Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma Reviews

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Bryan Blew
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Pros
  • Having oil and gas experience on my resume was a big plus to potential employers within the geologic industries (in 4 reviews)

  • Entry-level Experience into the oil & gas industry, training at Tulsa is a good start, and that's about it (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor living conditions, no schedule, deceptive practices (in 10 reviews)

  • They work a few days and sit around in a company house (for which they pay rent, no less (in 8 reviews)

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  1. You get out what you put in.

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    Former Employee - Mud Logger
    Former Employee - Mud Logger

    I worked at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good entry level job into the o&g field. Programs aren't to difficult to master and once you get past the initial learning curve its a relatively easy and repetitive job. Excellent opportunity to start making contacts and is a stepping stone for better positions down the line. Most of my former coworkers are good people, and my regional supervisors were very helpful and understanding. If you go into this job with no motivation to do anything other than your sample collection and sitting in your trailer you are likely to dislike it. If you go in with strong motivation for career advancement and getting the most out of it, you will enjoy it.

    Cons

    No set schedule to speak of. With this job you get 24 hours notice before you have to go to your next site. Jobs can last from 5 days to 5 weeks. If you have a relationship or family it can be very taxing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Mud Logger

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma

    Pros

    This is a great place for someone to gain training and experience in the field of geology

    Cons

    The work schedule is horrible. You never know when you will be working or when you will get time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on a fixed rotation like the rest of the oil industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Down it goes with the price of oil

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logging Geologist III
    Current Employee - Logging Geologist III

    I have been working at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma

    Pros

    Cheap housing in the oil field, you pay 150 for access to a company apartment/house which comes with tv, wifi and access to a washing machine at times. But lets just say that 150 is well worth it if your working constantly as a respite as some loggers only get a few days to others staying for months at a time without work.
    easy access to field work and networking opportunities with other loggers,
    Easy pay, even if you mess up as they do not reward good work, or efforts, Your next up in work so thats why you get to work otherwise, the company doesn't care as long as you don't lose work
    Time off has become easier as the work has dried up.

    Cons

    Threats to employees for quality control issues have increased as they want to retain market share, but due to the fact that quality control has the same staff levels, but now has half as many reports to review over the last 6 months(~600 to now 300 a week), the increase in errors is blamed more on field personal than QC dept for not catching errors until days to almost a week later. I recently had 15 reviews over a week with 4 different reviewers and not a problem was found until the last day. The incident was over a week prior, which tells me that no one looked or saw it as an error and the new quality control person deemed it an error or chose to make it an error in order to take away money from my paycheck. The increase in threats has now made this a hostile workplace that operations/quality control cannot address without blaming someone other than themselves.

    Training is an issue as many of the new personal, have no idea how to rig up agitators, electrical line or tape connections securely or even decently. While many of the new personal say its better training (no idea how/why they think that because this is their first time going through it), field personal disagree as they are the ones really providing the training. Many need to go through 30 days of training because they lack the discipline, or computer training

    I would not recommend this company as many of the people really do not care for their job as they are treated subhuman on site by the companies they work for, rig workers, and company men. They do not provide for you unless you constantly badger them for what they are required to provide you as stipulated in contracts. i.e water and septic services, I have gone almost a week without either on several occasions.

     No respect....from the office that supposedly supports us, supervisors who should be encouraging us to do better can only do what the office tells them, they ask for feedback, then you get nothing from the feedback. No response or even an acknowledgement for your effort of voicing concerns.

    Lack of internet or basics makes this job the worst as your just working or sleeping, so there isnt much else to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase base pay and standards, you seem to take the lowest of the low, people who have degrees but think they are better than this end up quitting within weeks of arrival because you somehow tricked them into a field job in the worst working conditions and living conditions on site. Upgrade to trailers are not going to cut it, they are well over due. Base pay need to be above minimum wage for an educated workforce. You seem to fake caring about us only in training for the week and then forget about us the moment we leave. I was told you would follow up after training once the 30 days were done and 6 months....nothing. Human resources and corporate communications needs to be accurate and timely, not leave us hanging for rumors to circulate for months. You care about customer service, but are not the ones who deal with the issues we as mudloggers are and you do not provide the resources in order to provide great customer service from the field. Subpar equipment and out of date technology combined with lack of knowledge in quality control doesn't do well for the company in the long term. Band-aid solutions will only suffice for so long. Act faster from the management side in response to issues from the field. And when making field visits, when talking about issues or changes to be made implement them faster.

