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Core Laboratories Reviews

Updated April 28, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Do not join!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly co-workers. They pay reasonably well. A few good managers.

    Cons

    Bad management, environment, health and safety.
    They will try to force you to do extra hours and discourage you from going to family emergencies.
    If you get injured you better come to work. Eg: Someone crushed their hand and was expected to come to work even while they were high from pain killers.
    You can get fired for no reason; mainly favoritism.
    You are ether waiting for management to get you work, or expected to multi-task several rush jobs.
    Unhappy workers. One half of the laboratory left, the other half was fired.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your workers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "HR department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outside of the HR department, there are a lot of good people in the company.

    Cons

    Shabby management, disregard for company policies and procedures. Sweat shop environment. Senior manager has her own way of doing things and plays favorites within the group.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "CNC Machinist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Numerical Control in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Computer Numerical Control in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Core Laboratories (More than a year)

    Pros

    Only pro, really, was the work schedule. IF you could get on days!

    Cons

    Horrible miss management. Laid off random people. A ton of promises that never happened.

    Advice to Management

    Keep people who learn numerous machines, who offer to learn more. Not people stuck on one that they hardly know how to run


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Good team members. Horrible management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance
    Good colleagues
    Close to major freeways

    Cons

    Politics by HR
    Absolutely no career growth for 90% of employees
    No bonuses
    No promotions
    No credit for exceptional work
    Worst upper level management
    No health programs whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    Respect employees who put in years of experience for the company. If not for the employees' sake retain the loyal ones at least for the company's sake. Watch for devious manipulative employees in HR and Payroll.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "For Investment purposes only"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Core Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice commute to work; overtime opportunites are fair

    Cons

    Advancement is strictly based on how friendly you are to management. Your work ability and experienced gained is irrelevant if you are not friends with the manager. This is proven by evaluating the management is certain areas and observing how little knowledge they have. Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as you would like to be treated. Remember that they are adults just as you are. Be the change that the company needs.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "BEWARE!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and decent benefits. Good company to invest in but not a good place to work

    Cons

    Management does NOT care about its employees. Lots of turnover! Difficult management to deal with...Avoid unless you are desperate for s job. Be prepared to leave at any time as they love to let people go!

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "You'll learn, and want to get away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supervisor was great! Some people are rather friendly. They will take just about anyone that wants a job. You learn good things, like how to cover your butt when the managers mess up. The fear you get from getting fired for no reason will make you a good workaholic. Diverse work environment.

    Cons

    Managers ranged from adequate to bad. You can get fired for doing what you are tolled to do. Health and safety is not important to the managers. Example is they prevent you from wearing gas masks when dealing with toxic chemicals. Or if you are injured and on serious pain meds they still expect you to come to work. Bad atmosphere in more than one way. Depending on where you work you could be expected to work harder than others while getting paid the same or less. Poor leadership. Poor work life balance. Example, they discouraged me taking time off to go to a funeral, and then fired me not long after I came back.

    Advice to Management

    Improve or liquidize and give the money to the workers at the bottom.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "High turnover rate, and they like it that way."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Core Analyst I in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Core Analyst I in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat good money for someone just starting out.

    Cons

    Travel 80% of the time. Not open to anything but contract employees.

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees feel valued.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "RUN FROM THIS PLACE!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Core Analyst I in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Core Analyst I in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The building is fairly new and you get to have your own cubicle.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about their employees and will make money any way they can. People who are new hires are getting paid more than people who have been there for years. The equipment and machines are always breaking down, and instead of paying for new equipment, management will try to use old parts from even older machines (and it still won't work). They will also expect for you to get work done even with no machines, and have you work overtime because they don't want to pay for new equipment. They only hire through temp/staffing agencies. Then after being "hired" on they want you to do another three months of probation (keep in mind that you've already done 6 months with the temp agency). This shows a lack of trust in their employees. Their pay is not competitive with other oil and gas companies or oil and gas service companies. Management talks about you behind your back and they're racist and sexist. All of the employees excluding upper management, hate working there. If u want to be underpaid, devalued, and treated like a dog, core labs is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    You all need psychiatric help.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Great stock investment....but horrible place to work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to invest in. Great stock to own!

    Cons

    Bad work environment. It is very apparent that management only cares about their wallet...management does NOT care about its employees. Everyone outside of management is easily replaceable according to management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. Reward employees for their contributions. Also, it is the little extras that raise employee moral and makes people feel appreciated for their efforts...Actions speak louder than words!


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