Pathfinder Energy Services Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Excellent employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Pathfinder Energy Services

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits - health and family are highly considered. Great professional training.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standards

    Advice to Management

    The plan used is good and tested.

  2. MWD Field Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MWD/LWD Field Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - MWD/LWD Field Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX

    I worked at Pathfinder Energy Services full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Direct Management is good overall.

    Cons

    Working for a company this large, you will so become just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people better.

  3. Was a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MWD/LWD Field Engineer in Casper, WY
    Former Employee - MWD/LWD Field Engineer in Casper, WY

    I worked at Pathfinder Energy Services

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

    Pros

    High pay.
    Decent benefits.
    Profit Sharing.

    Cons

    After Schlumberger bought them out, there seemed to be no regard for the employees. We were routinely treated as just a number by the corporate office.

    Work life balance was skewed drastically towards work. Schlumberger didn't care about personal life and routinely took away opportunities for management to give employees days off.

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  5. Awesome place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pathfinder Energy Services

    Pros

    Small company but great place for learning

    Cons

    Limited resources and personnel for tests

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  6. Merger acquisition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pathfinder Energy Services full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Career Development, Global opportunities, and Technology Leader

    Cons

    Excessive data management, micromanagement, poor HR practices

  7. Good place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Pathfinder Energy Services

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PathFinder (before acquisition by Smith and later by Schlumberger) used to have a very positive R&D environment. Management was committed to attracting and retaining talents and the compensation package showed. There was minimal bureaucracy. Management process was kept personable. People were friendly and satisfied.

    Cons

    At times engineers might feel they were held too tightly to tried-and-true methodology. Also, being a "small" company ("small" compared to Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, or Halliburton) with no more than a few new projects at a time, sometimes staffing was underutilized.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with longer term technology plan to utilize your talents and afford them more freedom. Give them more feedback and engage them more into thinking more about their own career development path.

  8. Good for career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Pathfinder Energy Services

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers competitive salaries and benefits. Opportunities are good and challenging. Team work opportunities are plenty and customer interaction is well promoted.

    Cons

    Career growth is slow. performance is evaluated based not only on individual but also team output, which may be detrimental for your personal growth.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more transparency and communication between upper and mid-level management to improve expectations. Better focus is also needed on retention.

  9. Small company mindset

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Pathfinder Energy Services

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    small group, things happen fast.
    opportunity to take on responsibilities.

    Cons

    no plan for employee's career advancement.
    many position is hold by old guys who are afraid to change and new technologies.
    compensation is below industry average.

    Advice to Management

    sharing the company growth benefit with employees.

  10. OK comapny to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DD4 in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - DD4 in Midland, TX

    I worked at Pathfinder Energy Services

    Pros

    Good upper level management and operations.

    Cons

    Local management leaves something to desire.

    Advice to Management

    Get ride of local manager.

  11. Good, highly competitive experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pathfinder Energy Services

    Pros

    Growth-oriented company having a globally competitive environment

    Cons

    Schlumberger bought Pathfinder 2 years ago, which caused some discomfort-ability.

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