Nabors Industries Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Nabors Industries President & CEO Anthony G. Petrello
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Pros
  • They offer good benefits and competitive pay (in 3 reviews)

  • May be a few good employees, but they are leaving too (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Could use a revamp of upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • No career growth, which has made me leave the company (even though the pay was not bad) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Support Technician

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    Current Employee - Support Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Support Technician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Nabors Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Competitive salaries
    - Relaxed environment

    Cons

    - No formal training
    - Constant re-oganization
    - Instability due to market conditions

    Advice to Management

    Better training

  2. Helpful (1)

    A lot of experienced hands in management that don

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nabors Industries full-time

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

    Pros

    some loyalty and opportunity to work with your hands

    Cons

    Fluctuating market keeps employees on edge, a lot of backstabbing and gossip.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for to learn new technologies and being on the cutting edge

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead
    Former Employee - Technical Lead

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good environment to learn and contribute to new technologies. Many industry standards are created from this company and CIO is very enthusiastic towards new technologies.

    Cons

    There were a lot of reorganization done recently which has created a lot of shakeups which declined the productivity, the promotion process is tied with deliverables of goals but the goals are set so late in September that we could not meet.

    Advice to Management

    Please reduce the benefits cost that employees pay and provide bonus during December rather than April, lot of people will celebrate holidays even more happier. Also please include HR to intervene into employee relations rather than just allowing department heads to manage employee services, HR organization was merely used for administrative purpose only.

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  5. Management

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement if you are willing to work for it.
    Support from experienced and diverse work force, they were always willing to help when needed

    Cons

    Arrogance pertaining to safety alienated some potential customers and employees. But by the same token some customers respected Nabors because of it.
    As with most oil related companies the cyclical nature of the oil business can also be a con.

  6. short sighted boom-bust mentality

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    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The pay was acceptable, if you could stand up for yourself. We were let out early on Friday afternoons, and you could easily rise to middle management, without a lot of competition.

    Cons

    Compensation is too incentive heavy(stock options, performance bonuses, etc) , and they move the incentive payments out, so its tough to walk away.

    Even annual raises get delayed. They tell you in december that "you had a good year, and we'll increase you pay".....but your paycheck doesn't increase untl the end of the next quarter, in April, or June, if oil prices happens to drop.

    When oil is up. they hire a bunch of people indiscriminately. So 9 out of 10 are incompetent colleagues , so its easy to stand out. But one of those idiots usually get promoted and put in charge of the people who CAN actually do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to hire quality people. Take care of them, fairly, and immediately.. Then you won't need to layoff.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good for first time roughneck.

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    Former Employee - Motorman in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Motorman in Midland, TX

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, care a lot about safety. Worked with a lot of great guys on the rigs.

    Cons

    They don't care too much about how good of a hand you are, if they want you gone, they will ALWAYS find a way to get rid of you. When you are able to get bonuses, they take 3 months to get, and they like to dip their hands into it first.

    Advice to Management

    Better chain of command, communication, and stop with the "I know what I'm talking about" stuff ESP if the person has never worked on a rig. It's very aggrivating. A lot of people in the offices have no clue what works in the field, yet they come up with ideas that never work.

  8. Good money if you get alot of hours, really liked it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jane Lew, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jane Lew, WV

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Get alot of hours, when they can sell a job. Love working outdoors and staying busy. Good benifits.

    Cons

    Don't get a raise like you are suppose too, get lied about what you can make!

    Advice to Management

    Don't Lie, Tell your workers what you would want to be told. Learn to give your worker's credit where it's deserved..Treat others the way you want to be treated.

  9. Management is very unfair

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    Former Employee - Stimulist Operator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Stimulist Operator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, long hours

    Cons

    Long hours, favoritism, no advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so quick to get rid of a good employee. Implement a program for rehab or substance abuse. You would be surprised who would take advantage.

  10. Helpful (4)

    IT Management

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Nabors Industries (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people below CIO and Directors great to work with

    Cons

    CIO does not know how to build a team and hire the right people. Lots of money wasted on contractors who are here on visa with little or no experience. Directors and large number of managers are Indian therefore Americans are not promoted either male or female. Lack of concern for the little people makes IT very difficult and cruel.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CIO and all Directors and start over before a lawsuit takes it all.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Not a bad company, plenty of areas to improve though.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I worked for NCPS and in the corporate office in Houston. There are a lot of good people who work there. They are very understandable and want you to succeed. Laid back atmosphere in my department.

    Cons

    Not much structure. A lot of times I was left to do nothing, even if I asked.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more organization in development of your employees. That is why I ultimately left.

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