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BP Reviews

Updated May 14, 2017
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  • Good environment as work-life balance is well appreciated, a lot of positive vibes from the peers which creates good energy to work (in 311 reviews)

  • They have great pay and benefits (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "really bad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - IST in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - IST in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BP as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is pretty decent. Environment is fast paced.

    Cons

    really awful people. time isn't spent on interns. macondo.


  2. "Disappointing but character building."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pipeline Controller in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Pipeline Controller in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and yearly bonus,

    Cons

    Nepotism, gross favoritism. No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house & deal with poor mismanagement.


  3. "Great career experience to start your career, but a lot of volatility and politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, compensation, and a lot of learning opportunities. The company is great in the beginning of your career.

    Cons

    Stagnation and Politics. There are a lot of broken promises and policies. The company is forever changing, yet nothing is documented and mistakes are often repeated. People are not valued unless you are on GREAT terms with your direct manager.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Good Benefits but Poor Culture and Cash Flow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries are at parity with the market. Benefits are some of the best, but for how much longer?

    Cons

    Since the Horizon disaster, I have not met anyone who now likes working for BP. Headcount cuts are too deep. Significant brain drain. The happiest employees seem to be the ones getting severance packages. Company continues to bleed cash at unsustainable levels. Drastic headcount, cost, and asset reductions while competitors are growing. Consensus culture inhibits qualified decision-making. Experts not listened to. Tons of processes that are rarely followed, especially HSE and quality. (Most is just market-facing window dressing developed by consultants.) Changing the portfolio strategy to ultra-deep water is a very long term and highly risky decision. It may make the traders happy for a while, but if the ROI is not big or fast enough, it's not a horse to bet on. Job positions are safer in Europe than in North America. Lots of talk of all or part of North America being sold, bankrupted, or shut down.

    Advice to Management

    BP continues to struggle because senior leadership continues to just juggle the deck chairs on the Titanic. The same people responsible for the current drastic downturn were simply moved to different roles where they can continue to hide their ineptitude. Morale is at an all time low. We are moving from a headcount problem to a retention crisis. Time to hit the reset button.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It's like Houston weather-constant change. Company goals and management have too much change."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist 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

    Great benefits and competitive base pay. Low stress. Real work/life balance.
    Some really smart people work here.
    Good technology

    Cons

    Watch what you say and do - HR gestapo is hiding in the shadows
    Big financial uncertainty with Macondo fines and ties to Russia
    Every couple of years there is a re-organization and management change, very disruptive and damaging to reputation
    Bonus program is weak
    Not the place for you if you like titles and promotions
    "See the world" - NOT - that's only a promotional gimmick.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the pendulum from only swinging to extremes
    Dump the Functional model


  7. "Like other big companies - BP is a huge bureaucracy. However, BP lacks strategic direction and full of inept leaders."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company for work/life balance

    Cons

    Hallmark of cronyism and nepotism if one is looking for career progression. Lots of processes, assurance, guidance that does not add value but increases more people, meetings, and costs, that gets in the way of getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Group leadership in BP is bloated and made up of unethical people who were "yes men" all the way to the top. These groups leaders have to be replaced with technocrats and real leaders. Most of the group leadership are unqualified or have tangential knowledge on things; so they surround themselves with people just like them because of their insecurities. For example, Diversity and inclusion (D&I) in BP today just means hire women in key positions. D&I should include everything that makes us unique... This is an example of the narrow and short-circuited thinking that comprise major decisions made in BP.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful co-workers, bad management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BP full-time

    Pros

    The retirement benefits are good, and co-workers are supportive and friendly.

    Cons

    Upper management wants employees to work hard, and then stay late and work harder. There is little reward for exceeding goals/deadlines.

    Promotions are based on recommendations from managers and team leads; there are no clear guidelines, and favoritism is evident.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the "red flag" for over-worked employees to consistent 45 hr work weeks, instead of consistent 50 hr work weeks.

    Hire RAs to replace RAs, instead of hiring scientists to replace RAs- too many managers and too little entry-level employees leads to an uneven distribution of work, and slower research.

    Give spot bonuses again.

    Notice how many employees have left in the past two years, and realize there is a problem.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "So so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good training and career development if you are fresh out of school

    Cons

    Too much politics, too many meetings, less time to be innovative

    Advice to Management

    Leaders need to be more accountable


  10. "Great learning opportunity, but time to move on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits offered by BP are great and there are opportunities to move to another location if you desire. There are plentiful training opportunities and it is relatively easy for someone to work their way up the ladder, which creates some of the problems within the company.

    Cons

    The organization is in constant change and is suffering from poor management. Most leadership are interested in satisfying their managers and everything is all about making them look good. Management is not focused on actually improving the company, but are focused on checking boxes and looking good. Morale within the workforce is also very low right now.


  11. "Unorganized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, training, benefits, resources, assistance

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, inability to change roles, all cubicles.

    Advice to Management

    Provide feedback to team on staff changes, program health, etc.


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