BP's Chicago workers face layoffs, moves

BP's Chicago workers face layoffs, moves

There are 14 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 18, 2007, titled BP's Chicago workers face layoffs, moves. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

In announcing to 3,300 Chicago-area employees that most of their jobs soon will be relocated or eliminated, BP PLC on Thursday made clear that a global streamlining of the oil giant marks the end to BP's ...

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Peter Sastina

Mansfield, TX

#1 Oct 19, 2007
They should lay off all the BP folks, what a bunch of slackers. Or make then work in the refineries that continually seem to explode. Incredible ineptitude.
R Perez

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Oct 19, 2007
Its good that the city is getting more jobs. Those suburban office parks drain people and jobs from the city, and add nothing back.
H Singer

Alsip, IL

#3 Oct 19, 2007
People shouldn't comment when they do not inform themselves on real issues, it just shows their true ignorance. BP has given back through many charitiable donations through matching funds, as well as Junior Achievement, School Supplies to the Dupage area, assisting at a local food pantry etc.
As far as Peter Sastina's comment you do not even deserve a dignified reply.
L Toss

United States

#4 Oct 19, 2007
H Singer wrote:
People shouldn't comment when they do not inform themselves on real issues, it just shows their true ignorance. BP has given back through many charitiable donations through matching funds, as well as Junior Achievement, School Supplies to the Dupage area, assisting at a local food pantry etc.
As far as Peter Sastina's comment you do not even deserve a dignified reply.
I don't believe the person was commenting that BP gives nothing back to the area. I believe the comment regarded geography.....increasing suburban sprawl while reducing the core of the area.
Joseph Bartek

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Oct 19, 2007
The Regional Center in Cleveland which moved in 1999 was already a part of BP, not Amoco. That group became part of BP in 1987 when BP purchased the remaining 50% of Standard Oil, formerly SOHIO. BP got a majority interest in SOHIO as part of the Prudhoe Bay deal, once the Alyeska pipeline was completed, but did not rename it until 1987. There is a misconception in Chicago that all Standard Oil was part of AMOCO. As one of the ex-SOHIO BP researchers moved here in 1999, and now retired, I know different.
david-0-selznick

Aurora, IL

#6 Oct 20, 2007
Maybe what BP saves in human-resource costs by axing all these folks they can CONTRIBUTE to MAYOR DALEY'S OLYMPICS. Isn't that money better spent?
Jack

Rockford, IL

#7 Oct 20, 2007
Hey David-0-selznick --
Maybe Mayor Daley should cancel HIS bid for the Olympics so that Chicago and Illinois can actually balance their budgets. Why would you even propose that BP should pay for the city/state's problems ? Oh, because it's big oil, right ?
Jack

Rockford, IL

#8 Oct 20, 2007
And for you Peter Sastina, from TEXAS, what gives you the right to call anyone a slacker.
William Middleton

United States

#9 Oct 25, 2007
The problem with BP mamagers is they believe that they can do whatever they wish even if it is against the law. A BP manager once said "Do it and forget about the ramifications we can pay out later". We in the oil industry have seen this time and time again. The best place for BP to cut is the middle managers but again they will get it wrong. Just like when they acquired Vastar and Arco. Vastar was a gas company with a 70% success rate and then they sold the assets which was a cash cow and they let all the people go 2 years later. The executives have a vision but the workers can't make it happen because of a severe problem within middle management which has created a lot of their problems from gas and propane trading irregularities; to designing a multi million dollar rig which almost sank; to not getting it right even when they appraise their assets; to blowing up the refinery; to the problems on the North Slope. Years ago people told BP there was a problem with the pipeline in Prudhoe Bay but middle management would look bad if they spent the money and fixed it which could cost them the next promotion. Anyone who is a team lead and above should be axed.
J Marshall

Calgary, Canada

#10 Mar 10, 2008
H Singer,

BP can give all the token charity donations it wants, they can even add a green flower and re-brand as 'Beyond Petrolieum'.

Doesn't change the fact that thier refineries explode and kill people (Texas City), thier piplines leak and destroy wilderness (Prudhoe Bay), and they have been convicted on illegal trading of propane, and admit dumping sludge and mercury into lake michigan.

That's like buying girl guide cookies to justify abusing your spouse.
Cant Say

United States

#11 Apr 10, 2008
BP is a good company that is ran incredibly poorly. The culture is 100% risk adverse and risk transfer based. In all 12 levels of middle management all that happens is fence sitting. No decisions get made until their is no longer an option. If no decision is made you cant be blamed for making the wrong decision therefore things just sit forever. Projects take twice as long as needed, very expensive consultants are brought in to say the blatantly obvious just so that management does not actually own any responsibility or risk. Actual work is usually outsourced with horrible contract negotiaions that costs BP far above industry average so that middle management can hide behind the hope of being able to be blameless when things go wrong. With new manamgement things will change, people will lose their jobs, projects canceled out and the good workers will hurt. While they may be able to improve their quarterly numbers for a while with these cuts unless they focus on the real problem they will never recover from their current course of self destruction.
Eli Jikelele

Cape Town, South Africa

#12 Sep 6, 2008
So what has improved since all your posts in April 2008? Absolutely nothing. BP still lays off hundreds of talented, experienced people around the world as their salaries are much more than the rookies that they hire off the street or from technical roles outside of the Oil Industry.

It's a pity that the new leadership has turned a great green company (BP) into a greedy gray company (AMOCO).
Cody Dinger

Pullman, WA

#13 Mar 23, 2009
Destroyed wilderness? How would you know that in Canada? Just because some oil gets spilled on the tundra does not mean it was destroyed, in fact they invest millions of dollars to repair anything that got "destroyed". Not to mention the Caribou population on the north slope has grown exponentially since the Prudhoe Bay oilfield was constructed. Think before you talk.
Texas Longhorn

United States

#14 Apr 3, 2009
J Marshall wrote:
H Singer,
BP can give all the token charity donations it wants, they can even add a green flower and re-brand as 'Beyond Petrolieum'.
Doesn't change the fact that thier refineries explode and kill people (Texas City), thier piplines leak and destroy wilderness (Prudhoe Bay), and they have been convicted on illegal trading of propane, and admit dumping sludge and mercury into lake michigan.
That's like buying girl guide cookies to justify abusing your spouse.
Good point. Let's not forget their hand in the destroying the economy with their skyrocketing oil prices. I'm sure they made billions of dollars without one thought of how it was effecting everyone else. Sorry, I have no sympathy for anyone that works there.

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