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Core Laboratories Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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Core Laboratories Chairman, President, and CEO David M. Demshur
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Pros
  • Overall, a great company to be a part of as a summer intern (in 6 reviews)

  • Science, interesting work environment, lots of freedom to plan out work schedule (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to maintain a a good work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay for lab positions, even skilled and hard-working staff will be passed up for promotion in favour of management favourites (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Low expectations"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits and 401k. When the market is on the upside there are merit raises and yearly raises after yearly reviews.

    Cons

    You don’t move up if you don’t work in the lab. People only care if you show up, not if you actually work or do your job correctly. Moral is low. After nearly five years I’m still an admin 1 and have had 1 raise. They don’t care about their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to support their employees, not let the rest of the company walk all over them.


  2. "Less Hierarchy"

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    Current Employee - Scared to Tell
    Current Employee - Scared to Tell
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good PTO and benefits, which is about it

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, little flexibility, suffocating environment for creativity

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all, not only your favourites

  3. "Lab Technician"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Somewhere to start and gain experience

    Cons

    Company has no good culture , management is bad, outdated and broken equipment, management does not introduce and implement changes, no training on communication skills, inspection and lab sections working against each other

    Advice to Management

    Management should constantly check on situation of things at different locations and ask for workers opinion.


  4. "Typical Oil and Gas Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    You get to take home an average level compensation paycheck.

    Cons

    Bad morale, overall management leads with negative reinforcement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't charge PTO to employees who were evacuated due to a Hurricane.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Petroleum Inspector"

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    Former Employee - Petroleum Inspector in Port Neches, TX
    Former Employee - Petroleum Inspector in Port Neches, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is laid back.
    Good about letting you get sleep sometimes... (read cons).

    Cons

    Most companies tell you to treat your position at the company as if it were your own business. However you cannot control what other people do I.E. damage equipment, or start a job and not do the necessary paperwork. Most people start this job as entry level because they are so desperate to find petroleum inspectors, they don't get any formal training and this leads to jobs being very unorganized and the more experienced people have to pick up this slack all the time. I can say from working at 3 different companies that none of them are different. They will suck the life from you. The worst part about this position is that you are on call 24 hours a day, even if you get the necessary amount of sleep you still might not have time for a shower or to eat etc. so you have to juggle between those things. If you are working to a point where you are too tired to drive, don't! It is not worth risking your life over... These companies need to learn the hard way. The turn-over rate is extremely EXTREMELY high! The reason for this is apparent.

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect to veteran employee's.
    Implement proper training programs for new employees instead of putting them into the field when they are not ready which causes more stress on the current employees and the staff in general.


  6. "Core analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Science, interesting work environment, lots of freedom to plan out work schedule

    Cons

    Low pay, slow to promote


  7. "Good experience. My supervisor was very helpful. I learned a lot in the time I was there"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were good. My supervisor was very understanding and willing to work with my schedule once I started attending school part time.

    Cons

    Compensation was not very competitive. Did not seem like it there were many opportunities to grow within the company. But it was a good company for an entry level technician.

  8. "Don't Trust These Folks"

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    Former Employee - Inspector I in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Inspector I in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    40 hr pay week, easy physical worl

    Cons

    Lies about how much you will travel, constant threats from management, you are responsible for EVERYTHING, they will force you to train on procedures that they refuse to follow......They will constantly threaten you over overtime pay and expenses.....and gladly hold up your pay for any reason

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and hire people, Tell people the truth about how much they will travel


  9. "Inspector 1"

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    Former Employee - Marine Cargo Surveyor in Ashland, KY
    Former Employee - Marine Cargo Surveyor in Ashland, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Guaranteed pay and a great launching pad. Training is great for other industries

    Cons

    Management is off site and never visited. Jib hours were very different day to day, and changed last minute. Employees are expected to travel and work out of town and to pay for everything and get reimbursed a few weeks later. This company is going under and the customers see it. The pay is terrible for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the problem by reviewing the people. Review pay.


  10. "Chemist I"

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

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    I don't know if have sometido one

    Cons

    The schedule, low salary and poor working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve the working conditions


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