Schlumberger Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
1,400 Reviews

3.7
1,400 Reviews
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Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding Career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Get to play with the latest and greatest technology when your project funds allow it. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Budgetary constraints limit progress. Some people are promoted based on ethnicity/ nationality and/ or gender alone. This creates hostility and slows projects down due to having individuals in positions that do not belong there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote based on ethnicity, nationality and/ or gender, promote based on qualifications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    You work with great knowledgeable people in almost every field.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Great project which requires lot of technical knowhow in many scientific domains.

    Cons

    It is worldwide company so working across lot of different time zones.

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    LONG HOURS BUT GOOD PEOPLE

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician I  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician I in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not much of a balance as far as work and family, work long hours but get 3 to 4 days off.
    Long hours but great pay and good people.
    Lots of prior military
    A lot of training and help to ensure success

    Cons

    Long hours
    Not a lot of communication between managers inside and the shop floor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Value's people
    Focus on technology, and lot of scope for learning.
    Training is one of the best in the industry.
    Lot of experts in the organization

    Cons

    Hiercharchy can be suffocating, lot of paperwork

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting research, nice people, a lot of interns together

    Cons

    very low return offer rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great if your an Engineer, not so great if your anything else.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    You will definitely learn who you are and what your capable of, also have a chance to travel and see things you never thought you would. The technology is top notch at SLB, probably my favorite trait of the company.

    Cons

    Thing working for a big company is great? Wrong, your just another number. You work for a company that always tries to instill values and make you a model employee. But, when it comes time for a raise or promotion, forget it. They're all talk. I made the lowest pay out of my friends straight out of college, still holds true today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn where the value is in the company. Maybe focus on something bigger than saving money,getting your pip for meeting your objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    9years, learned a lot. Satisfied with culture., hope on salary side also

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    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible life here. As long as satisfied with work schedule

    Cons

    Compensention is not good at all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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