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Schlumberger Reviews in Weston, WV

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3.6 5 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard

Paal Kibsgaard

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100% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Field Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Weston, WV

    ProsGood pay. Really cool and valuable company. Some cool people. Good investment in employees

    ConsWork you A LOT. People live their work. Move you to the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you aren't doing a great job, you're going to get fired, because that's how Schlumberger runs things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, but management likes to keep you in the dark

    Field Engineer (Current Employee) Weston, WV

    ProsGood pay, good time off (you need it), fun people to work in the field with in most cases, you get really close to your co-workers

    ConsWork can become your life, hard to take vacation outside of days-off, your days on are "on", work can come in waves, and your sleep the opposite. Very hard lifestyle, esp. for younger people because many of the locations are not near nice cities

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on employee lifestyle more and keep employees more current with the situation in their district

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good values with bad management

    Field Engineer (Former Employee) Weston, WV

    Pros- corporate culture
    - extensive training (sometimes worryingly extensive for some people)
    - competitive work environment
    - career opportunities

    Cons- bad choice of managers
    - very large company
    - multiple management lines
    - unbalanced workload with unbalanced pay (bonus)

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing a large company leads Schlumberger to loose corporate culture at some point, especially when people got higher in management levels. They start to have an almighty feel with little experience and leading/managing capabilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work for engineers who get bored easily.

    Field Engineer (Current Employee) Weston, WV

    ProsPretty good pay right out of college, there are a lot of opportunities for advancement in most parts of the company. Engineers are treated much better than other employees, and the company really is committed to having quality engineers in every job. Whether that is achievable is another issue.

    The company wants you to learn to do your job better, then move you into a new place where you can try something new. It is pretty hard to get bored as and Engineer. Two years in a job at one place and then a transfer is the expected schedule, with some variations based on the market at the time.

    Academic performance is not at all correlated with job performance, in my experience. Your work will only be tangentially related to what you studied in undergrad. This is a hands-on job where reasonable assumptions are used to make reasonable estimations, things are never done by a set formula. Lots of times the calculations take a back-seat to getting a diesel engine running properly, diagnosing an electrical problem, or fixing a hydraulic malfunction.

    While staying with the company can lead to a long and successful career, it is also a great training program for the rest of the industry. Getting a job after a successful 3-5 year stint at Schlumberger is easy.

    ConsThere are long hours and early mornings regularly. Days off are iffy - depending on where you are and what the market is like you may not get any. Fifty hour stretches of non-stop work are not unheard of, and one hundred hour weeks can be expected. If you have researched working at Schlumberger even a little bit, you know that it is not a 9-5 job. Take that statement to heart. But there is a certain pride that comes from working the hours that are required, but this can be easily overlooked in the moment of exhaustion.

    The company is gigantic, and there are rules and checklists for every single step in a job. The job of Field Engineer means ensuring that these policies are fully followed. It can be a huge amount of work in a busy district that is short on people (most all of them).

    The US oilfield is significantly different than the rest of the world, but the company operates roughly the same everywhere. This has its benefits, but largely makes working in the US more cumbersome as the staffing levels in the US are much lower than everywhere else. An engineer fills in the gaps - sometimes working as a hand, a mechanic, an accountant, and a manager all in one day.

    If you are not mechanically minded, a job in the field will probably be largely baffling. Every job uses extremely complicated tools and machinery, and understanding the operation of all of it is necessary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat field personnel like gold. Engineers don't add a lot to the bottom line if the work isn't getting done by committed hands and supervisors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    personeel life-what ever never happen

    Directional Driller (Current Employee) Weston, WV

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsTime 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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