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BP Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  • work life balance suffers somewhat (in 38 reviews)

  • Current fall in oil price has severely reduced future contracts (in 55 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It depends"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Historically had senior managers with both deep knowledge and integrity, that has changed

    Cons

    Think of a career there as short-term. Take the knowledge you can, and figure out the good processes and take those and then move on. Nepotism trumps talent as well as heavy politics. It's not about who's the most qualified, but who's the most heavily networked. That environment does promote loyalty or long-term interest. Lots of global downsizing attributed to oil prices.

    Advice to Management

    Let people know at the outset that it's networking more so than doing a great job that leads to recognition and promotions.


  2. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work people great to work with.

    Cons

    British management does not care about their people


  3. "Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BP part-time

    Pros

    the pros of working at bp were just getting paid. they didnt give me a whole lot more.

    Cons

    the cons of working at bp were that i didnt get any benefits and it was a real bummer of a time.

    Advice to Management

    if i were to give advice to the management of bp it would be to not spill oil and to give part time employees benefits


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  5. "HR Business Partner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Outstanding pay and benefits
    * 9/80's for those who work in the business
    * Technical folks are outstanding

    Cons

    * HR Leadership is very poor
    * No 9/80's for Corporate HR --- it is enforced by some departments and not others. BP proclaims to be 'inclusive' but this is not an inclusive practice
    * Takes forever to fire incompetent people

    Advice to Management

    Hire leadership who have competency in leading. I worked in a group that had 7 Directors in 6 years which led to very poor morale on the team. Also, in my entire career (20+ years), I never saw so many employees taking sick leave due to severe workload and stress. I also never saw so many Code of Conduct violations being reported on my team. I still cannot believe that senior leadership never took note of this. The only reason I stayed was because of the 'golden handcuffs' of good pay and benefits. However, when I look back, I don't know how I made it - the level of dysfunction was rampant but nobody had the 'courage' to fix it.


  6. "Confusing Structure"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance. Good benefit package

    Cons

    Poor direction of management. No room for advancement. Don't practice what they preach from soap box about diversity, women advancement or retaining top talent. Job security uncertainty also looming in the background.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly they are driving the company. Very unclear future about this company.


  7. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay; good benefits, opportunities for learning.

    Cons

    High expectations, not a lot of flexibility or work/life balance. Opportunities for growth are limited.


  8. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart People, good benefits, good salaries, good environment. Strong female emphasis (almost to a fault).

    Cons

    Dis functional leadership that doesn't develop or manage the strong talent they have. Run by a "group leaders" which is really a club that protects itself. Recent efforts are beginning to address this.

    Advice to Management

    Look at yourself - much talk about leadership and everyone believes they are the best - however leadership has become promoting personal agenda vs. real strategic leadership that employees want to follow.


  9. "Good intentions, poor execution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits.
    High aspirations for corporate responsibilities (aspire to do the right thing).
    Many good people work there, good working relationships are valued.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic.
    Employees and internal departments generally spend an inordinate level of effort on self-promotion activities rather than striving to do excellent work.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the focus on details to verify that individuals/organizations are really doing what they are presenting. Revive the former emphasis on 'silent-running' rather than rewarding the 'self-promoters'.
    Reduce bureaucracy to allow employees/departments sufficient time to do excellent work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit. Balanced work and life.

    Cons

    Unstable. Personal contribution is less important.


  11. "Category Manager"

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

    I worked at BP (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big producers, but awaiting to have another accident due to lack of structure

    Cons

    Lack of organization and poor sr. management accountability, no loyal with employees



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