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Baker Hughes Aberdeen Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Good leadership; okay perks; good work life balance; good career progression; plenty of new project within the KL team (in 60 reviews)

  • Good benefits steady work excellent wage (in 134 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work/life balance, but that is a part of the job (in 54 reviews)

  • Oil and Gas service industry very tough and will be for some time ahead (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Aberdeen office"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, fantastic people and great development opportunities. Like to develop people to reach full potential

    Cons

    Expect to be pushed to achieve targets. They expect return on their investment in you. Long working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Encouragement goes a long way but people need to be rewarded for achievements.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hire and Fire Policy with Good Avenues for Rapid Professional Boost"

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    Former Employee - Geoscientist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Geoscientist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Technical Team, Friendly Atmosphere, Good Technical and Professional References available in internal Library Projects, Provide Platform to explore new ideas for very short time

    Cons

    Service provider, was hit hardest during downturn alongside failed HAL Takeover deal. Employed firing strategy to eliminate an entire business segment within 1.5 years. So beware for the next cycle.


  3. "Good Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good career development
    Plenty travel
    Good salary
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    lack of forward planning from senior management
    lots of last minute load outs, especially on a friday

    Advice to Management

    Better planning and commmunication


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  5. "commercial team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    excellent benefit, amazing people working with you,

    Cons

    downturn is really difficult, peak of stress which could be avoided improving communication

    Advice to Management

    improve communication


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Need to know the right people to get promoted"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is amazing. If you want to do a job for life (up until recent oil crisis) you could do the same job for years without anybody intervening. Salary is less than competitor, but with less stress, it is justified.

    Cons

    Promotions are based on who you know, even though you can apply through their internal job search. Management are tech/operations base/experienced - I think often not the best decisions are made at the top. Recent redundancies done very badly by managers who are smug and HR personnel who are pro-company instead of offering un-biased advise.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers on how to manage and lead. With the recent crisis, communication to employees is key to keeping motivation and spirit high.


  7. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Electro-mechanical Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Electro-mechanical Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunities if you work hard

    Cons

    Out of their hands, oil fluctuation!


  8. "Wireline Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wireline Engineer III in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Wireline Engineer III in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diverse range of jobs, constant training, exposure to large part of the life cycle of an oil well.

    Cons

    Long time offshore with no fixed rotation. Junior engineers do not get day rate.

    Advice to Management

    Be more positive


  9. "Drilling systems"

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    Former Employee - Drilling Systems Eng in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Drilling Systems Eng in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started off as a company where managers knew you and how you performed. Good atmosphere, good training, good pay and some nice benefits.

    Cons

    As company grew bigger it became less personal, staff turnover increased and benefits disappeared as it strived to be like Schlumberger whilst pretending to be an alternative.

    Advice to Management

    One Schlumberger is enough, offer better people, services and equipment and let them follow the Baker Hughes way!


  10. "Flexible work environment, but feel a bit lost"

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    Current Intern - Systems Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Intern - Systems Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Baker Hughes as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work on what you're best at.
    - Room to work on other sorts of tickets, and learn a little bit about systems while on the job.
    - Friendly and great staff

    Cons

    - Bit 'lost' feeling: sometimes no direction at all, in what you are doing.
    - Expected to do everybody else's "dirty work" - jobs where people can't be bothered; just because you're desktop support.
    - No sort of processes or they aren't well implemented.
    - No opportunity to progress, or move teams.
    - No opportunity to learn, or gain new qualifications/certifications, etc.
    - IT technology is about a decade behind!!

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to gain more qualifications/certifications through training.
    Invest in better IT equipment, and infrastructure!


  11. "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay
    No work pressure
    Very friendly work environment

    Cons

    HR Department horrible
    Very slow processing for any request

    Advice to Management

    Change HR team


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