Schlumberger Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
1,457 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 63 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, lots of poltiics and all work

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Sometimes technology used with the work is innovative/exciting

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance. Lots of office politics, even when working in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Company Work Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The training is aggressive and very intensive.

    Cons

    They are too elastic in reaction to economical news, layoff is massive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Management can keep to the core company values People Technology Profit, It will be good. The actual real life core value of the company is Profit Technology Profit. opps, did you see the people missing yes, they dont think of you but the profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Quickest way to promotion is to suck at your current job

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Use Schlumberger as a brand name to use on your resume to get your next job.
    They will hire almost anyone.
    They will give you lots of training.

    Cons

    If you're good at your job, you have to keep doing it.
    If you're bad at your job, you have to get out, which means up.
    Inconsistent enforcement of rules, something that's okay today can get you fired tomorrow.
    They will advertise incentives to get extra work out of you, and as soon as it starts working, they'll remove the incentives and call everything extra you do your job description.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting dumb employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Schlumberger/Smith

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of training

    Cons

    large company and you become just a number to them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to remember who is actually making you the money. Look at and take care of the little guys busting their butts for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too long work hours and not payed by the hour

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn, not enough time

    Cons

    Health will depreciate, family life will go down .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maybe find a balance between work and rest.

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

    SBC - Primarily an internal consulting firm

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

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - offers an opportunity to understand oil and gas industry

    Cons

    - internal consulting
    - Repetitive work / Boring work
    - No strategy work, Mainly capability development, implementation sort of work
    - High-headed VPs in Houston office
    - Tense office environment
    - Lost 4 partners in last 1 year, must be doing something really bad

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible company no growth no concern about employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Tamarac, FL
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Tamarac, FL

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Health insurance was expensive but provided

    Cons

    No annual increases, unethical, drama, very unprofessional

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Test down hole service tools.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developmental Technician in Rosharon, TX
    Former Employee - Developmental Technician in Rosharon, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Money and time off are the best reasons to work for Schlumberger in Alaska. Entry level North slope experience is also a plus. I would not want to work for Schlumberger anywhere there is not a schedule where you get 50% of the year off. As for North Slope companies it is one of the lower paying companies, although I have heard one of it's competitors on the slope pays less. If the only reason you are here is money and time off, or North Slope experience so you can move to a better North Slope company, Schlumberger is good for that, if you want a job you enjoy with management that is at least consistent with what they say and what they do, Schlumberger Is not for you.

    Cons

    Safety preaches one thing and management does another. If the employee does what is unsafe he could be fired, but if he doesn't do what management asks, even if it goes against the safety rules, they will start looking for a reason to get rid of that employee. There are a lot of uneducated people in operator positions with big egos just because they have a high paying job. If they worked anywhere else but here, they would not make the kind of money they are making and probably wouldn't have such large egos. Spending half of your life with these people can be hard to do for many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if you’re uncomfortable addressing shortcomings, your job now is to talk about these things. Don’t value your own comfort over the work you’ve been hired to do or an employee’s ability to get honest feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning experience, poor compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Reporting Accountant in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Reporting Accountant in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    - Learn a lot and plenty of opportunities to fine-tune your investigative skills (teaching yourself new tasks)
    - Majority of managers are laid-back and knowledgeable
    - Work/Life balance great, except at month end/quarter end/year end
    - Most coworkers are laid-back and have enjoyable personalities
    - New ideas to create efficiency supported (you have to push your case in some circumstances)
    - Benefits are pretty good, although they have been better previous to the "recession"

    Cons

    - Compensation is 30% lower than market, with no bonus until you reach a certain "grade" or career level
    - Upper management (majority):
       - Inconsiderate of work/life balance of the people below them
       - Slow to complete simple tasks
       - Procrastination and greediness abundant
       - Many need to work on their people skills and attitudes towards the "little people" (you might have a better job/higher position, but you're not better than me)
    - "This is the way it's always been done" attitude in a lot of instances (rarely thinking out of the box)
    - No educational reimbursement benefits, although stated and confirmed in initial interview

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should be commensurate with market levels and bonuses should be shared with all employees (we all contribute to Schlumberger's success, not just you).
    Be more considerate of work/life balance.
    Work on getting to know the people that work under you and be more personable (does not apply to all, but enough to be noticeable).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The position did not quite match my skills very well.

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

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, as typically seen in oil and gas industry

    Cons

    management bureaucracy, which is a big hassle at the place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow your employees chances to shine, which is kinda hard at this place, especially if you are new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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