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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Decent for a big company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good focus on work/life balance (eg every other Friday off)
    -reasonable pay
    -reasonable work load
    -great focus on safety
    -room to take some risks and allowed to make mistakes
    -lots of movement between roles for continuous development

    Cons

    -line of sight to promotions are not often transparent
    -formal learning courses offered are sub-par
    -bonus structure is not motivating as it is largely determined by the success of the company as a whole and is difficult to affect as an individual
    - as with many large companies, there is a lot of process that can get in the way of getting work done

    Advice to Management

    Develop more structured training programs for the disciplines.
    Create a more transparent and objective criteria for promotions and advancement within the company


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Possibly the worst work environment in the entire oil and gas industry"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiting, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiting, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP full-time

    Pros

    - The base salary and cost of living within the surrounding area

    Cons

    Working at BP Whiting requires a certain amount of incredulity - you'll perpetually slap the back of your hand to your forehead and say "I can't believe this is how it is here! How is this allowed to go on?"
    First and foremost, the company culture is extremely resistant to change. In most companies, metrics are used to measure progress towards a goal. At BP, the metrics are the goal. This was the fundamental issue at Deepwater - where employees were pressured to keep quiet about safety concerns (survivors later testified about this to Congress) so as to make the KPI (key performance indicators) look good. This tradition is alive and well at Whiting, where all attempts to improve safety, morale, and efficiency are met with managerial or HR obstruction. The "post hoc fallacy" is essentially the office slogan, as management will attribute the causes of momentary drops in hand-injuries or slips/falls on safety initiatives, when in reality its just the law of averages, and if they're down one month, they'll rise the next. At one point, the refinery was becoming so dangerous that a refinery-wide "safety suggestion" meeting was held, where employees were permitted to offer suggestions on ways to reduce hazards. Every suggestion was shot down, even those that are performed as industry norms or are common at other oil/chemical refineries. Instead, the supervisors pushed the solution of stronger metrics. No attempts are ever made to change the safety culture.
    If you have the misfortune of knowing BP Whiting's HR department, you'll understand why this is. Like most businesses, all BP locations have a "speak-up line", where you can call to report harassment, threats, health/safety/environmental concerns. The company freely admits that BP Whiting is the #1 source of speak-up calls. When I first started working there, a veteran employee pulled me aside and stated outright that if I call the speak-up line, I would be fired. There is a long history of employees calling the speak-up line to report harassment by their managers, after which the manager would work in conjunction with HR to terminate the employee. That's not conjecture or guesswork - it's verifiable. This policy ends up breeding an extremely toxic environment, where some managers have full leave to harass and scream vitriol at their subordinates, berate them loudly and aggressively in front of others, and abuse their ability to assign workload well over 40 hours per week (heck, I've seen certain managers assign 75 hours/week worth of work to individuals). Remember, at BP Whiting, HR always looks the other way when management engages in unprofessional behavior. There are department supervisors/managers who have remained in the same position for literally decades, all the while presiding over teams that suffer consistent 15-20% annual turnover to get away from them. There are departments with 10-20 people in them, where no one has been there for more than 5 years as people are more apt to walk away from the money/insurance/pension in order to achieve peace of mind and get away from harassment. How the HR employees are able to collect a paycheck and not be paralyzed by guilt or embarrassment is beyond my understanding. In any case, only two types of people can flourish in such a culture: sociopathic bullies and people who are just "going through the motions" and have given up any sense of ambition.

    If you are considering working here, know this: Every year, dozens of employees walk away from very attractive pensions and salaries in favor of finding a professional environment to work at. And every other year, this includes the refinery manager. The BP corporate office will continually install some new accomplished, hardworking and efficient leader into the head role at the refinery, but after a year or so of experiencing the obstructive and morale-reducing culture perpetuated by the department "leadership" and the laissez faire attitude of HR, they too walk away from the company, deferring the pay, pension and stock benefits in favor for the two things you cannot find at BP Whiting: peace of mind and professionalism.

  3. "Ability to contribute"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Toledo, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decentralized approach to business operations
    Striving for consistency with HR programs
    Recognition that things need to improve
    Open to ideas

    Cons

    Heavily matrixed
    Approach to labor relations with USW was unique
    Size of company led to slow implementation of standard programs

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, continue to be clear on decision making, and roles & responsibilities


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PE"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big BP company is a great place to work. Developments and benefits are competitive. Opportunity for growth is great. The people are great to work with and highly technical.

    Cons

    No cons for the big BP. However for BP L48 (spin off version of BP) is not very good. They brought the mafia from Sandridge with guys that had only a few years of experience taking on management positions that have no idea what they are doing with no technical background. Their only justify their decisions based on what the boss like. This is no difference from hiring a high schooler to run the place.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't run the company to the ground like you did with Sandridge.


  5. "Superintendent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supt. in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Supt. in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Salary, Bonus Program and Benefits - Safe Place to Work
    Clean facilities
    Hire excellent people

    Cons

    A lot of corporate initiatives and structure.

    Advice to Management

    Give more space to front line supervision


  6. "Upper Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Support Team Lead in Hallsville, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Support Team Lead in Hallsville, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits and people

    Cons

    Mid-level management is too busy trying to seem relative in order to save their jobs during all of the L48 reorganization process. They will even derail careers in order to achieve their own personal goals. Although, I've been gone for over a year the VPs of the L48 assets ARE irrelevant and too busy micromanaging instead of actually doing something worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Do not degrade new leaders based on hearsay or unfounded gossip. Jealousy will run rampant when someone has been there only a few years and then moved to a team lead position. When new leaders make mistakes give them direction and training to become the leaders BP wants and needs. Don't use it as an excuse to move them as far away from the wellhead (Operations to PSCM) as an excuse to get rid of people.

    The global BP is awesome!! The top management from the U.K. really practice the attitude they want to see throughout the company.


  7. "HR Role"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. Exceptional work amenities at the Westlake campus.

    Cons

    There is an organizational commitment to Values and Behaviors however there are pockets of leaders that don't adhere to these.

  8. "Lab Tech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Whiting, IN
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Whiting, IN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefit and salary. Great training.

    Cons

    May work shift and holidays.


  9. "Good company to work for, cares for emply"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good about safety awareness

    Cons

    very good Management to work for


  10. "Catalyst Outage Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiting, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiting, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    Cut backs due ti industry vulnerability

    Advice to Management

    Stop knee jerk reactions


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