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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
1,501 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good training as you will attend at least one school per year (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it (in 210 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Laid off immediately never even reached the field

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FRAC Equipment Operator in Williston, ND
    Current Employee - FRAC Equipment Operator in Williston, ND

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

    Pros

    It seems that they have a great safety culture. I learned CPR and general first aid which is great anywhere in life.

    Cons

    I quit my previous job of 8 years being that I was offered a job at Schlumberger as a temp to hire in a frac crew in williston. Upon completing orientation (2 weeks away from home) and having my flight tickets already purchased, 2 days away from starting field work I was notified that I was going to be apart of the hiring freeze that they announced during the first day of training. Mind you my first interview took place 2 months ago. I am disgusted and have to go out and find other means to pay my mortgage and all my other bills etc. You can imagine how my family has been impacted by this company. Tears have been shed today at my house. Thanks for being completely unreliable schlumberger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better planning with bringing in new hires while oil prices plunge. It's heart breaking putting everything I've worked so hard for on the line and never being given the opportunity to create my own value with a simple opportunity to work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    SLB doesn't care about new Engineers

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

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    You make a lot of money.
    Free housing for first year.
    stock benefits are good.

    Cons

    The schedule is awful for offshore it was 14 days offshore 4 days off on a rotating schedule so you can't plan anything.
    Cementing has no engineering to it at all you spend 90% of your time sitting behind a computer waiting for a job.
    until you go to school you are completely expendable and they don't let you forget it.
    you can be transferred with less than 2 days notice with no input from you.
    you will be doing menial labor that in no way requires you to have or use any of your +4yr degree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust your new employees to do actual work and not just maintenance especially if they have a advanced engineering degree. you don't have to constantly remind employees that only 1 in 10 people stay at SLB longer than 3 years, constantly reminding new employees makes it seem like you don't care about their future in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to learn, bad place to grow

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

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

    Pros

    The training was very thorough and if you can cut through the inherent arrogance you will learn a lot. I owe a lot of my current successes to the training I received.

    Cons

    Work life balance is totally out of whack. Long hours, no support, policies are there to protect the managers. If you are good at your job you will not move up...but you will see those who are not as good move up around you. Very inbred management structure, nepotism abounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees, understand that people work so that they can live, not live so they can work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great Training.. no work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    Field Sales with no training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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