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Why it sucks to work for BP as an engineer?

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Former Employee - Operations Support Mechanical Engineer/ Project Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Operations Support Mechanical Engineer/ Project Engineer in London, England (UK)

Pros

Chance to get a wide range of experience and to be exposed to all kinds of equipment. Large budget for training during the project phase. Opportunity to build a good business network during your career, to experience different aspects of mechanical engineering while working with contractors, which in turn may help you in finding your perfect next job.

Cons

Too much politics. Unfair promotions and very poor senior leadership. Failure to understand the importance of core engineering positions. Double standards between different assets in terms of benefits, salaries, promotions and career opportunities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn from other companies which are more successful in this business. You have to understand that the most important asset that you have is people not platforms and although this is not an engineering company still the core of this asset is engineering discipline.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    BP has lost its way and is not interested in developing people just yes men -

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    a FTSE 10 company in a sector that is growing.A strong pension and sharesave scheme and a attractive reward offering.Easy access to M3/M4 and attractive campus style office with good facilities ie gym, access to technolgy, canteen, free lunches,dry cleaning etc on site.All employees are able to go to townhalls where they can see leaders speak and have membership to discount schemes for the TATE , Science & History museem.There is a flex friday policy and compressed week where you can get every second friday off howevr that will disappear next year.Culturally quite interesting as about 80% of the people here have been here over 2o years so lots of people feel like they grew up here.

    Cons

    incredibly cumbersome culture which is very slow , doesnot lend itself to creativity at all.Incredibly poor at being inclusive and promotions and recruitment is based on who you know.Very unsupportive to development , only like transcational people within HR , if you have ideas then they arent wanted in BP at all.Huge churn of incredibly talented people over last 2 years which created a feeling of unrest and have very idea of what different employee feel or what they want to get ahead.Abandoned Pulse employee survey as feedback was too negative rather than take any action.Ability to take any direction and stay with it is lacking and leads to project team being disbanded on a regular basis as management cant stay with any direction.management of peoole is a real issue as team leaders have little clue how to manage and BP seems to recruit across every function HR, Disciplines any body that lacks Emotional intelligence resulting in a very demotivated workforce. Comms are incredibly poorly managed and most people who were hired less than 5 years are keen to get out and look at Shell etc as they have a reputation for treating people well and development is still paramount there.
    A lot of benefits have simply been taken away with no explaination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    townhalls are pointless if people are too scared to ask Q's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Every other friday off
    Free lunch
    Great colleagues
    Nice management
    The Share scheme and pension plan
    Emphasis on work life balance
    Being able to take time off whenever you want as long as you get the work done.
    Really friendly people who will take the time to help and support you when you need it.
    A large organisation means that you'll always find someone who has good advice on the work that you're doing.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy (they are working on this but we'll see if it works out)
    Over analysis of issues instead of just going and doing it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on simplifying the workload.
    Treat experts with respect and pay our engineers more to prevent them from being poached.
    Do NOT turn us into a ruthless investment bank - BP is a 'nice' family company with integrity and morals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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