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Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated May 8, 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 59 reviews)

  • Good benefits steady work excellent wage (in 135 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is normally an issue in all the oilfield service companies (in 57 reviews)

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

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  1. "Work to personal life balance on existent"

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Odessa, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part of working for Baker Hughes was when got shot drivers would bring in breakfast for the whole district

    Cons

    No appreciation shown for hard work. Horrible management. Once you get put somewhere you get stuck there. Zero room to move up unless you move to some of the worst parts of the world regularly. Horrible hours


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    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people!

    Cons

    Management screwed up.... never focusing on one thing long enough to eliminate problems and poor work/ life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and mature!


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    "Bad company for top talent"

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly place to work, the company does a good job hiring nice people.

    Cons

    Management is comprised of people that came from the field, most don't have business backgrounds and are unaware how to adapt to current technoogly. They do not value individual thinking or insights, which is completely demoralizing for those with an entrepreneur spirt.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire professional management and develop leaders who have the skills to take the business into the future. The day of allowing engineers without any business experience to run the company needs to come to an end.


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  5. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance and Operations Support Roles in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance and Operations Support Roles in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were good.

    Cons

    Management contradicts Baker's corporate "values". Leadership is non-existent. Retaliation from managers is not only tolerated, its supported by other managers. People are promoted based on who they know, not their job performance. I was witness to the hiring manager responsible for a $40M asset write-off keeping his job because of favoritism from the top, while his peon accountant got fired for the gaff. No duty to the shareholders--managers do whatever they can get away with--criminal and unethical--to increase bonuses for themselves and each other.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and clean up your act.


  6. "Run don't walk away from this place!!"

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    Former Employee - Technology in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technology in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you're male they will take care of you and you'll be eligible for promotions and pay increases.

    Cons

    If you're female, prepare to be spoken down to, never be promoted and never be treated with any sort of respect.

    Advice to Management

    Promote women to upper mgmt.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Manager (various positions in several different product lines)"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay. Not much beyond that. I have 10 years with the company and jumping on the first train out of here.

    Cons

    0 direction or leadership from the top down. Promote a pal program is pretty prevalent. Nearly impossible to make improvements due to endless red tape. Experience, education and work ethic mean nothing unless you become a suck up. This happens when you promote children to adult positions. Unable to set egos aside. Very unorganized and complete lack of money management. Unable to weather the normal O&G storms due to overspending. I have promotions personally so don't take this as a normal bitter employee that thinks they got passed up. I have watched numerous employees over the years get screwed over. I have worked beside and for so many unqualified people that have no business making decision. Decisions that have hurt the organization and effected people's livelihood. I can probably count on one hand how many people I have met in top roles that have a spine and are qualified for the position they have. It I sad to see. Baker Hughes has no identity anymore and is not a respected name in the industry. My family has been in the industry for 70 years in virtually every level of the industry and was told to not work here due to Baker Hughes being a laughing stock of the industry for years. The gap between the top two (Hal & SLB) and 3rd player (BHI) is a mountain. I will give one recent example. The company is falling apart financially and laying off thousands meanwhile I watch high ranking useless people keep their positions. I have watched young suck ups get their masters paid for by the company during these times while thy lay off their own people. It is repulsive and representative of the type business Baker Hughes is.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some nads and stop promoting your unqualified friends. It is killing this company. You have laid off an entire generation of hard workers that will never come back to the industry so now you will have to pay so much more to get inexperienced people to come work here when the industry comes back. Was the cost savings really worth it in the long term? Nobody learned from the 80's crash. It took the industry a very long time to recover from the mistakes made. Learn how to balance a check book for once and maybe you will not have to throw a ton of stock for purchase on the market and risk getting bought out by your daddy. There are some good people there but most of you are spineless kids in a big boy business. You are over your head.


  8. "Baker Hughes"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good hourly pay as a temp to hire and fulltime

    Cons

    Temp to hire, others get direct hired or hired before you, must be in with managment to get promoted, hostel work environment, if you speek up you might get fired or set up to fail

    Advice to Management

    Better managment skills


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Equipment operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was Good money can make decent living when work is booming days off is only good thing going for now

    Cons

    No company match 401k took a major pay cut in April all they care about is saving money don't care about your family or needs only getting 30 hours a week now pay raises barely get by to much favoritism


  10. "has gotten really rotten here"

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    Former Employee - R + M Mechanic in Massillon, OH
    Former Employee - R + M Mechanic in Massillon, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work here,upper management are all kids under 30 years old who do not know anything about what they are managing,

    Cons

    Pretty much anarchy different rules for everyone no real schedule,free for all for some they steal time and get away with it .while others are punished and isolated and held to strict compliance to their schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the more seasoned employees,lose the college attitudes you are out of school now.


  11. "Baker Hughes"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Travel, oil, gas, training, and coworkers.

    Cons

    All levels of manager were not very good at their positions. Talent management did not remotely do anything to help develop or promote talent from within the company.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that companies that care about their employees will perform much better. You should consider putting people first, and your business will automatically be the best in performance.


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