Schlumberger Reviews

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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 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it (in 203 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Back to the old Schlumberger!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement created from the constant up and down cycles of the oil industry. Do a good job and you get left alone to run your business. A great place to mentor young employees and see them succeed. Always something new and exciting to work on.

    Cons

    Although there is lots of room for advancement, its a minefield out there that can lead to a shortened career. Too many people only worried about covering their ass and finding a fall guy. Needs work on fixing the real cause and not the poor soul who finds the chink in the armor. Too many people think that to be successful means that you move every 2 years so you can kiss a new cheek and build your network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back off the multi levels of CYA for upper management and help support the people on the ground.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    A big company, but a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Schlumberger provides a huge amount of opportunity and responsibility right from day one. To add to that they spend a lot of time and money training you with skills that are both useful in your current job and that those that will translate very well into future positions. Turnover internally within the company is significant, its unusual for any professional to remain in a job for more then 3-4 years. Opportunities to move up are always around as a result. Not to mention any personality conflicts will be over with sooner rather than later as one of you will move on shortly.

    Cons

    Schlumberger is a HUGE company and while they make an effort not to be bogged down by red tape, it simply can't be avoided entirely. They'll keep you alive and safe but make you jump through a lot of hoops to get your job done properly. Also being in the R&D side of the company is sometimes frustrating as the view from many sectors is that the Field generates revenue and therefore carries the biggest stick. In competition for resources to get your job done we often lose out to Manufacturing as a result of pressure from the Field operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people retention.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Schlumberger is one of the best places to work in the oilfield, but work dominates life outside of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Great Diversity and extremely bright people recruited into the organization and in management. International opportunities are endless and many are challenging. Also a great opportunity in this company to work in so many parts of the business - HR, Engineering, Finance, Operations, QHSE, software development, Field, marine, water & co2, and seismic.

    Cons

    frequent travel, work-life balance is an issue that needs more top level management support. boom/bust nature of energy industry is challenging to some employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise people's work, communicate and delegate more effectively.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MWD in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - MWD in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    the pay is pretty good

    Cons

    Time away from home and family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relate to employees

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Schlumberger is a fine company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Most of the people with whom I've worked with at Schlumberger are very bright. Also, Schlumberger's international presence gives one an opportunity to travel and meet people from other cultures.

    Cons

    One's career progress is very heavily impacted by being in the right business unit--much more so than individual competence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of informing employees on their opportunities for mobility within the company. Not just what opportunities are available but also the process of finding and acting upon those opportunities. Being a large company, it's not always obvious how things are done within the company.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Schlumberger is a decent company to work for

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Diversity and international exposure in different countries. There's plenty of career choices in the company.

    Cons

    Advancement in the company heavily depends on who you know, not what you have done. Compensation is average comparing to other companies. Expect to see a large salary compression in the mid career level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a deep dive to see how things are going in the company. Don't just get info from the middle management.

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It takes more than a good salary to retain employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Bryan, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Bryan, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Schlumberger offers an extremely competitive salary compared to its competitors (e.g. FracTec, BJ, Halliburton). There are also tons of perks to working as an engineer in this company- housing assistance/stipend/payment, excellent benefits, etc. There is also plenty of opportunity to move around after a few years.

    Cons

    The work life "balance" is almost non-existent, or rather- completely one-sided. It's the oil and gas industry, a very fast-paced environment that requires a certain level of immediacy from an oilfield services company such as Schlumberger. Working 100 hrs a week wouldn't be so bad if there was more respect and recognition of the adaptability required in doing so form management. Also, there is no stability in terms of location- many field engineers move around once every couple of years as needed. It is for these reasons that retention is so poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep people in certain locations for longer than a couple of years. This is especially important in an industry in which there is so much variability in the workings of different locations. Experience in Anchorage Alaska becomes partially irrelevant when one moves to Bryan, TX with a completely different formation, and completely different dynamic. This is especially relevant for upper management. After mastering the politics and dynamics of one district, managers often essentially 'start over' at the new location. This creates cycles of poor management.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    SLB is a lifestyle and requires flexibility

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Career growth and ability to change functions within the company. SLB allows engineers to transistion in to rolls in personal, sales, management, markenting, technical, ect. You are not stuck in one division for life.

    Cons

    No work life balance and employees are relocated a lot (sometimes not always to the nicest places). Transferes sometimes come out of the blue and with very little time (about 1-2 weeks) to sell your house and start in a new city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize they need to do something about the work life balance. employees are asked to devote all their time to work and the company. some field engineers work over 100 hours a week and upper management does not seem to notice. this is expected. i also feel if someone is single, their free time is seen as disposible because that seems to be the only reason to go home to them.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great salaries/bonuses. 100% work/0% life balance as a field engineer.

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

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    You can expect a high salary right off the bat. The company makes a ton of money and is well respected by their clients. Field work gets you direct exposure to the client, so you become in essence the spokesman for the company.

    Cons

    If you're doing any kind of field work for the company, don't expect to maintain a personal life. Field work is typically more suited for younger employees or the "retired" types. But if you pay your dues and stick with the company through thick and thin, you can be rewarded in the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value time off for employees. An employee with proper work/life balance will benefit the company in the long term.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Was a great company to work for... not anymore.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    International exposure, top technology, cultural exposition. Great opportunities to develop, many different areas to grow to.

    Cons

    No personal life, transfers way too often that do not allow development of family life, personal considerations not considered, remuneration is better with operators or competitors. It is not worth it anymore to go around the world when same salary can be made at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Make it clear that support functions are to support operations, not the other way around. FSMs, Ops Managers have all the responsibility in the world, but have no authority.
    2. Stop transferring people every 18 months, its a waste of money. SLB employees now take every job as a step for the next one, do not focus on the job at hand.
    3. Due to the way SLB runs its business, the best people remain in same position for longer, the worst employees get the transfers and promotions.
    4. Give the job to the best person, regardless of color, race or gender.

    Recommends
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