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Great company to work for if you don't mind some odd policies

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Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst  in  Denver, CO
Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Denver, CO

I have been working at Schlumberger

Pros

Schlumberger does actually try very hard to take care of its employees and official policies give employees many opportunities that would be very difficult to find in other companies. Schlumberger has not only has plans in place to help employees move to locations around the world, but encourages this type of movement within the company. The health care, dental, retirement and stock purchase plan actually seem to do a very effective job at helping all employees get the most out of their pay. There are career development plans that are reviewed yearly and personal goals and objectives set to help employees actually grow as people as well as grow within the company. From what I have seen, this is taken very seriously by everyone and is not just empty words and promises, but actual commitment to keeping employees happy. Overall, Schlumberger is a good place to start a career.

Cons

There is a culture in Schlumberger to continually improve processes and limit mistakes by keeping track of mishaps and hazards no matter how small. While this is a good thing on the surface, this generally leads to policies and standard procedures to be changed without enough thought on how the changes will effect other areas. This tends to lead to continual modification of polices that counter each policies' effectiveness. One oddity that this has led to is a company wide requirement that all employees back their cars into parking spaces when parking. No joke, there was a problem with people backing out when leaving and not paying enough attention so they force people to back in, or at least pull forward when leaving. In addition to having parking policies, everyone in Schlumberger is required to pass a 'Commentary Drive' driving test that requires employees drive a car around with a trainer and tell them what they are doing the entire time ( like: "Im looking in my rearview mirror, there is a car behind me that may be following to close" ). This would make sense if it were require of individuals where driving on company time, however, it applies to everyone that has a drivers license.

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Schlumberger is run pretty well from the top down, and would work flawlessly if it where not for the misunderstanding of some middle managers.

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    Big company that sometimes feels like a startup

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    The company is a good place to work if you want to see the world while you work. This is especially true if you work in the field organization or you are a good performer. You may get to go to places that you would otherwise never visit. The employees at the company are truly an international mix and even though the company is headquartered in Houston, it still retains much of its French and European roots. In my opinion, the company fosters a serve-yourself attitude in employees, allowing those that strive for more to eventually get it. In general, I would say the workplace is very dynamic and it is quite difficult to become bored. I have met some of the brightest and enthusiastic employees at Schlumberger versus other places I have worked. In terms of technology, Schlumberger works on some of the most difficult problems to solve, including those where high temperature, pressure, and lack of cross-referenced data is available, which creates an all-you-can-eat buffet of knowledge and innovation.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a feeling that the company is disorganized in middle management, likely due to the fact that middle managers and some senior managers are constantly moving between different positions, usually staying no more than 2 years in many roles. It would seem the company culture is such that it believes in the inherent intelligence and flexibility of its employees, thus putting a good deal of stress on them to perform in situtations where it isn't really clear what the job position should be. The disorganization can lead to demotivation as well since some employees are not in a position long enough to accurately evaluate the performance of other employees, for good or for bad, thus causing delays in positive (or negative) appraisals. In terms of technology, it can be overwhelming to design or maintain the large number of high-tech gadgets and customized services that the company offers while also taking care of everyday logistical issues. There simply aren't enough people to take care of some critical tasks.

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    Do a little more research on some big decisions that sometimes seem to be made quickly. See about extending stays at roles for another 6 months to a year.

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    Well-run Behemoth needs to modernize people management

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Global mobility and opportunities to work across geographies and functions.
    Great leadership responsibilities given to young people once they are battle-ready. Possibilities to straddle duties across the breadth of the industry. Great training programs, workshops, knowledge management programs to keep people involved
    Very flexible, dynamic work environment, especially for a behemoth.

    Cons

    Very slow moving bureaucratic machine- takes a long time for decisions to get made. Recognition and positions are slow in coming. Not the best retention strategy from HR. Loose a lot of talent that could have easily retained. Have a flawed foreign worker policy that has led to an exodus of people

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    Review their talent retention policies, have more incentives to retain people including faster promotions, MBA program sponsorship etc. Build a new perspective moving away from the dinosaur-like traditional oil and gas industry outlook.

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