BP Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
847 Reviews
3.6
847 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is fairly relaxed in most cases and the work life balance is decent (in 125 reviews)

  • This is a very large company with good pay and benefits (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Some position will require a lot of commitment, resulting work-life balance problem (in 22 reviews)

  • Senior management parks in the underground garage while the working stiffs park outside (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Used to be a good company but not any more

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    Former Employee - Geologist in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Geologist in Calgary, AB

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company for geologist in exploration

    Cons

    Very weak in engineering like reservoir, production and drilling eng.
    After golf of mexico incident, much smaller company that has to do lots if cost cutting.
    It has lots of office politics and is not fair and transparent on ranking staff system as they claim ... Very very bad for technical people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sale the smaller regions and offices like heavy oil canada that bp has no clue on how to develop !! to manage costs better And focus only on what u do best , exploring offshore ..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Constant change and reinvention

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work
    Great people
    Loads of opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of flavours of the month in work
    High degree of change and nothing is ever finished before starting on the next new project
    Same old faces rotate around leadership roles as they change every 12 months and leave the impact of their changes to someone else to clean up after them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on what's important and don't deviate from that focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Program Director at BP Canada

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The project methodology used by BP gives good structure to move through stage gates. Project Managers are given leeway to manage projects appropriately.

    Cons

    Not all leaders understand or use project methodology in its intended manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fear or be intimidated by good leaders. Holding managers down doesn't lead to development of good leaders of the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Typical big oil corporation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent work environment and flex friday schedule option.

    Cons

    Too manyinitiatives, change for changes sake - little value added, and annual reorganizations....

  6.  

    Depends on your manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Lead in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Site Lead in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good team enviroment and good people. Intentions are good but actions not so.

    Cons

    Poor managment in some areas, lack of transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your managers performance and transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great People make great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PSCM in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - PSCM in Calgary, AB

    I worked at BP

    Pros

    people, processes, work to life balance, OK pay, good benefits, flex days

    Cons

    micromanagment, changing directions faster than NASCAR car turns left

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this stage you gotta start afresh!

    Recommends
  8.  

    Think about where you end up.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    BP has a Dynamic environment. It's a large corporation and generally there are many opportunities to move around. Also the interaction and networking opportunities are great.

    Cons

    Highly disorganized. Sometimes I wait for days before a problem is rectified. It's highly inefficient, and it's mind boggling how such a large institution can function with such an inefficient approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the people who work for you. Every employee, good or bad deserves feedback. BP needs good people just as much as people need BP, so keep that in mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do yourself a favour and look elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Geophysici in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Geophysici in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    it's a freaking country clubl, the atmosphere is relaxed and I swear just about every woman who is in her childbearing days is pregnant and on maternity leave. There isn't alot of local technical expertise, so if you are a young person then this is great, you can get some broad training, go on lots of coarses and have some fun as you meet other 'challengers' in the company and then when someone else offers you a job you can quit and go work for some more money. Alternatively once you get five years into the company if you suck up enough to management and you do enough volunteer activities they will promote to management.

    Cons

    Lots is negative also: pay, the freaky management, the incompetent mid career staff they are trying to promote, and the total fake company lines. You can also deal with all the british and american staff in the foreign offices who come in to assure your work inside out and then because you risked you well at 50/50 and it didn't come in they want you to bend over to analyze why not, and what could have gone wrong and really it was the 50 that was supposed to have worked. Alternatively you can work a very ignored area such as production, since exploration is king there, and never EVER get noticed or promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn something technical, try something new and if your just waiting to retire,.... retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mediocore company that claims it's about work/life balance and keeping the workplace a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    big company, technology transfer worldwide

    Cons

    favorites systems, you and your work are assured to pieces

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a life, stop robbing from the lower levels to give to yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    solid dependable company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - POS in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - POS in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at BP

    Pros

    Flexibility and decision making of daily tasks

    Cons

    work weekends, evenings and holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training and respect employees

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