Schlumberger Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
1,461 Reviews
3.6
1,461 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 32 reviews)

  • This company has a best Training program for its employees, Good HSE program and other Benefits (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it (in 207 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place for starting in the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger part-time

    Pros

    Good place to start in the industry. Good training program, standard benefits and vacation policies, opportunities for international career if willing to move around

    Cons

    Compensation not the best in industry, easy to get lost among number of people, very poor retention record, work-life balance can be a challenge, high deductible health plan (at least in USA), promotions can be based on connections instead of merits sometimes. Generally no green card sponsorship for internationals -- major reason for people leaving to competition. Once or twice in a year its done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no point in hiring and spending so much money on training for internationals unless they are provided a chance to build a personal life such as the citizens. They will just end up leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    You career can go anywhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Williston, ND
    Current Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Williston, ND

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, international locations, multinational culture, great benefits, decent salary and great bonuses, you have a lot of say in where your career goes in terms of location and function

    Cons

    Lifestyle is tough, you live in remote places, 24/7 on-call is tiring, you need to be easily mobile (they can move you whenever), very high workload, high stress due to the time-sensitivity of operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is always a challenge with Schlumberger. Your life can be absorbed by Schlumberger if you are not careful. Management should work to address the high attrition rate and create a better environment for work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work hard while gaining experience of a lifetime

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    money, travel, diversity, experience, people

    Cons

    must be in position to commit to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    New FST in the cement department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FST Cement
    Current Employee - FST Cement

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for and be with long term. Good advancement programs

    Cons

    Sometimes the work schedule and work load can be a bit much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer bonus to office personal with heavy work loads

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Got hired on in April for Wireline and have been going through a very well renowned training process that speaks volumes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Bonus, work with people your age.

    Cons

    Burns you out, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase base pay, wireline is the reason schlumberger got into business and it's possibly the most demanding of all services they provide

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Supply Chain Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    -Accomodation & transport provided during internship.
    -Project are challenging for 3 months period and are real world problem.
    -Socials organised by HR is great

    Cons

    -Nothing worth complaining.
    - Workload can be excessive even for intern period, but it can be good or bad depending upon what you want.

  8.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Schlumberger is a very big company with more than a hundred thousand employees worldwide, and it is the world-leading oilfield services company, offering great career pathways.

    Cons

    Sometimes it might be a con for some people If you are not willing to travel much or relocate often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    Schlumberger is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    They do not pay as high as other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review employees pay and make competitive with other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company has great compensation, lots of training and many opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Their benefits package (Health) could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve health benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A company that knows what it is doing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA

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

    Pros

    -Leader in oilfield services (for a reason) - their culture and values helps to maintain that top position.
    -Outstanding training.
    -Good career development.
    -Emphasis on safety that goes beyond lip service.

    Cons

    -Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it.
    -Some districts will not offer the experience you will get in others. Especially if you are in a very variable segment such as wireline you will want to be in a good district.
    -A few too many strong A-type personalities for my liking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing a great job getting values down to the new hires. Keep doing what you are doing. The job doesn't work for everybody, but that's OK.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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