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Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
177 Reviews
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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.  

    Summer Field Engineer Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Field Engineer Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Intern - Field Engineer Intern in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company pays quiet well no matter what you actually end up doing. All interns get a fixed bi-weekly salary. Schlumberger engineers seemed to be happy to talk about their past experiences when they were in the field and help out with any projects you have been assigned. Lots of free time to read. Most other Interns had good experiences out on the rigs.

    Cons

    Sadly I was one of the very few who did not get the actual "Field Engineer" experience. Spent all my time in either a warehouse prepping down hole equipment for shipment (no maintenance just boxing and paperwork) or over in an office working on excel sheets for the online inventory system or reading books to pass time. Manager had very little work and there was little to be done around the maintenance shop. Living accommodations consisted of a short-term hotel room with unreliable satellite internet. No mode of transportation unless you drive your car to your assigned location which may be across the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that if you advertise a "hands-on dirty job" out on an oil rig, send the intern to a rig or at least ensure the on site manager has a plan to get the intern out to the field.

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

    Horrible work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is usually higher than similar positions with other companies.
    Less experience is needed to get promotions.
    If you are ok with really long hours, probably rotating day and night shifts, and lack of time with your family, this job will put a nice amount of $ in your pocket.

    Cons

    Make you work crazy hours.
    Layoffs are not uncommon.
    Most departments feel like the wrong people get promoted.
    No formalized training for any non engineer positions.
    If you want promotions, you'll have to move.
    You preach safety when everyone is looking, but do whatever it takes to get the job done when no one is looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on people than the immediate dollar impact, and your company wouldn't have as high of a turn over rate. Experience is valuable, and should be treated as such. Don't assume engineers are more qualified than any other person with any other degree or experience in any type of support function.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Thought it was a place I could start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Alberta, AL
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Alberta, AL

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

    Pros

    They have no problems ever with my hours worked and always pay. As a mechanic its great. I make lots and spend most of my time at home

    Cons

    Thought there was going to be room for advancement in the company but I am held back by power hungry managers. Was told it is impossible to complete my training to move to the next level. They reward stupidly have seen many under qualified people in managing positions and have seen lazy or incompetent mechanics promoted. Where as I work hard and get nothing. Not very motivating. Would not recommend anybody to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit stepping on people to benefit yourself

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

    Engineer

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

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Great company salary and benefits

    Cons

    None compared to most companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Management changes often for maintenance departments. Most manager lack good leadership skills and knowledge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Von Ormy, TX
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Von Ormy, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, promotional opportunity.

    Cons

    Well know for layoffs and poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put mechanics to supervise electronic technicians.

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

    With SLB everything is about looking good on paper.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to start a career because of all the information available to you, especially if you did not study oilfield in college.

    Cons

    They say they have international opportunities and job growth potential. But then they make it impossible to get promoted, and no one knows the process of promotion. The managers have their thumbs tied and cant do anything for you. And they rarely even know the name of the person who can. And the middle managers are constantly changing roles and moving around so by the time you finally get a name and a phone number, they are rotating to a new position and the employee has to start the process all over. To get promoted beyond entry level requires jumping through a bunch of hoops that no one will tell you about. And then you have to go through an interview process with people in the company that have very little to do with the job role, and many dont even work in the same area as you. Extremely top heavy company that cares about looking good more than about being good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work is being done by field staff, not support staff. It would payoff to make the field personnel the priority. And keep the experience in the field where they are directly working with the client.

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

    MWD engineer

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

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Training
    Travel
    Experience
    People you meet
    "Diversity"

    Cons

    Managers
    Work/life balance
    Pay
    Vacation
    Lies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget you were once in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Quick to overact when oil price drops

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good for new graduates. Great opportunities for international postings. Above average pay. Good training programs. Very multicultural. Cool technology. Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Mid career hires never seem to be accepted as "Blue". Very political. Very quick to jump to layoffs when the price of oil drops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great co workers.Lousy middle management.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    The company is lucky to have some of the best people working for it, folks who are ready to teach and learn from others.

    Cons

    Middle Management is clueless.. this is not coming from a disgruntled employee just fyi,this is from an employee who is ready to put in the time and add value...The short sightedness in decision making is staggering.. the lack of vision and inspirational leadership makes this, a place where young careers come to die...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire the right pple...and please have some taste..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Training. Great people to work with

    Cons

    No Career progression if you are in same location and do not move. Very bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good work to keep motivation up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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