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Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated May 22, 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. "bad company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A small amount of job sucurity

    Cons

    No way to got rases unless supervisor pet no look at longevity. Just not a good place to work

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your peopel


  2. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people to work with. Pay is adequate, but not great.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Obvious age discrimination - previous HR guy told large group the average age was 42 (at the time) and they had to get that down. Followed by layoffs of large numbers of 40+. Protect themselves by separation agreements that pay you not to sue, and by the best of all defenses, keeping a couple of token old people around to point to when called on it.

    Advice to Management

    No point to it...


  3. "A shell of what it once was"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Category Manager in Tomball, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Category Manager in Tomball, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, cafeteria and short commute.

    Cons

    Very few employees had work experience outside the company. No room for advancement due to 25-30+ year employees and no change/innovation on business processes.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and advance mid-career professionals!!! Gen X specifically. The cross roads of leadership, technology and growth have met and Baker is far behind integrating all 3!!!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Barely Functioning"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facility Manager in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Facility Manager in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Casual work environment.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. Continually cutting pay and benefits and always adding more work. Unprofessional and unrewarding work environment.


  6. "Oil and Gas Every man for himself"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Mill Hall, PA
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Mill Hall, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    15 days on and 6 0ff. So you get a vacation every month.

    Cons

    You would think BH as one of the big three oil field service providers would know better than to put incompetent unseasoned management over large remote operations. Their fast start program for college grads is a complete failure.

    Advice to Management

    Say what you mean and mean what you say. Safety is not a priority. Deep Water Horizon is good example. To be fair all companies involved in the oil field take a lot of unnecessary risks.


  7. "Senior Internal Auditor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Senior Internal Auditor travels up to 45%.

    Cons

    There is a high turnover of auditors, and performance reviews are given to often.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to take accountable for their own actions and not view what when wrong was in the control of the Senior Auditors.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fast deteriorating"

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology; focus on innovation; traditionally truth & thoroughness in development & testing. Some great colleagues.

    Cons

    Projects are rushed. Losing sight of the "best way to do it". Wanting to cut corners; letting go of technical experts and keeping 'old school chums'. Trying to chase meaningless metrics & sacrificing the innovative spirit in the process.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics - what made Baker great - the superior technology & dogged pursuit of excellence. Don't put all your focus on short-term goals; encourage some skunk works teams. Do honest evaluations of people & their value. Don't try to 'protect' your 'old boys' - because they will leave & the company will not have any meaningful leaders to help the continuity.


  9. "Digital Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Communications Content Architect Passionate Community in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Digital Communications Content Architect Passionate Community in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary although found out significantly underpaid compared to male colleagues. Good benefits. Looks good on my CV.

    Cons

    Horrible management, harassment, discrimination, all disregarded by older upper-management regardless of their age or gender.

    Not promoted for good work - reprimanded for making your bosses look bad.

    Advice to Management

    If the executive team wants the company to keep going in modern days - they need to re-evaluate the lower management.


  10. "Technical Program Manager (IT)"

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

    I worked at Baker Hughes (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people within the organizational tiers were very helpful and wanted to do well. They are willing to help the team achieve the management mandated timelines even when they are not reasonable. Pay was good before cutting hours, vacation, and mandating holidays while management continues to receive the bonuses.

    Cons

    Management was not willing to accept the recommendations from the key resources and only implemented more tasks and controls while still mandating the same deliverable commitments and timelines. Management is not good at communicating with those doing the work about the changes coming and only trying be in a position to stay employed and receive bonus incentives for that tier.

    Advice to Management

    Show what you are actually sacrificing to make the company succeed and to help the workers succeed with unreasonable timelines. Standup when changes are put in place adding more work to already overloaded and critical path timelines.


  11. "Beware failed Mergers"

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When market is good, there is a lot going on, and many interesting IT Projects. Always a challenge to be solved.

    Cons

    When market turned downward, and the merger with Halliburton failed, IT was gutted with layoffs of key personnel with all the knowledge of the systems. Some positions were back-filled with cheaper contract labor. Management seriously does not have a clue.

    Advice to Management

    Try getting feedback from your employees before the situation gets so bad that layoffs, pay cuts and termination of 401k matching is necessary. The brain power that you once had employed could have helped find real solutions instead of knee-jerk reactions.


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