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Updated August 13, 2017
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  • The work-life balance I espoused in the section above is sometimes thrown out of wack (in 43 reviews)

  • Cyclic industry with job security depending on oil price (in 57 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Subsurface"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, compressed working week, reasonably relaxed working environment with good camaraderie between colleagues.

    Cons

    Morale is currently very low. Most people appear to be staying only because the pay is so good and opportunities in the oil industry scarce at the moment. Opportunities for advancement very scarce and promotions process appears to be entirely arbitrary - no clarity or guidance from management on career progression. Very old fashioned company - currently focused on modernizing but held back by an aging, mostly British management.

    Advice to Management

    Need to start rewarding the high performers by promoting them and offering career advancement opportunities.


  2. "Trainee Tecnhitian"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Instrument Technician in Angola, IN
    Former Contractor - Instrument Technician in Angola, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    To me bp is one of the best company in the world .
    Was a nice place to start my career.

    Cons

    I think was the end of contract.
    To me everything was a perfect.

    Advice to Management

    They should give more opportunities to the trainee .

  3. "Cashier"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BP part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good pay

    Cons

    Terrible management and your hard work is ignored

    Advice to Management

    Act nicer -_-


  4. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Cashier in Midland, MI

    I worked at BP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good hours, good pay and Thom was good to work for

    Cons

    Sometimes they would have you close then open the very next morning.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company Poor Management Style"

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    Former Employee - Petrochemicals in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Petrochemicals in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Total compensation of salary and bonus very good vs industry.

    Cons

    From middle management up through senior executives it is a popularity game in order to move your career forward. Sucking up is worth more than delivering value in your role. Culture is at all time low as yearly layoffs have been in place for the last three years. The money is not worth the drama.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage people, not take care of friends.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "BP - Good Company but could do more to be great!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay! Great resources! Good people and nice culture overall. Very diverse workforce with people from various backgrounds and countries of origin.

    Cons

    Too many gates to getting things done. A lot of inefficiencies as people that have nothing to do with your job are given opportunities to weigh in on things that don't concern them; a big strain on ones autonomy. Too much office politics. With ultimate leadership seated in the U.K. various leaders in the U.S. use that to their advantage to control information. Many times making themselves look good while not necessarily giving an accurate account of those at their peer level or lower. Progression in the org seemed to be more about who you know more so than what you know and contribute.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the numerous VP titles and make more people simply Directors. Remove the false perceptions of power granted by those titles. Learn better spending and budgeting practices. One of the biggest problems I observed coming into the org was that they were accustomed to spending money in a way that made no sense. That may have been fine when big oil was booming but now that the market has somewhat collapsed, those spending habits are not possible and I wasn't convinced they had caught on before I left.


  7. "HRBP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HRBP in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HRBP in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, good support

    Cons

    lack of continuity, struggled to find the right answer for policy unless you network. Spent more time searching through systems rather than actually being really productive

    Advice to Management

    It is a global issue within BP and known HR issue that policies are so vague and it leaves the HRBP to make a judge call when it comes down to it.

  8. "Take a chance"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Houston, TX
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    9 80 schedule good benefits and travel

    Cons

    Stressful with some unrealistic deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Take a look in the mirror


  9. "great company to work for. would recommend"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pros are that you are able to develop quickly and at your own pace

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming at first and lots of hours to commit to

    Advice to Management

    Please work on keeping your employees with good work life balance


  10. "Upper Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Support Team Lead in Hallsville, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Support Team Lead in Hallsville, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits and people

    Cons

    Mid-level management is too busy trying to seem relative in order to save their jobs during all of the L48 reorganization process. They will even derail careers in order to achieve their own personal goals. Although, I've been gone for over a year the VPs of the L48 assets ARE irrelevant and too busy micromanaging instead of actually doing something worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Do not degrade new leaders based on hearsay or unfounded gossip. Jealousy will run rampant when someone has been there only a few years and then moved to a team lead position. When new leaders make mistakes give them direction and training to become the leaders BP wants and needs. Don't use it as an excuse to move them as far away from the wellhead (Operations to PSCM) as an excuse to get rid of people.

    The global BP is awesome!! The top management from the U.K. really practice the attitude they want to see throughout the company.


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