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BP Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
879 Reviews
3.6
879 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 131 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are top notch for the position that I am in (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Some position will require a lot of commitment, resulting work-life balance problem (in 23 reviews)

  • Senior management parks in the underground garage while the working stiffs park outside (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The most enjoyable job of my career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The work culture is collegial, team oriented, and empowering.

    Cons

    BP vision on alternative energy has proven to be short sighted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    All Around Bad, Don't Make The Same Mistake

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Texas City, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Texas City, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (when business is good)

    Cons

    Poor benefits when business is bad (very quick to eliminate the low cost morale boosters i.e. bonuses, lunches, company sponsored events), poor morale, poor leadership, too many chiefs, too much paperwork & forms, too much emphasis on action items and not enough on the work that is actually done, everything requires hand written sign-offs which is very time consuming and outdated, no opportunity for career advancement (at current site), WAY TOO MUCH politics and game playing, each department blames other departments for their mistakes, management is comically delusional and completely disconnected from what is actually going on at the site, WAY TOO MUCH D&I to the point where under qualified personnel are hired/promoted meanwhile they let the qualified/deserving candidates go straight to their competition, no effort to develop talent, no effort to retain talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the important things (keep small things small),

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    great company, opportunties for growth & progression

    Cons

    industry is currently impacted by lower crude oil prices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Production Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere for learning and developing skills. Fellow employees are great - knowledgeable, friendly, talented and create a very positive working atmosphere.

    Cons

    They are hurting financially from the lawsuits. Currents layoffs are underway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many levels of management, getting approval for implementing technology is difficult

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

    Good perks, chaotic structure

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pleasant working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Pleasant working environment, excellent benefits, work flexibility plays a big role, family oriented, career development focus.

    Cons

    Too complex processes; not all regions or even countries within same region follow standard processes. Decision making restricted to few upper management, overall poor management with low leadership skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it simple - establish standard processes across all regions. Develop better coaching+leadership mentality across mid-level management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    GBS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP

    Pros

    Work for home opportunities are available

    Cons

    Opportunities are not available to all and management is not required to have knowledge of the day to day functions of the people they manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what the employees do and give them the space to own and be accountable for their responsibilities.

  9.  

    Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Good pay.
    Structured projects.
    Free food, transport, coffee. Many other perks.
    Great brand name.
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Projects not that challenging
    Too serious a working environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Operating in a Cyclical Manner... in a Cyclical Market Leads to Frustration and Stifles Career Growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer

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

    Pros

    For Process Engineering, there is a much more tried and true path. Doors open for Process Engineers in a way that they don't necessarily for other disciplines.
    There is also opportunity for mobility within disciplines. While the world of upstream (exploration and production) and downstream (refining and marketing) are fairly segregated, there is a lot of opportunity within those, but it's definitely a function of how broad your network is (and whether or not you have others endorsing you).

    Cons

    The company operates in a very reactive manner (and considering there are shattering incidents that seem to occur every so often, that's not a good thing). Currently, oil price is down, and there are job cuts all around (the jobs that were added - but were they necessary? - back when the going was good and crude was high). When the going gets good again, the projects will commence and there will be an influx. While this is normal in any cyclical industry, there are ways to manage this in teams/roles that are justified ALL the time - and don't just come and go, based on financial performance.
    This company loves reorganizing and restructuring. The message can be all about alternative energy and environmental compliance one day, and then shift to process safety solely the other - there isn't a balance across all to systematically oversee the entire portfolio through ANY type of market.
    Similarly, when I first joined (6.5 years ago), the company was open to moving cross-functionally, as long as you were eager to learn and could prove yourself. Now, there is a significant shift toward specialization, and keeping people in their current track.
    Also, my experience has taught me that proving yourself as a high performer, when early in your career, can sometimes be a double-edged sword. Management won't want to get rid of you, and just keep you in your role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create systems and work practices to support roles, so that we're not so reliant on the people in them. Management should foster career growth, not stifle it for the sake of getting the current job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Systems Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Great company to work for

    Cons

    Not as fast paced as tech companies on changes. Very risk averse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight the Maconda cases tooth and nail.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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