Leam Drilling Systems Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. Great place to work if you aren't an entitled bighead who expects to make 6 figures out of the gate.

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    • Senior Management
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    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.

  2. Mwd

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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%

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Owner, and Horrible Bosses on the MWD side.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good ol boys club.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leam Drilling Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the smaller more personable companies. Everyone in upper management was real easy to talk to and understanding.

    Cons

    By being a smaller company, it makes them difficult to gain and keep numerous jobs as opposed to the larger directional companies.

    Advice to Management

    Establish and enforce quality work ethics when seeking out companies to work for.

  9. Leam is a great starter job for the oilfield.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MWD Engineer in Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - MWD Engineer in Conroe, TX

    I have been working at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Leam is a great starter job for anyone looking for Oil and Gas operational experience. I have personally stayed tool long. I would advise anyone with an engineering or science degree to stay at most six (6) months and then begin looking for a job with a more established company (Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Weatherford, Scientific, etc.).

    Cons

    Lack of training. In most cases trainees are hired on spend one day going over HR paper work and immediately sent to a rig. Most do not even know what MWD means before heading to the field.

    Leam regularly violates several OSHA regulation.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees.

  10. Stay away, not worth it, find the exp. some where else

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Motor Tech in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Motor Tech in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    hire with no experience, some over time

    Cons

    They start you out at 13 dollars an hour, there is basically no training they just tell you to go watch the guys build the motors and ask them questions, but the guys that are building the motors are not willing to help out very much because they are so busy, they'll just tell you go put the ramp down, or go get the 36' but never actually take the time to explain the process of the build or why is being built so is difficult to become knowledgable, they ask you to clean internals, but they throw you in the "swamp" where you have about a half of foot of grease, dirt water that won't drain and they want you to power wash the internals as fast a possible other wise they start cussing you out and screaming because they are so understaffed that they need you in the build. the quality guys are lazy, they don't like to do their job, you sometimes have to actually take the parts without being inspected because its been a couple of days and they are still sitting in the bucket, the motor techs play around all after noon and then they want to push you and work as fast and hard as you can during the night because they want to get out of work but end up being there until 2, or 3 am. at the location I was working, there was on the job drinking at night, which I did not agree with, even the tool coordinator would bring a cooler full of beer, they don't care about safety at all, they just ask you to wear their safety glasses but they fog up with the heat, sweat and moisture that is in the shop, the gloves that they provide are not heat resistant but when you have to break down the motor you have to heat it up with the torch and unless you try to grab some rags, or another pair of gloves you will be burnt.
    if they don't like you, they'll run you off by making you do things that no one else does, cleaning up areas that no one else cleans or even worse, making you clean the whole shop while everyone hangs out in the front office, but they say that the best thing to do is to break you, and if you are still there then great, if not, then you weren't meant to be.

    Advice to Management

    13 dollars an hour for a job this hard is ridiculous, this is the reason why there are short in staff, most people come in to get a few months of exp. then move to a better paying company where they are treated better, get rid of the alcoholic management and avoid accidents at work, train your employees better, teach them the right ways to do things so they don't throw out their backs or hurt themselves, overall, the company needs a whole new crew in OKC

  11. A fast paced environment, with a steep learning curve.

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

    I have been working at Leam Drilling Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    LEAM is a leader in the industry and has an increasing foot print in the market. Anyone looking to start a career in the petroleum industry will gain valuable experience and knowledge that will help propel their career. Starting in a fast paced environment will help prepare you for increasing opportunities. Culture and people are truly exceptional, LEAM is able to keep a small business attitude with close knit relationships at all levels. Communication is easy and encouraged.

    Cons

    The growing pains of a small company to keep up with such a large market is very evident and places stress upon the employees to meet the demand. Expect to work for extreme lengths of time and travel frequently. Entry level pay is the lowest, but will increase over time.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporating a manageable business plan to account for the assets you currently have, without the expectation of future assets will allow you to grow into the market more comfortably. Knee-jerk reactions to oil field boom/bust environments is stressful enough, without the added friction of a company trying to grow too fast. HR, Pay, Training, and Admin: A dedicated person throughout the training process would streamline curriculum, as well as mentor preparation to ensure everyone has consistent training, Clear pay terms.

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