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BP Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
861 Reviews
3.6
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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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  1.  

    Disappointing but character building.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pipeline Controller in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Pipeline Controller in Renton, WA

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and yearly bonus,

    Cons

    Nepotism, gross favoritism. No room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house & deal with poor mismanagement.

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

    Good Benefits but Poor Culture and Cash Flow

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, benefits, very weak leaders

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    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the same anymore

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    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
  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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    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.  

    Not to bad, depends on immediate supervisor.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Manager
    Former Employee - Laboratory Manager

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, telecommuting, competitive pay

    Cons

    Higher management not having a clue of what they have, still un-organized/dis-jointed support services (procurement, HR, financial) 15 years after merger/buy-out of Amoco

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One company standard for every division, spelled out neatly and concisely in black and white! Policy is policy, not to be interrupted to suit the biggest business unit as they see fit. Take a close look at all of the downstream bussinesses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great career experience to start your career, but a lot of volatility and politics

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    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
  9.  

    What was once "A great place to work" has become a caricature of its former self

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    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations

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

    Pros

    Salary/Bonus structure is at the very high end for those willing to live out BP "values". If you are willing to just smile and nod through the endless ebbs and flows of management change, you will be rewarded with a six figure salary amid an archaic and unfulfilling work environment.
    Refining has made strides in safety culture over the past several years, emerging morale issues stand to threaten this trend.

    Cons

    You are only as good as your last line manager. If you have any amount of character or personal integrity, you will last only as long as you have a like minded line manager. All bets are off once the inexperienced ladder climbing short timers move through. Senior management frowns upon those with extensive site knowledge as most are highly degreed and their fragile egos will not allow them to take advice from somebody who is "below" them in the scholarly/managerial hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using your refineries as production lines for inexperienced ChemE's /managers to move through the system. These people move in and change only for the sake of change and the paragraph it adds to their resume. As passionate leaders try to embed improvements to archaic processes, others just smile and nod knowing that it will never really matter in the end as long as they get a "Delivers Expectations" on their year end review for participating in such a charade. The respected leaders of these refineries are cast off as a result of this reckless thinking at the behest of building the resumes of BP management. What is wrong with having experienced subject matter experts as it relates to refinery operations? Please finish selling off your US assets before the harm you cause becomes irreparable.

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

    Company in a state of constant change

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    business analyst working on one of BP's international business segment's strategy

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    well-established corporate governance, well supported personal development (good mentor program), encourage diversity and inclusive culture, most time has good work-life balance, non-aggressive corporate culture

    Cons

    inefficiency due to all kinds of internal control and process driven practices. Due to its support to talents' personal development, the senior management changes every 2-5 years, and subsequently a lot of unnecessary organizational changes all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For business unit leaders, be more longer-term oriented, and make business decision strategically rather than tactically

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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