M-I SWACO Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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Pros
  • The salary is fairly decent and this place is a good place to start in oil and gas if you are a recent grad with a bachelors (in 2 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Some of the positions at M-I are going to have you away from home A LOT (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. service tech

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    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

  2. Happy enough

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at M-I SWACO

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

    Pros

    Good Salary,Good hour,s Self supervised.

    Cons

    Unclear career path
    No good growth potential

  3. SHOULD be the best

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    Former Employee - Mud Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Mud Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX

    I worked at M-I SWACO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Leader in mud engineering, best school in the country, name trusted by customers

    Cons

    Since sold to Schlumberger, management seems to be making random decisions that don't make business sense.

    Advice to Management

    Schlumberger should let MI run itself as it has in the past. They were the industry leader, obviously they knew what they were doing.

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  5. Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at M-I SWACO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Does not require previous experience

    Cons

    Poor management
    Does not care about smaller subsidiaries
    Lack of business plan
    Lack of customer value

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your people and customers.

  6. Frustrating management

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    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist II in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist II in Midland, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training school, company truck (personal use is taxed). Benefits/insurance

    Cons

    Management/leadership was scattered and never thought more than a day ahead. The disorganization meant that we often did not know where or if we going to work your next two week shift. It was very difficult to plan or budget when you did not know when you would be back to work again. Paid on a base salary plus day rate. That is only ok when you know you have consistent work. 24 hr shifts for 14 days, leaves some legal questions on overtime law as well. See current lawsuit

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead, communicate with your employees, give them an idea of what is going on. Last minute cancellations of work or last minute calls for assignments does not breed confidence in management or job security.

  7. Cronyism of Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Can get very good experience and international travel if on the right project and have one of the few good managers around.

    Cons

    The appearance the management gives is completely false. They tell you what they think you want to hear but then do what ever they feel like doing to help advance their own careers. They will not hesitate about "throwing you under a bus" if it suites them. They openly suppress talent and deny promotions if they feel that your initiative and expertise is dangerous to them. There are numerous incompetent managers with shaky credentials promoted as a result of their connections within upper echelons.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get rid of the cronyism and also not be afraid that an employee might have a skill set or knowledge that they do not.

  8. I had a great experience working at Miswaco.

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    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist in Williston, ND

    I worked 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

    The schedule was great. All managers were easy to communicate with and training was efficient. Very good support structure. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    The only cons that I can think of were the long hours and the large amount of driving that was required to move to and from rigs.

  9. Great Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M-I SWACO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great job with awesome benefits and oppurtunities.

    Cons

    No cons as of now

  10. Great opportunity to learn and grow

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    Former Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Houston, TX

    I worked at M-I SWACO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many resources to draw from for knowledge and experience

    Cons

    NO clear direction from management
    Seemed to change expectations quarterly

    Advice to Management

    Give your management team an opportunity to settle in and do the job requested of them

  11. Corrupt management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M-I SWACO

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

    Pros

    An international company and a part of Schlumberger. May look good on the resume if pursuing career in this field.

    Cons

    The appearance is false. There are certain sectors and management groups in the HQ that operate as independent entities using HR as a cover up. They openly suppress talents and deny promotions. contrary to the normal practices in the US, initiative and expertise can be dangerous criteria. Many incompetent managers with shaky credentials promoted as a result of their connections within upper echelons.

    Advice to Management

    You are in a self-destruction mode

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