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Schlumberger Reviews in Aberdeen, Scotland

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
20 Reviews
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Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 32 reviews)

  • Good training as you will attend at least one school per year (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it (in 210 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Exciting Job with opportunities to travel, work load can be sporadic at times.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mud Logging Analyst in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Mud Logging Analyst in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    -Interesting industry to be involved in if you don't mind a bit of physical work
    -Opportunity to travel and international work force
    -Good way to get a foothold in the industry

    Cons

    -Salary
    -Work can be sporadic making it difficult to plan around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hold back career progression for new employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great package, poor communication and little regular time off. Good for the very ambitious, career focused person!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - MWD Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the north sea sector for 18 months as an MWD engineer.
    SLB is pretty meritocratic, so if you want to do well, you can.
    Payment is pretty good - at the time I left, the package was worth between 65-75k a year after only 18 months.
    Huge opportunities to travel, loads of genuine early responsibility and client interaction.
    Even if you don't stay long, it'll stand you in good stead for the rest of your career.

    Cons

    Limited and unpredictable time off - this is why I left in the end, as sustaining a relationship on the continent became quite difficult without knowing when I would next have time off.
    A lot depends on your line manager (Field Service Manager), as they mostly assign you jobs and are responsible for overseeing your career progression.
    The logistics are by the nature of the work, unpredictable and you're being payed a premium to be on call and available... Therefore it often feels like you're being taken advantage of and working every hour,- but that's what you're being paid for... I found it OK for a while, but didn't want to sacrifice my life for the corporation, so left.
    I always maintained great working relationships with my clients, who were always 100% satisfied with my work. Unfortunately this didn't get back to my FSM, so his impression of me was far less good. In retrospect, I should have spoken to him more and explained what I had been doing.
    When starting, I was given less than 48 hours notice that my start date had been delayed by a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineers are great at operating tools, but less good at operating people... My FSM had limited time to guide me, which I found frustrating.
    Predictable time off was an issue for me, along with the inability of the company to be a bit more flexible, when I suggested going part time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (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
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  5.  

    Wireline General Field Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (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
  8.  

    Field Engineer Intern in Aberdeen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Intern - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern (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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (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
  10.  

    Good service company, but should improve way how treating people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Once broken out a huge bonus;-)

    Cons

    Low Start Salary against other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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