they receive large compensation, there is little motivation to make lasting changes that could potentially make this a great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on value creation and becoming competitive. Listen to those with opposing viewpoints. Bring in upper management from other companies to spur creative thinking, bring competitiveness and change entitlement culture.

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

    Tale of two companies, great and terrible all at the same time

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

    I worked at BP full-time

    Pros

    - Awesome pay
    - Awesome benefits
    - Fascinating work (at times)
    - Complex and interesting learning
    - Huge global experience

    Cons

    - Bipolar management, they talk about safety on the surface, but only really care about the bottom line
    - Very political
    - The span of control of many managers is extremely small. This makes decisions difficult to make and everything moves very slowly
    - Lots of work on making things look good versus doing great work
    - So many meaningless meetings. It's nearly impossible to get anything done with all of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize so that leaders have substantial enough teams so that there are lots of synergies. Also, allow lower level leaders to take on more responsibility. They are well paid, let them make decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at BP as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The compensation is great and they draw out an excellent career path for you.

    Cons

    So large that you sometimes feel like just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel more cared for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    BP treats its employees really well. Hours tend to be flexible, benefits are top class, work culture tends to be driven but relaxed.

    Cons

    College graduates may find an eventual glass ceiling if looking for the management track. Many college recruits tend to leave BP after 7 to 10 years because they find BP tends to have an age bias when promoting staff to the next level of management. Like most major oil companies, the work force tends to be dominated by Contractors. There can be an us against them mentality depending on where you work in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to clear with staff what their development opportunities are, and help people to find challenging roles. Also, management needs to find ways to better support grass roots efforts. Often times strategy is well networked at senior levels, but when implemented on the ground it flounders because management has not engaged staff at the right levels. Generating change from the bottom up may lead to more value creation and success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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