Geoservices Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
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  1. I'm just doing my time

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Lafayette, LA

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good stepping stone, I've met some really awesome people, the schedule has been better, ample opportunities for advancement. This segment could be brilliant with the right people in place but so far its lackluster.

    Cons

    Salary low for the industry, management very disorganized, time off isn't your time off, vacation is hardly ever approved, I often feel like this company thinks they own my soul because they pay me a salary and doesn't condone me living a personal life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step it up, get on the same page, stop treating people substandard and they might stay longer than a year or two, pay better, stop with the 401k partial vesting timelines if you want to say you match a percentage to get people to invest it shouldn't come with a stipulation of years, the moving allowance is just a con to get you to stay a year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Self-centered management leads to lack of organization.

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    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Geoservices full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance, great exposure to the industry and a chance to bond with colleagues.

    Cons

    Unfulfilled promises regarding schedules and assignments, a carousel of supervisors (I had 5 in a 6 month period), management will communicate with you on an 'as-needed' basis. Little personal regard for employees. Noncompetitive pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in actual Schlumberger management- the team you have now is garbage. Pay your field employees better - everyone else on the rig is making significantly more (even those without a college degree).

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Basically a stepping stone

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    Current Employee - Field Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Specialist

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You can get into training, and if you're really lucky you'll go overseas for training. Working with people from other countries is nice. Having Geoservices on your resume looks good. Basically it's a good stepping stone job.

    Cons

    Even though you can get training, it can be a huge joke. The managers have no idea what they are doing, and don't care about the field specialists' needs. Time off can range from a lot to never (basically you have no schedule). The salary is a super low for offshore work and even if you get a raise it's not much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management because we have all told them the problems and they won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time

    Pros

    good for starting out in oil field

    Cons

    not so good for planning social life

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Work good, management sucks

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The work is good, you get to be on some of the premier rigs and drill ships in the gulf.

    Cons

    Management lies to your face. Repeatedly. There's no real advancement, no pay raise in two years. They don't support you well in the field, you're essentially on your own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field guys, pay us more than the accomadations people on the rig.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Don't do it

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    Current Employee - Mud Logger in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mud Logger in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience for my resume

    Cons

    They are unorganized and don't care about their employees. The pay is low. They tell you about all the possible job opportunities, but they are not really there.

    They leave money off of your paycheck and try to screw you, so you have to keep track of everything and make sure they give you what is owed.

    Thier policies are always changing and they may promise something one month and then take it away the next.

    While working a rotation on the rig, you work 3 or 4 weeks on, but your time off you are still on call. Even on your time off the rig you have to take vacation time if you want to leave Houston. Your time off is not your time off.

    They offer you moving expenses and a signing bonus, then you are stuck there for a year or you have to pay it back. Beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Good starter job, poor management

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to get started in the energy industry. Enough money (if you get stable work) to pay off your bills and save a little. You will learn a lot about how to drill a well. Make many connections with other O&G professionals. Good health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Accept that your schedule will be unpredictable. You would think that management and office staff would do their best to mitigate this, but they don't. As a field employee, you will not be valued. You will be taken for granted and when things go wrong, you will end up bearing all of the responsibility, regardless of who was truly to blame. Maintenance of the equipment is tiresome because it is often broken. You could end up sitting at home for months and months, not working in the field -- it's impossible to stay alive on this pay. On the flip side, you could end up working non-stop and never get a break. During your 'time off', you're expected to go into the office, usually never doing anything important or useful while there. There's a reason that the nickname for this company is "Geocircus".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your field employees. They are the life and blood of the organization. Without them, you wouldn't have a job.

    Take time to listen to your employees' concerns. Make an effort "stay in the loop".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    no organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Geoservices

    Pros

    enjoy working with my coworkers

    Cons

    no schedule, low pay, management inexperience and unorganized

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Data Engineer

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

    I worked at Geoservices full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of work, lots of travel

    Cons

    Don't expect them to keep a schedule, you have to fight for your pay raises to go through. They try to give you a fancy title and more responsibility without increasing pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Field employee's are why the company is there. If you don't treat them respectfully then they will leave and once they are all gone there is no reason to keep you around, it's job security to keep your employees happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    A company with the potential for great achievements that falls well short of the mark.

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Geoservices is owned by Schlumberger, for the time being, and the name still carries some reputation. Operating companies have been using Geoservices for years and continue to do so in many areas. They are used and known world wide. The merger with Schlumberger has brought many new areas of job possibilities and new work for "All Schlumberger" work sites.

    Cons

    Horrible pay with absolutely no duty rotations. Management will promise a rotation and will not deliver. Usual rotations are from start of logging to completion of the well. Offshore that can be months, onshore it can be several weeks to a few months. Middle management is very young, new and inexperienced. A recent addition to the Middle Management staff has turned out to be a complete blunder which has cost them several clients and several employees. Where as Senior Management is very disassociated with the ongoing operations and employees. Schlumberger training has a reputation of being some of the best in the industry however Geoservices training is sub-standard at the best. Poorly written and poorly executed training classes that are converted from French to English are what is delivered to the new and existing employees. Google Translate can only do so much. In addition, the overly complex field hardware and software is excessively difficult to set up and to operate and delivers only moderate results. Based on lost data alone, I am not sure how Geoservoces gets repeat business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Schlumberger is to pull in the reigns on this company and wipe the slate clean with management. Immediately begin rebuilding the spiraling reputation. My advise to Middle Management is to set your personal ego aside and do your job to the fullest of your capabilities. If you cannot perform, get out of that position. My advise to field employees, Baker Hughes is looking for good and experienced workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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