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Parker Drilling Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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  1. "Overall good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Roustabout in Prudhoe Bay, AK
    Current Employee - Roustabout in Prudhoe Bay, AK
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parker Drilling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, a'lot of hours, free food/housing out in the field.

    Cons

    3 weeks away from home


  2. "Derrickhand"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good breakout company, good insurance, 401k, would only recommend if you've never worked offshore to get experience they have good food

    Cons

    Low pay, sorry upper management don't care about employees, they are cheap don't want to give raises or buy things the employees need on rig

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more caring about employees considering they are the ones doing all the work while you draw the big paycheck


  3. "Former employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company and people. If possible, I would still be there.

    Cons

    Great company - no cons at all.


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  5. "Odoptu Staff Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Parker Drilling Company in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Parker Drilling Company in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Parker Drilling is a strong company to work for because they invest into the training and growth of employees. The management showed interest in the concerns of each team member. My first week with the company, a high level manager took the time to train me in Microsoft Outlook because I expressed a weakness in that program.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons to working for Parker Drilling. I observed that some of the company working procedures were not documented. This can be a con because it makes it difficult to learn the process as a new employee, however, it also allows for the procedure to be flexible in case room is needed for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the development of the documentation department as you have done. During my time with Parker Drilling I noticed significant improvement in this area while working with vendors and establishing the Parker Drilling requirements for document transmittal.


  6. "Derrickhand"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time

    Pros

    Take care of their personnel.

    Cons

    Very strict on paperwork. It a bad thing.


  7. "Great Location...not so great management."

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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 Parker Drilling full-time

    Pros

    Great location between the Galleria and Downtown. Work life balance is pretty good depending on the department you work for.

    Cons

    No clear vision for the future. Executive management is detached and the small-company culture that used to be there has been gutted and replaced with a more sterile, numbers culture. When over 50% of the employees have been with Parker for less than 3 years, you know something is amiss.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people, which should be easier now that the company has been gutted from several rounds of layoffs.


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    "Analyst"

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

    I worked at Parker Drilling (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free snacks, van pool, direct deposit

    Cons

    High turner over, no training, unstable

    Advice to Management

    Find better leadership


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    "At least the pay was decent"

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

    Pros

    Good hourly rate. That's about it, I'm only writing this to hit the 20 word minimum.

    Cons

    Bad management, poor structure, information didn't flow freely

    Advice to Management

    Be more hands on, and transparent


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Old Regime Parker Drilling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice pay and nice benefits. There are some strong leaders.

    Cons

    If you are not part of the old or current Regime you will probably be harassed, cussed, slandered and lied to about your future with the company. The people in the Corporate Office think field level personnel work for them. The older employees know how to milk things and drag things on.

    Advice to Management

    Parker could be a powerhouse Rig Drilling Contractor but old habits will never die.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Manager in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Site Manager in Cypress, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been in the oilfield for over 30 years. I have lived through the down turns since the early 80's. I have no resentment to management for the steps they had to take. Just wish it wasn't me, just like everyone else let go on the first and second rounds.
    If management keeps the current work philosophy PKD will be a great company to work with for years to come.

    Cons

    Top heavy on the executive leadership level.



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