Parker Drilling Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    They provide you with all the gear you will need and take care of your travel expenses.

    Cons

    The communication between the office and the field is lacking.


  2. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Richmond, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Richmond, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Car pooled with like mined employees And was able to save money on gas

    Cons

    Management had high turn over and did not develop employees. They lowballed new hires. Same position would offer one employee $78k and another employee $90k for absolutely no reason. Not based on education or experience, just playing favorites. Over worked employees High turnover No work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!!!


  3. Human Resources

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Webster, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Webster, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parker Drilling (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cleaning lady is super nice! Free snacks

    Cons

    Poor leadership, People don't drive business, poor HR Leaders

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue


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  5. New vision to empower employees to be innovative, reliable, and efficient!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great support from new mid level managers! Love the new changes brought to PKD. Responsive to customer needs and concerns.

    Cons

    Need to be patient. Big gap in personnel who has been with company 20 plus years versus newly hired personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Land some rigs to work and solidify PKD reputation.


  6. Challenging but great work environment.

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    Current Employee - Accounts Payable
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here is the flexibility and understanding.

    Cons

    Some lack of communication at times.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe employee development should be a little more of the focus.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very professional and cooperative personnel. True asset.

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility when necessary is allowed, the main thing is to get job done as expected.

    Cons

    None that I know of, I mean that will keep me from recommending Parker Drilling.

    Advice to Management

    90% of personnel is very loyal to the company. Please look better after them!


  8. Helpful (1)

    High Turnover

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with. Salary/Benefit package is a bit below market but okay. Pay 100% for van pools which is better than many companies. Location in Greenway Plaza is nice as it is close to so many restaurants and near downtown and the galleria.

    Cons

    Bonuses are minimal except for upper management and those that negotiate prior to accepting an offer. Most employees have either been there well over 10 years or under 2 years. The gap is due to very high turnover. Employees don't seem to stay very long and PKD is famous for firing employees constantly. There are little to no procedures in place and since most of the employees are new, there is a lot of chaos and confusion. HR has the highest turnover so don't look to them for guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and invest in them. Training and team building go a long way. Stop the bleeding and try to retain your employees so that you're not having constant turnover which is very costly to the company.


  9. Great company to start out with and gain experience. They hire a lot of new roustabouts.

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    Former Employee - Floorhand I in New Iberia, LA
    Former Employee - Floorhand I in New Iberia, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    14 on/14 off rotations. As of 2014... Roustabouts make $17.35, Floorhand 2 - $19.50, and Floorhand 1 - $21.70. Great insurance.

    Cons

    Inland barge rigs. Don't make as much as you would offshore. Older equipment.

    Advice to Management

    A leader needs to be able to motivate their employees. When you've earned the respect of your hands they will go the extra mile. The work environment is way too negative. That is the number one reason people quit.


  10. Helpful (2)

    An enjoyable work experience with a company that is expanding world wide.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Recruiting in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Recruiting in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, experience and the knowledge that you can gather working here.

    Cons

    Not being able to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the chance to show you what they can do an the opportunity to learn new things to help the team and themselves.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Nice work environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good work-life balance. Nice family oriented culture. Nice co-workers. Good learning opportunities. It was a good experience to work for PKD.

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities. Many changes and some rotation just because the industry is booming. Management is busy doing their thing and not really paying attention to the lower structure. They have cancelled nice perks they were giving.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the needs of your employees. Employees eager to grow and take more responsibilities/challenges.



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