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4.3 of 5 stars

Understand Procurement through Strategic Sourcing
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Excellent networking opportunities

Worked well with team and other interns

Multiple responsibilities important to core business

Educational opportunities

Able to manage category with $4M annual spend


Downers

Bureaucracy - expected with all major companies

Internship coordinator

Lack of interaction with non-PSCM departments


Advice to Potential Interns

Understand that BP is a relationship-based organization

Presentation skills are necessary but you improve over time

Talk to different departments


Sample Interview Questions

Describe how you would go about creating a contract with a consulting firm

Describe an experience when you worked with a team


Advice to Management

The Challenge Program mentality of the programming 'owning' you seems a bit binding. Challengers often share similar/more menial tasks than interns. Make full time employment sound like a step up from interning. Listen to employee considerations of where they want to work.


Would You Recommend

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4.4 of 5 stars

BP is one of the best companies in the oil industry to work for.
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Lot of guidance and encouragement


Downers

No negative thing aspect that I could see.


Advice to Potential Interns

Go for it if you get an offer.


Sample Interview Questions

1. How would you handle a very tight deadline if you have other things suddenly showing up?

2. Tell me about a situation when you were in charge of other's safety?

3. Interpret this well log (log shown by the interviewer) and tell me at what depths the oil and gas are located. Show me all possible log patterns that justify what you have just interpreted.

4. Also, questions were asked regarding rock typing.


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4.3 of 5 stars

Intern corrects MI injection schedule and increases oil production through detailed analysis
Anchorage, AK | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Great mentors. Valuable project. Coworkers were really excited to help at a moment's notice. Awesome 9/80 work schedule! Excellent location. Fun group of interns to socialize with. Good experience for future jobs.


Downers

Certain work flows are less structured than I would like.


Advice to Potential Interns

This is a great company to begin a career with. They will invest a lot of money into your training and will offer you real responsibilities on the job. Try to join this company if possible.


Would You Recommend

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4.3 of 5 stars

Great Project and Experience!
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

- Great technical project that aren't available at smaller independents

- Wonderful people to work with (it was a privilege to work with everyone on my team)

- Great opportunities to learn with some of the best people in the industry

- Wonderful mentors. I was afraid that for such a big company that employees might have less time devoted to interns but I was definitely proven wrong. I loved my mentors this summer


Downers

I enjoyed the internship overall. I think that the part I liked the least about the internship was actually the post-interview process. It took a very long time to get the results of my acceptance and I know it also took a long time for others to get their denials. It would be great if somehow that process time can be decreased.


Advice to Potential Interns

All of the projects given to interns are do-able. I was panicking at the beginning because I thought I would never be able to finish my project due to the difficulty of it but over the course of the summer I realized that it was a great project for an intern like me and I learned a lot from my mentors. Also, try to communicate with people outside your team as well; I feel like I really lacked in that area and didn't really interact with others that weren't on my floor.


Advice to Management

I think overall the internship presented by BP is probably the best one I've experienced so far out of the three I've had. I will say that the really only complaint I have is again the time it takes for BP to respond post-interview for the internship and also for a full-time offer which I am still waiting for.


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4.4 of 5 stars

A productive and fun summer at BP, Houston
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

1) Interesting project with real data and significant business relevance

2) Ample opportunities to network with key people in my field of interest in the company

3) Great administrave support w.r.t. setting up and settling in

4) Friendly, supportive, welcoming people

5) Good work-life balance


Downers

No strong dislikes. Some possible areas of improvement:

1) Number of meetings/presentations a tad to many

2) Overall outlook for future not very positive due to ongoing repurcussions of Macando oil spill


Advice to Potential Interns

BP is a great place to intern, and potentially work as a full-time employee. It is a perfect fit for people who value work-life balance along with reasonable interesting work quality and pay.


Sample Interview Questions

Since I had previous work-experience as a petrophysicist, I was given a well log set to interpret (i really appreciated this customization during the interview process)

Plus standard HR questions like: biggest strength and weakness, example of a difficult time and how you overcame it, etc.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Networking and professional development opportunity within the energy commodity trading business
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

My manager gave me really flexible hours, my team was very supportive, upper management was always willing to talk to me and answer any questions I had, and everyone around me was a resource for my internship project


Downers

I did not always feel connected to the other interns or the diversity/recruitment teams


Advice to Potential Interns

Great place to network and learn about the industry. It's really overwhelming because there are so many people and so much to learn. Good educational opportunities, graduate programs are still being developed and tweaked.


Advice to Management

There might be some disconnect between University Relations and interns. I would also look at graduate development programs to see how they compare to other organizations.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Real world experiences that sets students up for success.
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Networking with professionals and fellow interns. Experiential learning.


Downers

Nothing to note


Advice to Potential Interns

Competitive pay and benifits, great work environment (work/life balance), high performance and safety standards.


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4.3 of 5 stars

Most Meaningful Subsea Internship
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Everyone was very helpful.

Lots of training available.

Meaningful projects.

Great pay.

Easy to learn about BP's business structure.


Downers

Not very many full time positions available for the interns to all return to BP.


Advice to Potential Interns

BP is amazing and BP will find out where the intern will fit in happily.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Interesting and Relevant Project
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I got a lot of exposure to leadership and different parts of the organization as an intern with a special project. I was given real responsibility and was treated with respect.


Downers

I had to ask multiple times before getting any feedback on my work.


Advice to Potential Interns

Do not be shy about approaching people in different areas of the business, as that is the best way to identify potential career paths.


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4.4 of 5 stars

I'd Work As An Unpaid Intern!
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people, the project assigned, the environment, the culture, etc.


Downers

I wish I could've received more assignments


Advice to Potential Interns

Think of the broader picture if you want to work here. Know the industry, know the trends, know the market. Be a creative thinker and don't give up by saying "I don't know."


Sample Interview Questions

Name a time you used safety, respect, team work, etc.


Advice to Management

A more applicable interview- questions were extremely challenging even for a supervisor at the company.


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