Halliburton Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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Halliburton Chairman, President, and CEO Dave Lesar
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  1. This company is chaos

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Halliburton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company pays well and provides generous benefits. Lots of opportunities for growth for someone who is willing to move internally. Company has lots of (unfulfilled) potential. Company develops exciting products and advanced technologies. Houston North Belt campus is pretty.

    Cons

    This company is the most chaotic I have ever worked for. Direction changes all the time, members of the management team lack coordination and frequently contradict one another. (This is true at all rungs of the organization, from the CEO down to the line managers). Folks in the HR department are totally useless and borderline incompetent. The buddy system prevails at Halliburton, so if you're good at brown-nosing you may do well there. Work/life balance is a joke, expect to work long hours at HAL. Company treats its employees like a dispensable resource: squeeze them when they're needed, throw then away when they're not needed anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together. And stop lying to your employees. Please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. This company is chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Halliburton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company pays well and provides generous benefits. Lots of opportunities for growth for someone who is willing to move internally. Company has lots of (unfulfilled) potential. Company develops exciting products and advanced technologies. Houston North Belt campus is pretty.

    Cons

    This company is the most chaotic I have ever worked for. Direction changes all the time, members of the management team lack coordination and frequently contradict one another. (This is true at all rungs of the organization, from the CEO down to the line managers). Folks in the HR department are totally useless and borderline incompetent. The buddy system prevails at Halliburton, so if you're good at brown-nosing you may do well there. Work/life balance is a joke, expect to work long hours at HAL. Company treats its employees like a dispensable resource: squeeze them when they're needed, throw then away when they're not needed anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together. And stop lying to your employees. Please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. No respect

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Safety program , basic training, benefits, multi national experiences, travel experiences, ability to change PSL lines, certifications

    Cons

    No respect, entitled management, lack of experienced field personnel. Lack of qualified support due to lower than normal industry wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to highly experienced field personnel, management needs field experience

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  5. Bureaucracy at best.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Halliburton

    Pros

    Plenty time to learn for next job. Pay is alright for HOUSTON market.
    Lot of time to spend at gym .

    Cons

    Depletion of humanity from your soul. No training or advancement opportunities .The longer you stay here , the harder it will be for you to get out of here .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a culture of innovation but including young people in management .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great at first but then the reality sinks in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Halliburton

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, opportunities, overtime is almost a guarantee

    Cons

    Promotions based off if you are liked or not, job assignments not based on knowledge but if you are in the in-crowd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Due away with competencies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Operator Assistant II - Frac

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    Current Employee - Operator Assistant II in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Operator Assistant II in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Benefits are the only good thing for me pretty much. More cons than pros. I guess when you say you work at Halliburton to some body they find it kind of cool. ( which is not in reality)

    Cons

    Not the kind of job for some one with a degree and wanting to move up. I didn't even wanted to move up. Schedule is 6 days on 3 days off. One week from 5:30am to 5:30pm and next week from 5:30pm to 5:30 am. 12 hours working on location plus time spent from location to hotel and from hotel to location. Typically, you will clock 16 hours a day during a job, and 12 to 16 when driving, maintenance, and so on. $13 bucks per hour, which to me sucks because its the oil fields. You are supposed to make more than $100K a year. I only made 65K busting my a $ $. I guess its Ok to start or to be there a year or 2. No social or family life. Unhealthy food ALL THE TIME, poor sleep..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Halliburton is a poor-boy operation where the P&L statement rules and every employee is expendable

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    Former Employee - Executive in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive in Houston, TX

    I worked at Halliburton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The employees themselves are wonderful people
    There is ample opportunity for travel -- both domestic and international
    There is a clear path for career growth for field personnel in the discrete services

    Cons

    The company organizational structure is a matrix style organization. The CEO likes to tell people it creates "dynamic tension". The reality of this dynamic tension is that every part of the organization is out to succeed at the expense of the other groups and, given the way each group is incentivized, the whole organization turns into a "dog-eat-dog, every man for himself" environment.
    The Oil & Gas Service Sector is notorious for knee-jerk reactions to every unexpected surprise; but the thing that sets Halliburton apart is that, because employees are expendable commodities, every knee-jerk reaction usually includes firing whole lots of people. And, given the back-stabbing environment created by the point discussed above, the only way to survive in this company is to adopt this philosophy and behavior for yourself. If you can't lower yourself to treat others this way, you will be on the receiving end at the next knee-jerk reaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of that stupid matrix organization structure. Empower those who are entrusted with securing alignment and stop punishing every failure. Finally, come up with an incentivization methodology that rewards cross-organizational cooperation and punishes those who try to gain benefit at the expense of other groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Get ready to fall through the cracks

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    Former Employee - Operator Assistant I in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Operator Assistant I in Williston, ND

    I worked at Halliburton full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good; a little lower than the industry standard, but they make up for it by offering one of the best benefits packages. Very interesting work, especially from a technical stand point (hydraulic fracturing).

    Cons

    You're away from family for long periods of time during the training process (8 weeks in the beginning and then another month here and there). And that is only if you can get into the training. You have to hound and harass the scheduling people to get anything done to even start the job. You can never get a straight answer from anyone about anything and you keep getting passed on to other people who have even less of a clue as to what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be a leader and not just a boss. Practice what you preach and follow your own rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Feast or famine - hiring or firing

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Halliburton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, chance to contribute patents, nice facilities, 401k match OK

    Cons

    The whole business is based on drilling. If that goes down, there are no alternatives. With the latest downturn, they aggressively laid off engineers. That was not the case before. Takeover of Baker Hughes is likely part of that. Aside from that, it is a large bureaucracy and hard to get things done. Too many policies and procedures that constantly change without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Typical American management - short term thinking. Simplify policies, focus on fewer projects and do them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Wouldn't recommend to a Friend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    lots of opportunities to advance if you are good and take pride in your work.

    Cons

    Almost every level of this business in Frac and Cement has very little integrity. this lack of integrity is a systemic problem and bleeds into your day to day life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people. Stand behind your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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