Schlumberger Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
1,401 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 30 reviews)

  • Work environment Good also with fun and rewarding (in 60 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance tends to be dismal if you're too extroverted or have a nuclear family (in 193 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great if your an Engineer, not so great if your anything else.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    You will definitely learn who you are and what your capable of, also have a chance to travel and see things you never thought you would. The technology is top notch at SLB, probably my favorite trait of the company.

    Cons

    Thing working for a big company is great? Wrong, your just another number. You work for a company that always tries to instill values and make you a model employee. But, when it comes time for a raise or promotion, forget it. They're all talk. I made the lowest pay out of my friends straight out of college, still holds true today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn where the value is in the company. Maybe focus on something bigger than saving money,getting your pip for meeting your objectives.

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

    Field Specialist (MWD)

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work experience and looks good on resume. The company itself is a great employer and they have a great safety policy.

    Cons

    They always give excuses not to give you a raise. The pay is midrange as far as day rates are concerned and they promise time off but you never get it. They treat the field hands like garbage and act like they own you and your life. You are on call 24/7 365 days a year and at the rate you earn vacation days, don't expect any time off for at least 6 months. Unless you are single and don't mind living at the rig and going job to job to job without a break, stay far far away from this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough people to give your field hands time off. Treat them as they want a life and not just work them all the time. Fix your pay scale and vacation time. Also, a rotation or schedule would be a start to keeping people instead of constantly training new hires because people quit constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Schlumberger-Geoservices not a recommended organization to join.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, and interesting technology.

    Cons

    No career advancement, horrible pay, no work-life balance, unqualified management, and etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you employees

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

    Too big for its own good

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Clear path to promotion, emphasis on teamwork

    Cons

    Expected to travel with no end date often, no communication between higher up and employers, not a nurturing place, not everyone is cut out for the line of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more connected with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Slumberger

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I personally would not work here. They hustle and bustle about, and we certified, incredibly educated engineers were payed but a pittance.

    Cons

    The challenges are getting noticed. They don't promote very often, like ever. They promote moving around with very minimal pay raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to the engineers. They are highly educated and contribute the most to your bottom line. Respect them more.

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

    Political, Bureaucratic, Another Brick in the Wall

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, but not the best. Worldwide reach. Meet interesting people from many countries. Opportunities for expatriate positions.

    Cons

    Too bureacratic. If you are not in the right group, you will go nowhere. Any one connected person can ruin it for you at will. Known to underpay, and overexpect...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very poor management that does not foster your personal employee development in favor of another employee.

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay, but hard work...work hard and play harder is what every employee lives by.

    Cons

    Field life is tough, but you get used to it. I had a great manager in one location, and a not good manager in my next location. Some people say they quit because of the lifestyle, but the truth is, if you have a good manager, you will stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Schlumberger take over of MI Swaco

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

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

    Pros

    Great team of workers on site.

    Cons

    Since SLB took over MI there have been no pay raises, loss of vacation benefits, cut hours for all plant hands - the real workers. Management is out of touch with what happens in the field. An audit of the Anchorage office would find many people wondering around looking for something to do. Basics such as no food and water on site is left unaddressed and put off so management can get their bonuses for keeping cost down. If the big three who sign the contracts only knew what SLB was up to. They would be surprised at how poorly SLB treats employees and how low morale is. Safety is an issue due to hiring people with no oil field experience and the expecting them to take on tasks that are far beyond their ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your buddies, hire people with skills or at least common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Eh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Good for resume at job fair

    Cons

    Unorganized, Crap housing, relatively low pay for industry

  11.  

    More focus needs to be placed on the employee and their career development and growth.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Schlumberger's Health and Safety(HSE) Policies are extremely strong and a fundamental part of the corporate culture.

    Cons

    I have come to a standstill with my career and there are no longer opportunities like there used to be regarding career development. The "culture" of our company has changed and the employee nor his/her career is no longer the concern of Schlumberger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus needs to be placed on employees and their career development. The process of our managers "sealing" our yearly objectives needs to be made mandatory by upper managerment. I completed my 2013 yearly objectives in my SLP-3 and have had three different managers in 2013. Not one of my managers has looked at my objectives nor has anyone "sealed' my objectives for 2013! Why this has been allowed to occur is not acceptable to me as an employee. I do not feel that the segment that I work for cares about their employees or their employee's career. More emphasis needs to be put on the employee and their career growth!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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