Nabors Industries Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Nabors Industries President & CEO Anthony G. Petrello
Anthony G. Petrello
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Pros
  • They offer good benefits and competitive pay (in 3 reviews)

  • May be a few good employees, but they are leaving too (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Could use a revamp of upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • No career growth, which has made me leave the company (even though the pay was not bad) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Team work makes the dream work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - IT Administrator in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - IT Administrator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Nabors Industries as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity for promotion and change

    Cons

    Not a friendly environment. A lot of Chiefs and Cliques...Team work needs to improve.

    Advice to Management

    More team building events. Hire people based on previous performance and not because of politics.


  2. Helpful (5)

    short sighted boom-bust mentality

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

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was acceptable, if you could stand up for yourself. We were let out early on Friday afternoons, and you could easily rise to middle management, without a lot of competition.

    Cons

    Compensation is too incentive heavy(stock options, performance bonuses, etc) , and they move the incentive payments out, so its tough to walk away. Even annual raises get delayed. They tell you in december that "you had a good year, and we'll increase you pay".....but your paycheck doesn't increase untl the end of the next quarter, in April, or June, if oil prices happens to drop. When oil is up. they hire a bunch of people indiscriminately. So 9 out of 10 are incompetent colleagues , so its easy to stand out. But one of those idiots usually get promoted and put in charge of the people who CAN actually do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to hire quality people. Take care of them, fairly, and immediately.. Then you won't need to layoff.


  3. Management is very unfair

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stimulist Operator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Stimulist Operator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, long hours

    Cons

    Long hours, favoritism, no advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so quick to get rid of a good employee. Implement a program for rehab or substance abuse. You would be surprised who would take advantage.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Mismanaged

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

    I have been working at Nabors Industries

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

    Pros

    Benefits and hours are decent

    Cons

    Lack of communication, favoritism, mismanaged at this yard


  6. Helpful (8)

    Lots of unrealized potential; if it were cultivated.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Nabors Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paycheck always goes in the bank on time.

    Cons

    This company, like any other in O&G follows the ebb and flow of the industry. The real tragedy is how the company is run. CEO- is a lawyer who could not care less about people. His only concern is the bottom line (the money). His attempts at showing empathy as a result of employee surveys were pathetic at best, and never resulted in a measurable change of any sort. He talks a good talk, even brought in a large consulting firm and spent a LOT of money to figure out what the issues were... The result, More of the status quo. CIO- very intelligent man who has been given the keys to the kingdom, and is very close to the CEO. Too close if you ask around... This CIO controls every aspect of the company either directly, or indirectly stemming from the totalitarian IT system that is in place. Up until a year ago, you couldn't even plug something into the USB port of your PC. They were disabled. Nothing occurs in the building, even facilities maintenance or the cleaning staff vacuuming the aging floors, without an IT ticket. The CIO continually home grows IT systems and customizes platforms to such an extent that it creates a self sustaining ecosystem for his IT staff. We have more developers than a video game company. HR issues- as an organization we have a large talent pool. Some very intelligent minds in the organization that we are very lucky to have. However inevitably, they all leave. Regardless of if it takes 4 days, 4 months, or 4 years. They all realize they aren't being compensated for their market value. Then, instead of promoting within, investing in the talent that we have so much of, we spend countless amounts on consulting groups and contract labor of various types. All of which is vastly more expensive than engaging the talent we have in the organization. This company could be great, if the senior leaders would let it be.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You're killing your company, your brand, and your talent pool. So many recruiting efforts and referral bonuses... Try that level of effort to retain the employees you have.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Recruiter

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Recruiter in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Nabors Industries as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Resume builder and learning experience

    Cons

    Poor wages, poor management, no structure, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    More perks for employees, show your appreciation, pay competitive wages so that turnover isn't so high


  8. Helpful (7)

    Needs to Improve (Former PM in IT)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I feel the pay is good. Apart from that nothing much

    Cons

    Project management is lacking. A strong PM group is required to execute the projects and see through completion No leadership, all the directors etc, have no decision making power. CIO makes all the decisions from goal setting, to project management to bonus assignment Office culture is nepotism Respect is lacking for the employees All projects are behind schedule as projects are not planned , they start off with no foresight No career growth, which has made me leave the company (even though the pay was not bad) Benefits are not on market par. 2 Weeks vacation is not an incentive at all

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure that all the power is equally distributed among top personnel. Trust issues should be resolved. Take care of your employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    keep hoping it will get better,but serious doubts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Midland, TX

    I have been working at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    to much confusion for the manegment,so they leave us drivers alone if you are liked if you have a target on your back they will make you want to leave,hi turnover rate.

    Cons

    wage cap.been there six years,and hav"nt had a raise in two years.....4 days on 1 day off is to much blue cross ins is ok.401k 1for1 up to 3 percent.

    Advice to Management

    get I.t. out of the picture,change the training program,we have new hires pulling weeds,really nabors. if your customer doesn't pay you don't come back and take it from our checks.thats just wrong...


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good for a short time

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

    I have been working at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people around you are great but the management structure is unclear and you may be asked to perform tasks for other groups. Great water breaks where you can actually get to know your fellow workers.

    Cons

    Working in HSE is very difficult and you may be asked to look the other way. The only workers that know anything about HSE are the field workers. HSE management is only concerned with how much money you are saving me and what reports can you give me today. Don't trust management from the VP down. Leadership is a big issue.

    Advice to Management

    Actually hire employees with experience in HSE. Money should not be an issue in HSE.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good place to start career

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

    I have been working at Nabors Industries full-time

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

    Pros

    The company is very lean so there are lots of opportunities to learn and get experience doing things you wouldn't get to do at a larger company

    Cons

    Poor leadership, chaotic work environment, lack of teamwork between all business units, lack of communication, upper management does not communicate well

    Advice to Management

    Compensation



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