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BP Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  • The work-life balance I espoused in the section above is sometimes thrown out of wack (in 43 reviews)

  • Job security is highly sensible to oil price having constant layoffs than its competitors (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Process Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Toledo, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with good benefits. Access to large base of other sites worldwide for help in growing knowledge base.

    Cons

    They treat refineries like they aren't going to keep them. IE they don't spend money to keep things maintained as well as they could.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Account Opening Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Opening Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Opening Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very nice office in downtown Chicago. Great location, close to both train stations. People are generally nice. Internal training programs are available for those with time to spare. There are several business resource groups to be involved in as well as Toastmasters which makes the work day/week pleasant.

    Cons

    Very work group oriented. Several layoffs so far in 2015 with many more expected. This is a cyclical process that happens every 3 - 5 years. Appears to be done to rid themselves of the aging population as well as under achievers. Cater towards interns and programs involving new hires right out of college offering a robust rotational training in several areas of the business. Unfortunately this is not available to experienced new hires which leaves them to fend for themselves. If you hire in for one function it is difficult to demonstrate other areas of expertise. Internal interviews focus narrowly on achievements at BP and consider related past experience prior to BP useless.

    Advice to Management

    Job share, job swap at all levels. Cross training across business units. Create an environment to look beyond the narrow focus of function of the job currently being done. Expand knowledge of employees to include other areas of interest or expertise.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Glad to be gone"

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

    I worked at BP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good facilities. Smart people. Diversity of work. Global reach.

    Cons

    Senior management. Career advancement. Compensation. Stodgy. Spill.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees.


  4. "Controller"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BU Controller in Bristol, IL
    Former Employee - BU Controller in Bristol, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay and great benefits
    wide range of work locations
    lots of opportunity for improvement
    just need to get to 20 words

    Cons

    Become focused only on Variance analysis
    cutthroat environment
    No loyality to employees

    Advice to Management

    Dont Loose sight of core business


  5. "All the good people left must be for a reason?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Scheduler in Durango, CO
    Former Employee - Site Scheduler in Durango, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits even though they are very top heavy. Bonuses are nice unless gas prices are too low.

    Cons

    Local boys club! You'll move up by being related or saying what management likes to hear! I don't understand how people in management ever got their job in the first place but seems to be running theme with Bp hopefully that'll change?

    Advice to Management

    Keep people who do their jobs well not by popularity!


  6. "Moved to Houston just before a major company reorg"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers who were always willing to help
    Felt like company recognized and respected that employees had life outside of work
    Managers took time to check in with employees
    Lots of internal classes and opportunities to grow
    Great campus, 2 gyms, 3 cafeterias, easy access to running/biking trails
    Great packages offered during layoffs

    Cons

    Very unstable at the moment with numerous waves of layoffs due to reorganization
    Tons of hoops to jump through when you have a problem
    No insight as to where the company is headed or why layoffs are happening like they are
    Moving to a more open floorplan, which none of the employees support

    Advice to Management

    Before making big sweeping changes, talk with the employees. This applies mostly to the change to an open floor plan. When most of the teams have a blue personality on a floor, this change won't be welcome or go smoothly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very unpleasant culture"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BP as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, nice facilities, every other Friday off.

    Cons

    BP is a high-churn environment where ambitious up-and-coming executives continuously implement change initiatives in order build their careers. In many cases, the initiatives are poorly conceived and implemented.

    As a contractor, you can make good money on these initiatives. But they frequently crash and burn. BP is like the Survivor TV show - only the most ruthless survive the frequent purges. As soon as you become aware that purges are happening, get out.

    Advice to Management

    Management is not interested in advice from the worker bees.

  8. "Good, if you are desperate."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free coffee and soft drinks.

    Cons

    You have a lot of responsibilities for very little pay.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lawyer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    lots of challenging work, difficult issues, intellectually stimulating types of situations to work on

    Cons

    poor management; cost-cutting is driving everything at the moment; they talk the talk but can't seem to walk the walk. people are too afraid of repercussions to say what they really think. the environment is becoming a bit toxic.

    Advice to Management

    start thinking about your people in more ways than just creating another silly D&I contest. Try honestly listening to feedback.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    As a result of the Oil spill the company is struggling with costs and baseline operations, it may emerge as a renewed and changed organization. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Non inclusive, diversity is at the bottom of the agenda, promotions are only for US and UK nationals.
    Very bureaucratic, slow to react and implement change.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency should be at the top of the agenda. Merit should be taken into consideration for promotions and salary increases.


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