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Pacific Drilling Overview

Houston, TX
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (PACD)
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Pacific Drilling is an industry-leading offshore drilling company that provides global deepwater drilling services to the oil and natural gas industry through the use of high-specification drillships. Our corporate offices are located in Houston and Luxembourg, with offices in ... Read more

Mission: Pacific Drilling commits to be the employer of choice in the offshore drilling industry and to provide the tools and resources to enable our people to deliver consistently exceptional performance.

Company Updates

  • We're excited to announce Pacific Drilling has just been awarded a major contract with Equinor for the Monument prospect in the Gulf of Mexico!

    The Pacific Khamsin, one of our state-of-the-art deepwater drillships, is currently ramping up for the project. The contract is expected to run from November 2019 - January 2020 with an option to extend the contract for three more wells.

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    Equinor takes Pacific Drilling drillship for Monument prospect in Gulf of Mexico

    The Norwegian oil company Equinor has hired a drillship to drill the Monument prospect in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. By Bartolomej Tomic This was revealed by the offshore drilling contractor Pacific Drilling whose drillship Equinor has hired. The drillship in question is the Pacific Khamsin delivered by Samsung Heavy Industries in 2013.

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Pacific Drilling – Why Work For Us?

With our best-in-class drillships and highly experienced team, Pacific Drilling is determined to be the preferred deepwater drilling contractor.

Pacific Drilling S.A. is a growing offshore drilling company that provides global deepwater drilling services to the oil and natural gas industry through the use of high-specification drillships. Our corporate offices are located in Houston, Texas, with offices in Brazil, Luxembourg, and Nigeria.

Over the last eleven years, Pacific Drilling has grown into a successful, premium drilling contractor, currently with nearly 1,000 employees, and contracts with the highest-quality clients in the industry. We have one of the newest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. Our vessels are all state-of-the-art, high-specification drillships, which benefit from a proven design and highly developed construction techniques.

Throughout our development, Pacific Drilling has remained dedicated to becoming the preferred deepwater drilling contractor. We are committed to customer service and operating with the utmost integrity and focus on safety. We will continue to combine the strength of a large, well-capitalized enterprise with the agility and flexibility of a small solution provider to the benefit of our customers, suppliers, employees and the communities in which we operate.

As a thriving drilling contractor, we seek and hire dedicated, passionate people who want to grow with us. Imagine a company primed with potential, a challenging and supportive environment, and the most advanced ultra-deepwater drillships. If that vision is inspiring, Pacific Drilling may be the place for you.

Offshore Careers

Our offshore jobs offer you the opportunity to work on some of the most advanced ultra-deepwater drillships in the world. From our safety equipment to our crew accommodations, we provide a best-in-class experience. Each of our rigs has Wi-Fi, private bunk rooms, outstanding food service, and amenities like gyms and movie-viewing rooms. We are a fast-growing organization with a “small company” feel, and we need people who want to advance as the company grows. No matter where you work on the rig, you can make a positive impact on the company while working with industry leading equipment – every day.

Office Careers

Our office employees play a significant role in supporting our operations. We strive to hire those who are the best at what they do. We value people’s strengths and challenge them to make a difference within our organization.

We at Pacific Drilling have great expectations and aim to be the leader in our industry. We’ve built our consistent fleet of high-specification, deepwater drillships to address the changing offshore drilling industry. Employing dedicated people is key to providing safe, quality drilling services to our customers, so we seek those who are the best at what they do.

In our quest to become the employer of choice, we are committed to helping our employees achieve their top performance. Pacific Drilling is determined to develop the most capable and passionate team members, which is fundamental to our vision to be the preferred high-specification, deepwater drilling contractor.


To be recognized as the industry’s preferred high-specification, deepwater drilling contractor.


  • Proactive // Continually refining our approach to anticipate stakeholder needs
  • Accountable // Taking responsibility for our actions and performance as individuals and as a company
  • Customer Oriented // Striving to exceed customer expectations
  • Integrity // Acting honestly and fairly in all we do
  • Financially Responsible // Maximizing long-term value creation for our shareholders
  • Innovative // Seeking creative solutions in every aspect of our business
  • Community Focused // Ensuring a sustainable and positive impact on the communities where we work

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    I have been working at Pacific Drilling full-time


    small company, you're not just a number


    little room for growth, no career path

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Pacific Drilling Interviews



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    Materials Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pacific Drilling (Houston, TX).


    For an offshore position, this was an unusual hiring process. I interviewed with three people rather than one or at max two like most companies have done with me in the past. I actually got to interview with one of the senior materials guys on the rig, which I've never done before. The three people I interviewed with were actually from three different locations around the world, and had completely different functions. I interviewed with a recruiter from HR in Singapore, the rig storekeeper, and the supply chain director at the home office in Houston. They were all very professional, gave me some good information and answered my questions thoroughly, and asked me some good questions as well.

    Since then, they've been very fast and thorough about setting up my physical and occupational testing. They've all been very thorough about their hiring and benefits paperwork as well. There's a lot of paperwork to put together for these guys, but they've been very helpful in making sure it's as painless as possible. And they're very good with their communications, being quick to do so.

    Interview Questions

    • The most unexpected question was when their supply chain director asked me if I preferred structured or unstructured work environments, and how I handled organizational conflict and cultural diversity.   1 Answer


    Mine was very simple since I had already talked to so many people and so thoroughly covered everything. They made and offer, and I eagerly accepted it.

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