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Updated July 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Get out while you still can"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the oil and gas industry you receive better pay than many opportunities which is also the case at BP. There are still a number of quality people to work with at BP.

    Cons

    Management is by and large incompetent (starting at the very top and trickling down to those who have to interact with the lowly plebes who actually do work) and reached their lofty positions by delivering good sales pitches as opposed to producing quality results, showing sound leadership, and having any form of business acumen. This is taken out on individual contributors who suffer the consequences of the downturn. Individual contributors who achieve and those who are recognized for achievement are not significantly overlapping in a Venn Diagram.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating employees better. Three years ago people were proud to work at BP. I don't know a single coworker who actually wants to work for BP anymore and when prices turn around you will lose anyone who is actually qualified.


  2. "Pays well, but totally poorly run"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pays above market rates and great benefits

    Cons

    Management runs based 100% on optics. Don't use the capabilities of its employees and believe everyone who wants to be successful should have an MBA. Management fears loss of their bonus or jobs and show no conviction in their decisions. They have become yes men. Senior leaders give us nearly zero delegation of authority. When times get tough, they seize control form the top and don't feel the shame about misleading their employees.

    Advice to Management

    You are running the business into the ground. You will not survive in a competition against your peers who have a longer time horizon.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Petroleum Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent company with outstanding core values. It gives opportunities to everyone. Diversity and inclusion is one of the values of the company. It provides excellent formation to its employees to guarantee high performers

    Cons

    Currently is facing issues as everyone oil industry due to the low oil prize, so there are not many opportunities. Instead lay off are happening


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A POORLY LED COMPANY"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Management in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Program Management in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    BP pays well for the work that you do. They have one of the best benefits packages that I've seen. When they are making money they like to spend it and bonuses almost always get paid.

    Cons

    BP is a poorly managed company, their safety track record speaks for itself. Though they advertise that they are focused on improving, leadership has done little to change the culture. They've been in constant "transformation" for the last 5-8 years. Also just recently, at least in the US they have been making it more challenging to participate in agile working arrangements. Leadership has not eliminated agile working, they have just communicated a message that does not promote it.

    Because they pay well senior managers tend not to leave, and most are waiting for a severance package to do so. This leads to very little long term opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    LIVE YOUR VALUES!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A division of a global company but not treated the same. Night and Day difference."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and a work from home options

    Cons

    lots of change the last 2 years. Morale is very low after many layoffs and work redistribution and Management not being transparent. Salary is not commiserate with experience. Job descriptions are vague.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees. Head of the Business Center is visible but not in a positive way. Seems invested in the wrong things like employees taking advantage of discounts in the soda machine rather than the obviously low morale and employees leaving.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nightmare"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits. Diversity initiative strong.

    Cons

    Management focused solely on self promotion.

    Unethical business practices

    Advice to Management

    Don't know where to start


  7. "Better than most, used to be better."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pipefitter in Whiting, IN
    Current Employee - Pipefitter in Whiting, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good paying job that gets the bills paid.

    Cons

    If you get hurt or screw up, they will definitely try to terminate your employment.

    Advice to Management

    Change the rules or encourage people and management to follow them.

  8. "Cashier"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a good work environment to work and get to know people

    Cons

    The owner is awful, will not pay you overtime and give you at least 55 hrs in the week. If you work on holidays you will certainly not get holiday pay either.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Concensus paralysis"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    BP pays well above market, which is great while you are there. It may haunt you in future job searches. Upstream BP is very good at what they do, finding energy. IT is weak and misguided but that provides opportunity for smart people to do great work. There are some great people at BP, diamonds in the rough, who can make it a great company someday if they can effect change on the culture.

    Cons

    BP management pays lip service to modern corporate values but fails to change. There are so many levels of management, most of which are clueless to what other great companies are doing and yet are closed to new ideas. Powerful internal customers routinely overrule subject matter experts to get their own way. BP calls itself collaborative but the reality is a paradox where consensus is required but everyone wants their own way effectively paralyzing any meaningful change. London lives with it's head in the clouds effectively ignoring the wants and needs to employees and leaders worldwide. Ex. 9am (GMT) global con calls are 3 am US Central time...when pressed the UK leaders will respond that the meeting can be recorded and reviewed later. Happens all the time. BP wastes more money than most companies make, which has got to be hard with the price of oil so low these days.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the organization dramatically. Enable and Demand Innovation rather than just talking about it. Break the tired, old British management culture...the world has moved on.


  10. "Had a very bad experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Warrenville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large corporation means you get to meet lots of new people. I have met some very good people at this company. That's about the only good thing I have to say about this place--that, and the pay is decent.

    Cons

    Micromanaging, soul-sucking, and discriminatory are a few words that come to mind. I was disciplined and later fired for "attendance issues" because I was having to go to the bathroom frequently while pregnant (despite having a doctor's note, they still disciplined me). Also, working from home after my child was born caused me to get disciplined because the computer wouldn't log into the VPN on time half the time. Computers would take upwards of 15 minutes to log in but you would be punished for not being on the phone exactly on your start time. Sometimes the computers would take 20 minutes to log in, and you would still get disciplined when it was out of your control. You shouldn't have to arrive 30 minutes early just because your computer is slow. You are only allowed 10 minutes for the bathroom in any given day, and trust me, they watch that time. It doesn't matter if you're sick or not, 10 minutes is all you get. The managers need to know your every word and action and you're not allowed to help the customer in any way outside of predefined solutions. Your hands are tied and every move watched at this company. To top it off, the team leads are often less competent than your coworkers, and they will question your judgement.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on customers, not on metrics.


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