    There is no room for advancement, or pay. And in a time when there is a downturn and lack of work, training should be increased to enhance your field forces abilities, not only from a marketing perspective but from field development. It would provide for a larger workforce in areas where the company is severely lacking such as geosteering, or quality control. As well as allow for better understanding between field and office. The assumption the company makes is that you will only stay around for so long, which is true because there is no chance to advance our skills or abilities as geologists and rather than enhance the companies fortunes they would rather let us go especially in a time as they put it "want to increase market share".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Not the worst place, but not the best

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mud Logger in Enid, OK
    Former Employee - Mud Logger in Enid, OK

    I worked at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The fellow mud loggers are all good people and fun to hang out with. Good stepping stone to get experience right away in the oilfields, not a career though. Depending where you are located your Team Lead and supervisor can be extremely helpful resources. You can learn a lot from the Company Man, MWD, Drillers and the rig hands if you pay attention to them and get to know them. Can have A LOT of down time depending on the rig you are placed at which can be both a good thing and a bad thing.

    Cons

    You won't have much of a life at all with this job. Living on the rig Because there is not any sort of rotation you do not know how long you will be on site, and depending on how quickly the rig moves you may only have a few days off in between. If you do not get a new trailer living standards are not the best. Every time it would rain our trailer would leak in new locations. Not the most challenging job in the world, you can figure pretty much everything out after doing it for a month and things don't really change all that much so it turns into a very repetitive job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad, Abusive Environment

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    Former Employee - Mud Logging Geologist in Odessa, TX
    Former Employee - Mud Logging Geologist in Odessa, TX

    I worked at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired, they always need loggers because people are always quitting this company. You can negotiate for higher pay at the time you are hired, and you should because after that you will never negotiate with anyone at Horizon ever again. So if you need this job, hold out for better pay right at the start.

    Cons

    Negative work place, cliquish. Problems go unsolved, friendships are rewarded- not performance. Loggers receive training in I-ball software and Wellsite then think they know everything- they don't. I've done this job for a lot of years and these kids do not receive adequate training nor do they want it. They actually resent being around an experienced mud logger and do not want to learn except for the bare minimum to get by at Horizon. It's pathetic.

    If there is any issue at all, even a minor one that can be handled locally, every email is CC'd to the CEO. The staff in the office in Tulsa do this too. So if there is any communication, you send the correct person an email, just to resolve something simple like missing paperwork, pretty soon the staff in Tulsa have the whole company involved receiving emails over this one simple issue. My impression is that they are like a bunch of children all trying to look best in front of teacher. It creates a lot of confusion and the problem goes unresolved and whoever reported it or brought it up in the first place is inevitably blamed. That is how they manage their operations and internal affairs and is how they run their company culture- from the mud logging unit, to the desk of the CEO, that is how it is.

    Field management is a mess, it is disorganized and a system of pass the buck is in place. Field managers are abusive, bullying, and spiteful. Nothing ever gets solved at the field management tier. It's either the loggers fault or the office's fault- always somebody else.

    This is a company of back stabbers with low pay, no benefits, and no advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring kids right out of college. They are not prepared for this job. They think it is an easy job because expectations are so low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Steady Improvement

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    Current Employee - Logging Geologist III in Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Logging Geologist III in Odessa, TX

    I have been working at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The money is great. It is not a salary gig and if you work more you make more. You get paid more for quality work and dinged for errors. The quality bonus is not huge, but it is noticeable in the paycheck and that will make you extra cautious. I have never had an issue getting time off that i requested, though theoretically there could be problems. Work always comes first.

    There is lots of opportunity to travel and in between wells is a great time to do it. The company offers and most take advantage of the Company house which is a flat 150 from your paycheck and you just stay in the company house during your time off. Sometimes its crowded and can get a bit frat like, but most of the time you will have it to yourself or with one other person. Oil field rents are in the 900-1000 dollar range so this is basically an extra 850 in your pocket a month. It is very easy to save and pay off debt living like this. My student loans were done in 8 months. You also occasionally get larger bonuses (500 dollars+) for things like the holidays and promotions which happen regularly.

    You very quickly build up a network of oilfield contacts and develop a reputation based on how well you work. This can be helpful for future employment. It is a team exercise and you want to contribute what you can and learn as much about operations as possible.

    Cons

    You get paid more if you work more, but you don't control your own destiny in this. Usually there is plenty of work to go around but sometimes you will work for a full month and others you may only have a few days a month. Spending sprees are not wise.

