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Not a good place to be a contractor

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Current Employee - Landman in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Landman in Houston, TX

I have been working at BP as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

This a global company, so you'll be exposed to a wide range of information from people from many different disciplines. Not too many micro-managing types, which is good.

Cons

The pay is under market, and they treat their contractors in professional positions like employees, although they don't offer them jobs. The hire interns with no experience, and essentially throw them into fields where they might not be competent enough to be of value, but then let contractors linger in their positions for years. Also, they do not observe the MLK national holiday. I know it's a British company, but that just seems wrong.

This only applies to the Houston location. I don't know how London operates.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Utilize the talent you already have! A GPA is not the best indicator of a person's ability to be a valuable asset to your company.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Good starting point - now tired of bureaucracy and laziness

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are not interfering with you managers agenda you can take training all you want. Lots of little trinkets especially for D&C folks. NAG D&C guys all got Ipads to be "more productive" and to motivate them from not leaving the company. If you want little headache of getting things done on time and job security this company is for you. People are understanding if you come in at 9:30 AM every time and leave at 4:30 while working 9-80's, because everyone does it and no one cares.

    Cons

    Many Many and I repeat Many lazy people. Out of 10 people there would be 1 or 2 people who actually wants to get things done. People are milking the system and playing office, putting power points together and having bureaucratic debates. People are extremely cocky and dont realize that the rest of the world does not revolve around BP. Company is big and it had became that way because of the hard work of people in the 90's. If people behaved themselves then they way they do now BP would be half of its size it is today.

    Well cost is over run by at least 20 % compared to the industry economics are slim and in a lot of cases many wells drilled today will never pay out. The company is loosing money and I not surprising that the stock is not doing anything.

    People doing international assignments spend 20-30K per trip overseas to present something that could be shown over the internet. People don't care about wasting companies money!

    Recently implemented functions suck, it is truly dysfunctional organization in the E&P. The end product "the well" and its production rate is NOT a priority, priority is safety first and CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Bob Dudley - you want your BP stock to go up?, Fire 2/3's of the company that is sitting around putting on power points and working 6 hours a day clocking in/out, only keep people who are motivated who want to be there. Fire old people who are grade level F making 250K/year and not contributing anything but stories about what they did when they were young. Stop giving away trinkets and recognize people with spot bonuses. Get rid of the functions and put the asset teams back. You need democracy in the company and not communism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company overall, too many "Yes Men"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automation in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Automation in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    They pay good, decent benefits (school reimbursement, 401k match, pension, medical, etc). Many opportunities (they are the 4th largest company in the world, assets all over, all types of jobs). Solid job market (constantly hiring most positions, many contract opportunities).

    Cons

    "Yes Men" seem to get management positions about 3/4 of the time, with or without proper qualifications; so all the issues that come with that... Too many processes and procedures that become the focus vs. the actual work. Too much of a "we're all equal" attitude, so the guy doing nothing gets the same recognition as the guy doing all the work (or more sometimes..). They seem to get stuck on pedigree vs. qualifications, so many unqualified people in upper positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize individual's, good and bad. Do the right thing vs. politically correct.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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