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Updated March 24, 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. "Enigneer at BP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time

    Pros

    Large company with global opportunities

    Cons

    Large companies can be bogged down in internal processes


  2. "Nice company overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, gym at the campus, knowledgeable employees, work-life balance. They treat their employees with dignity and respect especially during restructuring.

    Cons

    Some employees can back-stabbed you especially when they feel that you know more than then and their lack of knowledge might be exposed. Some employees take credit for your work behind you. Their ranking system might need some improvement as it is not very fair as it sometimes has to do with your boss liking you even though you are not an exceptional employee, you might end up getting a very high ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Please look carefully into how team leads rank employees if the ranking reflects the actual work they did to merit it. Keep up the good work you are doing regarding treating employees with dignity and respect during lay offs.


  3. "When the music stopped, the glitter settled and the lights came on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benifits. Very collaborative, diverse and inclusive environment. Lots of smart people. Good work-life balance. Fairly easy to move to other parts of the company.

    Cons

    Nearly all researchers across the company were laid off in 2015. This is the second time the company has taken such a U-turn on R&D. After a decade of frivolous spending on renewable energy, the company abandoned the effort completely. There is a top-down change in strategy every few years which leads to a lot of wasted effort. The company has a serious identity crisis. In the past the company could tolerate this waste and a huge overhead because of low oil prices and few competitors. Today the national oil companies (e.g. Aramco, Petrobras) and smaller leaner companies are pretty much up to speed on oil exploration and refining. Without research and development, BP has very little to bring to the table going forward.

    The layoffs have also created an hourglass demography with a lot of well-connected old men and some new graduates, but very few experienced young people. With such a demographic there is very little organic change and continuous improvement - which may explain why there is a top-down reorg every few years. These reorgs always push out the middle demographic which perpetuates the problem.

    Advice to Management

    Without innovation the company will almost certainly continue to loose marketshare. While there may be little appetite to reintroduce internal R&D, then the company should aim to become the front runner on deploying new technologies.

    Despite a solid graduate program and multiple publications on career development, very few young people actually progress into management. There should be more focus on promoting young people that can help bring change.


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  5. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BP full-time

    Pros

    Great career development with opportunities to expand beyond your current role and learn from a wide global presence.

    Cons

    Can be complicated sometimes where necessary approvals take time to complete.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course for the long term, focus on the basics (safety, top quartile business results, employee development/engagement, customer satisfaction, efficiency).


  6. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Real talent hired Managers are skilled and committed to you advancement
    Company invests in employees with amazing talent and training tools

    Cons

    Big and takes some time to ramp up
    Segments are siloed but not for negative reasons just unique operating environments

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing
    Managers are expected to perform, at a high level just as employees are


  7. "Solid Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On Site Amenities, Career Growth, Pay, Benefits

    Cons

    Large Company, Dwarfs Employees At Times, Bureaucracy gets in the way of progress.

    Advice to Management

    Don't become complacent.


  8. "Solid company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The corporate leadership has a strong vision for the future and they are intent on seeing it become a reality.

    Cons

    As with most companies during this downturn, the last few years have been full of constant change and restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course with the mission and vision that has been laid out by Dudley and don't fall back into the mistakes of the past.


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    "HSSE Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HSSE Advisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HSSE Advisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career path planning. Excellent training. Good pay and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Economic turmoil as petroleum prices dropped.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let too much of your talent go somewhere else.


  10. "Love it here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Been working at BP for a little under a year now, and so far it's be a great experience. The people are great, and there appears to be a lot of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    I really haven't had any negative experiences personally while working here, but I've heard from my colleagues who've been at BP for a long time that things used to be even better before the oil prices tanked.

    Advice to Management

    Really can't think of anything, except maybe speed up the process for hiring new people. It seems the hiring process can take quite a while, but I imagine any large company the HR process will be fairly slow.


  11. "Financial Controller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    There are values that the company is looking to adhere to, but it is observed only by the lower class employees. The top bosses do not observe that



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