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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,559 Reviews
3.7
1,559 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 32 reviews)

  • Good training as you will attend at least one school per year (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it (in 210 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.  

    The work is interesting and always something new to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, paid vacations, holidays off, teamwork, culture, diversity

    Cons

    Not knowing when the job is leave, but overall No cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good. Only time will tell

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Field Specialist in Houma, LA
    Current Employee - Junior Field Specialist in Houma, LA

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Good benifits, pays very well.

    Cons

    Long hours. If u like money it's the job for u

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication dose wonders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manufacturing Intern

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Very organized internship
    they have a good intern project ready before you start
    a lot of intern activities to meet with other interns from other locations

    Cons

    Houston is too hot and humid in summer :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Recruiting

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Great experience, Great recruiting team

    Cons

    none, overal experience was great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    SLB sis department review

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

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

    Pros

    Extensive training provided. Life work balance

    Cons

    The salary is lower than the market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Bureaucratic, micromanaging, HR has too much power

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    There are online bulletin boards for technical questions/discussions available to global technical employees.
    Decent benefits package

    Cons

    HR is too powerful at this company! There are no internal job postings. Instead, HR comes around and tells people when and where to go. You have no choices. Even managers have little say in who works for them. There are no promotions within. People are brought in from another location who don't know diddly about the kind of work a department does and asked to lead that department. Then they force the department to change the way things are done, and it simply does not work. Customers get mad and take their business elsewhere.

    Forget this company if you are over 50. Blatant, blatant age discrimination is rampant all over this company. Even when economic times are good, people of certain ages are pushed out the door for no reason. Along with them goes a lot of talent, knowledge, customer relations, and business savvy. There is no real structure to mentor and pass along this knowledge to their successors. Shame on this company for wantonly breaking age discrimination laws and getting away with it.

    It is cumbersome to get anything done because of all the bureaucracy and forms and approvals needed. A prime example is purchasing. Only certain people have the power to buy anything. If you are out in the field, you cannot go up the road to Home Depot and buy a wrench to fix a pump. You have a P-card, but you can't use it for anything besides meals and travel expenses. Try to use it at a hardware store and it is turned down.

    This company is so micromanaging that they even tell you how you should park your car!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more empowerment to the employees. We are are professionals and do not deserve to be treated like children. Let us decide for ourselves where we want to work and how long to stay there, and let HR do their real job, which is handling benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Darlington, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Darlington, PA

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

    Pros

    The pay is on par with other oilfield services companies, benefits package is best in the industry

    Cons

    Nothing outside of other con's for another oilfield job. Reason or shine, day or night 7 days a week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Come here to learn, leave here to get paid

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the few companies that still does *engineering* inside the United States

    Cons

    - Cowboy politics
    - H1Bs severely underpaid and 'enslaved' through international mobility programs.
    - US workers paid even less than H1Bs.
    - Non-mid-career hires severely penalized by Advance Program (oxymoron).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of your top technical talent is fleeing your company (after you don't renew their H1B) and joining your competitors.

    Focus on employee retention (and compentation) so you don't have to spend so much money, time, and effort training college hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Draining Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    If you are willing to move, there are some opportunities to work in other locations, but be careful to evaluate the offer fully. Many in the senior management team are outstanding.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. The company will push you work at home, and on vacation, since the workload is more than one person can manage. If you don't go with the career path they want for you, you will be looked at negatively and treated negatively. Very controlling managers are promoted. Culture ignores unethical management practices and unstable managers for the sake of results. They will lie about opportunities to drive the interests of the business. Does not support innovation outside of the technical functions. A lot of big egos trying to get to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all functions with the value and respect that is expressed in the technical disciplines.

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

    Great company. Not quite fair across the board geographically.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Great training and career development opportunities.

    Cons

    Company unfairly takes advantage of local laws and regulations. Pay for some manufacturing positions in Mexico were so low they could be considered exploitation even though their American counterparts would in the $25usd/hour range. A 48 hour (max legal workweek) would pay less than $100 usd/week so go figure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal jobs in different countries should provide for similar quality of life when adjusted to the cost of living.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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