Overall Reviews at BP
Learning Engagement | Houston, TX | May 7, 2020
Supervisors can make or break you
After working for nearly a decade at BP, holding a variety of roles in various departments, I experienced great joy and great disappointment. My biggest takeaway is that your manager (or the leadership of your department) can pave the way to either your success, stagnation or demise. Change was constant the entire time I was there and during some of the hardest times (oil spill era), I had phenomenal leaders who fostered my progress and growth. Yet, as the company began downsizing, I encountered 'managers' who had no backbone or clue on how to grow or represent their employees' capabilities.
I was extremely loyal to the company and believed in their values, because the majority of staff embodied them. However, it only takes one or two 'difficult' clashes to put you outside of the cliques and then you are managed out, demeaned and made to feel you are incompetent. Although they bring you to the team as the subject matter expert, others who have no clue about the discipline are allowed to influence decisions based on their 'feelings.' They attempt to gaslight you, and it's a known tactic they use to get people to quit instead of firing them. If you are seriously considering an offer from BP, know that it's just a 'job' not a career; you are expendable; don't miss your valuable family life for work success; negotiate your salary and benefits because they will attempt to low ball you and have you do more than the prior person did for less. Be prepared for constant change and ...more
Lease Operator | Farmington, NM | Aug 20, 2018
pays pretty good
contracted for them 11/12 years ago, redundantly round and round arriving on location to find a co-worker already doing what i was sent to do and vice/versa to many people in control with absolutely no communication between any of them causing 1000's of wasted man hours and not much getting done but VERY costly,unneeded overhead. Well good to know somethings never change! Well very minutely now not only are contractors repeatedly cross paths but employees are thrown in for good measure. They are trying a new algorithm that was proved inadequate from the last company i worked for. BP is trying to reduce cost by becoming a complete contract company which has it's pro's but mostly CON's not only for the company but for those it indirectly employs.People think they are making out, but overhead has not truly been taken into account, this new way of operations is an excellent training program, but for those who are in the know it is beyond frustrating having to call for every action needed, if you have service, hoping 1 of the 4 people that are there to assist you answer the phone, then go through the other 20 contacts you have picked up along the way don't answer either, so the say $20 bid for a 5 min job now has taken 4 hours because of that lack of communication, now it cost you $5 in gas alone to operate that well
Prosgood entry level
Consto much time wasted, production lost, not adequately operated
Clerk | Coram, NY | May 15, 2019
Thriving through Challenges
Customer service is vital. Being patient and going into work with a positive attitude is key. I take my shift at 6:00am. I deal with placing orders, recording transactions like expenses, sales, and tracking inventory. Night time employee close the day and I come in the following morning to analyze the report for that particular day. Making sure that the cash at hand matches the cash recorded in the register. Overall, making sure there is no shortage or surplus. I would say dealing with customer's is the hard part because everyone reacts differently in situations where there might be a misunderstanding. So being earful and making consumer's feel comfortable is challenging at times but is important to the success of the business. The most enjoyable part of the job is the relationship I have with my employee's because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to completing duties. This truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other.
Supervisor | Johnstown, PA | Aug 28, 2018
It was really nice experience to work with co-workers and to maintain relationship with customers.
First, I started as a crew member and at that time I have to take customers. Taking customers is the hardest part because it depends on customers mood, but I know very well how to handle customers. I always talk to them politely and positively in any situation and also give them their solution in a friendly manner, so they were always happy. I have a really nice experience of customer service. I also have to organize the food items, beverages, cigarettes, and other small things. So, I know how to prep and manage a store. I have a nice interaction with my co-workers and customers, they were always happy when they were with me and it is the most enjoyable part of the job. After I became a supervisor. As a supervisor, I trained new employees and also watch them, and if they were making mistake, my job was to teach them how to do. I also have to handle cash. Overall, It was a nice experience at BP.
Caretaker | Bronx, NY | Jan 24, 2019
A Girl's Day at the Pump!
