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Nabors Industries Houston Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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Nabors Industries President & CEO Anthony G. Petrello
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Pros
  • They have good pay and benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • Just like working round good people I like a good environment and positive environment (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Yes, some upper management have left, but there are plenty more that should be gone too (in 17 reviews)

  • The lack of communication is unacceptable, right hand does not know what the left hand is doing on all levels of he company (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I don't have any complaints about Nabors outside of working in the energy industry.

    Cons

    Only legitimate complaint is the volatility of the oil and gas industry.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Still the same old, same old"

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    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 Nabors Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pros: People you worked with and perhaps a few immediate managers.

    Cons

    Wow!!!...I cannot believe that things really haven't changed a bit since I was last there. Someone wrote a review where they talked about the CIO. Yes it was true back apparently still is true that the CIO thinks he owns the company and of course override any decisions that go against what he has in mind. Yes, some upper management have left, but there are plenty more that should be gone too. One of the problems is that they have so many freaking top managers. Some don't even have anyone that report to them. I cannot speak how it is now, but back then, it was a mess. There was an internal IT investigation done back in 2015 where many IT developers were being hired through an agency in which one of the top IT directors at that time had been an owner of or at least part owner. So when they would hire a Software developer, they would go to that agency to get and H1B developer, not giving a chance for someone other than from that agency to be given a chance for the position. Don't know if that is still true or not. Yes it is true that IT management is totally disorganized, chaotic and afraid for their jobs if they go against or speak their mind to the CIO or any upper manager . Why? Because if you did, your days would be numbered. One thing about Nabors is that you have to be part of the "IN" group. If you are, your job is pretty much safe.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, CIO is totally out of touch with reality when it comes to technology. He demands that projects be done even when there aren't any resources. And yes it is very true that not in any fortune 500 or any reputable company for that matter would a CIO be involved with table design. I cannot believe that the CIO still provides business functional requirements overriding real business needs. Yes everything in Nabors IT is queued up for CIO’s blessing. GO against him and/or speak your mind, you might as well start looking for another job.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "IT management"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nabors Industries (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this place. Keep away

    Cons

    Chaos, dictatorship, fear mongering, enslavement of H1b workers. Micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Totally disorganized IT. The CIO thinks he owns the company and call out decisions that goes against the code of conduct of the company. Dude does not realize he too is an employee . CIO is out of touch with ground reality when it comes to technology. No where in the world CIO of a billion dollar deals with table design . Why would you hire a DBA and cio do DBA’s job . Best part when CIO provides business functional requirements overriding real business needs. What tops is his bloated ego. Everything in Nabors IT is queued up for CIO’s blessing . When will he conquer the world with his blinded vision. the change for IT should start with him. For God sake it’s a public limited company..


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible"

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

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Insurance and a steady paycheck

    Cons

    The I.T. department doesn't recognize outstanding performers only recognizes those who do just enough to get by. Over worked and under paid.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together! The turn over in the place is ridiculous, employees that don't know how to do their job or skim by are kept and the employees that give their all 24/7-365 are canned. Solutions to problems are brought up to managers and the input is not even taken into consideration, therefore, nothing will ever change. It's an un-organized mess. Pay attention, value and keep the hardworking employees you still have left, those kind of people are hard to come by...as far as the ones who got let go...it's Nabors loss and another companies gain.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Moving in the right direction."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nabors Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, Cool people all around that place. CEO has the company moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Some legacy management still hasn't bought into the CEO's new vision.

    Advice to Management

    Replace those that won't buy into the new One Nabors vision.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Looking for an IT job? Look elsewhere! (Unless you're from India)"

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

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will get a ton of experience with Oracle, .NET, and SQL, plus learn all the business processes, because you'll be doing everyone else's work. Your manager (who will almost certainly be from India) will kindly relieve you of the burden of receiving any credit for your accomplishments.

    Cons

    So many! HB1 applicants who can't understand anything or perform the basic functions of the job they were hired to do, constant undertones of politics/backstabbing, developers and analysts clawing over each other trying to gain favor with management, flagrant nepotism, unethical hiring practices, unrealistic expectations, lack of vision, lack of communication, lack of common sense. I could go on all day. This place is like working in a real-life Dilbert comic! Realized my mistake on day 1 and found another job ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    Making the building look nice, rather than fixing the problems with the company really is the hallmark of where your priorities lie: status-symbols are more important than people.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible HR department"

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

    I worked at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good school to learn but it's better to have an option B

    Cons

    HR is not professional in any country the company has business with

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity. Company has plenty of home-grown applications that allow for quick changes.

    Cons

    Management allowed to curse, degrade employees. Questionable hiring methods (unqualified friends before competence/experience).

    Advice to Management

    Consider long term effects. Look at turnover rate. Statistics tell all.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Restructure IT Management"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a good team of technical folks who want to do the right thing for the team and company.

    Cons

    Higher management is a joke. CIO lacks vision and unstable in making decision. Priorities keep changing making it hard to manage expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Change the senior management and CIO


  10. "Nice pay but only to work you like mules"

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

    I have been working at Nabors Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable for an entry level position. Benefits are reasonable but since the downturn, the company does not match 401K contributions.

    Cons

    The company is very disorganized which causes confusion and distress, company wide.
    Several projects are not implemented properly, no training is provided for these launches.
    There are too many managers and not enough employees.

    Also, we have received no raises in more than 3 years and this seems like it is not going to change for a while.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see a more cohesive and organized department that provides quality and professional services to our company and its subsidiaries.


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