Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
633 Reviews

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Baker Hughes President and CEO Martin Craighead
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on superior, work life balance is reasonable (in 19 reviews)

  • Long standing oil tools company with good benefits (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance as there is little regard for employees (in 17 reviews)

  • Upper management is doesn't understand the impact of their decisions (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Uninspired organization with no value on corporate culture or employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Experience in Oil & Gas

    Cons

    Leadership can not get out of immediate reaction mode and organization lacks inspiration. No work-life balance as there is little regard for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Big organization and messy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Pockets of nice people.

    Cons

    Management not professional and not qualified..80% 'management are not to standard and unprofessional. Twist and turns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pls do take a serious findings from employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    was good company before when they was BJ Sevices not now to many layoffs

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer I  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer I in Houston, TX

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good pay and was steady work about two years ago

    Cons

    was not to divers by everyone including supervisors and managment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    An unfocused mess combined with an arrogance like I've never seen

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    Former Employee - Many  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Meaningless solutions from an ineffective management

    In order to create the impression that personnel issues are being addressed, (or wait...customer Gasp! issues for that matter) upper management sets up a committee to investigate specific problems and suggest solutions. But the results are based on the premise that the employees aren’t very sophisticated and can be easily appeased, and the flaws will be discovered. Input from employees is discounted or ignored and clueless managers rely on their own misapprehensions. Because the process is dysfunctional, the results are meaningless.

    Let’s say, for example, that a committee is formed to investigate low morale and declining productivity. But since the workplace is toxic, the committee won’t have the authority to investigate the ineffective management. Even worse, the management may be on the committee. Or the committee must first report to a high level executive who is one of these idiots (“Well, our surprising conclusion is that you are the cause of declining morale.” No, I can’t see that happening either.)

    Since they must ignore the impact of their ineffectiveness on morale, they instead turn to “creative” ideas. Perhaps they find some popular solution to “make employees feel better about themselves.” This could include a patronizing “Extra Special Person” award, meaningless interdepartmental competitions or irrelevant offsite training seminars (“As soon as everyone learns proper time-management techniques,” they tell one another, “productivity and morale will go way up. We’ll even give them free planning notebooks.”) All of which detract from the real things that demand attention, like say uhmmm I don't know.....customer satisfaction? Operational excellence?

    Anywhere you see this happening, its a direct reflection of a management team that has no clue what they are doing, and they solution these problems by micro managing what they cannot understand for themselves.

    If this sounds appealing, this is your place.

    Cons

    Management fads / Revolving Doors

    Executives in this toxic company often overcompensate by adopting faddish management approaches, as if propaganda is an effective tool to overcome reality. The result may be aggressively promoted company values that don’t seem to match day-to-day events.

    For example, clear communication is preached in elaborate seminars while poor communication continues to be the norm. Valuing and respecting customers and employees is publicized in the company mission statement, or on framed motivational posters in the break room, but undermining and belittling others seems pervasive. Everyone is told to make company goals their first priority and adopt a spirit of teamwork, but internal competition dominates. Worst of all, the most consistent violators of company values are the most highly rewarded.

    Topics are meaningless / A smokescreen of brilliance

    In this workplace, those who dominate meetings seem to prefer to discuss vague platitudes instead of underlying problems. They focus on theory rather than dealing with reality. By ignoring the real problems facing the company, they fail to accomplish anything of substance. The main impact of meetings is the loss of productive time from your day. Your dominant thought as you leave tends to be “There’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back.” However this all looks and sounds great, so as long as its glossy, well presented, dressed nice and sounds educated....the beat goes on. Peel the onion back though.....nothing there.

    Red Tape

    So much of it, the service equipment looks (big) red......maybe by design?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A toxic work environment usually begins at the top, either through negligence or lack of character and integrity, usually stemming from a naive discounting of the importance of how employees are treated, and how customers are serviced.

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

    North Dakota Layoffs

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, ND

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with if not management, great new facility.

    Cons

    HR does nothing about retaliation. Supervisors can do whatever they want. You have to submit to Houston, local hr wont do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over in Williston, it might have a chance. Get rid of the rest of the managers there. Communication is a big factor. Starting at the top of pressure pumping.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Made my American Dream Come True. But Junior Management runied it.

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive compensation. Good Top Management. Good infrastructure.

    Cons

    Good Top Management. Illiterate junior managers. Poor resource and poeple management by junior management. Very bad culture, the rednecks have runied the atmosphere atleast in the OKC office. Managers in this office have hired relatives to benefit from the employee referrel program. These new hires take up vacancies that should have been filled by graduates. Poor organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire educated and capable junior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Should have listened to previous reviewer before taking the job. He was right on.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Hughes

    Pros

    They do care about their customers but planning is failing across the board.

    Cons

    Poor management if that is what you call it. Poor planning, barely functioning. Some are great there, but management is clueless on how to really manage a team. Destructive team culture is allowed to thrive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement new technologies better, do some real management of personnel, routes, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very frustrating experience after 13 years

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It used to be a great company to work at, very good environment, great people, training, meeting different cultures, good management.

    Cons

    Last for years the company has lost decency, honesty, respect for the employees, too many layoffs very badly managed by HR and Legal managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to visit the geomarkets and interview the employees but not the managers, they are questionable in many places, you'll be surprised of what a terrible company BHI has turn into.

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

    Self Serving Corporate

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    Current Employee - Field Service  in  Broussard, LA
    Current Employee - Field Service in Broussard, LA

    I have been working at Baker Hughes full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A corporation being a self serving entity will generally guarantee stockholders a fairly decent profit as long as they realize this type of management will be fairly short lived.

    Cons

    This type of management is generally accomplished by monopolizing on the work done by the non-management employees. The employees who generate the income will suffer from the excesses of the upper level management - who generally do not generate any capital for the company. This will last only as long as it takes for the better and more seasoned employees to find another job. By doing this it will strip the corporation of their experienced employees and generally leave them short of people to do the work. This will cause them to start losing market share which in turn will cause them to start losing revenue and the value of the stock will drop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your field employees with the respect they deserve. Be honest with your employees. You push ethics but then you do not practice them when it comes to dealing with your own employees. You maintain upper level management salaries while cutting the salaries of the people who actually earn the revenue. While the employees you are mistreating may not have an "earth science" degree, they aren't stupid. There are many reasons they didn't get their degrees. But they are still highly trained and qualified and many will be leaving the company as soon as they find another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Baker Hughes full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have had experience with BH for over 8 years. Good healthcare, large company chance to move around if you are 'chosen'

    Cons

    In a bouyant market BH still seem unable to translate success into profit and are continually reorganising to cut costs and resources, leaving a very unsettled workforce. Experience is not rewarded, highfliers are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit strategy failings, get back to core business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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