Schlumberger Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Be prepared to sacrifice your soul for money

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II in San Antonio, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to work, fast paced work environment, TONS of training and information available. Great opportunity to travel and meet people from across the globe.

    Cons

    The culture of the company expects you to sacrifice your life to work. Your success in the company is solely dependent on your manager at the time. The lifestyle of the field is rough and extremely unhealthy. Unfortunately, the industry and SLB breeds an environment where you cannot trust your coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to understand that employees are not the same as equipment. Constantly placing blame is not the solution to fix the issues within the company


  2. Not worth the money

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

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Good job for someone in their lives 20s making new money with no family

    Cons

    I was on a horrible frac crew. We couldn't keep anybody to stay on our crew. I was on person doing 4 peoples jobs.. Sometimes they would feed us at n the field and sometimes the food truck wouldn't show. 12+ hours labor and nothing to eat


  3. Manufacturing Engineer for 3 years

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good systems are in place for anyone to succeed

    Cons

    No transparency in dealings with employees

    Advice to Management

    Less career progression due to the size of company and transparency to all employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Bad experiencie in Knowledge transfer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay, great benefits and payment of relocation. growth opportunity!!!

    Cons

    Knowledge transfer in other country , poor Management and supervising dont exists


  6. Helpful (2)

    Pay attention to internal favorites

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Sugar Land, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Safety Procedures
    Training
    401k matching and benefits to include education

    Cons

    Stringent promotion
    Industry-competitve Compensation
    Management of job assignments

    Advice to Management

    Employees are the key to your success. Without including them in your milestones, you will lose their trust. There is truth in the statement, a happy worker is a productive worker. Losing their confidence in you to act as an effective manager will ultimately result in a decreased quality output of your organization. They will be key to your success. Aligning ethical values with corporate mission can be a challenge but that is management's role everywhere. Schlumberger is no exception.


  7. Very autocratic workplace

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 10 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for training

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere: you are not given opportunity to freely speak of issues without being chastised from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your field staff & help them to help you achieve the company's goals for that year!


  8. JUST OK OK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  9. Work 500000000 hours per week.. literally

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    pays very well and get lots of training

    Cons

    there is not work life balance


  10. Helpful (3)

    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.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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