Schlumberger Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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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. Marketing Communications in Houston

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    Current Employee - Copywriter & Technical Editor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Copywriter & Technical Editor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schlumberger (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I lucked out and have a great mentor. Others aren't so lucky.

    Cons

    Secrecy, bureaucracy, and politics. Especially during the downturn in October/November 2014. Everyone was very fearful.


  2. Amazing opportunities - if willing to travel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Multinational and multifaceted. There are literally hundreds of opportunities and SLB likes to move people around to see as many of them as possible.

    Cons

    Must be willing to uproot your life and go where they need you in order to see the most career growth.


  3. Great company, great work - hard lifestyle

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Schlumberger (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid training programs, great pay, great people to work with. Significant opportunities for promotion. Incredible opportunities to travel the world.

    Cons

    A field engineer's job can be very hard - long hours and long time away from work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider assigning rotations for crew - helps to be able to plan days-off.


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  5. Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work learning products and processes on the job. Very good work culture

    Cons

    You cannot deviate from a process, even if that will benefit the company.


  6. Working for Schlumberger

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    Former Employee - Well Planner in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Well Planner in Midland, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There were great opportunities for growth and advancement at SLB. I worked with a very diverse, from all over the world, group of people. I felt like I was always learning from great minds and made a lot of friends as well. There are a lot of well paying jobs in the oil industry.

    Cons

    The oil industry is very fickle, there are many ups and downs. When the industry takes a dip SLB is one of the first companies to start laying people off.

    Advice to Management

    When you have a new hire, explain what the roles and responsibilities are of the folks around them. I was a well planner and it took me a while to understand what sales, coordinators, field crews and other engineers did and had to offer me. What data did I need to get from the client and who created the BHAs. When I started, sales would give me a geo prog from the client and when I asked them for the plat and BHA they got mad at me for bothering them. An explanation of who to turn to would have helped.


  7. Personal Assistant

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    Former Employee - Personnel Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Personnel Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free meals with a great selection each day. I worked with a caring team. So caring they mailed me a certificate to get better for a paper cut.

    Cons

    In my limited role helping prepare for the Boston transfer I didn't experience any material cons. I only wish I could have learn more about the science of the business.


  8. SLB employer

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    Pros

    Offers great benefits and great pay. I was able to work with some of the best people in the industry.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities limited unless you are willing to relocate.


  9. Helpful (2)

    First Class Training

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Schlumberger invest millions in training employees to be the best in the oil industry. I benefited from an excellent fixed step technical / leadership training program, which really boosted my career. Lots of travel. I lived in 6 different countries over 3 years! I don't know of many companies that provide an internationally mobile career like Schlumberger

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor if you have a family. Lots of intense work and not enough time to relax. I was constantly on the move (I didn't mind much as I was young, single and eager to learn back then) Schlumberger is renowned for its hire n fire approach during down turns. They do not waste time in cutting off employees during rough times and end up losing some of their best people to the competition as a result.

    Advice to Management

    People are the company's number one asset. Learn from your mistakes and view your employees as living beings not just numbers on a spread sheet, that should be deleted once there is a decline in the oil price.


  10. Discipline required, but rewarding experience.

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Engineer in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Laboratory Engineer in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing minds to work with. There's lots of training and personal development that goes into each individual. Management is very reasonable.

    Cons

    Individuals have to be self motivated and proactive about their personal and career development. If you put in the effort, it is a rewarding experience.


  11. maintenance technician

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Midland, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    plenty of overtime, higher pay for regular maintenance, uniforms and personal protective equipment provided, monthly tool allowance, good benefits, and 401k.

    Cons

    constantly changing schedule, poor management, such as wrong personality type as crew leads, nepotism is alive and well in midland management, poor stock kept of consumables, forced transfers to other cities and states, while wanted transfers are denied. there is talk of work life balance, but if you try to put it into practice, it will be held against you. of course these high standards do not apply to the policy makers.

    Advice to Management

    the golden rule, do unto others.... do not just act like you care, actually care, try to imagine how you would feel if you had to live with the decisions and changes you made applied to you.



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