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Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated July 20, 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 139 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance requires improvement (in 59 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Made my American Dream Come True. But Junior Management runied it."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation. Good Top Management. Good infrastructure.

    Cons

    Good Top Management. Illiterate junior managers. Poor resource and poeple management by junior management. Very bad culture, the rednecks have runied the atmosphere atleast in the OKC office. Managers in this office have hired relatives to benefit from the employee referrel program. These new hires take up vacancies that should have been filled by graduates. Poor organization.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire educated and capable junior management.


  2. "North Dakota Layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, ND
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with if not management, great new facility.

    Cons

    HR does nothing about retaliation. Supervisors can do whatever they want. You have to submit to Houston, local hr wont do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Start over in Williston, it might have a chance. Get rid of the rest of the managers there. Communication is a big factor. Starting at the top of pressure pumping.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "An unfocused mess combined with an arrogance like I've never seen"

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    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningless solutions from an ineffective management

    In order to create the impression that personnel issues are being addressed, (or wait...customer Gasp! issues for that matter) upper management sets up a committee to investigate specific problems and suggest solutions. But the results are based on the premise that the employees aren’t very sophisticated and can be easily appeased, and the flaws will be discovered. Input from employees is discounted or ignored and clueless managers rely on their own misapprehensions. Because the process is dysfunctional, the results are meaningless.

    Let’s say, for example, that a committee is formed to investigate low morale and declining productivity. But since the workplace is toxic, the committee won’t have the authority to investigate the ineffective management. Even worse, the management may be on the committee. Or the committee must first report to a high level executive who is one of these idiots (“Well, our surprising conclusion is that you are the cause of declining morale.” No, I can’t see that happening either.)

    Since they must ignore the impact of their ineffectiveness on morale, they instead turn to “creative” ideas. Perhaps they find some popular solution to “make employees feel better about themselves.” This could include a patronizing “Extra Special Person” award, meaningless interdepartmental competitions or irrelevant offsite training seminars (“As soon as everyone learns proper time-management techniques,” they tell one another, “productivity and morale will go way up. We’ll even give them free planning notebooks.”) All of which detract from the real things that demand attention, like say uhmmm I don't know.....customer satisfaction? Operational excellence?

    Anywhere you see this happening, its a direct reflection of a management team that has no clue what they are doing, and they solution these problems by micro managing what they cannot understand for themselves.

    If this sounds appealing, this is your place.

    Cons

    Management fads / Revolving Doors

    Executives in this toxic company often overcompensate by adopting faddish management approaches, as if propaganda is an effective tool to overcome reality. The result may be aggressively promoted company values that don’t seem to match day-to-day events.

    For example, clear communication is preached in elaborate seminars while poor communication continues to be the norm. Valuing and respecting customers and employees is publicized in the company mission statement, or on framed motivational posters in the break room, but undermining and belittling others seems pervasive. Everyone is told to make company goals their first priority and adopt a spirit of teamwork, but internal competition dominates. Worst of all, the most consistent violators of company values are the most highly rewarded.

    Topics are meaningless / A smokescreen of brilliance

    In this workplace, those who dominate meetings seem to prefer to discuss vague platitudes instead of underlying problems. They focus on theory rather than dealing with reality. By ignoring the real problems facing the company, they fail to accomplish anything of substance. The main impact of meetings is the loss of productive time from your day. Your dominant thought as you leave tends to be “There’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back.” However this all looks and sounds great, so as long as its glossy, well presented, dressed nice and sounds educated....the beat goes on. Peel the onion back though.....nothing there.

    Red Tape

    So much of it, the service equipment looks (big) red......maybe by design?

    Advice to Management

    A toxic work environment usually begins at the top, either through negligence or lack of character and integrity, usually stemming from a naive discounting of the importance of how employees are treated, and how customers are serviced.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "was good company before when they was BJ Sevices not now to many layoffs"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and was steady work about two years ago

    Cons

    was not to divers by everyone including supervisors and managment


  5. "Very disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Baker Hughes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    average pay, relaxed working environment, work is not stressful if you are an employee.

    Cons

    Managers have really heavy workloads since the company has cut off many team leads positions; some manager manages 30 to 80 people, so prepare to work at nights and weekends. Constant politic change and structure change.


  6. "Just a number"

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

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

    Pros

    They made their direct deposits on time.

    Cons

    To many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like valued members of the team.


  7. "prod. specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Handler in Roswell, NM
    Former Employee - Product Handler in Roswell, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    met a few good people

    Cons

    constant schedule changes. Definitely a good ole boy club atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Enough with the nepotism, stop pushing good employees out the door to make room for an your buddies kid.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Very Disappointed in HR"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time

    Pros

    Good separation of teams, cutting edge LCMS technology (Xyleme) and some friendly faces if you are lucky.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Bullying, retaliation and a complete nightmare once you start to show some initiative that disagrees with the "leadership" that sadly is stuck in the 50's of pedagogy. Too many leaders and exec's that have bought into a culture of fear and managers that are essentially unemployable.

    A great system held back by rigid templates, over the shoulder working practices and frankly, the kind of behavior that will give you a nervous breakdown.

    Advice to Management

    If you are the CEO - clear it out. Seriously, from you down to the managers, and start again. If you don't, good luck holding onto anyone that is any good in learning and development.


  9. "It was a great opportunity to learn something new."

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    Former Employee - Stator Assembly in Claremore, OK
    Former Employee - Stator Assembly in Claremore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They paid very well.

    Cons

    They didn't have any signs up saying things were hot. I got burned because of it.

    Advice to Management

    They need to pay attention to what is going on in the department. Cause there were people leaving to take breaks when it wasn't break time.


  10. "Not recommended right now"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    the benefits were good, the pay was reasonable, depending on your job-growth was reasonable, the people worked with were great

    Cons

    Too much politics, shareholders are more important than anything else right now, job security iffy, Company is no longer following their Core values, HR does not understand what the company does or is about

    Advice to Management

    shareholders nor HR should be in charge, decisions are being made with sorely outdated information


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