Schlumberger Reviews in Aberdeen, Scotland

Updated June 30, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014
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Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 30 reviews)

  • Work environment Good also with fun and rewarding (in 60 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance tends to be dismal if you're too extroverted or have a nuclear family (in 193 reviews)

  • Very difficult for Mid Career, no work life balance, too much internal politics (in 45 reviews)

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  1.  

    very good

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    Former Employee - Support Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good salary, excellent benefits & some great people, good advancement opportunities, you get job satisfaction with this employer

    Cons

    like all companies they have some very poor higher management, but they are apparently Teflon coated, unsure why as they cost the company a lot of money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to & act on staff feedback , do not bury your head in the sand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    They OWN you, you work for your Life! You're just an asset; not human!

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    Current Employee - General Field Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - General Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Work experience (Only on your specialized segment, not others); SLB is good in what they do (in some segments)
    - Possibilities to travel to oilfield places (mainly remote)
    - Fair training courses for your special task you do
    - Salary is just average; Don't expect it to be above average
    - Good company for fresh graduate who're willing to find a job and with no dependent family

    Cons

    - Your personal life is gone, no family, no friend, no girl/boy friend; forget it
    - Salary they pay, doesn't correlate what they ask you to do; You also end up staying longer in your work base every day just to finish your assigned tasks
    - Whatever happens (failure, malfunction,...) is your FAULT! either you didn't check it or you didn't manage your time to get enough rest to resolve your problem! Blame culture is ridiculous!
    - Be aware: whatever you demand, they offer you extremely opposite! so always ask for something you don't want to get what you want!
    - They don't train you in a wide range of business, so you always depend on them; You only will be trained for the tasks you need to do in your own segment, you never get a chance to be trained in other segments so you will be always depending on them and can NOT find a wider range of the jobs after quitting
    - The attitude and behavior of your managers is absolutely not-acceptable. they don't see you as a human, they see you are an asset which have to make money and otherwise is out! not that the managers are naturally like this, but the SYSTEM demands from them to act this way, even if they don't want to, they become like that. They mainly under pressure and become aggressive most of the times, specially with juniors it's even worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers dont have power and cant do anything; it's built-in Schlumberger culture which will never improve, it's just against humanity
    No matter how much money you make for the company, still you're an asset; if you cant make money, you're straight out; Badly!
    Manager's are always busy; this is bad; no wonder most of them are either single or have many personal issues or divorced already!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Wireline General Field Engineer

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    Current Employee - Wireline Field Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fresh graduates get a very good experience to start

    Cons

    You will travel almost every 3 years to a different countries, make sure you dont depend on your family or wife or girl friend because soon you'll forget them and your life turns to hell if you depend of your personal life.
    It's a good company to start but not a good one to plan long term, NO personal life. I'm an example, trust me. I've seen enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are your assets which are taken care of the least.
    You all think of how to make money by any means of using your people and you dont take any care or responsibility of your personnel personal life.
    Lifestyle is negatively challenging.
    I've lost my dual carrier girl friend due to this, I'm just an example, Im not the only one.
    We dont have personal life, it's all surrounded by SLB.
    How many assets have to quit so you could realize the importance of them? how are you gonna reduce NPT by 25% by 2020?

    Keep those who stand for the company for years, specially your dual carriers which they bring love to industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to start, but there is a reason why their employees quit within the first four years.

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good training
    - Above average salaries
    - Recruitment process relatively painless

    Cons

    - Lack of life, pretty much...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to listen to their employees regarding their time off and training schedules. So many times I had some time off/training booked only to have them cancelled to fly out to a rig even though my schedule was made months before.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Field Engineer Intern in Aberdeen

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to see and experience the wide spectrum of opportunities in Schlumberger.
    Quickly learn theory learnt by field engineers.
    Good lifestyle - paid rent, flights and salary.

    Cons

    Unable to go offshore due to lack of training.
    Difficult to fully experience what field engineering is like without being able to go on a platform.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Invaluable, I had a great manager and that makes all the difference

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people-centred culture, particularly for those who have families and overall a good working environment to prove and develop your technical skills

    Cons

    There is little opportunity to move within the company depending on the department you are from, this could be even worse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good service company, but should improve way how treating people

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    - good carrier opportunities, if you know where to ask for
    - benefits and money, which depends on what contract you have,
    - exposure to HiTech tools,

    Cons

    - values of the company are not the same as they state,
    - trainings are interesting, but not gives a lot of knowledge, learn more on well site doing job,
    - some of people overestimated themselves,
    - if you complaining you will get this what you want, if not nothing will change,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - think, how many hard working and well performing people left the company... ?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Has amazing training and pays for your boiset and mist. Oh and school.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Specialist Trainee  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Specialist Trainee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Once broken out a huge bonus;-)

    Cons

    Low Start Salary against other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Work hard, play hard

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of travel opportunities, early job responsibility. Fast paced and meet lots of various people, colleagues are young and good fun.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, predominantly work. Vacations cancelled, promotions delayed. Quick reaction to cutting costs if necessary and only think short term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent training experience-long term outlook less rosy

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    Former Employee - Geoscientist  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Geoscientist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fixed step training program for technical people is excellent, if not slightly 'overdone'. Steep learning curve which can be hard-going at times but worthwhile in the long run.
    Opportunities and responsibilities for graduates and 'freshouts' provides a lot of scope for experience and exposure in various parts of industry.
    Respected company-looks good on CV.
    'Potential' to get global experience, trasnfers to exotic places with competative international packages and moving between segments & functions is possible.

    Cons

    High management movement & turnover is policy-and not all management are to the same standard. Bit of a lottery which can impact the workforce dramatically.
    Although a technical career progression 'roadmap' is in place, in reality once the fixed step training is completed, individuals do not get enough time to focus on personal development. Revenue comes first.
    Recent 'crew change' within industry has impacted motivation and retention, being met with lots of words but little action.
    Renumeration still lagging behind operators for local staff. 'Paper' reasons to stay are not realised.
    A culture of 'I came here for the training'-many don't see a career in the company beyond G11/GFE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your managers are cut out for the job. Not just on paper. Culture, management style, language/communication-PEOPLE SKILLS seemed to fall by the wayside in preference of a manager who had better revenue results.
    Value your experienced people. REALLY value them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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