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Baker Hughes UK Reviews

Updated February 23, 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 57 reviews)

  • Good benefits steady work excellent wage (in 130 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work/life balance, but that is a part of the job (in 52 reviews)

  • Instability during oil and gas industry downturn (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Better than some, worse than others."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company that is willing to train and advance individuals with the right drive and abilities, opportunity for travel and relocation as you advance, good HS&E focus, reasonable remuneration and once at the correct level a solid bonus scheme. Decent benefits and facilities are generally of a good standard.

    Cons

    Said advancement can be dependent on where you are, often a move abroad is a requisite to promotion as a certain level of management is congested. Vacation time is standard but there is an expectation of checking in on email, being available on cell etc. Conformity to a certain type of personality and fitting in does definitely help with career progression. Where the company used to place an emphasis on employees under the previous and current CEO's stewardship, they now are just another shareholder focused faceless corporation. Hopefully under GE the company will regain some of it's 'personality'

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget it's the people that make the place.


  2. "No appreciation for young talent in the UK"

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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

    Good training opportunity in various countries. Good career progression and salary rise in the first 5 years.

    Cons

    Employees with <5 years service are in the firing line when redundancies come. Graduate program not appreciated or taken seriously by management. No talent pipeline as such, just old people clinging on as long as possible and preventing young talent to develop.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood, i.e. highly experienced employees commanding large salaries but doing what younger talented employees can do for a fraction of the salary.


  3. "Great Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere
    Great career prospects

    Cons

    Management are not very transparent as to the direction of the company


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  5. "My comments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Uparalleled field experience and Safety culture

    Cons

    poor compensation and exit pay plans

    Advice to Management

    Improve payment structure and facilitate Training of New hires


  6. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time

    Pros

    Great core values. opportunities to travel to many different countries and meet new interesting people, lots of challenges in an exiting environment.

    Cons

    You can be on call 24 hours a day and must be ready to drop everything, can be tough on family life.
    can be quite bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little bolder,


  7. "Aberdeen office"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, fantastic people and great development opportunities. Like to develop people to reach full potential

    Cons

    Expect to be pushed to achieve targets. They expect return on their investment in you. Long working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Encouragement goes a long way but people need to be rewarded for achievements.


  8. "Field Engineer- Drilling and Evaluation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Baker Hughes full-time

    Pros

    Good work ethic and management support

    Cons

    Some locations can be stressful and you can be overworked.


  9. "Graduate Field Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The training is really good. There are lots of opportunities to progress. The work is interesting.

    Cons

    Some locations do not offer as many opportunities to work in the field which can limit your exposure and hinder career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Keep training field engineers and give them field experience and more responsibilities so they can become more valuable.


  10. "commercial team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    excellent benefit, amazing people working with you,

    Cons

    downturn is really difficult, peak of stress which could be avoided improving communication

    Advice to Management

    improve communication


  11. "field engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of travel and training abroad

    Cons

    Very little time off, worked very hard



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