Parker Drilling

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Parker Drilling Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
19 Reviews
3.0
19 Reviews
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Parker Drilling CEO Gary Rich
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Try to avoid, if you can.

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Parker Drilling

    Pros

    Pay is ok.
    Free Food.

    Cons

    No direction.
    No room to grow at all.
    Several Senior Analyst without degrees, so good luck to you.
    Try to avoid, could be a worst decision of ones life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up your game, and provide respect. Respect is a two way streak!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Floorhand I Parker Drilling

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    Former Employee - Floorhand I  in  New Iberia, LA
    Former Employee - Floorhand I in New Iberia, LA

    I worked at Parker Drilling

    Pros

    week on week off schedule

    Cons

    wait until the last minute to evacuate for hurricanes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rigging down sooner for hurricanes, evacuate sooner so employees can tend to their homes and families. Keep more rigs working, provide more/better tools and equipment.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The team is like family.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX

    I worked at Parker Drilling

    Pros

    A small company with a family feeling but no family love.

    Cons

    Senior Management gets raises but not the little people. The little people are given excuses as why a raise is not foreseeable for the third year in a row yet Sr. Management receives bonuses and raises. No room for growth since Parker is such a small company. The only promotion you would receive would be your Managers job and they are in fear of losing their's so there's definitely no rooom for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop forming cliques and treat everyone as equals instead of step-children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    They try hard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Parker Drilling

    Pros

    Like a family
    Most employees aren't expected to work more than their 40 hour work week
    Flexible office hours in Houston

    Cons

    Little room for growth
    Changes in the way the company does things are extremely difficult to implement
    The overall professionalism of the company is low (still a lot leftover from the "mom & pop" days)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not high school, there's no need for the "cool kids" to push the others down. If the company has failed in several locations and certain people were involved with each location...maybe it's time to cut the cord.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Parker used to be a good company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parker Drilling

    Pros

    Flex time available. Payroll is knowledgeable. Legal has some good people. Help-desk is helpful. Compliance is watchful. Safety is a priority.

    Cons

    Stock price has not risen in years, everything senior management has tried seems to go south, raises and bonuses promised but not delivered in 2-3 years, starting salaries low. There seems to be a "If you don't like it, then leave mentality." Slim-to-no chance of promotion and no career path available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within instead of constantly bringing in new people. Chart out career paths and encourage everyone to educate themselves. Stop rewarding upper management for its inept decisions. Deliver on your promises or more good people will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    True Blue: Enduring and Unafraid of Growth

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Parker Drilling full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This 75+ year old company is restructuring and planning for growth and expansion opportunities. Parker introduced a proactive and effective new leadership team in 2012. Implemented new benefits, training, and perks to employees in 2013. Paid out bonuses in 2012. Expanded revenue generating capabilities of Technical Services.

    Cons

    Need to strengthen Change Management strategies. There is a high concern amongst employees about what will happen next and how it will impact their jobs. A solid Change Management strategy would address this and increase retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give up, stay aligned. I will be crucial to execute on stragties, now more that ever. Your efforts will be rewarded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Louisianans don't mix well with normal people-if you're not in their clique, forget having a good experience

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    Former Employee - VFD Electrician  in  Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - VFD Electrician in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    the pay is good, some of management is made up of good people

    Cons

    a lot of backstabbing and dishonesty, people climbing over other people, favoritism shown by management to family who also work there, incompetence and arrogance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to do a construction project, don't manage that project with unqualified Parker employees just to keep it in the family, you wouldn't be getting sued by BP right now if you had left the construction of the AADU project to QUALIFIED management teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Semi-Family company

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

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Those that have been with the company for a while treat it as a family company, however those that are newer have a more political environment.

    Cons

    Getting away from a family feeling, stagnant company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employees happy, keep more employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Unclear carreer path

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parker Drilling full-time

    Pros

    Company going through transition. New CEO, new CFO, new VP-HR... trying to find the path between how things were made 4 decades ago and "modern" managament. Good pay, average benefits. Good operations at the rigs.

    Cons

    Unclear carreer path. Not enough challenges. Lots of individual work, little team work. Not a learning culture, little/none training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If companies exists because of its people, make sure you make your employees grow with the company. Provide and support a learning culture. Let your employees understand the vision and the objectives of their function. Provide a carreer path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Family atmosphere and people work well together in teams, growing company, making positive changes.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Parker Drilling full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    New people in key positions making positive changes. Company is good to the employees and has a relaxed environment, where we can have fun and still get the work done.

    Cons

    Company doesn't always understand what value some of their employees can add and limits career growth of those employees as a result. Company doesn't pay as well as others in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the contributions your employees can make and promote them to the appropriate roles for their expertise and experience and pay them accordingly for the value they will be providing in those roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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