M-I SWACO Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Some of the field employees are fun to work with, committed to working safely and developing other employees (in 2 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits, reasonable vacation time with pay, stability, 401k, well known, safe, certain positions get a truck with gas card (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Small opportunity for growth and development (in 2 reviews)

  • no cons in this great organization (in 2 reviews)

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  1. It was a while ago

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at M-I SWACO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They had good benefits and paid well

    Cons

    Oil industry is up and down, buyout changed a lot of things.


  2. What used to be an enjoyable place to work and plan your future is no more.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Overall salaries are very competitive and even above average. In most positions you are able to work without being micromanaged.

    Cons

    Owned by Schlumberger...worst thing that has happened to M-I. The company is very reactive, rarely planning ahead. Quite a bit of wasteful spending goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Split with Schlumberger. At the very least, do something about the horrible employee moral.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Used to be great-still not bad

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mud Engineer
    Current Employee - Mud Engineer

    I have been working at M-I SWACO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay, time off, autonomy (mostly all go with this job across the industry) *Pro and cons of each location can vary GREATLY, FYI...

    Cons

    High highs, low lows Schlumberger takeover-completely changing/changed the company that they bought. *Before Schlumberger bought M-I, it felt like a family business, i.e. everyone was on the same team, wasn't much fear of losing jobs (always found a home for most even when it was slow), and the benefits were phenomenal, upward mobility was less systematic and more frequent. Now everything has and is changing to the corporate feel where you're just a very small spoke in the enormous wheel who doesn't really matter too much overall. Everything that has been changed to the Schlumberger way has been in benefit of the corporation by way the sacrifices of the individual employee. (Less pay, less benefits, more stress, etc.) Schlumberger has history of buying up businesses and ruining what made them great. I am afraid that this is happening to M-I.

    Advice to Management

    To Schlumberger, leave us to do what made us the best in the industry. You are bringing us all down every time take something from us and give it to the bigger company that did nothing to earn it.


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  5. DPM Field Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at M-I SWACO full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good training opportunities, good people recruited for field specialist work.

    Cons

    Pay on lower end of industry standard, crew rotation is helter skelter.

    Advice to Management

    Invest development dollars to increase reliability; hire more folks to fill spots on crews so personnel aren't on-site for six, seven, eight weeks.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not a good time to be in the oil field.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist II in Harvey, LA
    Current Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist II in Harvey, LA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good money, and safe work environment. Work with guys with a lot of experience. Can move to other oil field jobs fairly easily.

    Cons

    No job security, cuts in all parts of the job. Limited room to move up with the current oil prices.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Mud Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great training, great intro to the oil industry.

    Cons

    Long hours. Little field training once you graduate from mud school.


  8. A corrupt industry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist in Shafter, CA
    Current Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist in Shafter, CA

    I have been working at M-I SWACO full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The downtime is high. The work rotation is like having a vacation every two weeks. The pay is great... Relatively speaking.

    Cons

    The corruption in this industry is disgusting. We have a massive set of rules no one respects or follows. People steal from the company and management doesn't care. You will be pressured to do illegal things.

    Advice to Management

    No real professional would touch this industry with a ten foot pole. Keep hiring idiots and criminals and this company will implode from the inside.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great in good times rough in others

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Florence, KY

    I worked at M-I SWACO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people interesting products challenging environment project freedom

    Cons

    Poor management Lots of flavors of the day Tied to the price of oil for part of the business lack of places for advancement unless you go offshore or down to Houston


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PT Specialist in Pleasanton, TX
    Current Employee - PT Specialist in Pleasanton, TX

    I have been working at M-I SWACO (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, Good Equipment, Good human Resources

    Cons

    Poor Management , Poor Bonus

    Advice to Management

    They need to improve the internal management


  11. service tech

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Service Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Service Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at M-I SWACO (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work for.

    Cons

    spent a lot of time away from home



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