Schlumberger Reviews

Updated July 29, 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. Helpful (1)

    Selling your soul for $120 K a year

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    To make a lot of money right out of school. Usually left alone to do your job. Managers try to communicate with personnel as little as possible so you can do pretty much whatever you want as long as you get the job done. Type of people that usually hire on are mostly really friendly and easy to get along with. Since they work you really hard everyone has this need to party hard when they have time off. So slb parties can get pretty crazy. Also, because your life is totally out of sync with the normal world you more than likely will get into a relationship with someone you work with because they are the only ones that can understand. However, slb does very little to do anything for duel career couples.

    Cons

    Not working with very intelligent people. Throwing your personal life away. Constantly having to C.Y.A. Getting dirty. It seems that they actually punish you in this company for having an education. Engineers who have at least a 4 year degree make about 20 to 30% less than "speacialists" who do the exact same job and but usually have a two year degree from an online University in anything. They tell you that engineers have a higher salary than specialists but what they don't tell you is they are not only treated better when it comes to time off because they are more "family orientated" but they also get a higher job bonus which is where the money is really at.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat the employee's as assets that can be replaced at anytime.


  2. Helpful (2)

    They will chew you up and spit you out.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a great 401k program, but you have to opt out of the pension program, if it even still exists.

    Cons

    Very Machiavellian environment and only for the thick-skinned. Not the kind of stress an employee needs in addition to what they are trying to accomplish. The "gray hair" older contingent don't understand the younger, more competent employees. Very professor/student in the relationships instead of a true team environment. Management will move you around the world. Don't think you can "choose" where you want to go. And they will chew you up and spit you out if you don't leave before they can. Simple as that.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are human. Treat them that way.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Married to the job...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech and Field Program in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tech and Field Program in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for travel if you like travelling. The bonus package is nice and if you are an American citizen you can actually get a given multiple (i forget what the formal name is) times your base salary.

    Cons

    You are basically married to the job and you stay at the field site for extended periods of time. You should also throw the notion of a 9 to 5 out the window. You can be called in at 2 am to make a 4hr drive.

    Advice to Management

    The management can do better.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Money isn't everything

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Midland, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It pays well for a out of college job. It provides great experience, if you can withstand it, for future jobs in the oilfield industry.

    Cons

    You have no life outside of work. Inexperienced management. Very poor morale, every job people have been discussing other offers and other jobs. The company doesn't seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like a disposable commodity, it may be the oilfield, but appreciation goes a long way. If morale was raised then everything would have been much better.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Loved the Job, Horrible management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Tyler, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Tyler, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like a challenge the job is great. Crazy hours, unpredictable schedule, good pay, difficult conditions, alot of responsability, and community college environment training classes.

    Cons

    The managment has objectives to meet and they have too much on their plate so tasks get passed down to the employees on tight schedules and unfairly split up among favorites and hard workers. If you cant handle the field life it seems that they promote you to a manager and then make everyone else pick up the slack. The management doesnt back up the employees at all. They expect you to stay within the rules - example not driving when you are tired for safety reasons - but if the job they want you to go to is a big job for a company they are trying to keep or worth some big money then you are expected to get there while they turn their head when you say you are tired or dont legally have the hours to drive and expect you to be there. "Out of sight, out of mind" When things are hitting the fan the managers are conveniently never around and if you go to the higher-ups then they say what they can to please you without resolving the situation at all. Dont waste your time here. College hires - they promise you the world, move you half way across the country and just when you get settled in they let you go. Dont believe the BS.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and give them time off when they would like to take it. You get tons of vacation time but good luck getting it. And dont mess around with your operators wives! Too many mangers and not enough hard working engineers in this company.


  7. Inconclusive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frac Operator in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Frac Operator in Shreveport, LA

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Theyre pay is great and they have good benefits

    Cons

    When youre working under SOS Staffing which is a job agency, they can terminate you for ANY REASON and dont have to tell you a thing. Many guys including myself were let go


  8. Helpful (3)

    Not a great place for those who plan to have a life outside of work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Midland, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ok pay Great Training This job is ideal for people who have no kids and don't plan to for the next 7 years. Single and not in a relationship. Loves to work nearly 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    Cons

    Managers are military like They do not like different ideas from their own plan to work 18-22 hours a day on an oil rig for 2-3 weeks straight without going home your personal life is shot to hell if you have children don't plan on having any quality time with them for the first 7 years


  9. Helpful (1)

    Initially enticing but overwhelmingly unrewarding.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cartographer in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Cartographer in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    To gain access to experts in the geothermal industry.

    Cons

    No management, minimal communication, no career path, extremely unbalanced allocation of work, and no training.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and consider the value they add to the company, balance the workload, train employees, and inform the staff of upper management decisions.


  10. V ery Disturbing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Elk City Wireline Operator in Elk City, OK
    Former Employee - Elk City Wireline Operator in Elk City, OK

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a Wireline Operator you will receive great training in the area of driving a commercial vehicle. Depending on your Senior Operator you may or may not receive competent wireline training. You will start off working through SOS Staffing which is a great way because you will be an hourly employee, so you will be paid from the time you go to a job assignment to the time you return. Great Money! You can actually make more than the Salaried Schlumberger Wireline Operators.

    Cons

    Safety Training and Driver Training when you first arrive leaves you with the idea that Schlumberger is living in the 21 Century unfortunately there is a huge bridge between corporate Schlumberger and the Field Operations members.You will be promised an excellent bonus structure when you roll over to Schlumberger which wont happen. The jobs that pay the best bonuses are given to the Senior Operators and not the junior ones. This will prevent you from progressing because of the complex nature of wireline operations, you need to experience those logging operations. So you will end up with a low salary plus bonuses which they claim will push your yearly total salary up. Most of the field engineers are kids in their 20's who in my experience showed little to no respect for the operators. I was expected to learn many things within my first year, however my Senior Operator allowed very little hands on experiences and was one of those who was probably treated poorly in his beginning and was determined to make his trainees suffer. He was very unprofessional in his conduct and would talk horrible about the other staff members. Management tolerated it because of his logging experience. It is to the Senior Operators advantage not to train you. When two operators go on a job if one is a salaried schlumberger employee while you are hourly his bonus isn't split with you because you do not receive job bonuses. However once you become permanent Schlumberger when you both go on a job the bonus is split between the operators and engineer. I recommend any operator to take his CDL training and go elsewhere, you will never be appreciated for your efforts. CDL drivers where i am at can earn 70-90 in the oilfield.

    Advice to Management

    Follow policy in regards to discrimination, harassment and learn to truly appreciate your workers otherwise you can fall like Enron.


  11. Not Worth Your Time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator Frac in Williston, ND
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator Frac in Williston, ND

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The paid for First Aid Cert, PEC Card, and H2S Cert.

    Cons

    They will let you go easily, even if your a new hire they fired 18 people in the training class during their mass lay off March 2, 2012. They force you to be on a staffing company for up to a year with no benefits or bonuses and will let you go in a mass lay off even with a year of dedication. They are quick to pay decent, but even quicker to let you out the door. Better off with a company that will stand behind its employees than its share holders.

    Advice to Management

    If someone is in training and you do a mass lay off, you should consider giving the new hires a chance to show their value rather than throw them to the wolves. You lost some good people to your competitors and knowing the SLB processes you can easily convince other companies in need of well services to switch companies when you fail to stand behind your employees who trust in you.



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