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Empirica Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Former Employee"

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

    I worked at Empirica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is not a bad company to work for. They have good employee benefits. Hourly wages are competitive, BlueCross BlueShield medical, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401K Packages, and paid mileage up to 500 miles.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to work outside in extreme heat and cold conditions running wire and hooking up wellsite sensors. Long drives to work (100+ miles) and having to spend 6-8 hours rigging up logging unit.

    Advice to Management

    It was a lot better company before being bought out by a corporation. We feel like were a number now rather than a person.


  2. "Lack of Direction"

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

    Pros

    A lot of hard working people.

    Cons

    Felt a massive lack of direction after the original owner left. In my opinion, it had a very basic lack of direction and could never right itself. It felt as if the upper management cared more about how the books would look than what the company actually did.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and in the company. Push for innovation to avoid stagnation.

  3. "I'm not sure how it is now."

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    Former Employee - Mudlogger
    Former Employee - Mudlogger
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Paycheck, invaluable work experience, idk

    Cons

    Dishonesty encouraged. Candy and cheap movies distributed as bribes? encouragement?
    Proprietary inferior products pushed rather than what worked

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully they've changed


  4. Helpful (3)

    "They get 1 star because 0 is not an option."

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

    Pros

    They usually pay on time and the benefits are halfway descent.

    Cons

    Office staff is out of touch.

    Inconsistent work.

    The recruiting process needs much improvement. They wold hire anybody off the streets.

    No promotions or even raises for quality loggers.

    Management was no where to be found when needed.

    Several times they claim to have made a mistake on payday. Either way the checks where late. Ties in with an overabundance of office staff, losing work left and right and over all says a lot about how much you are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    If y'all make it through the downturn I would suggest you make smarter desicions on hiring. But moreover, take care if those that are making the money for the worthless office staff that clock out and go home everyday.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Bottom of the barrel!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Empirica full-time

    Pros

    TOO MUCH STRESS. ONLY A PLACE TO GET A QUICK PAYCHECK!

    Cons

    The parent company (ALS) bought Empirica at the height of the market and now they are dealing with a down turn in the industry. Problem is ALS is COMPLETELY NEW to the upstream oil and gas industry. They think the hub of the drilling industry resides in Australia and they are trying to run the business like they do in open pit mines in Australia (different business model). Frankly, I'd stay away from ALS Empirica (and ALS). Everything here is short term, don't be fooled, this is not a place for a career; hired today laid off tomorrow, hire and fire, hire and fire.

    This is just a place to collect a quick paycheck, nothing more! There is ZERO investment in equipment or personnel. Never think this is a career, even in the best of times, everything is short term.
    There is little training given to field personnel and at times they'll put you in dangerous situations in the field.
    And if there is a down turn in the economy, their first thought is ALWAYS to CUT CUT CUT critical staff and put the remaining duties onto the remaining critical staff. Currently I'm doing the work of 3 other staff that have been cut. And if I don't do 100% of the work of the previously cut staff, I'll be next. With the work load going to other staff. I'll soon be laid off as well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Better after now that reservoir group is out of the picture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mud Logger in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mud Logger in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is coming from a land base field worker's perspective. Empirica logging division has a low to medium job security. Managers are in touch with most worker needs (e.g. family, medical), more stable job security compared to other mud logging

    Cons

    onsite equipment need to be upgrade and personal accommodation while on rig site are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to field workers to maximize service quality.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Was OK but"

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

    Pros

    good benefits
    old management
    old work environment

    Cons

    management changes
    new management promises
    new work environment

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Department Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Department Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Department Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Empirica (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    insurance benefits were good for all

    Cons

    You cant trust the management from top to bottom. (lie after lie after lie)

    Advice to Management

    Honesty and Integrity is allways the best policy even if it doesn't benefit you at the time it will in the longrun.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Ok company to get your feet wet"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of work, Better equipment than most companies, and is in many regions that you can do work for outside of your home region.

    Cons

    Management needs some improvement, training was at times sub par, and living conditions are the worst on site half the time.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Very short term employment, Not the best management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Surface Logger I in Youngstown, OH
    Current Employee - Surface Logger I in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always tried to honor request to stay closer to home.

    Cons

    Very little to non existent HSE department in the Eastern division, Bad work/life balance, Little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if there are any Higher ups from Houston ever come out to check on their regional offices and do some rig visits. It would be nice to keep people on their toes with at least some surprise visits.


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