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Core Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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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. "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.


  2. "Machinist"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "an average company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the management is fair. No too much office politics

    Cons

    Very dull and sluggish working atmosphere. Management has no vision and idea where the company is gonna to go.

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader rather than a watchdog.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Laboratory"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It great experience with oil analyzes

    Cons

    The lab contains alot of gossip and little training from experienced personell.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Perfect for entry level if you're desperate and will allow a Corp. to use you."

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    Former Employee - Core Analyst I in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Core Analyst I in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits.. maybe??? Experience in oilfield. Lots of networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Always gone on the road. Feels more like a truck driver job than scientist. irregular hours; when core is up, you're up. 95 % outdoors at the elements' mercy. Office environment is worse than 10th grade high school with all the politics and inappropriate interpersonal relations. Plenty of nepotism and hiring friends. Plenty of favoritism. Unequal opportunity and extremely hard to get ahead. All advancement opportunity, including safety training is at the discretion of a thick-headed manager. No oversight by corporate office unless it relates to profits or expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a friendly work environment. Use people to their skills and potential rather than favor select few. In every single business ethics text or HR text there is a statement along the lines of : "Happy employees = Productive Employees = Profitable Company"


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Decent pay but there is no job security. They will let you go anytime they want regardless of how long you've been there"

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    Current Contractor - Core Analyst I in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Core Analyst I in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Core Laboratories as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Unstable job security, there's no SOP for training. You'll be lost on your own at time


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Core Lab is a large multinational oil services company headquartered in Houston Texas."

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

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

    Pros

    The working environment for the most part is good. I found working relationships with other employees to be fairly good. I was able to form friendships and good working relationships with other employees.

    Cons

    Management has no apparent regard for employees. The only apparent concern of management is the company income. The majority of employees I know at Core Lab feel as though management would prefer they quit so under paid temporary employees can be hired as replacements.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to become aware that without quality employees they have no chance of providing quality service to clients. Employees need to feel valued by management or they will either not produce quality work or will quit and find employment elsewhere.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "It's not the same"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the ppl here are really nice and quite easy to get a along with. Easy to make long lasting friends because of the "common denominator".

    Cons

    Where do I even start. I use to love my job but after management changed it became very sneaky,secretive, and shady. I probably wouldn't recommend this company to anyone unless its for the experience.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep your employees, treat them well!


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Learn as much as you can and leave..."

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

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overtime which can be a downside as well

    Cons

    Compensation, work to life balance, no training, managers do not communicate, high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time developing and working with all employees not just a select few.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Bad management, negative atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, health and dental insurance, friendly coworkers, no working weekends or late nights, little questioning for vacation requests

    Cons

    Little to no management, supervisors micromanage, uncomfortable work environment, HR does not really care about individual employees, super high turnover of employees


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