Schlumberger
3.6 of 5 1,245 reviews
www.slb.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

Schlumberger Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.6 1,244 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard

Paal Kibsgaard

(414 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Wireline Field Engineer (Former Employee)
Midland, TX

I worked at Schlumberger

ProsIf you want to travel and experience remote locations as well as different cultures, then this job is for you. The pay is pretty decent for recent grads. They offer a pretty good benefits package.

ConsAs I said before the pay is pretty good for a recent grad, but during the training period (3 years) you wont have a life. Work schedules are 24/7 on call. You could work 120 hours or more in one week with no over time pay because you are on salary. You're life basically revolves around the company with no time to enjoy the money you are making. You work schedule is pretty simple for the first 10 months of training, 24/7 on call with no days off, unless you ask your manger for one and he/she feels like you deserve it.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should consider a better time off system or some shift change system where the Engineers get time to sleep. The operators have this system, why not the engineers?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience with a bad ending

Management Consultant (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Schlumberger

ProsGlobal mobility, dynamic environment, multiculturalism.

ConsBad executive management of crisis.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook beyond the quarterly results, be ready for business upturns.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Somewhere to Go

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Rosharon, TX

I have been working at Schlumberger

ProsSteady Employment but Lay-Off Prone

ConsLay-Off Prone

Lower Pay than other Oil Tool Companies

Advice to Senior ManagementSalary evaluation across competitors n order to retain personell

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to make money and get experience, at the expense of your health and personal life.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Conway, AR

I worked at Schlumberger

ProsAmazing training at the centers world wide.
Always an interesting group of guys (mostly men).
You get paid very well.
The outdoor work is enjoyable.

ConsNO work/life balance.
No set work schedule.
Can be out on jobs for a week without returning home.
Incredibly hard to stay healthy with proper nutrition and work outs (half of time we would be eating out of local gas stations).

Advice to Senior ManagementHire managers who are able to actually motivate their staff rather than managing through fear and intimidation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A company that will use you, squeeze out all it can and spit you out.

Many Different Jobs Over 12 Years (Former Employee)
Sugar Land, TX

I worked at Schlumberger

ProsThe benefits are very good compared to many other companies, starting with 15 paid vacation days, maternity/paternity leave, 401k, medical, etc.
You have to take on responsibility early and are able to perform different roles/jobs, about every 2 years.

ConsLong hours and no personal life, especially when working in the field. Below average compaensation compared to the major oil companies.
Company pension plan is no longer offered to new hires.
No matter how good your are and what you have done for the company in the past. If you are currently in a job that does not generate revenue, such as shared services or training, they will get rid of you even with the best annual review, just because the directive from the top is to 'cut 10 or 20%' of the workforce.
On top of that they will try everything to screw you out of your hard earned perks such as stock options, severance pay, retiree medical, just so they can save a few bucks.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget about how much knowldege is lost when you get rid of older employees, just to replace them with new hires. Even if you have a good training program and knowledge management, not all the knowledge is stored.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A good company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Schlumberger

Pros1. Intensive trainings offered
2. Very good IT support
3. Strong R&D teams compared to other competitors
4. Multi-national, very diversified cultural environment
5. A very nice employee credit union

Cons1. Managers keep changing their positions so some departments can not keep their core business consistent
2. Not generous to employees in terms of career promotions, based on personal experience

Advice to Senior ManagementNone actually.

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Great company to begin with.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Schlumberger

ProsTech, knowledge sharing, hands on and great responsability real soon

Conspaper work, few time off, no balance between work and personal life

Advice to Senior ManagementThe problem is not today, it is 4 years from now. Good Mgrs are leaving because of how they are treated by HR, which for me is the weakest point in SLB structure. As they leave, less experienced mgrs get the position. This new generation grew up with the idea of every man for itself, up to the point of getting in the way and delaying decisions / work / etc if they are not in their objectives. As a consecuence, everybody works to complete their objectives and nothing else. Mood and environment generated from this and the way Hr does nothing but to convince people they are going to be better treated in another company ( a common answer by HR is if you do not like it is the door is open; instead of applying the techniques SLB promotes in their many personnel courses)... is a time bomb. Meanwhile, revenue keeps growing. Is this the right way to make stockholders happy?

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managers are rude. have no manners and unhelpful

Jfe (Former Employee)
Tulsa, OK

I worked at Schlumberger

Prosgood pay, fun work and good perks.

Consmanagers are rude. have no manners and unhelpful

Advice to Senior Managementneed more effort on retaining people. it seems that talent gets overlooked.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Age discriminates towards advancement. High turnover from burnout.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I worked at Schlumberger

ProsGreat benifits, competitive pay, training if you are liked. If you are top in your class, it does not matter what in, you will sucede, others will suffer.

ConsManagement does not have a clue about there employees capibilities.
They do much favoritisim. Management does not care to get to know the employees.
The first in the industry to cut jobs and use favortisim in downturns. They will terminate without cause often for silly rules like no steeltoes in a meeting etc. Lots of rules that are sometimes not well spelled out. They want criticism and safety issues brought up but only from the ones they favor, others will be ignored.
They will hire over experienced industry personel by incompetent (inexperienced-non degreed)new hires.
Philosophy is a young force looks productive. Looks are everything to them.
No transfer abilities easily whithin, even though they will claim the opposite.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to get to know your employees. Quit being so arragant. Quit listining to employees with no experience who kiss up for recognition. Look at the experienced employees background and the benifits you could have with your clients. I was always told in the industry about the pompous arragance of this company predominantly from there clients. Many clients refuse to use them just because of this. Managers need to quit being so ignorant, unreasonable and judgemental.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Above Average Compensation, Great Global Parent Company, Great colleagues, Poor Management, Endless Hours, Never Home

Consulting Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Schlumberger

Pros- Above Average Pay
- Great Global Corporation
- Industry with a great future
- Great Benefits
- Global Opportunities

Cons- Heavy Internal Politics
- All sales done by VPs
- Managers don't take time to get to your know strengths, weaknesses and interests. In fact they don't have a clue what you know or don't know.
- You may be asked to travel 40+ hours to reach a client destination and be expected to work a full day as soon as you arrive (without a chance to sleep).
- When having a project abroad it would not be unusual for you to have to spend 72+ hours awake, unless you are lucky enough to sleep in the plane.
- Company is full of bureaucratic processes that invade your own privacy. For example you can't use your mobile phone in your car (even if you have a car kit built into it)...and not even when going to work or return to your home from work. Lots more restrictions like that.
- Company is completely different in the USA than in Europe and Asia. In USA you can have a good work life balance, but if you get assigned to Europe you could end up being away from your family (in AFRICA!) for 6 months without a chance to see your babies and wife. In Asia the leadership treats employees really bad (maybe because he can find replacements easily) so beware.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think its clear from the above comments; and given the high turnaround that we have seen in the last few years they should know that something is wrong.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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