Core Laboratories

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Updated Jun 20, 2014

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2.2 14 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Core Laboratories Chairman, President, and CEO David M. Demshur

David M. Demshur

(6 ratings)

23% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good for learning the trade, but bad for future

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- They always give raises for full time employees
    - You can make some pretty good money
    - You get opportunity to travel
    - The coworkers are great people and they can create a fun environment
    - Jeff is probably the best manager I have ever had

    Cons- It is very tough to become full time employee
    - You can be very underpaid depending on your occupation
    - You have very of a little life outside of work because you travel so much
    - Many of the coworkers are very disgruntled with management
    - Most of management seems to not care much for their employees
    - There is some shady stuff going on with management with the finances-
    - Management makes promises they don't believe in themselves
    - Management seems care mostly for the stock market than for their employees. Eventually, with all their cuts, the stock market will stop rising and then when things start failing on the employee's end, the stock will plummet. Bad long term strategy.
    - The more you get promoted the less you make for working more???? (being promoted from field work to lab work)
    - Turn 'n burn strategy with employees (bad long term strategy for a business).
    - Lack of incentives
    - Strongly frowned upon if you can't work holidays or trying to get PTO for holidays
    - Not challenging enough mentally-wise
    - Discouraging when you are underpaid and your boss shows up to work with a new car or motorcycle every year.
    - Management loves to play favorites instead of seeing people who actually deserve it (I would get very sad when coworkers got a very poor raise and they were probably the hardest workers I had every seen) and seeing people get promoted for doing less work... extremely discouraging.

    Advice to Senior Management- Encourage your employees with more than a pat on the back. When you work a job with the same mundane every day, incentives are key for that environment. Employees (plural) felt extremely undervalued and under-thanked for bringing you money.
    - Study has shown that a burn 'n turn strategy ends up costing you more money than otherwise.
    - Employees talk, whether you tell them to or not. They know what each other make and how they made it or their starting salary.
    - Employees want the company to succeed, but if you don't treat them well or help them succeed at their job you have failed even more so than them.
    - At the employee appreciation party, management needs to socialize with all the employees and not create their own little huddle toasting each other at a successful year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad place to work for normal people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent, not great but adequate, insurance.

    ConsUnless you are part of the "chosen group" management treats you like trash whether you are in a professional position or hourly. There is no work to life balance. You are expected to make your job your life over all else. Late nights, weekends, holidays with no appreciation or financial reward. Virtually no communication. No one is held accountable for bad results and bad work if the person is in the "in group". Management just continues to apply band-aides to the problem rather that correcting the root cause. Management both at Core and at the divisions such as Owen and Protechnics do not value their employees at all. You are expected to work yourself into the ground with no reward or even a thank you. Management acts more like a Mafia family than a Fortune 500 company. If you tell them the truth rather than what they want to hear you are not listened to and frequently penalized indirectly for your honesty. Advice to candidates considering a position with Core Lab - forget it. You will regret your decision as long as you work there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBoard of Directors needs to clean out senior and high mid-level management to get break up the Texas AM boy's club. Start treating your employees like they matter and are a valued asset instead of a warm body that can be replaced at will.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High turnover rate, and they like it that way.

    Core Analyst I (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsSomewhat good money for someone just starting out.

    ConsTravel 80% of the time. Not open to anything but contract employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake your employees feel valued.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    RUN FROM THIS PLACE!

    Core Analyst I (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe building is fairly new and you get to have your own cubicle.

    ConsManagement doesn't care about their employees and will make money any way they can. People who are new hires are getting paid more than people who have been there for years. The equipment and machines are always breaking down, and instead of paying for new equipment, management will try to use old parts from even older machines (and it still won't work). They will also expect for you to get work done even with no machines, and have you work overtime because they don't want to pay for new equipment. They only hire through temp/staffing agencies. Then after being "hired" on they want you to do another three months of probation (keep in mind that you've already done 6 months with the temp agency). This shows a lack of trust in their employees. Their pay is not competitive with other oil and gas companies or oil and gas service companies. Management talks about you behind your back and they're racist and sexist. All of the employees excluding upper management, hate working there. If u want to be underpaid, devalued, and treated like a dog, core labs is the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou all need psychiatric help.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great stock investment....but horrible place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGreat company to invest in. Great stock to own!

    ConsBad work environment. It is very apparent that management only cares about their wallet...management does NOT care about its employees. Everyone outside of management is easily replaceable according to management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat everyone the way you would like to be treated. Reward employees for their contributions. Also, it is the little extras that raise employee moral and makes people feel appreciated for their efforts...Actions speak louder than words!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Turn a blind eye to unsafe and hostile work environment.

    Field Representative (Tracing Supervisor) (Current Employee)

    ProsPaid well, good training, decent equipment to work with. (Protechnics)

    ConsHave many policies dealing with safety but aren't worth the paper they are written on. They have a "compliance hotline" to contact with concerns of safety, company policy violation, etc. but it is only window dressing. I called to inform the compliance officer of unsafe and abusive practices in my office and was told that if I was retaliated against to call and let them know. My concerns were never addressed and within a months time I was fired without any reason being given after having been promoted twice in a year. They had someone fall asleep at the wheel and died in the crash. The company created a "policy" against driving after working more than twelve hours and yet they still continue to expect you to drive after working in some cases multiple days in a row without sleep.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees as valued individuals rather than a means to an end that can be replaced at any time. Address issues with abusive/ignorant supervisors rather than fire the persons that bring them to your attention.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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