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BP Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
879 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 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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  1.  

    Good values, but 50% of middle management doesn't exhibit those qualities

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    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at BP isn't so bad, but the crazy management and organization of the company leaves it vulnerable to more risk.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great - pay, all insurances, bonuses, company matching, vacation, are above most companies; but about equal to other oil gas companies. Supports diversity and inclusion quite well.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations; big emphasis on who you know rather than what you can do. Seems that it doesn't matter if you do a good job - more important than doing a good job is who you know in the company. Must have the personality to socialize and network quite a bit in order to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing but character building.

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    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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A shadow of its former self

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits, depending on the manager, decent work atmosphere, great work out facilities, good location, Well that is about all the pros I can think of.

    Cons

    BP was a great place to work in the beginning. But due to mismanagement and poor leadership, the company has backed itself into a corner. The company is so full of red tape that its unbelievable that anything can ever get done. It is a good place to work if you like sitting around doing nothing and going to useless meetings. No one will make a decision, things just go on and on and on with no end or resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and let someone who knows how to run a company to be in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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