Halliburton Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
625 Reviews
3.5
625 Reviews
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Halliburton Chairman, President, and CEO Dave Lesar
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342 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is okay depending on your area of responsibilities (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits fair pay, awesome food at the camp (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • They claim to care about "family" "work life balance" and "good compensation" (in 25 reviews)

  • Long hours, sometimes lack support to get large projects completed (in 38 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great for gaining experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of training available, multitude of opportunities to move around, especially if you're willing to live abroad. They were good to me as they had decent benefits.

    Cons

    Huge organization, so your voice is often not heard. Things move very slowly, so to avoid frustration, best career path is to change jobs every 2 to 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your individual employees are saying, or else you'll continue to lose them to the competition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The people are what drives success

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Tech Professional Well Design in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Senior Tech Professional Well Design in Anchorage, AK

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good to above average for my career level, co-workers are all very friendly and is what makes it a good place to work. They have a lot of turnover based on current employees being head-hunted by operators.

    Cons

    They could have better retention if they were a little more competitive in pay. They try but sometimes fall short (too little too late). Also they need a better training regime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say the only advice would be to really assess your employees and if you really want to keep the good ones you will have to do whatever is in your power to do so. They will most likely take the better opportunity (pay driven) over loyalty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible office personnel to field personnel relationship.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Evansville, WY
    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Evansville, WY

    I worked at Halliburton full-time

    Pros

    They have great benefits and you can make a lot of money if you work in the field.

    Cons

    If you are in the field, you have uneducated unprofessional employees in a lead role. They do not have leadership experience, only job related experience. If something goes wrong on the job site, they are quick to point to their subordinates because of their lack of confidence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in understanding what is really going on in the field. Find leaders to fill the lead role. Try to find more educated employees (this isn't necessary if employee is mature enough to fill the role).

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Field engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Fort Lupton, CO
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Fort Lupton, CO

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training and exposure to the industry. Lots of experiences they well help to develop you as an engineer in the petroleum industry.

    Cons

    Extremely long and tiring hours and loads of driving. management treats you like a piece if meat. Lowest pay in the industry

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Big name, work slowly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good life and work balance

    Cons

    Poor compensated and slow promotion process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for young people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, poor management

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

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

    Pros

    I mainly worked on the R&D group, and had the chance to work with great and brilliant people developing software to solve very complex problems.

    There was not shortage of challenges and that along with great people is one of the things that kept working at Halliburton.

    Salaries and facilities/amenities were very good.

    Cons

    In the last few years things have been going down hill very quickly. Teams have been losing people and the people that stays behind has to take over the work from the people that left; no back fill of positions.

    No investment on professional development, and observed that only middle to upper management would benefit from training; everybody else was pointed to learn on the job and the internet. Despite the company having an internal learning system, online and face to face courses were not approved be management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on the people across the board, keep them motivated, management to be more responsible and mainly accountable for decisions made by them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice employees. Poorly managed. No home life. Hourly rate low for the work you do.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cement Bulk Plant Operator in Zanesville, OH
    Current Employee - Cement Bulk Plant Operator in Zanesville, OH

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great safety training, work mates

    Cons

    Hourly rate, work schedule, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not the Mickey Mouse club

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rough environment but good pay and benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field
    Current Employee - Field

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time

    Pros

    Once you become familiar with the different people in the different crews it's a pretty fun job. The pay is awesome and there is a lot of room to grow and move up within the company.

    Cons

    I sometimes feel like my education in the particular field I studied for is wasted and I'm becoming pigeonholed in the oil industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No real complaints. Maybe try being a little more fair with entire staff and stay away from favoritism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to start a career and you can make good money if your at the right location.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Operator in Homer City, PA
    Current Employee - Service Operator in Homer City, PA

    I have been working at Halliburton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is good place to start and get introduced into the oil field. I wouldn't recommend staying more than a couple of years at max. Also a good company to work for if you want to move around to a different part of the country or the world.

    Cons

    Depending on your work schedule can conflict with a normal life. Not ideal working hours if you have a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on employees and compensation, could cause less turn around and increase revenue from happy workers and not having to hire more people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Toxic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Halliburton

    Pros

    lots of fun technologies to work with

    Cons

    micro managed, process bound, and very disconnected with reality. Its about satisfying managers upward and service to the business is lost in translation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove layers, stop being so facist and hiarchial, and return to focusing on the business.

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