Leam Drilling Systems Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leam Drilling Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    strong core management team in Conroe

    Cons

    no real severance or career opportunities


  2. Leam

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leam Drilling Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Employees work together to make things better and make the most of a down market. The mid level managers do what they can with what they have to make it the best, but upper management is inept.

    Cons

    Bad culture. Multiple rounds of pay cuts. Nepotism run rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees and their abilities. Dont hire your buddy for office and management positions.


  3. MWD Field Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leam Drilling Systems

    Pros

    Stepping stone to move onto another company

    Cons

    Low wages, Inconsistent work, Has the mentality that MWD's are replaceable at any time, no matter what their experience or standing with the company is.


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  5. Not bad..Good place to start if you have no family..

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MWD Field Operator in Dickinson, ND
    Current Employee - MWD Field Operator in Dickinson, ND

    I have been working at Leam Drilling Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, Reimbursed mileage, per diem, 90% of learning is on the job. Good people in the field

    Cons

    Slow down, lots of layoffs, 401k match was taken aways, pay cuts, work from start to stop of job anywhere from 20 to 70 days with 5 days off before next job. Upper management is CRAZY involved, you make zero decisions you must wait for someone to e-mail you back or call before you do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Pretty sure you can still afford to pay the employees you have left what they deserve. Maybe less jobs going but there are way less people plus your still charging the same amount per job as before.


  6. Great place to work if you aren't an entitled bighead who expects to make 6 figures out of the gate.

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

    I have been working at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The owner (though most people probably don't know this) is a guy that actually cares about employees. It is all of the perks of a corporate company and none of the red tape and hassle of one. There is flexability in most job roles. If you are a field employee, you know what you are getting into.

    Cons

    If you are a hard worker, loyal and willing to start at the bottom, there are no cons to working here.


  7. Mwd

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Market controls everything in the oil world

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. They don't care about MWD employees. You are just a warm body

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MWD Engineer
    Former Employee - MWD Engineer

    I worked at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Small company and you know most co-workers.

    Cons

    They don't care about their people. They are the lowest paying.

    Advice to Management

    Do as you say you want field hands to do. Two faced 100%


  9. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Owner, and Horrible Bosses on the MWD side.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MWD Field Operator in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - MWD Field Operator in Midland, TX

    I worked at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    For Directional Drillers, the pay was great, and the Directional Management was awesome. For MWD Field Operators/Engineers/hands, they will hire anyone, so it's easy to get your foot in the door. If you are looking for an introduction to MWD, apply at every company you can, and if no one else will hire you, Leam probably will. Learn the job, and after 2 months, start reapplying at all of the other companies, then jump ship as soon as ANY of them will hire you.

    Cons

    The owner is infamous for saying "We can train anyone, even a monkey, to do the MWD job," and he pays MWD hands accordingly. The MWD pay is the absolute LOWEST in the entire industry. MWD Supervisors, 'coordinators,' almost without exception have less than 6 months experience before they are promoted, which means they know far less than their average employee with 1 year of experience or more. Add that to the fact that they likewise have no prior managerial experience (except maybe a bar or fast food) and the Comedy of Errors never seems to end. Daily/weekly emails with contradicting instructions and consequences are a normal thing. When there is a problem in the field with an MWD tool, the techs call other techs...at least, if they want a realistic shot at fixing the problem. Add that style of management with the owner's refusal to take care of long-term maintenance and upgrades of their MWD tools, and Leam has a HUGE problem with MWD tool failures, which translates into continuously losing customers, which then translates into a severe cycle of boom and bust almost completely independent of the price of oil. Leam is known in the rest of the oilfield for 1)it's poor MWD tools, and 2) it's horrible MWD management.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue about how other MWD companies operate. Treat your employees in a fair and rational manner. Only hire Coordinators who have several years experience, and who have worked at another MWD company (I realize that's impossible given Leam's treatment of their MWD techs) There is a reason that NO Mwd tech who has EVER worked at any other MWD company will work more than a month at Leam without quitting.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good ol boys club.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer
    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer

    I worked at Leam Drilling Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Meh.. a jobs a job, and they will hire you if you have a beating heart, especially if you are best friends with someone in management.

    Cons

    Poor pay and training equals poor employee retention.

    Advice to Management

    stop keeping your friends around and laying off quality employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    If you're a juicer they'll love you.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior MWD Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior MWD Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like working out, taking steroids, shooting muslims, and belittling everyone else around you you'll fit right in. You don't have to be smart, considerate or good at your job to advance. In fact, the more often you can intimidate someone into doing your work for you the quicker you'll move up. They call it being assertive. I call it being a bully. But whatever, I guess that's the oilfield. The directional driller coordinators seem to have things together and are willing to stick up for their guys.

    Cons

    Cons? Where to begin? The lower than the average industry wages. Working away from home for sometimes three months straight. Training new hires, going without sleep for days without pay. Passed over for promotions for several years despite being told that I was in the top three percent company wide. I was laid off. The price of oil is a large factor of course. But, it doesnt make sense that guys who I trained and was often called on to assist are still out there instead of me.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring bullies. Plain and simple. I've never been mistreated so often and casually as I was at leam. Take some advice from the directional side when it comes to structuring the mwd side. The guys that are being complained about in mwd management are complained about for good reason. Your maket share could be much greater than it is.



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