BP Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
840 Reviews
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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 21 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good company benefits and development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good development of personal careers, ensures that staff have the right skills and accreditations, good benefits package, helps embed health and safety into everyone's day to day work. Encouraged to move roles every 2 years within BP.

    Cons

    Regions/teams work in silos, processes are not always global so different processes for different regions can make getting stuff done harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to more global processes based on the organisation being a global org.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    BP Corporate & Functions, UK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunbury, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunbury, England

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

    Pros

    Good financial reward package
    Good work/life balance
    Diverse workforce
    Huge emphasis on values and behaviours which are also directed toward employees' well being and safety
    Global view (you work with people in multiple geographies)
    Opportunities within the organisation (but it comes with tough competition)
    Travel opportunities

    Cons

    Slow progression / promotion
    Not easy to see the bigger picture. Given the gigantic size of the company you focus on your role which may be just one cog in the wheel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding but can be stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSA in London, England
    Current Employee - CSA in London, England

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

    Pros

    Promotion opportunities, some good managers

    Cons

    Fast paced, working under pressure, work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the office, and just experience the role of a CSA in a busy retail site for a week. Sometimes it is simply too busy to keep up the standards across the board when there isn't enough hours allocated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Life Work Balance - Great flexiblity, remote working, understanding of family requirements.
    Career Progression - Training, development, mentoring and opportunity to move around the organisation.
    Great people - excellent colleagues, great culture.
    Good packages - nicely thought out, all round compensation with some outstanding features.

    Cons

    Locations require commuting.
    Big corporate with all the challenges that can throw up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice team, consultative environment, but zero chance of advancement thanks to powerful HR drones.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    £5 per day canteen allowance
    Nice people
    Nice working environment
    Flexible hours
    Big name that can be used to move on to better places
    Average pay for sector

    Cons

    In short there is no advancement for someone who has joined the company in the last few years. The company is in desperate cost-cutting mode, and it's all very sad to see. Nobody gets promotions anymore (outside the rotating 10 or so clique at the top, indeed in a failed attempt to look fair - you'll be constantly reminded of this with internal emails from HR...)

    Honestly, If you're in level G or below, you're better of leaving where you can get paid and valued for what you are worth. Otherwise, it will be a long wait until someone retires (or dies!) for a postion to come up.
    Many old timers are clinging to the sinking ship, safe in the knowledge they will retire on a full final salary pension - or even better still be paid off, redundancy payouts at BP are especially generous.

    Furthermore, the bonus is a joke if you're in grades H or below - a couple of grand if you're lucky, whilst those in G and above will get silly amounts...One team my ars.e.
    There's also never any money for training; more chance of Elvis landing on the Moon than getting sign off for external courses.

    The management tards seem to think cutting training spend and 'staffing' is the best way to become lean and efficient. What fools they are.

    BP is not what it once was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop following the consultants and the HR fools who only think that to grow you need to cut left right and centre... You're killing the golden goose; and the only ones who will be left will be BP old-timers, clinging to their final salary pension pots...When they leave you will have nothing.

    Dudley et al, stop paying yourself obscene bonuses (CEO & CFO took $10m last year), when the company is in genuine need of proper guidance and help. Provide for proper promotion routes for those that are not BP lifers.

    Ditch the BS values and code of conduct, it's not worth the paper its written on. Spend that money on investing in staff, rather than consultants and your mates in the PR industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    bp

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    money is good, willing to invest time and money in good ideas, career progression is there if you work hard.

    Cons

    overbearing with processes that dont always work, not for the faint of hearted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to staff and understand we need change in order to process, sometimes it feels like you on a never ending battle with old guard within the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A descent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Developer in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Developer in London, England

    I worked at BP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Respects its employees, many opportunities internally to diverse renege of activities, good training, flexible working hours, high attention to health and safety, friendly environment , international opportunities, working in a company at forefront of their industry

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic and slow in project approvals etc
    Not the best pay
    Internal promotion involves quite a bit of politics particularly middle management to higher

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    2 years and more

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dy Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Dy Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    very good place to work.

    Cons

    concerned each and everybody and good benefits as well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Subsea and Floating Systems Graduate Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subsea and Floating Systems Graduate Engineer in Sunbury, England
    Current Employee - Subsea and Floating Systems Graduate Engineer in Sunbury, England

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits and working hour arrangement. Every other Friday is a day off as well. There is a huge investment (circa £100k/graduate) in training over the 3 year program. You will be training to become an excellent project manager if you join the Subsea Engineering Grad scheme.

    Cons

    It is impossible to become a chartered engineer without a secondment to service company where detailed engineering work takes place. It is not possible to develop skills in engineering other than a high level understanding of how equipment works and project management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the Subsea Engineering discipline - consider sponsoring graduate engineers from service companies to join - for example, choose a few graduates leaving university who are joining a service company with an agreement that they will join BP after 3 years! It is simply not possible to train engineers without having them do engineering... Powerpoint presentations are no substitute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lack of transparency and openess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and training is good. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Senior management are not transparent. Also, permanent posts are created and when they realise there is no appetite for that postion a few years later, they treat you horrbily so you are pushed to leave. Favouritism amongst engineers and ones from public schools to obtain senior positions. Project and change management very poor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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