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Halliburton Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
105 Reviews
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Halliburton Chairman, President, and CEO Dave Lesar
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is okay depending on your area of responsibilities (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits fair pay, awesome food at the camp (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • They claim to care about "family" "work life balance" and "good compensation" (in 28 reviews)

  • Long hours are required in order to perform at a top level (in 42 reviews)

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  1. 2 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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    Wouldn't recommend to a Friend

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    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
  6.  

    You are just a number

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    Current Employee - Consultant I - Halliburton Consulting
    Current Employee - Consultant I - Halliburton Consulting

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

    Pros

    Halliburton is a reliable company as long as you do your work and don't take advantage of sick time. Many of the team members are excellent to work with.

    Cons

    When people have interviewed to work at Halliburton, I have been honest and recommend them looking else where. In the time that I have been with Halliburton, I have notice that there has been a shift from being a person to a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    empty promises and a glass ceiling if you aren't in the good ol boys club

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    opportunities to learn about the oilfield and technology, if you seek it out. training is

    Cons

    Promises of advancement are empty, nepotism is rampant. Watch people who start working the same time as you, who work less, climb the ladder because of who they know, not the work they do. Zero concern for employees desire when discussing their future. You do what they ask, move when they ask, and be grateful for the opportunity weather you like it or not. 12-14 hours days are not out of the ordinary, and vacation? You better have internet access and your phone handy. be ready to work 60+ hour weeks and some on the weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bother to invest in your employees, and you might actually retain some. Ask them if they want to relocate, don't just tell them to move. Put your employees before your customer, and you will see a drastic improvement in morale. Actually follow the rules when it comes to requesting time off. I should not have to ask you first so you can say no without fair reason, before I request it legitimately in the system and it is recorded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    it was disorganized and not for me

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    Former Employee - SO-II-A Operator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - SO-II-A Operator in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    they have good benefits the stock program was grate

    Cons

    to big of a company so they don't care for the employees just there jobs in the office could care less for the people who make the money that pays there sarlarys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great to put on a resume

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    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Carrollton, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Carrollton, TX

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

    Pros

    In my experience at Halliburton, there are few things I'd consider to be "Pros." In fact, the only "Pro" that comes to mind is that I can now mention the company in my resume.

    Cons

    Not a good place for young engineers to gain experience. Yes, the pay is decent, and yes, it is good to put on a resume, BUT you will leave with very little applicable job experience, which may limit your potential future earnings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Vision, No confidence or loyalty towards employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Applications Analyst/Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior IT Applications Analyst/Developer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Competitive Compensation
    Good benefits
    Diverse culture and employees

    Cons

    No vision or direction
    Too much outsourcing
    Limited career growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Have faith in your employees and show some loyalty to them not just ask for it.
    2) If not more than the vendors you work with treat employees with same regard and value their opinion.
    3) Take your employees into confidence and give them opportunity to prove themselves. Provide timely feedback.
    4) Invest in employee training rather than switching technologies at will and eliminating positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Field Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Pampa, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Pampa, TX

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

    Pros

    Training and people are the main benefits to a position related to this job title. Leadership is ok depending on who your boss is

    Cons

    No work life balance, salary is far less competitive than other companies within the same role, irregular work shift, exposure to the elements year round. None of my co workers at the time enjoyed their job, was very difficult to move to a new position for at least two and a half years. They lock you in with the "bonuses" they give you with the threat of paying them back if you leave within two years. Also you'll most likely have to work out of a small town in the middle of nowhere,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more flexibility for employees to move if they aren't happy in their current roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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