My day started at five-thirty in the morning.I would get there early so I could catch the morning rush hour(people going to work), I would start my day off by pumping their gas, it would get so busy that I found myself running from one end of the gas station to the other, operating six to seven different pumps at a time. It used to get so packed, especially in the mornings during the week days, the afternoons during rush hour and on the weekends, that I learned how to multi task, while managing my time at the same time. The hardest part of the job were, painting the white, yellow regular lines and blue handicap lines on the parking lot while the lot were still active. The most fun part of the job were washing the cars, pumping gas, painting the pumps, being in charge of the parking lot, and just being a part of the BP family.
ProsFamily Orientated Staff, Friendly Customers(Most of the time)
ConsBad Weather(I spent a lot of time outside), Disrespectful Customers
Gas Station Attendant | Dwight, IL | Oct 16, 2018
Work is relaxed, social, and quick-paced
BP is all around a great place, it is one of the main hangout/gathering places in the town; that's what makes it so great, that everyone enjoys themselves there and always has a smile on their face. Another reason that it is a great place, is that is is very suitable to work there. The work culture is very flexible, relaxed, and curves to fit your lifestyle. As long as the work gets done, and everyone gets what they need, everybody is happy. When your work is done or in between breaks, you have free time to yourself to do what you please, maybe that includes doing your homework for the night, talking to the cashier, or just chilling on your phone. However, this does not mean that this is a blow off job and you can do whatever you want, there are set rules that must be followed.
ProsFree fountain drinks, and popcorn, time for leisure activities
ConsShort work hours
Data Specialist | Westlake Park, TX | Jan 29, 2020
Productive work kace
Lots of politics, but good compensation and benefits.
I learned a lot, compensation was good but managers have open license to control employees life's.
Culture is diverse but at the work place cannot talk about the Oil spill on 2010. To lay people off, managers invent scenarios to make employees look bad ahead of time, when they are building their "lists" managers make you believe you did great in the year and in the next performance review, they stab you with a knife with all kind of negative unreal stuff. For the rest of the time until you are laid off they pretend everything is hunky dory and that they are just doing their "job". Once you are laid off they treat you like you have a contagious disease. As usual the ones that are not laid off are the good buddy's of the managers.
ConsLots of politics and managers covering for each other
Deck Officer | Remote | Jun 5, 2018
Sense of achievement.
A typical day at work would be two 4 hour watches (shifts) the first in the morning the second in the evening, These are either on the bridge maintaining a safe navigational watch iaw international and company regulations, whilst the ship is on passage or at anchor. When the ship is in port the watch will be in the Cargo Control Room, conducting cargo operations.
I have learnt many different skills, and have gained knowledge and experience of shipboard operations during my career.
On board each ship there is a strong safety culture this is actively promoted by the on board management team, the officers and ratings.
The hardest part of being in the Merchant Navy is being away from home for a period of time, however the most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the world, and the time at home on earned voyage leave.
ProsTime at home
ConsBeing away from home for three months
Process Engineer | Houston, TX | Dec 2, 2018
Great co-workers, fantastic benefits, terrible management
While I appreciate the working force culture that BP has in place, it has big structural problems.
There are constant re-organizations and layoffs. This results in constantly changing processes that no one understands. You spend so much time just fighting through bureaucracy that there's not much time left for doing your actual job.
Training and development opportunities are alright for new college grads, but as a 5+ year employee there are no deeper technical training opportunities available outside of the narrow silo that the company wants to keep you in.
ProsRelaxed work environment, no fears of "cut throat" practices
ConsDifficult to get anything done, and to be given opportunities to challenge yourself and develop
Administrative Assistant | Houston, TX | Jul 6, 2018
Great Company to work for
BP is an international company that has, over the years, groomed many entry level employees for management. They have provided (actually required much of this) opportunities to be trained in areas that allowed for advancement. They allowed a flexible work schedule within the guidelines of the different departments. There were many amenities on campus (cafeteria, coffee shops, wellness medical center, childcare center, gym/fitness center, walking paths) which were available to all employees and contractors. The compensation programs, vacation guidelines and bonus structures made for an excellent employment package.
ProsEmployment guidelines, attention to safety
ConsOil and gas industry, subject to economy downturns.