Schlumberger Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
1,457 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 32 reviews)

  • This company has a best Training program for its employees, Good HSE program and other Benefits (in 63 reviews)


Cons
  • Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it (in 203 reviews)

  • Very difficult for Mid Career, no work life balance, too much internal politics (in 45 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pathetic, for a company making this much money

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with some good people who would quit in a heartbeat of they found another job.

    Cons

    No training, poor accommodations, disorganized, manager couldn't even tell me what I needed to do to get raises /promotions. No career ladder. No jobs. No money without being in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you're going to do with your employees before you hire them. Develop a progression scheme so the employee has a benchmark and a goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not Trust Schlumberger

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the pro comments are true. I worked at Schlumberger for 18 years at three different locations. My efforts were rewarded with promotions and salary increase. I was personally recognized by three different presidents for "outstanding leadership" in 1980, 1988 and 1990. Most of the managers I worked under were good leaders, but of course a few had no business managing.

    Cons

    Schlumberger has joined the ranks of companies supporting worker compensation laws that have made lifetime medical benefits retroactively not worth the paper they are written on. See 04/28/2014 article in Texas Tribune concerning companies dropping lifetime coverage. After working at Schlumberger for 18 years and being rated as an outstanding employee, I was injured on the job. Schlumberger promised me lifetime medical care. After treating my injury for years without any issues, they have now arbitrarily dropped my medical coverage in the middle of treatment. They have refused to pay for any more treatment or or even pain medication. I have lost my home and am now totally disabled. I have no recourse due to Texas worker compensation laws. In a just world this would be criminal or at least a case of bad faith. Should you become injured at Schlumberger, do not trust them to honor written agreements for medical care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor your agreements

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Field Engineer/ Field Engineer trainee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Maurice, LA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Maurice, LA

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's hard for me to think of any pros of this company, but I would say they are a large company and that has to be beneficial in some way.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything!! The number one problem is that they are NOT up front with you about how the job is going to be. They promise you all these wonderful things and so none of the things they said have been true. They either say oh that wasn't for your job or they just ignore the fact that they are doing the exact opposite of what they told you they were going to do. If you want to work for a company who will be honest with you, or a company who you can take at their word then you need to keep searching for alternate companies for employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BE HONEST! Not only is it morally wrong it is completely unprofessional. Companies like this are partly at fault for the negative view the world has of the oil industry. Don't tell possible employees you will work this schedule and that not be the case. Don't say you'll get this promotion when you clearly have no intention of giving them said promotion. When people decide to work for your company they do it based off the things they are told and when all those things turn out to be false they get angry and quit. You will continue to lose good, hard working, employee due to the fact that you aren't up front and honest with them.

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

    Good training program. Good field hands. Awful management. No social life.

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

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

    Pros

    Get good training & experience to take somewhere else.

    Cons

    Everything. No social life, no days off. Overworked & exhausted. Management treats field personnel with complete disrespect. Everything promised by recruiters is untrue. They cycle through employees...hire loads of new trainees when work load has spiked, and then layoff everyone when the work is not coming in instead of sending them to other locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a soul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Training.. no work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Schlumberger is seen as an industry leader for training. This serves you well both during and after your career with them. You're also given many many opportunities

    Cons

    There is very little work/life balance as a Field Engineer with none of the perks that are supposed to accompany sacrificing that much of 3 years of your life to a company. Often, employees can get left behind in progress for their career. Also, from what I have seen and heard and experienced myself, there is no interest in the company in retaining you; you and your experience is dispensable and you are easily replaced wuth someone who will sit down and shut up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start compensating fairly for the time engineers put in. Provide them with actual support rather than throwing them in the deep end and hanging them out to dry if they fail. Experience is actually worth something, believe it or not.. start understanding this again and the horrible retention rate of new hires will improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Field Sales with no training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales for Drilco in Williston, ND
    Current Employee - Field Sales for Drilco in Williston, ND

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company benefits are good

    Cons

    The leadership is not good at all. The health Benefits Suck. The expectations are bearable since they don't tell you what they want or expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give the employees and up front expectation of what they want. This would include the amount they are expected to brig into the company every month. Also have some training for your staff. I never received a single class on one product you wanted me to sell on.

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

    Great company to garner additional experience whether you are a novice or a seasoned professional

    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great company to garner additional experience whether you are a novice or a seasoned professional

    Cons

    They don't provide any type of administrative services to managers, which is very aggravating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide an administrative assistant to assist a group of managers

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager hate smart graduates. the like dummies as employee.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you have no ambition in life; looking to work for 15years with the same company; If you are satisfied with doing the same thing over and over again; If you have no plans to further your education or get your professional certification; If you don't have a mind of your own; If you only know how to say YES!; Then this is the right place for you.

    Cons

    If you show any sign that you want to grow and develop yourself, technically or professionally; or you are aspiring to become a manager someday, you will be labelled as over ambitious, then they will cook up allegations against you, set you up and fire you........even if the allegation is ridiculous. Managers do not like to work with other people whom are intelligent. They want to be the one that shine in front of management.

    Also, if you are a minority, especially if you are from the Motherland, you are most likely never going to grow beyond the low level position for which you were hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to give your employees a chance. Because we are young and have invested in our education to hold high degrees, please do not envy them. infact that should be a good addition to the team. Trust me. as new graduate we are here to learn from you, not replace you because we hold a MBA, MAster ...or others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company does not care for its employees

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

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

    Pros

    Great team of co-workers were hired.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance does not exist. Company does not recognize any accomplishments.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Schlumberger gutted our tight knit company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Management deceived employees
    If your small company has been purchased - look out!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront and honest during acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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