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Baker Hughes Reviews

Updated April 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 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. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Baker Hughes loves to train their employees. They sent me to rigs, classes, and provided online training. I learned a great deal about the oilfield during my time there.

    Cons

    Pay. In order to make ends meet, most of my co-workers (myself included) took on part time work.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees that they really matter. The Energize system was a great rewards plan, but it doesn't pay the bills.


  2. "Work to personal life balance on existent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Gulf of Mexico Operation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers, advance logging and Drilling services

    Cons

    Integrity is a core value, however management usually does not show a commitment to doing the right thing for employees. Only when it benefits the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and work with employees. Do not take the easy road of walking an employee out the door..... Working with the current employee to make a
    Him or Her a productive member of your organization.


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  5. "Former Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many product lines- always ability to move to new, challenging role

    Cons

    Downturn and proposed merger with Haliburton was very detrimental to morale.


  6. "Field Engineer III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Baker Hughes is an excellent place for a young engineer. The training acquired the first few years is great and gives you the building blocks needed to be confident and successful in your work.

    Cons

    To stay with the company long-term, relocation and sacrifices are required. Staying in one area or position is very uncommon with the industry/company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company in a tough industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management worked hard to get motivated people to better places. Everyone was very receptive to changes so long as they made economic sense. Lots of "lifers" and people who had left and come back to the company. Great availability of training and knowledgeable people who were willing to help.

    Cons

    Company is very fragmented in regards to culture and management. Certain segments are great to work in, and certain ones are not. Completions and Drilling were two that appeared to be the best to work in. Most other 'cons' could be grouped into similar cons of working in the oil and gas industry. Long hours, 24 hour on call schedule, difficult decision making, demanding customers. It's a tough industry that isn't made for everybody, but for the right person it can be an extremely rewarding career.

    Advice to Management

    Unify the culture of the company better. People who have worked their way up through different business segments with the best retention rates should move over to help the other segments push better business culture and environment to all employees. The company wastes too much money training people to have them leave to a different company because of having certain segments being significantly worse to work in. Stop showing preference to the segments that do better financially, because it creates a negative feedback loop.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Applications engineer/drilling advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging job. Like to solve problems

    Cons

    Too much politics. Too many chiefs. Managers promoted based on who they know. They have no knowledge of what we do

    Advice to Management

    Let us do our jobs. We know what we are doing. You do not


  9. "Field specialist 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great money and benefits. Safety is somewhat a priority

    Cons

    Long rotation 5 weeks on 1 week off


  10. "Good apy and Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cashion, OK
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cashion, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay and Benefits were top notch.
    There was no micromanaging.

    Cons

    There were too many "training seminars"


  11. "Oil and Gas Every man for himself"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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