Schlumberger Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
1,445 Reviews
3.6
1,445 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 62 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.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Nice experience, Chances to grow

    Cons

    Tough field life
    Work hours
    Typical oilfield coworker

    Recommends
  2.  

    Quality Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Time-off policies benefits are great !

    Cons

    no social life you will expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as human

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Mixed

    • 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

    They are willing to spend a lot of money to accomplish something they want, and will empower you to get the job done.

    Cons

    A lot of their culture is showing you who's boss. For example, if management thinks someone likes to travel, then they will rarely be asked to travel and if travelling comes up, they will scrutinize you. If management thinks someone doesn't like to travel, their attitude is to get your butt on a plane and go there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat you employees with more respect.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Technology and decent work/life balance. Lacking in compensation, benefits and respectable office space.

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to learn and get relevant experience. Believes in on-the job training which allows for great opportunities withing many disciplines. Worldwide presence gives a great opportunity to see many corners of the world.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits is not competitive with oil & gas companies. Poor office location and no offices.
    Executive pay is, however, higher than most oil & gas companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be competitive for your marketplace. The compensation is nowhere near being competitive with oil & gas companies. If service industry can't pay like the oil industry for the same talent, executive salaries should follow suit. Open concept office space only works for a few job functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Hard work

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    paid is great for the work you do

    Cons

    long hours and always on call

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more vacation paid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A challenging company to work for, but can be worth it if you can stick it out for the first year.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bulk Plant Operator in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Bulk Plant Operator in Cheyenne, WY

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

    Pros

    Learn about oil field services. The benefits are good and you do get overtime and holiday pay. If you enjoy structured work then this is a good place to work.

    Cons

    You do have to work a lot of hours for the money. Its a challenge working for such a large corporation. This company is driven by the gas economy so if there is a period of slow drilling then you have a chance to be let go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pressure Cooker

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of international travel opportunities if you're interested, although you're generally not offered a choice of where and when to move, so you have be be very flexible

    Cons

    Pressure cooker environment, not conducive to work-life balance. Employees are generally automatically promoted to management after 5 years which is good for career growth, but doesn't always mean that your manager will be perfectly suited for that role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider people first

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Watch your back!

    • 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

    Offer great benefits and the environment pre-merger was laid back and great to work in.

    Cons

    One giant clique. You're either "in" or you're not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with dignity and respect. During my tenure there, I was sandbagged for a raise and sexually harassed. I had an unfair performance review after many compliments because I complained about my boss' management style. In the department I was in, the management was challenging to work with. In the department I was in prior to the merger, my environment was spectacular and I wouldn't have changed a thing. Nicest people!! So my review is based on post-merger environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for some, definitely not for all

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to start, many have stated so. You get the best training and very solid compensation. If you're young and single, you can go very far.

    Cons

    A lot of losses come with the Pros. Work/Life balance tends to be dismal if you're too extroverted or have a nuclear family. Not the best place to stay, as management is extremely hit-or-miss. If you get stuck with a terrible boss, you'll either have to wait it out until either you or they get rotated out, or you leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Does not care about people

    • 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

    Schlumberger offers great technical training. Company has worldwide foot print. Well known company that you can get good contacts. Come in get a couple of years experience then get out.

    Cons

    Company cares more about profits than other thing despite what the company claims. They are very closed to any advances outside of the core business and a problem along to other work groups rather than identifying and improving the organization within the company.
    Very immature supply chain organization that operations consistently looks down on.
    Demanding culture
    View employees as a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to figure out how they get what they preach down to the people who make the daily execution decisions rather.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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