Halliburton Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
621 Reviews
3.5
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Halliburton Chairman, President, and CEO Dave Lesar
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is okay depending on your area of responsibilities (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits fair pay, awesome food at the camp (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • They claim to care about "family" "work life balance" and "good compensation" (in 25 reviews)

  • Long hours, sometimes lack support to get large projects completed (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to get your boots wet

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OA1 in Homer City, PA
    Former Employee - OA1 in Homer City, PA

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

    Pros

    great food in the field opportunity, they are very tolerant of green mistakes

    Cons

    as with anywhere, people you have to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although safety is the number one factor to any job, there should also be a major concern on the type of job that unfamiliar employees are walking into

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Politics hindering progress

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and career progression for those willing to work hard and stay for the long haul. If you are a competent employee it is very hard to get fired from this organization. Work-life balance is okay depending on your area of responsibilities. Unlimited resources and lots of new and emerging technologies to get hands-on experience with.

    Cons

    Training - Good luck. Managers will make decisions to bring in new technologies and make you support it with no prior training. When this technology fails, to avert accountability the manager will claim lack of administrator training.

    Politics - Decisions are made in this company with no technological reasoning behind it. Only that Vendor X gave Executive Y a sweet deal to bring this in-house to use it as a success story for the vendor.These decisions are made by upper-level management without consultation from the employees that are paid to be professionals in that particular space.

    Many times, managers will ask you to spend weeks doing research and working with vendors to make recommendations on a particular issue. Technical people will spend copious amounts of time just "talking" about things and creating powerpoint presentations to show to management, which will then be completely disregarded and the manager will either A) Do Nothing at All or B) Do the complete opposite of your recommendation. Not a good way to build employee morale.

    Time off policy - Depends on your manager. Some managers are so strict that going to the doctor (even for 1 hour) is considered to be PTO or Vacation. Take too many sick days and they will send you to HR and start docking vacation time.

    Company Values - Elitist. C-Level management expect you to praise the ground they walk on and consider yourself lucky to be in their presence. If you are in a meeting or lunch with these people you do not speak unless spoken to, you do not take a drink of your drink until they have taken a drink, so on and so forth.

    Management - Too many layers. People will be promoted to manager simply because of years spent working for the company, and will be put in charge of a technical team regardless if they have the capacity to manage these people or not. Many people, myself included, left the company after a long stint (I was there 6 years, I've seen people with 30 years leave) because of an incompetent manager that is too busy worrying about sick time and timesheets rather than important things like keeping the lights on and ensuring the 70,000 users you are supporting can send E-Mails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. If you ask them to make recommendations, maybe you should take their advice. After all, you are paying them and training them to be PROFESSIONALS in this field. Get rid of all of the middle management. If this was a car factory you'd have no one to actually build the cars just a bunch of managers running around making sure their time sheets and expense reports were filled out correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent bonuses, but long hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Good potential for bonuses in the field.
    Competitive pay after getting some experience.
    Many opportunities, including overseas.

    Cons

    Weak training for employees. Essentially thrown into the fire.
    Terrible work life balance. Could work 10 days straight with very few days off.
    Don't value employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better training and work life balance. The hours and work schedule get so ridiculous that you can't keep employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, poor management

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

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

    Pros

    I mainly worked on the R&D group, and had the chance to work with great and brilliant people developing software to solve very complex problems.

    There was not shortage of challenges and that along with great people is one of the things that kept working at Halliburton.

    Salaries and facilities/amenities were very good.

    Cons

    In the last few years things have been going down hill very quickly. Teams have been losing people and the people that stays behind has to take over the work from the people that left; no back fill of positions.

    No investment on professional development, and observed that only middle to upper management would benefit from training; everybody else was pointed to learn on the job and the internet. Despite the company having an internal learning system, online and face to face courses were not approved be management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on the people across the board, keep them motivated, management to be more responsible and mainly accountable for decisions made by them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice employees. Poorly managed. No home life. Hourly rate low for the work you do.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cement Bulk Plant Operator in Zanesville, OH
    Current Employee - Cement Bulk Plant Operator in Zanesville, OH

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

    Pros

    Great safety training, work mates

    Cons

    Hourly rate, work schedule, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not the Mickey Mouse club

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Toxic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Halliburton

    Pros

    lots of fun technologies to work with

    Cons

    micro managed, process bound, and very disconnected with reality. Its about satisfying managers upward and service to the business is lost in translation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove layers, stop being so facist and hiarchial, and return to focusing on the business.

  8.  

    Bad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Engineer in Casper, WY
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Engineer in Casper, WY

    I worked at Halliburton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool technology but quickly being out dated

    Cons

    Poor management, very limited knowledge base makes it hard to learn job and progress. Out of the hundreds of people I have met most quit and those that stay do not like the culture or pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just fire yourselves. I hear all of you complain about the lousy pay so it really starts from the top down. Plus have a CEO that isn't an accountant! I don't care about 3rd quarter earning what are we doing to stay competitive? Times are good, what are we doing to re-invest in our long term success? I hear all the time HES is getting run off another job because it does not have competent people to do the job right or has a inferior product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience, unorganized training program, bias management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Professional
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Professional

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

    Pros

    - Great learning and training opportunities
    - International opportunities widely available even for starting position.
    - Excellent benefits

    Cons

    - No work/life balance. Worked 11 days on, 3 days off with 12+ hour shifts.
    - Employee safety is overlooked for financial cost.
    - Lower salary compared to competitors.
    - Promotions and cross-training opportunities are given depending on relationship with manager.
    - Complains and criticism are not taken well.
    - Very stingy company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Standardize company rules across entire company rather than by camps.
    - Always put safety over money
    - Pay competitive salaries
    - Give all employers the right to voice their opinion without penalties.
    - Don't force over hiring which can lead to firing of people down the road to cut budget.
    - If you make your employers happy, their will do a better job and you will be happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It was fun while it lasted.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Halliburton

    Pros

    Very competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Members of the management team at times showed their bias.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be objective.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    In depth training, lots of office politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Professional in Casper, WY
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Professional in Casper, WY

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

    Pros

    Excellent in-class training. A lot of young talent. A lot of opportunities to move into another field if you stick it out long enough. Great paying job right out of school. Field experience a must for those looking to work in the Oil & Gas industry.

    Cons

    A lot of office politics. Get blackballed by major operators because of agreements they made not to take Halliburton engineers/employees. Just a number to the company. Hours can range from 40-110 hours/week. Field engineers average about 84 hours/week on a 2 week on/1 week off schedule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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