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"Not a good place to be a contractor"

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  • Senior Management
Current Contractor - Landman in Houston, TX
Current Contractor - Landman in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at BP as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

This a global company, so you'll be exposed to a wide range of information from people from many different disciplines. Not too many micro-managing types, which is good.

Cons

The pay is under market, and they treat their contractors in professional positions like employees, although they don't offer them jobs. The hire interns with no experience, and essentially throw them into fields where they might not be competent enough to be of value, but then let contractors linger in their positions for years. Also, they do not observe the MLK national holiday. I know it's a British company, but that just seems wrong.

This only applies to the Houston location. I don't know how London operates.

Advice to Management

Utilize the talent you already have! A GPA is not the best indicator of a person's ability to be a valuable asset to your company.

Other Employee Reviews for BP

  1. "Ample opportunity if you are willing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Completion Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Completion Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    people, opportunity, work life balance, culture of constant improvement, training

    Cons

    Difficult personalities, processes can be complex or misunderstood, still working on standardization across all BP (global)

    Advice to Management

    Standardize, improve relationships between all segments by encouraging team building activities


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good starting point - now tired of bureaucracy and laziness"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are not interfering with you managers agenda you can take training all you want. Lots of little trinkets especially for D&C folks. NAG D&C guys all got Ipads to be "more productive" and to motivate them from not leaving the company. If you want little headache of getting things done on time and job security this company is for you. People are understanding if you come in at 9:30 AM every time and leave at 4:30 while working 9-80's, because everyone does it and no one cares.

    Cons

    Many Many and I repeat Many lazy people. Out of 10 people there would be 1 or 2 people who actually wants to get things done. People are milking the system and playing office, putting power points together and having bureaucratic debates. People are extremely cocky and dont realize that the rest of the world does not revolve around BP. Company is big and it had became that way because of the hard work of people in the 90's. If people behaved themselves then they way they do now BP would be half of its size it is today.

    Well cost is over run by at least 20 % compared to the industry economics are slim and in a lot of cases many wells drilled today will never pay out. The company is loosing money and I not surprising that the stock is not doing anything.

    People doing international assignments spend 20-30K per trip overseas to present something that could be shown over the internet. People don't care about wasting companies money!

    Recently implemented functions suck, it is truly dysfunctional organization in the E&P. The end product "the well" and its production rate is NOT a priority, priority is safety first and CYA.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Bob Dudley - you want your BP stock to go up?, Fire 2/3's of the company that is sitting around putting on power points and working 6 hours a day clocking in/out, only keep people who are motivated who want to be there. Fire old people who are grade level F making 250K/year and not contributing anything but stories about what they did when they were young. Stop giving away trinkets and recognize people with spot bonuses. Get rid of the functions and put the asset teams back. You need democracy in the company and not communism.

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