Schlumberger Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,411 Reviews
3.7
1,411 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture and diversity was amazing

    Cons

    Low level of work at Pune office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    More Like a University

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Rosharon, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Rosharon, TX

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

    Pros

    Almost limitless opportunities to learn from some of the best and brightest in the business. Always equipped with the best tools you need to do your job. Open, friendly management.

    Cons

    Can be very demanding. Burnout a possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the outsourcing. You're killing your quality and your employees' motivation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - General Field Engineer  in  Evanston, WY
    Former Employee - General Field Engineer in Evanston, WY

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

    Pros

    Worldwide training and unique work, great people most of the time. Structured

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to assert yourself to maintain a work life balance. Sometimes encouraged to take a transfer or other position because it's "good for your career", not necessarily what you want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't burn out your employees, they will move mountains. Work with people more to find transfers that make sense for both employer and employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to intern. Work hard, play harder!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart and brilliant people in the houston tech center.

    Interns get a lot of support from colleagues and management. We had an intern innovation forum this summer (along the lines of Google's 80:20) with some very exciting projects and outcomes! As far as software goes, Ive met interns working on just about everything - right from algorithms heavy c/c++ to web development and everything in between. Software takes a prominent role in Schlumberger and they are not shy about investing in it!

    software interns were housed at the brilliant hotel in the galleria area in Houston, also close to work ~ 2miles.

    Work/Life balance was good! Quite a few happy hours, official intern events + interns organizing their own!

    Cons

    can't think of any cons for interns. well if there is one, its perhaps that the salaries dont match those of the silicon valley heavy weights!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    very nice.

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    Current Employee - CNC Manchinist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - CNC Manchinist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    the best coworkers and I work 1st shift

    Cons

    to many family working in the same location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new manager that aren't related to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Learning Culture

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  France, ID
    Current Employee - Project Manager in France, ID

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

    Pros

    Nice international place to work.

    Cons

    Cut off from outside world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ok

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Long, long hours. Great training, excellent pay for position. Fantastic people and technology.

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    Current Employee - Microseismic Geophysicist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Microseismic Geophysicist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Pay was high enough I paid off student loans in 3 years.
    Learned to handle real time operations in a growing specialty.
    Saw parts of the country and the world I would never have seen otherwise.
    Really good people, really strong safety culture.

    Cons

    Management really cheaps out when it comes to adding new personnel in some parts of the company but adds freely in other segments.
    Training was really hard to make time for when you're running lots of 12-hr shifts.
    I picked up so many night shifts that even middle-to-upper management was noticing and remarking on it (not normal for what is supposed to be a desk job, but that's the life in a real time data processing specialty).
    Sometimes it's hard to maintain a social life and be a decent person others want to be around if you're constantly sleep deprived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open the purse strings more when justified for adding staff or upgrading computers and furniture. Up til the day I left the company, I still used a six-year old laptop for some critical job tasks and mismatched computer monitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    overall good experience but this company doesn't care too much about operators

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    Current Employee - Equipment Operator (Frac)  in  Von Ormy, TX
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator (Frac) in Von Ormy, TX

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

    Pros

    paid training in the best facilities possible, paid cdl training, ability to learn new equipment (depending on your supervisor)

    Cons

    lack of care by upper management for lower level employees (operators) and much more care and consideration for Engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    frac operators make a lot of money for the company. learn to treat them better and you won't have a revolving door of new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big corporation where people get lost in the system, bad managers get away with breaking all policies

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training programs, structured careers (until you complete approximately 5 years seniority) and then it is up to your ability to network or be lucky enough to get a manager who cares about your development.
    Good systems, knowledge management, technical careers.
    Diversity is motivating and probably the reason why people stay.

    Cons

    If you are part of the structured career there is visibility of your career progression the first 5 years. After that, even when you have systems to list your preferences and a meeting where you are supposed to come up with a plan for development, you can get the job you didn't want to do. This is not necessarily bad...but the culture is sink or swim, predatory and not much mentoring going on. The International population is tied to their work visa so they work longer hours, accept any assignment, do whatever they can to keep their job as they do not want to be sent back to their home country. Also, if you are a woman you can be favored just because they want to increase their diversity. That is not necessarily good, your peers will hate you and make your life hell. If you are American or have the freedom to go somewhere else, you will soon realize you can find better opportunities at an Oil Company and better pay, benefits and lifestyle. Schlumberger is good for learning (some people in my group would call it SLB University) but then move on. If you are a foreigner, they will not sponsor your green card. They have started to do that for some very technical people but it is random and driven by friendships with HR.
    Also, in support positions (Finance, HR, Supply Chain, etc..) you can end up stuck for years in the same job as there is no clear development plan. The Company is becoming so big that the "human" part is lost, people are put in management roles with no people skills or interest in developing others. Bad managers get away with breaking all the policies and rules and the ethics line is useless. It is NOT confidential and you ALWAYS end up being retaliated against. Again, good systems but they are not used correctly, there is a lot of corruption that cannot be reported.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk, join and stay because of the "idea" you sell of Schlumberger, the diversity and the friendships they make. But that cannot hold them forever, little by little that shiny image and the colorful pictures fade and you see the reality. Bad managers, systems that do not work, bureaucracy and little regard for the communities where you work. You should monitor the performance of your managers, there is no way to gather feedback from employees and they end up doing whatever they want. The ethics line is useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to work in until retired

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Good collegues, freedom in work, care about safety & environment, opportunities to work around world

    Cons

    Health insurance becomes worse and worse as company grows

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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