Halliburton Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Halliburton Chairman, President, and CEO Dave Lesar
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is okay depending on your area of responsibilities (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits fair pay, awesome food at the camp (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is more work less life (in 28 reviews)

  • Long hours are required in order to perform at a top level (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great company, but between the market downturn and the executive committee's poor decisions, it is no longer. Pay is ok compared to other industries, but low for Oil & Gas.

    Cons

    Trickling out lay-offs month after month after month leaves everyone only worried about their jobs. It has become a back-stabing viper's den. Our brilliant CEO decided to buy a huge competitor for a huge premium 2 months before the biggest downturn in history. Great forecasting. Now we'll have twice the workforce force to do half the work, and they'll wonder why profits are down.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of your….


  2. Wal-Mart of the Oilfield

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Materials Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Field Materials Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have the best training in the industry, and they will try any keep people around even when its slow.

    Cons

    Lowest paid service company in the industry. They claim great benefits, but they are average at best. Lots of time away from home for not much pay. Its definitely a job of necessity, but think twice if you want to make a career.

    Advice to Management

    Too worried about self promotion to care about the people below them. Profit sharing for managers makes it hell for general workers who see no benefit. Middle management is what is killing this company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Who You Know

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Halliburton (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for job and benefits were compriable with other like companies

    Cons

    Seemed like in order to move up you had to know the right people. Not always the one with most experience was selected.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees they are your biggest asset.


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  5. Culture Fit Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Halliburton full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice campuses, unlimited sick days after a certain amount of months if you aren't in operations or the field.

    Cons

    Simply put, Halliburton is a really unfair company. Miserable supervisors and managers work for despotic Directors. Operations staff on-site and in the field live under a completely different set of standards than profit centers and corporate HQ. Racist practices are in place to keep black and Latino workers lowest on the totem pole. Illicit relationships between managers and upper management. It's a mess. Some of the hardest working and most qualified people are kept down based on appearance and race.

    Advice to Management

    None that they would listen to.


  6. MWD Engineer

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    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Lakewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good training programs. Great way to see the world, or at least the parts with oil, and make a pretty decent check. Lots of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Corporate office monkeys will sellout field staff to protect themselves, especially during a downturn. Pay is probably less than other service companies. Lots of micromanagers.

    Advice to Management

    Let field hands do their jobs. Don't be so quick to throw other people under the bus. Promote from within more, rather than hiring from outside.


  7. Helpful (1)

    PE Service Manager

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    Former Employee - Service Manager in Hobbs, NM
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Hobbs, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits Great people to work with in Lower Management Positions and field positions. Very Professional

    Cons

    District Managers and above are constant Liars. Treat employees like second class citizens. Do not keep promises to employees regarding raises and advancements. Safety is preached but is truly second to profits. Dedication means nothing. After over 30 years of true dedication and Service and without any warning or offer to transfer, I was released due to cutbacks. As well due to my requests for an explanation from Corporate as to why I was released instead of relocated, I have been basically Blackballed from the Oilfields. I have not been able to aquire a position anywhere in the Permian Basin.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management needs to get off of the YES MAN issue and listen to their EXPERIENCED people. They know what works and will work. Get over the fact that just because you have a degree that you know it all. Those that do know are being replaced with younger folks that will agree to do whatever you say without question. Totally not right. A World wide company that only cares about profits and shareholders and could care less about those that actually do the work that make you the profits. Something very wrong about this picture.. So Very Very Wrong.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sr technical professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big company. Employees there are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Bad management. Managers only do what they want to do and do not take advices from the people who work under them, even highly technical and experience people. And most managers have very little technical skills.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and be respectful


  9. Halliburton's promotions

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Halliburton generally promotes from within, provides adequate training, and the Houston office is very organized. All levels of management in the Houston office are involved with the safety and training of the employees and show genuine concern for the well being and equal treatment of all employees. The Houston managers are concerned about their employees safety, necessary safety equipment is provided without question, and promotions are merit based.

    Cons

    Employees are on call 24/7 and vacation time each year not used prior December each year is not eligible to roll over and is lost. The Midland offices promotes and gives preference of assignment to male employees, regardless of seniority. Employees are often asked to work extra hours without compensation, and safety equipment is not readily available until someone is hurt. The safety office's response when asked for PPE necessary for the job is that it is not available due to budget cuts. Employees are required to provide supplies that are necessary to complete the daily assignments at their own expense and are informed that is why they receive a per diem.

    Advice to Management

    Management in the corporate offices need to make unannounced inspections of the Midland and Monahans' offices to ensure that the required safety protocols are being followed and that adequate safety supplies are available to employees at each location and in the field. Corporate managers need to be in charge of promotions and job placement to prevent discrimination.


  10. Helpful (1)

    No Incentive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer - Wireline
    Former Employee - Field Engineer - Wireline
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can say you work for one of the best Oil Service Companies in the industry. Few opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about its employees. Salary has been greatly decreased and bonuses done away with. No support system in place. Absolutely no incentive left to put yourself through this kind of work.


  11. Wouldn't go back

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not a lot of work

    Cons

    VERY limited mobility in function. Good old boys club.



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