Baker Hughes

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A great company, that needs to let its new blood circulate freely in order to grow

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Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

I have been working at Baker Hughes

Pros

The company is so diverse that there is no reason for anyone to ever be bored in their job, new challenges are always availible and in general most people you work with are excellent at there jobs, and will always be on hand to help. In general the company favours self-starters, and allows a lot of leeway in getting jobs done. Career advancement and opportunitys seem to come in cycles which provides stability for the most part, but also lots of dramatic changes ever few years at specific times. Upper management is approachable and fairly capable at helping you get things done, but the sheer size of the company almost ensures that you never deal with the same person twice, unless you have linked disciplines, or are working on complimentary projects. Company image is great with clients, and ensures that what you say is taken seriously with them.

Cons

Employee's with 10 -20years + make more money that some district managers, lots of guys with lots of experience, but they also tend to be slow to change, adverse to any new personnel coming in, and hold a lot of influence with the upper management team, and as such can roadblock your development because they've had the same job for years and don't want to move, which means you need to find a way around them, which is always resented. New Technologies not implimented quickly enough, and capable technical specialists are not always availible when required, and obviously aren't paid enough. The company needs to try harder to let younger employees develop in the company, rather being suffocated by the cynical, but experienced older personnel employeed above them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Forget Rebranding the company's image - get some serious Business Development Managers in place to actual sell our services effectively

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician III in Barnsdall, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician III in Barnsdall, OK (US)

    I have been working at Baker Hughes

    Pros

    The quality of leadership is great and the main focus is on safety and integrity in the work force.

    Cons

    It is a very large corporation and sometimes it seems that people are anonmous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To give the lower echelons a strong sense of total support and backing.

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    Baker Hughes - Poorly managed good people.

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer II in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer II in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Baker Hughes

    Pros

    Coworkers and atmosphere for the most part are quite relaxed. It's fairly low stress for the most part, and people are responsive and helpful most of the time. I was able to get along well with 95% of the people I worked with and even hung out with them after hours. The 401K benefits rate well compared to other companies, and the yearly bonus calculations are well done. There are plenty of opportunities to learn and grow if your managers will allow it. The Training Center is one of the best things Baker Hughes has going for it right now. The referral program is another great way to earn some extra cash, and it's a great incentive to pull in more talent.

    Cons

    The downside of working at Baker Hughes comes from poor management from the very top level down. Priorities shift from project to project, and it's almost impossible to get anything done without a Presidential or VP expedite...of which there are too many. The company is not only micromanaged, but it is done poorly. The accountants don't spend enough time making sure the customer is happy, and the lead time for products going out the door is ridiculous. Project schedules are over a year long for some tools because prototype parts take forever to be made. The salaries paid to employees is a joke, and if you move to another job like many people have, it's not uncommon to get a 20% pay increase or more! Starting engineers make as much as someone who has been working for the company for 2-3 years or more, which means that Baker Hughes (BOT more specifically) only remains competitive with new hire positions. This leaves the rest of the people, WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE, bitter to the point of looking for a new job. It's easy to find a new job too because Baker Hughes has one of the top training facilities around, and everyone knows it. Not only that, but many people who leave, come back to Baker getting paid even more than their counterparts who have remained loyal to the company. It's a joke, and everyone knows it whether management wants them to or not. There is also a feeling of working for Big Brother at the new CTI, and it doesn't seem like Baker Hughes even cares about their employees with a building as high tech as the CTI with NO cafeteria. The larger the company gets, the less it seems to care about quality of life of the employees working there. This is unfortunate because I watched many of the smarter, more productive people around me leave the company to be treated better elsewhere or at least receive better financial compensation, which takes away from the quality of products that can be produced, slows down technological development (R&D), and leaves tons of unclosed job books with tools in the field. People that design the tools that are sold seem to be leaving the company and tools in the field are supported by people that are completely unfamiliar with the design and WHY it's designed the way it is. Documentation is a joke because nobody appoves anything in a timely manner, and by the time they do get around to it...you've forgotten what you were doing to begin with. Much of this stems from the fact that managers are in too many meetings throughout the week, 50% of which are completely worthless. Too many of the meetings take hours to make a decision on simple things because nobody wants to budge or keep an open mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the salaries of good employees. Take more personal responsibility for failures. Spend more time educating the people below you. Stop micromanaging and have more faith in your employees. Make decisions faster. Care more about the people, and the numbers will follow. Stop being afraid of investing the money to get things done the right way. Better quality is always better for business.

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