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Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated December 12, 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 and lovely co workers (in 146 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance requires improvement (in 62 reviews)

  • Oil and Gas Industry fluctuations with job turnovers (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Poor work enviornment"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Enid, OK
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Enid, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Descent pay and benefits, although benefit cost was increasing.

    Cons

    Low moral and overall hostile work environment
    Poor Management
    Do not value experience
    Poor to no training
    Limited career advancement
    Pay for personnel at same level varies dramatically
    Poor safety Culture
    Only focused on revenue
    Poor customer service

    Advice to Management

    Focus on service and the well being of your team members and revenue will come.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time

    Pros

    Depends on where you work

    Cons

    Company needs to re-evaluate middle management

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Geoscientist"

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    Former Employee - Geoscientist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geoscientist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good insurance, salary is fine, more chances to work oversea region to see the world , multi culture working environment,

    Cons

    No challenge, rare opportunity if you do not sale you self hard, integrity is a big issue especially for the oversea operation. Lack of fair employees evaluation system, lack of proper channel for employees to report their concerns.

    Advice to Management

    More paper work does not helping the quality, the integrity of people does


  4. Helpful (3)

    "After GE merger, focus on core business = layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Long, paid maternity/paternity leave.
    2. Interesting work in the LNG industry.
    3. Access to GE-wide resources & training.

    Cons

    1. Profound and abject inability to be profitable: incompetent senior leaders are clueless as to how to chart a successful product strategy, win and execute profitable LNG projects (I worked for GE's SALOF acquisition in San Antonio, TX prior to GE merger with BH).
    2. Horrible reputation: While BHGE is perceived by the overall industry as a great turbine and compressor supplier, it's now seen just as clearly as a failure when it comes to LNG systems.
    3. As with any business that's in survival mode, there's a fear-driven culture: here have been two massive rounds of layoffs in 2017 and it would seem some of the most talented indiviudals were let go, perhaps so senior managers could better preserve the status quo ... and their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your losses and focus on core business. Dismantle and repurpose the LNG (Salof) acquisition.


  5. "Does Not Care About Their Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to travel to multiple locations, because the company is a multinational company

    Cons

    Horrible communication
    Treats their employees horrifically

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Their plan is to squeeze at much out of you as possible, at any cost to you."

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    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High earnings are possible, but only with much overtime at a regular rate.

    Cons

    Lie to recruit. Highly overworked. No vacation allowed. Disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Support some semblance of a life outside of work. Learn to treat people with respect. Stop the blatant lies when recruiting employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "MWD Field Specialist/Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are friends with management your career will be good as this is a highly nepotism company

    Cons

    This company is mainly a stepping stone to move onto another job
    Not attractive to highly educated professionals
    Poor Management
    Rocky Mountain Coordinators and Operations Management is terrible
    No office support for field staff
    Treated as an Number when it comes to layoffs
    Most of the field employees, Coordinators and Management don't have University Degrees
    Not a highly educated workforce
    High level of alcoholism and drug use
    Pretends to be safety conscious but their safety record is horrible
    Not much scope for improvement
    Very unhealthy workforce
    Management ignores your telephone call

    Advice to Management

    Understand your workforce
    Too much friend-friend relationships when it comes to promotions and evaluations
    Many of the current management needs to step down
    Current management is ruining the company
    Martin Craighead (CEO) has failed at every level. I am not sure how he is still on staff

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible morale, poor training, no vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k matching was recently reinstated
    ESPP each half for up to $5k at 15% discount from lowest price at the beginning or end of the half
    Pending merger with GE Oil & Gas has some excited

    Cons

    Corporate culture is to make a decision and blindly follow leaders without regard to the resources necessary to implement properly or the impact a poorly implemented system will have on the individuals impacted.
    There have been so many reorgs in the past 2 years that no one has enough time to learn and implement the new management's vision.
    There seems to be some competition as to who can take the least amount of vacation.
    Most people hate going to work every day and actively communicate about it.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a vision. Stop with the reorgs. Review your talent pool for management potential outside of those individuals currently in management. There are tons of people hungry and prepared to make a move internally with more relevant and grounded experience.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I don't have any best reasons. If you are better at butt kissing than doing your job, its easy to get promoted at Baker Hughes

    Cons

    No accountability, no logic, people here are more focused on pushing a new sacrifice to slaughter than on if they do a good job or not. High school cliques are ruling this school, and its not even the cool kids.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the worst. You can't hire managers who don't know anything about the business unless you're going to pair them with a mentor who will develop them into MANAGERS.
    These power tripping idiots have run off all of the true talent of the backbone of this company. Its the worst!


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits freedom and company perks.

    Cons

    Upper management very non supportive and sneaky.

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating field level employees like second rate citizens.


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