Schlumberger Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. industrial engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    growing in technology, and very fast growing company

    Cons

    i haven't had a bad experience


  2. Helpful (2)

    Technology leader but overburdened by process

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sugar Land, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A very skilled, diverse and motivated workforce make it an exciting and engaging environment to work in. The company has unmatched resources to support the development of new technology and the deepest technical resource pool in the industry.

    Cons

    The size and complexity of the management structure place many constraints on the what employees can do. The processes that have been put in place to ensure quality and reliability have have created a culture that is very risk-averse. Reporting to multiple functions and multiple approvals required for many decisions means that team leads and middle managers spend much of their time on administrative tasks rather than leading their teams. The company culture is not open to discussing the approach to managing the company, and communication flows only down the chain of command.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage dissent and foster a real debate within the company about how the goals of the company should be achieved. The company looks very different from the bottom up than from the top down. If management saw clearly how initiatives work "on the ground" management initiatives would be much more effective.


  3. Huge Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - WY - Wyoming in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - WY - Wyoming in Cheyenne, WY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Leading technology company in oilfield industry. If you are a top tier employee you should be fine.

    Cons

    High Turnover rate average and below employees will not last during a industry downturn.


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  5. Schlumberger

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - South Division Warehouse Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - South Division Warehouse Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger has many excellent job opportunities all over the world along with their great benefits. They believe in promoting from within therefore if you are a hard worker you will be rewarded. I have been fortunate to experience both sides of the spectrum both as an up-and-comer as well as the manager evaluating the talent and work ethic.

    Cons

    As in any Oil & Gas Industry there can be many long days, especially in middle and upper management. As a mid-level manager for one of the larger oil and gas companies in the world the workload had a direct impact on family time.

    Advice to Management

    During my tenure I was disappointed with the lack of local facility visits by upper management. There was also a lot more emphasis put on the negative aspects of the business and very little communication of the positive to the teams.


  6. Schlumberger review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Schlumberger offers great opportunities for training as well as valuable experience. The company name itself will get you through many doors. Also extremely accommodating in terms of work-life balance.

    Cons

    Because it is such a big company, management is very resistant to change. Even when change does happen, it happens extremely slowly. Be prepared for a lot of frustration.


  7. Great Start

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Directional Driller in Houston, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great entry into the Oil and Gas industry. The best training you can get.

    Cons

    Too Many clicks. You will only be a number in a very large corporation. Work way to many hours.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of using People, Technology, and Profit as your company motto .... remember people.


  8. Technical Sales Support Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Career Opportunities and potential for growth

    Cons

    Poor Work/Life Balance and stressful environment


  9. Design Engineer II

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The well structured career advancement program gives a handy checklist and time frame for what you need to accomplish before your next promotion. Fun campus life with a much better work/life balance than field work.

    Cons

    The well structured career advancement program means that a lot of former level II engineers are now managers so meetings are hard to schedule and usually consist of a lot of levels of management providing feedback.

    Advice to Management

    More germination of ideas between departments. Trying to call departments outside your own tool-set to either share resources or ask how they solved a problem can be a nightmare.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Field Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Career mobility - Technical support - Big company - great benefits

    Cons

    - big company feel - very swayed by the businiess


  11. Project Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big and rich business company.

    Cons

    Unsecure in keeping people employed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more thoughtful to your employees



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