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BP Reviews

Updated 27 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. DR Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people company with opportunities to move into new diverse roles

    Cons

    Still recovering from Gulf of Mexico incident

  2. Great opportunities and excellent environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at BP as a contractor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities
    Work Life Balance
    Room for growth
    Challenging environment

    Cons

    Senior Management
    Low Oil Price
    Lack of vision

    Advice to Management

    You have a great group of talented staff, be bold, courageous and challenge the norm. Look beyond the yes men!

  3. It is not what it is usually thought to be

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    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at BP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Used to have good career development programs; flexible hours, good HSE practices,

    Cons

    Untranslatable line mangers, unstable teams and plans, not good with technology ; Bureaucratic, no one accountable, YES line mangers who want YES employees, resistant to change

    Advice to Management

    Make BP simpler, more efficient organisation, welcome new and creative ideas, listen to employees.

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    Nobody is accountable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunbury-on-Thames, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunbury-on-Thames, England

    I have been working at BP

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

    Pros

    Work is easy - you don't need to work really hard. Good for work-life balance. For the level of work you do, pay is good. There are really smart people.

    Cons

    Work is not challenging and motivating. You are not making much progress. There is a big push for values and behaviours but when you actually pursue it you get shot down for being persistent. Totally hypocritical.

    Advice to Management

    Hold middle management accountable and look harder and reward people who do the silent running.

  6. Too many 'yes' people...

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    Current Employee - Technology in Sunbury, England
    Current Employee - Technology in Sunbury, England

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

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

    Pros

    As already mentioned, great work life balance, compensation and benefits.

    People and culture make it a pleasure to come to work.

    So many talented and skilled people.

    Cons

    Exceptionally poor senior management.

    People who know what they are talking about are frequently ignored if it does not fit with what senior management want to hear. So often messages are packaged based on what people want to hear, rather than facts.

    Middle/senior people (with years of service) love their overall benefits package. They know the outside world is different. Many have become 'yes' people and shadows of themselves, scared to step out of line - why would they?

    Advice to Management

    Implement a comprehensive 360 feedback programme- you'll know which managers/leaders are just 'yes' people. Base their reward on what their teams say about them, not what they say to you.

  7. Your succes as an employee is in your line manager's hands

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England

    I have been working at BP (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company looks after its people and tries to do the right thing.

    Cons

    You are completely at the mercy of your line manager, try not to get an insecure and incompetent one.

    Advice to Management

    Too much is in hands of line managers, HR are not nearly as helpful as they can be, implement 360 review at the annual performance appraisal stage to get a balanced view of what an employee is like. Oxford and Cambridge do no guarantee nice people, only educated (most of the time).

  8. General working

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, flexible working, gym nearby (Canary Wharf)

    Cons

    As with other large companies there are a number of levels to get authorisation for changing processes, drop in the Oil price means that there are limited opportunities in the company.

  9. Senior Associate

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of travels, variety of projects, growing and international team. The scope of the projects goes from upstream to downstrean.

    Cons

    As mentionned above there are a lot of travels, up to 75% so you can spend your life outside the UK. Internal consulting is not as well seen as companies such as BCG and Bain

  10. Treated well as employee, great team experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good employee benefits, work-life flexibility, and very comfortable work environment. Personally I really enjoyed my team and the team work / challenges involved.

    Cons

    Training budgets are allocated, but seldom used. Practically speaking existing work responsibilities take preference. Employee career progression and training was neglected in my experience. Human Resources were of little help in this regard.
    Progressive ideas are not infrequently filtered out by bureaucratic red-tape, policies and procedures. These issues can also stifle work efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Annual personal progression trackers / plans have the feel of bureaucracy and box checking, little actual insight, and inadequate exposure and reward. Its not an encouraging, motivating or engaging process. Perhaps a more innovative approach in required.
    Think outside the box when "rewarding" teams / individuals. Out of the office team events are very rewarding team building exercises.

  11. Good company to work

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    Current Employee - Tech Lead in London, England
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in London, England

    I have been working at BP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employee friendly to work for

    Cons

    Not to share the details

    Advice to Management

    Good Leaders

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