Schlumberger Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Good

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    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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  2.  

    Schlumberger is a fine company to work for.

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    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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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big name, small reality.

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    Current Employee - I'd Rather Not Disclose Due to Concern About Anonymity  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - I'd Rather Not Disclose Due to Concern About Anonymity in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    It's a good way to enter the industry. Unlike many employers they are (or were before the current crash in oil prices?) willing to hire younger employees and invest substantially in their training. They offer many travel opportunities -- one even hears rare stories of travel to Paris (as opposed to the more common location in -- take your pick -- ND, OK, TX, etc.). Most of my fellow employees are intelligent and friendly, although it's such a large organization it's impossible to know if this is uniformly the case. And hey -- the company stock has lost roughly half its value in the past three months and they haven't fired anyone yet, so it certainly could be a lot worse.

    Cons

    The organization is very, very large. It's important to emphasize that -- as a relatively junior employee, it's easy to get lost. The place can be quite bureaucratic and is full of rules, regulations etc. -- keeping up with all the paperwork can be draining, especially when you're still expected to keep up with an ample workload. And about that workload -- it can be intense, especially for field personnel. The pay really isn't sufficient to cover the hours I put in, although there are many jobs within the organization which are better paid than mine. And finally, as a critique of the industry more than a problem with Schlumberger per se, at the end of the day you're little more than a technician. There are only so many iterations of the same problems, a pretty constant set of solutions and devices which Schlumberger sells to solve them, and once you've seen them all (or even just most of them) it gets pretty boring and pretty routine. Creative thinkers would be better served somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to tone down the bureaucracy and red tape. Sure, most of it is well intentioned or in the name of safety, but the fundamental fact is that they ask their employees to put in extremely long hours in dangerous and dirty situations for what is (in my case at least) the bare minimum of pay. When I get home, I don't want to jump through hoops, and I don't want to fight to find an HR representative to work out the most basic of issues. That's just plain frustrating.

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  5.  

    personeel life-what ever never happen

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    Current Employee - Directional Driller  in  Weston, WV
    Current Employee - Directional Driller in Weston, WV

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    The trainig that you recieve. If you become upset with SLB anyone else in the business will hire you because you have been trained by SLB.

    Cons

    Time off is limited to none. SLB has just enough employees to handle the jobs they have and no more, so when they do take on more work that just means less time off for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You seem to get more feedback for mistakes than doing good. So if you do not hear from upper management you must be doing half way good.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Schlumberger is a decent company to work for

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    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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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It takes more than a good salary to retain employees

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    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.

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  8.  

    good company

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Schlumberger provides lots of opportunities to move around within corporation. It is a perfect fit for people who will get bored after doing something for a while.

    Cons

    A lot of emotions going on here, not just professional. Senior managers monitor persons too much, instead of monitoring projects or achievements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should only deal with problems not the persons.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    SLB is a lifestyle and requires flexibility

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    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.

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  10.  

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

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    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.

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    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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