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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
1,553 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.  

    JUST OK OK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger part-time

    Pros

    - Big Org
    - Diverse environment
    - Decent Pay

    Cons

    - worst management
    - old people who dont want to change
    - dont listen to employees
    - fake promises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be on your words
    - don't ruin someone's life

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company set up for 8 year olds, if you've matured past the that age you're not going to like being treated as one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MWD/LWD Field Engineer in Penns Creek, PA
    Current Employee - MWD/LWD Field Engineer in Penns Creek, PA

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

    Pros

    It's a job. It gets you certifications and then you can move on to a better company, as Everyone here does. They have benefits, not as good as I've had with small companies, but good. Personal growth is something you'll need to find outside of your job, maybe taking classes online while working/ living on the rig. If you have no experience in the oil-field, this is an okay starter company if no one else will take you, grin and bare it for the first year or two then follow the trail of all you're work friends to other companies. My review is for field work (living on drilling rigs) I do know of some people that enjoy working in Schlumberger's office jobs.

    Cons

    Pay is better than McDonalds but low for oil-field work. The turnover is so high the people training you may be terrible at it and the Pathfinder/Schlumberger attitude it "oh well, deal with it". They are as an employer, the "Walmart" of the oil-field. They pay so little, and work their guys into the ground till they quit and then hire more new people. In the current market, they have an endless supply of people needing a job. They do not want experienced professionals, because they would have to pay them more, so they are a revolving door and buy out their competition. Once they absorb the old companies and then implement their nanny-state rules like no driving PERIOD after 11pm or before 5am because we're far too incompetent to accomplish this without wrecking and dying. They say they put their "People" first. That is a huge lie. They put Profits first, second, third, & fourth. They are getting more profitable while throwing their employees under their tires to gain more momentum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If they cared about their people at all this company would need to be turned upside down. That will/would never happen. The only thing that is going to change this company is for the endless supply of people desperate for work to not accept the job from Schlumberger until they raise the employee's pay, and work 60-65% of the year rather than the 85-90% that we're used to working.

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

    Work 500000000 hours per week.. literally

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    pays very well and get lots of training

    Cons

    there is not work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big corporation where people get lost in the system, bad managers get away with breaking all policies

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Training programs, structured careers (until you complete approximately 5 years seniority) and then it is up to your ability to network or be lucky enough to get a manager who cares about your development.
    Good systems, knowledge management, technical careers.
    Diversity is motivating and probably the reason why people stay.

    Cons

    If you are part of the structured career there is visibility of your career progression the first 5 years. After that, even when you have systems to list your preferences and a meeting where you are supposed to come up with a plan for development, you can get the job you didn't want to do. This is not necessarily bad...but the culture is sink or swim, predatory and not much mentoring going on. The International population is tied to their work visa so they work longer hours, accept any assignment, do whatever they can to keep their job as they do not want to be sent back to their home country. Also, if you are a woman you can be favored just because they want to increase their diversity. That is not necessarily good, your peers will hate you and make your life hell. If you are American or have the freedom to go somewhere else, you will soon realize you can find better opportunities at an Oil Company and better pay, benefits and lifestyle. Schlumberger is good for learning (some people in my group would call it SLB University) but then move on. If you are a foreigner, they will not sponsor your green card. They have started to do that for some very technical people but it is random and driven by friendships with HR.
    Also, in support positions (Finance, HR, Supply Chain, etc..) you can end up stuck for years in the same job as there is no clear development plan. The Company is becoming so big that the "human" part is lost, people are put in management roles with no people skills or interest in developing others. Bad managers get away with breaking all the policies and rules and the ethics line is useless. It is NOT confidential and you ALWAYS end up being retaliated against. Again, good systems but they are not used correctly, there is a lot of corruption that cannot be reported.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk, join and stay because of the "idea" you sell of Schlumberger, the diversity and the friendships they make. But that cannot hold them forever, little by little that shiny image and the colorful pictures fade and you see the reality. Bad managers, systems that do not work, bureaucracy and little regard for the communities where you work. You should monitor the performance of your managers, there is no way to gather feedback from employees and they end up doing whatever they want. The ethics line is useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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