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Core Laboratories Reviews

Updated April 14, 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)

  • Great co-workers, steady work, great benefits (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Management isn't the best and there is a high turnover (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - No micromanagement
    - Full responsibility on operation

    Cons

    - Neglected manager
    - No clear business vision

    Advice to Management

    - Training


  2. "If you have no other options, then this might be a good company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Core Lab employees get paid less and receive less benefits BUT, there is [SOME] increased job security at Core Lab vs. at operating companies within the oil and gas industry. Up to 4% company match with your 401k contributions.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for training/professional development. Very few opportunities for promotion within the company. Favoritism is the norm. Horrible location off 290 surrounded by strip clubs. No paid family or medical leave offered to employees. Merit raises discontinued indefinitely since 2014 due to poor market conditions. No cash bonuses. Health insurance benefits are not competitive with other companies. Culture is very "old school," much like a "Boy's Club." Some very creepy men work here!

    Advice to Management

    It is time to restart merit raises in order to boost employee morale.


  3. "Lab Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Nederland, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Nederland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy place to work, low stress environment. Family atmosphere. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Crude oil can be messy, instrumentation and testing methods need brought up to date.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual work atmosphere, Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Low pay, Erratic hours and duties, Creepy older male managers


  6. "Could be better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant II in Channelview, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant II in Channelview, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is family friendly with great benefits.

    Cons

    There is no accountability when employees are treated unfairly.


  7. "Machinist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenpool, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenpool, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Including Vision,Dental, Health Insurance. Payed time off. Sick pay.Flexible working Hours. Shop Is heated and air conditioned.

    Cons

    When Core Lab bought out Timco they kept on the original owners. Bad decision. The manager who was a former partner allowed personnel from Timco to harass and intimidate the newer employees if they went to him because of you you were called into the office. But, if you went to him because of them he told you just to get along with them as good as possible. He told someone that if anyone went over his head to HR he would get rid of them.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people equally. Get rid of the trouble makers.


  8. "Operations staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start as a fresher , looking to gain some experience ,

    Cons

    Recruitment or opportunities are not based on merit , big gap between highly experienced staff , most are not professional

    Advice to Management

    Employment should be awarded not to the cheapest , but the most suitable applicant , after rigourous rounds of interviews


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start, grow elsewhere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to gain lab experience in oil & gas, facilities and lab equipment, benefits were decent, had the opportunity to travel and experience being on an offshore rig

    Cons

    Management is lacking in areas, specialized training was limited to a select few, office gossip, very weak employee structuring, managers did not motivate their employees on a consistent basis

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees before you lose them to your competitors


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere. Long lasting employees. Loyal to employees. Saybolt's mission to provide added value to customers and stakeholders. Integrity and reliability.

    Cons

    Management changes and lack of marketing has put company in a serious decline with business. Competition has completely taken over.

    Advice to Management

    Hire proper management that can manage locations


  11. "Assembly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Assembly Technician/Supervisor in Owasso, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Assembly Technician/Supervisor in Owasso, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Core Laboratories (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    Business has been slow during the current lack of drilling

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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