Rewarding employees with bonuses is good. You can bet that the rewards are far less than the companies were making. Construction companies typically get big bonuses for coming in under time. In this case, it is more profitable for BP because they can start pumping profits that much sooner. I guarantee they made far more than they paid out. It is smart business until they get greedy and start using sub-par materials to make the same income at lower cost.
The Domino's thing was a brilliant idea. It made them one of the top two pizza chains in the world. They probably made billions because of it and had to pay out a few million. No big loss.
The auto industry does the same thing. They have a safety issue with one, or some, of their cars but let them keep selling and don't fix the issues until they have to. The money they make from sales dwarfs what they will have to pay in law suits. It often takes them years to even admit there is a problem.
We had a Ford truck a few years ago. One day we started having really weird things happen with the electronics. The cabin lights, cargo light, some safety lights, dash electronics and power windows all quit working. I started researching the problems and found out that for several years Ford trucks had been having issues with a sensor mounted on the front of the brake fluid reservoir. It seems that brake fluid was seeping into the wiring and causing shorts. Trucks were bursting into flames even when parked. It took nearly ten years for Ford to even admit there was an issue.
Their response? They finally sent out a "recall" that said we would have to take our truck to a dealership and leave it. When they could get to it, they would simply disconnect the sensor. They were not going to replace the sensors as they had no idea how long it would take to get new ones. I disconnected it myself.
So, not only did it take them years to admit there was a problem and issue a recall, they had no intentions of fixing it. All that time and they just kept using the same faulty sensor because it was cheaper than designing and tooling a factory to build a better one.
I'm like you. I would rather do it right the first time.
Blah, blah, blah... There I go again. Damn fingers just don't know when to stop.
I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971