Schlumberger Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard
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Pros
  • Meeting People from around the world (in 32 reviews)

  • The company provides good training (in 64 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not the best (in 210 reviews)

  • You have no work/life balance in Schlumberger (in 45 reviews)

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  1. Research scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good training, flexible time, average pay

    Cons

    lack of progression, average pay,

    Advice to Management

    Allow to progress in the organization and better pay


  2. Helpful (1)

    I feel that it was an interesting and character-building experience, but I am glad I did not stick around for long haul.

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    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As they are a large global company, salary, benefits, and job training are all excellent. For the field engineer position, you must attend a 3 month training school (all expensed paid) just to learn the workflow of the job and related equipment. Spending this time with other trainees from all over the world made this a very unique and memorable experience. There is a high concern for health, safety, and environment, probably one of the best in the industry. There is an enormous variety of possible career paths and progressions, and they are mapped out quite clearly. The steps required for advancements and promotions are well defined.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the industry and the size of the company, they continually face a very high rate of turnover. There is a very clear "seduction phase" during the early stages of being hired (i.e. orientation week and training), where you experience the result of a lot of money spent on nice hotels, meals, and leisure time activities. The working conditions for a field engineer can vary from mind-numbingly boring (i.e. sitting in a motel in the middle of nowhere for several days with nothing to do) to very intense tests of character (i.e. getting told to just "fix" some very sophisticated electronic equipment when its -20C and you've been awake for 35 hours, and the rig is losing 10000s of dollars while having to wait). There were many times that I fantasized about dropping everything and running away, or doing something destructive in order to get fired. These frustrations, however, are often short-lived, as everything works itself out in hindsight. As a large company, they are also very top-down in terms of policies and procedures. This means that you will have to do things, or see things done in ways that are not the most efficient or logical, but rather "by the book." This can be very taxing for someone who is creative, or likes to do things their own way.

    Advice to Management

    None, really. Managers in this company all started at the bottom level, and can empathize somewhat with those lower down. Things are the way they are due to the nature of the industry, and management struggles to deal with these challanges.


  3. Tough at first but good in the long run

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Nisku, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Nisku, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent field experience. Younger co-workers.

    Cons

    Lots of manual labor and late nights.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your field engineers with a bit more respect.


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  5. Good place for advancement

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Nisku, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Nisku, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get what you put in with Schlumberger, if you put in the hours and effort there is great opportunity for advancement. Pay is good in the good times.

    Cons

    Not a safe place to work if you aren't a top performer. Pay is poor in the down times. Work life balance is very poor.

    Advice to Management

    NAM level of Schlumberger is sometimes run too cheaply. A dollar spent here or there to improve moral a little bit should be done sometimes.


  6. Good Experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Nisku, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Nisku, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging Work, Family orreinted, I am looking forward to travel more often

    Cons

    long hours and looooong hours, i mean it

    Advice to Management

    Management is the key for every work done right. I think they should be more managable.


  7. Worth it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abee, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abee, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    money fun responsibility travel cvacation

    Cons

    personal life; move a lot

    Advice to Management

    remember were you once were



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