BP Reviews

Updated 24 April, 2015
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Pros
  • The work environment is fairly relaxed in most cases and the work life balance is decent (in 131 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are top notch for the position that I am in (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Some position will require a lot of commitment, resulting work-life balance problem (in 23 reviews)

  • Senior management parks in the underground garage while the working stiffs park outside (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Organization still struggling and very much in flux after 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

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    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Excellent compensation and benefits. Strong functional/technical communities of practice. Wide range of opportunities associated with large organization. Excellent acceptance of diverse cultures.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, poor ability to define, plan and achieve strong business delivery. Organization has herd mentality, fails to identify key issues and gets lost in details. A small power group controls messages and fails to take advantage of the strength of the organization. Over reliance on official processes over common sense. Over reliance on a global assurance model over local expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Too much power concentrated in local VP's and global assurance authorities. Business would be better served through stronger local accountability provided by functional heads rather than a single VP

  2. Short but Sweet

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Every other friday off, team efficiency, opportunities to learn

    Cons

    location/distance/commute, possibility of having a bad experience with HR if one does not start off on the right foot with them

  3. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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 ..

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  5. Constant change and reinvention

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. 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....

  8. Depends on your manager

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    Current Employee - Site Lead in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Site Lead in Calgary, AB

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Review your managers performance and transparency

  9. Great People make great company

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    Former Employee - PSCM in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - PSCM in Calgary, AB

    I worked at BP

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    At this stage you gotta start afresh!

  10. Think about where you end up.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at BP

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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