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M-I SWACO Reviews

Updated July 1, 2017
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Pros
  • good benefits, pay and training (in 8 reviews)

  • Good people, great place to get a start in the oil industry (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • time away from home and the pay raises (in 6 reviews)

  • The pay is not competitive, they will work you like a dog with no work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to build experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist IV in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluids Specialist IV in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at M-I SWACO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Traveling and exposure to projects makes this company a good start, a lot of training, some good perks and work/life balance is reasonable. Many opportunities to move horizontal but vertical takes time a grade.

    Cons

    Individuals are easly replaceable, no human touch, and as many big companies, one can become just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work on keeping mandatory training, try to update Houston Tech Center Labs and hire people.


  2. "Project"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at M-I SWACO full-time

    Pros

    Great company before Schlumberger bought Smith International (former parent company).

    Cons

    Schlumberger decimated the spirit of M-I.

  3. "Work at M-I SWACO"

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    Former Employee - Global Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Global Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the team of people that many had been there for their entire careers in the oilfield.

    Cons

    In the current market they are too quick to layoff employees and then have to turn around and hire untrained staff.

    Advice to Management

    Joe Bacho has not been the CEO in the past two years.


  4. "Great company until slb took over"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluid Supervisor in Haynesville, LA
    Former Employee - Drilling Fluid Supervisor in Haynesville, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at M-I SWACO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Good products and great operations people/

    Cons

    SLB and there Quest and management style.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management and bring the old hands back.


  5. "Its all about connections"

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

    Pros

    Great Training Program
    Professional Partners

    Cons

    Its all about connections.
    No opportunities for advancement
    No Work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the employees


  6. "It turned not a good place to work after Schlumberger bought it."

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    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits good, vacation good, nice co-workers

    Cons

    Schlumberger turned it into a very bad place to work. Management not helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your experienced people, do not lay them off.


  7. "The Party's Over..."

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    Current Employee - Field Specialist II in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Field Specialist II in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at M-I SWACO full-time

    Pros

    Good, solid core of coworkers that focus on the client and process improvement at worksites.

    Cons

    Everyone else. Management and SLB constantly trip up honest efforts at improvement with their own useless agendas. No employee backing anymore. Totally misleading safety culture. Bad contract management to "keep clients" causes pay cuts and lack of material support.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your money makers. They are the people keeping your promises. Listen to them. We are the specialists. If the client knew as much as they thought, they wouldn'hire us.

  8. "Not a great comapny"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They really had great benefits

    Cons

    The worker was the backbone while the management was the mouth. Taking all the praise.


  9. "buddy buddy"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Solutions- E S Specialist II in Carencro, LA
    Former Employee - Environmental Solutions- E S Specialist II in Carencro, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at M-I SWACO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, pay and training

    Cons

    hard work isn't appreciated. if you're not a friend or family of their circle, you are last in line.

    Advice to Management

    evaluate the hard workers


  10. "Geologist"

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

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

    Pros

    This was, I repeat WAS a great place to work, that is until Schlumberger bought it.

    Cons

    The con is Schlumberger, the worst company in the world to work for. Fires without remorse or warning for no good reason, just to save paychecks and on benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Do not fire your most experienced people, not a good idea because it looks bad to BP and other huge companies M-I SWACO services.


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