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Core Laboratories Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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Core Laboratories CEO David M. Demshur
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46 Ratings
  1. "O&G Service Company at its best!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Core Laboratories

    Pros

    A globally recognized Science oriented company with core competency in Rocks, Fluids and Geoscience services. Their expertise involves providing professional Laboratory and Field services for the Oil and Gas Industry from Exploration to Production and Refinery sectors. Opportunities for Field or Overseas travel on permanent or projects basis provides good exposure to the industry.

    Cons

    Extended working time or odd hours is a commitment mandatory depending on exploration schedule that cannot be avoided. Field work demands odd working hours in offshore/onshore conditions globally not to mention at remote locations. Current downturn in O&G industry has resulted in downsizing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing for new technologies and maintain good assets and people. The experts are excellent, committed and have a passion for what they do.

    Core Laboratories2016-05-12
  2. "Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Core Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good pay scale. Easy to work for.

    Cons

    Spouse benefit rules not very fair.

    Core Laboratories2016-05-10
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Employees are at the bottom of the list. It's a training ground for low pay. Pretty sure it's their business model."

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

    I have been working at Core Laboratories

    Pros

    As with any job, you'll get good experience if you are self motivated and seek out opportunities for work assignments. Parking and bathroom privilages are free.

    Cons

    Forget any real compensation or appreciation. Stock price is valued well over employee satisfaction. Management strings people along as long as possible with vague promises.

    Advice to Management

    Seeing as how little they value their employees, they seem to expect a high turnover. It seems like their business model - to squeeze the most out of employees without fair compensation.

    Core Laboratories2016-06-09
  4. Helpful (2)

    "an average company"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Core Laboratories

      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.

      Core Laboratories2016-04-07
    • "Employee"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Core Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Core Lab is a good place to work overall. They have improved benefits and compensation to be more competitive in the industry.

      Cons

      Some management still have appearances of caring only about the bottom line and investors over employees.

      Core Laboratories2016-03-08
    • Helpful (2)

      "Bittersweet"

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      Former Employee - Tracer Field Representative in Fruita, CO
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Core Laboratories for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Great salary until we found out it was illegal. Incredible Benefits package and mostly decent management.

      Cons

      Some managers inherited their positions and keep leaders down or eliminated. It's really changed since I started. Now you have to be a yes man to keep your job.

      Advice to Management

      Use the employee education system to recruit management from within.

      Core Laboratories2016-02-27
    • Helpful (3)

      "Nothing more than a foot in the door"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Core Laboratories

      Pros

      Ok place to begin career, benefits and 401K fair

      Cons

      Advancement purely based on favoritism and/or if you are outside smoking cigarettes with the supervisors. No huge room for growth and hardly any lateral movement. Unfortunately, the downturn in the industry has made the ambiance of the work place depressing and uninviting.

      Advice to Management

      Invest in ALL your employees, not just your favorite ones :(

      Core Laboratories2016-03-01
    • Helpful (1)

      "Diligent Finanicial focus/Opportunities for excellent performers"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Core Laboratories full-time

      Pros

      Rewarding for exceptional performance. Growth when performance and business conditions are good. Great co-workers and good team spirit towards meeting Goals and Objectives.

      Cons

      Fiscal diligence includes lean workforce with demanding work expectations. Giving year after year of similar exceptional performance becomes a standard performance expectation. Future rewards/recognition are then based on raising the 'bar' from your previous exceptional performance.

      Advice to Management

      My evaluation of your Fiscal Diligence was an important criteria before I considered working for Core Laboratories. Remember the formula for sustaining success: 1) Customer Service; 2) Proprietary Customer Solutions ;and ; 3) 'Drive Profit/Loss control and responsibility to the smallest cost center' . In reference to my comments 'Cons' there is a distinct danger of the continual raising the bar of expectations can create...

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      Core Laboratories2016-01-08
    • "overall"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Core Laboratories for more than a year

      Pros

      Can get promoted fast if you are a hard worker.

      Cons

      Management isn't the best and there is a high turnover.

      Core Laboratories2016-01-08
    • "Inpector Trainee"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Core Laboratories

      Pros

      Good pay, PTO, great benefits, overtime, flexible hours

      Cons

      My time working there management was going thru lots of changes.

      Core Laboratories2015-12-02
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