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Updated January 15, 2018
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  • Old company with horrible vacation / work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Oil prices went down and career opportunities reduced (in 61 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, horribly managed. No respect for high-level technical contributions"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Nice facilities. Great work-life balance. As an introvert I loved working from home from time to time to enjoy the peace and productivity.

    Cons

    Poor management. Too much emphasis on "behaviors". Management values substandard work as long as those workers say the right things to the right people and play nice.

    Advice to Management

    Value technical skills and behaviors equally.


  2. "Technology approach is diffuse, fragmented and difficult to achieve successful delivery."

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    Current Employee - Technology Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technology Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People oriented and flexible in work-life balance.

    Cons

    No strategic vision of technology of business. Short-sighted in view of business value.

  3. "Not the most excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A person early in their career may do well to exploit BP's passion for hiring them as relatively cheap labor. They could jump ship in a few or if they want to be a bureaucrat they could be happy staying. There can be work-life balance in some areas, and there are a few pockets of interesting work.

    Cons

    It is uninspiring and bureaucratic. Good things happen reluctantly. There is no investment, growth or innovation in people or processes. Impossible for serious people to reach their potential. Hollow rhetoric abounds. There was a widely held internal opinion that no company was more excellent than BP and amazingly managers are still acting like they believe that.

    Advice to Management

    Take your lumps. Change the organization in the way you apparently don't want to. Do the right thing. The problems start at the top and work their way down. Actions speak louder than words.


  4. "Good, not great"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere tends to be relaxed and there are many technical and financial resources available. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Constant organizational and business process changes make some projects a nightmare. Politics are much valued over reason. Ultra risk averse culture leads to multiple inefficiencies and company-wide inertia. Little details must be approved by a large number of people who are afraid to sign off on anything.

    Advice to Management

    Gather some courage and become snappier at decision making. Stop rolling out a thousand new initiatives every year. Start to implement the values that are so often preached yet not practiced based on convenience. Let people perform real work instead of outsourcing everything.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "They talk about having a speak-up culture but you better not if you want to go up the ladder. Tons of politics."

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get in where's there's actually a good boss it can be a great company to work for.

    Cons

    They promote the wrong people. They don't want a true speak-up culture as they might have to look at themselves and realize they don't have a lot of great managers. Talent isn't what gets you promoted. They try to control people by saying "It's not what you do but how you do it". That's BS as this is an oil company and "what we do" keeps things from blowing up and killing people. They promote for behaviors not how you impact the business or how good your delivery is. Management stomps out technical people with great ideas if they don't have the right political views. BP management has forgotten we are running Oilfields not popularity contests. They talk about safety but uninformed management makes poor decisions. Unfortunately this is rampart in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Management wouldn't take sound advice as management is always worried about how they look and they are too busy managing upwards. Quit being such arrogant brits and promote more technical talent, you'll be surprised how much better the company would be.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Self induce problems"

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    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A good place to develop engineering skills. Top industry training program for engineers

    Cons

    Hire bottom of graduating class. Too much politics, promotion and performance ratings are very unfair. You have to suck up to people to progress in your career. BP has suffered and may continue to suffer from reputation damaging incidents because of lack of competent leaders. People are chosen to lead not based on skills but based on network.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair in performance ratings, deployment and promotions. Top engineering companies are led by sound engineers. As too much cook spoil the broth same way too much layers of management kills the company.


  7. "Crappy pay for long hours"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Albert Lea, MN
    Current Employee - Cashier in Albert Lea, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long shifts, some nice people, somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    Poor pay, shifts interfered with school, maintenance not up to par.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees, manage your gas stations better.

  8. "really bad place to work"

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    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.


  9. "Disappointing but character building."

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    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.


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

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    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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