Schlumberger Reviews in Sugar Land, TX

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
1,445 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Multi-cultural. Demanding hard work. Mediocre salary and benefits. Not efficient due to a lot of bureaucracy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tool Physicist in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Tool Physicist in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    1. Multi-cultural: No one feels that s/he has to adopt a certain culture to succeed.
    2. Satisfying for hard workers.

    Cons

    1. Mediocre salary and benefits.
    2. Not efficient due to a lot of bureaucracy.
    3. Often cut corners due to lack of personnel.
    4. Management often saves money without long-term vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember that we should improve profit margins without sacrificing the quality control. Getting parts, components, and service in some parts of the world might be much cheaper. However, in the long run, it might not save us a lot of money, if we must have in-house quality control. Eventually this might hit our service quality and reputation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging Work with High Career Mobility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    What I love most about life in Schlumberger is the variety of both work, and the teams I have interacted with. I have had the opportunity to work in a number of different job roles & for different business segments which has accelerated my personal learning curve. I think that the main driver for my happiness in the organization have been the people; most are highly motivated individuals who are keen on supporting the team objectives.

    Cons

    On the product development side, there has been an increase in the amount of bureaucracy (possibly a necessity in such a huge organization), this coupled with a constant work volume and no change in the level of staffing has resulted in a increase in development time for some products. Ever changing scope requirements for products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prior to project/program kick off ensure that the business case for projects are well defined to avoid costly scope change later in the project development lifecycle. Ensure that entry level team leaders feel empowered to make decisions to avoid them becoming jaded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Extremely large OEM at the top of the Oilfield Services Industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    Well, this place is really nice. The training is immense, so are the people, the money, and the land in which they serve. I have had many people influence my work, and there are a large number of ethnic and international backgrounds all at work to create something. The culture and momentum at Schlumberger is something that I would find hard to keep at other companies that I have worked for. There is a lot of knowledge to be shared and a lot of money to go around.

    Cons

    People move around a LOT here, so there really isn't much tenure in any one position. Managers and "higher-ups" tend to take advantage of the new people and do not truly do much work because they are delegating (I guess you could call this a good manager, but it is sometimes hard to work hard when you do not see your superiors working hard as well). In dealing with so many people and processes, there are 10s of systems, methods and things to perform which do not necessarily add up to productive time.

    In the last 9 months, I have had over 8 weeks of training. Some of these things are redundant based on my degree. The company holds safety very high, but I took a training course on walking up and down the stairs - seems like overkill to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show up on time to meetings. If you set the meeting up or if the meeting is set up for you, please show up on time to set a good example for those around you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very technology forward company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Sugar Land, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with a team at the forefront of technology in the industry

    Cons

    Upward advancement can be a struggle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Tough objectives but great rewards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - R&D in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    I have been experiencing versatile assignments in an R&D position. You can significantly influence the area of your assignments if you could produce results. You can expect considerable ethnic / cultural diversity. This is partly because of the HR policy. The Company maintains its integrated culture by providing international assignments for those who are willing to move around.

    Cons

    The objectives are tough. Not too much time to work on details. The timelines are short and there is a continuous pressure to cut costs and increase margins. There is a nonstop improvement of methodology, systems, software, and reporting. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with the changes in the internal regulations, let alone the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With investing in the future, we could ease the pressure in the everyday rushes. This could help to overcome competitors too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company to start a career at.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Sugar Land, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked on with a great team, had great benefits. Great starter company

    Cons

    I had a bad manager who didn't listen to my concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in tune with your employees' needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Sugar Land, TX

    I worked at Schlumberger part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company , lots of opportunity to grow, great people to work with, lots of fun !

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of. I cant think of anything.

  9.  

    As an Intern, I have been treated very well and given transportation to work plus free room and board.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They seem to really care about and take care of their employees. They spend a lot of time and resources in training. The people who I worked with on my specific project really seemed to go the extra mile to give their reasoning behind what direction I should take on the project, as well as my future career.

    Cons

    Obviously, a large company will be slower at making any and all decisions. Sometimes the people above me were hard to reach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Job Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, many locations, advance oportunities

    Cons

    Lay offs, Salaries, Management, etc, etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, fair salary and beneifts

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management are receptive to feedback, diverse workload, motivated attitude among the employees. Good training program and management is committed to making sure nobody falls behind on their training. While this benefits them, it is beneficial to the employee, too, as raises and promotions are heavily tied to the training program for the first three years.

    Cons

    Work can be tied up in the bureaucracy associated with any company of this size.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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