Operating in almost 80 countries, employing around 84,500 staff and producing 3.2 million barrels of oil a day, BP is rated as one of the Top 100 larger-intake firms for graduates to work for in 2015/2016. As one of the world’s leading oil & gas firms, BP works across the value chain – from exploration to energy supply. BP has an overall ranking of 4.1/5 and was rated especially well for colleagues (4.4), compensation & benefits (4.4) and work-life balance (4.3). 

The average graduate salary with BP is £35,000 – £37,000, with some graduates describing a sign-on bonus, company share plans and an offshore allowance. Average working hours are from 8am to 5pm, although a project engineer added the ‘working hours are flexible but project graduates work on BP projects that mostly require working outside the normal 9 to 5’. A few graduates also spoke highly of the flexi-time option, with one grad explaining the they  ‘work an extra hour each day for nine working days, and then take every other Friday off’.

The best and worst things about working for BP include:

‘Standard of training available and opportunities about the world. Large and complicated organisation that can be hard to navigate.’
Quality Engineer, Quality at BP
‘Interesting job roles, good exposure to real work early on, and good support from senior engineers. Requirement to relocate, with no certainty on when you can move out/back.’
Drilling Engineer, at BP
‘Excellent training – both on-the-job and training courses. Responsibility and freedom to operate independently. Surrounded by experts. Excellent work and life balance. Salary and benefits.’
Graduate Process Engineer, at BP

Interview tips include:

Application Advice: Be flexible in location and be prepared to live in remote locations if necessary.
Interview Advice: Read up on a variety of material and always talk through your thought process.
Process Engineering, Upstream Projects at BP
Application Advice: Focus on your competencies and do your research into the oil and gas sector before applying.
Interview Advice: For technical interviews – understand the fundamentals of your discipline. For competency interviews – rehearse a few answers and scenarios beforehand, so that you can talk about different situations if asked. Focus on what “you” did in each scenario.
Graduate Chemical Engineer, Chemicals at BP
Application Advice: Ensure you ask lots of questions of existing graduates to make sure that you are applying for the right role – there are lots of different areas that you can apply for and it can be difficult to change once you are in the role.
Interview Advice: Have a basic understanding of the Oil and Gas industry. Ask questions.
Engineer, Projects at BP

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