Geoservices Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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  1. A lot better since full integration with Schlumberger

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is from an offshore field worker's perspective. Geoservices segment of Schlumberger's D&M has high job security. The managers know most of the employees by name, rather than as a "barcode" so to speak, unlike rest of D&M segment. Most managers very considerate of worker needs (e.g. family, medical). Good upward mobility compared to other mud logging companies (Schlumberger makes career progression almost mandatory). Variety higher specialities available. Continuous improvement in management and logistics. Constructive feedback is taken seriously. Safety reports are taken SUPER seriously. Compensation is okay for a mud logging service. Benefits are the same as rest of SLB (good). Higher pay grades scale better than starting pay and start to be comparable with other services, like MWD/LWD. Don't have an experience for comparison, but suspect that overall there is probably a lot less garbage to put up with than you normally would as part of a huge company.

    Cons

    This is from an offshore field worker's perspective Your experience will depend *highly* on your direct manager. Sometimes a lopsided work-life balance (too much or too little work) Higher management can be out of touch, but maybe because they answer to higher ups in Paris. Sometimes over-reactive rather than proactive, especially with safety reports. Don't always get perks (like merch/swag) compared to other Schlumberger segments. Pay can vary with oil market, but pretty steady compared to rest of D&M. Still mud logger pay, though. Total responsibilities for position increase over time (not related to seniority / time spent in field), many of them arbitrary idea from high management. "TPS reports" come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to field workers and work on retaining competent persons to maximize service quality.


  2. Good Way To Get A Foot In The Door

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Offshore Field Specialist in Kingwood, TX
    Former Employee - Offshore Field Specialist in Kingwood, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy hire at entry level with no experience. Decent pay at entry level.

    Cons

    Pay does not accurately reflect advancement and increase responsibility. Other companies pay much better at senior positions. No job security during down times.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better at the senior levels if yu want to hold on to knowledgeable people.


  3. I'm just doing my time

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Self-centered management leads to lack of organization.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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).


  6. Helpful (1)

    Basically a stepping stone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  7. good

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

    I have been working at Geoservices full-time

    Pros

    good for starting out in oil field

    Cons

    not so good for planning social life


  8. Helpful (1)

    Work good, management sucks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Don't do it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mud Logger in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mud Logger in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Respect your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good starter job, poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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".


  11. Helpful (1)

    no organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    enjoy working with my coworkers

    Cons

    no schedule, low pay, management inexperience and unorganized



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