    There is no real work life balance. Your life is the job and it can be all consuming if you let it. Be sure to take advantage of time off and be sure to get off the rig at least once a week. Burnout can happen if you are not careful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing a great job. Field conditions have improved dramatically in the last year. I think it would be helpful to have formal feedback and log review sessions once a month for new loggers for their first three months and then every three months after that for experienced personnel. Even if its done by phone or e-mail it would help in professional development. Field trainers used to do this. I'd also like to see a 401k.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Brutal schedule, but worth it if you want to pay off student debt or start a nest egg.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logging Geologist IV
    Current Employee - Logging Geologist IV

    I have been working at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You have very little free time, and a pretty decent pay. This makes saving money or paying of loans a breeze. They offer little bonuses for all sorts of things. Many of the people in the company are great to work with. The 2014 logging trailers are actually quite livable long term, and they are actively trying to improve the employee experience.

    Cons

    There is very little life outside of the job. You have no guarantee of work, or time off. You could work 60 days straight, or 5 days in one month. Generally you are busy. Most people work it for a year, make some money and build contacts, and then move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotations, salary pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. It is what it is: a way to get experience in the oil industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Well Logger/Field Geologist
    Former Employee - Well Logger/Field Geologist

    I worked at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of interesting people working in the field and you get to travel to places you otherwise would not (ok, I don't know if they are exactly pros). Since most people are straight out of school or the military, the money is the only thing that most people will say was a good thing. Pay was good. This job will build experience and build character. It could be worse, you could be back at home making minimum wage. lol

    Cons

    Many nights and weeks you will wonder when your next day off comes. Sometimes it's unexpected and your field manager asks you for a favor so you end up working another three weeks instead of going on days off. Almost no chance to have a life unless you live close by the rig sites or have a real strong relationship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on hustling

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Mud Logging - Keep it in perspective

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Logging Geologist in Enid, OK
    Former Employee - Logging Geologist in Enid, OK

    I worked at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Mud logging is a right of passage. Embrace the suck with a smile on your face because you will eventually be in the office making those big bucks. This company and this job will provide you with an opportunity to learn everything you can about the drilling operation. You'll get to network with geologists and if you take pride in your work, they'll request you and you'll get to follow a rig. Don't be shy, ask them if they want text updates in between reports. Also- keep the directional driller and the company man updated on your oil shows when you're in the target zone.. you're all a team on site. The more you embrace the team mentality, the more fulfilled you'll feel.

    Cons

    Lowest pay in the industry. Floor hands make more than us and they get a rotational schedule!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More conference calls, start doing team conference calls, give the employees assured time off every quarter, and give your good loggers improved situations. If they want to work on a certain rig and they haven't asked for time off in 6 months, why shouldn't they get the rig they want?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Logging geologist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Horizon Well Logging - Oklahoma

    Pros

    Not many perks, if your good with your supervisor you'll get work otherwise be prepared to be bounced around for covering.

    Cons

    You rarely get requested time off, mainly because of the high turnover.
    You pay for everything that a normal company would provide for such as housing, health insurance, their term life insurance is so cheap in coverage (15000) that if anything happened to you you'll either have to keep working for their low wages or just be a gimp and suffer. If you die or become dismembered you still only get 15000 that's literally cents a month for that kind of cheap coverage.
    The system is designed to not support you or help you achieve the maximum amount of money. The quality control dept frequently overlooks things, an then sends it back saying it has no mistakes, so when you send it in officially you'll get graded against and lose our on the money. So if you do take this job once you submit anything to quality control, look over everything yourself!! Your make more money in quality control bonus than your regular min. state wage.
    You have to get insurances but you will never have the time to visit because either they won't have coverage for you, or your out of network and they don't fully cover you.
    They remove emergency escape windows and tape, nail air conditioning units in them so that it can be tolerable in the summer but you can't operate them as well as lights or any other electronics in the trailer because of the limited power.
    Lacks diversity in upper management, and they are all connected to it the investors who give them bad advice.
    Accounting dept does not give you accurate breakdown of how you get paid so you have to figure it out yourself
    Paid state min. wage, which is not liviable because your live in oil boom towns which costs 2-3 times more than a city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the base pay to make up for the crappy conditions that you obviously are aware of an ignore. Return hazard pay for those who work in constant hazardous conditions such as obm instead of keeping them or frankly in those 70's trailers that were rejected from service by the government. I mean even homeless people don't want to live, work and eat in the same prison like trailer.
    Stop being cheap and get some actual leadership from field and bring it up into the office.
    Increase base pay so we can actually live in oil boom towns that we are forced to pay housing for.
    Allow opt out of advance pay at any time
    Implementation of a qc grading system that removes points based on length continuous deployment in conjunction with pay periods ie if your working on 30+ days then remove points on a weekly basis rather than ever 20 days on a well or pay periods.
    Clarify payments to employees with better breakdowns
    Automatically promote trainees who are their own shift so they get the pay as logger 1
    Pay for individual health insurance, all add ons and family members can be paid by the employee
    Allow employees more time off as requested rather than down times between wells.

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