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Parker Drilling Reviews

Updated July 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good pay, good benefits, decent people" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Bonuses are minimal except for upper management and those that negotiate prior to accepting an offer" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "It was an average place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    I can say there were some really genuine people who I met while working here and have enjoyed friendships with them over the years. The work was interesting and kept me engaged.

    Cons

    There are your normal politics at this job as anyplace else. There is a lot going on at the BoD level and C-level which is not always properly disseminated to the rest of the company. There are select individuals who are more or less chosen to be in various roles regardless of what they do (or don't) or in regards to whom they might interview against.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it open and real, your feet on the ground in the field and at the corporate office is what gives you the opportunities to excel.


  2. "Good Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great safety culture.

    Cons

    Office personnel forget that without the drill crews actually doing the work they wouldn't be employed.

  3. "Not one team"

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

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time

    Pros

    Drinks and snacks in the break room.

    Cons

    Management is not experienced, they do not give raises and promote upper management rather than promoting the people that actually know what they are doing. Technical services management is a joke, it’s sad talented individuals that knew what they are doing to run a business are no longer there anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an individual without a degree. Take care of them or the competition will!


  4. "full time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time

    Pros

    Company provided good experience, knowledgeable people

    Cons

    low pay, and lack of corporate direction

    Advice to Management

    try to re-enter the domestic drilling enviorment


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - HSE Trainer in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - HSE Trainer in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Parker Drilling (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A large corporation that still treats employees similar to a small company.

    Cons

    Energy industry operates one a boom and bust cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. "Motorman"

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    Former Employee - Mechanic in Deadhorse, AK
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Deadhorse, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about different types of mechanics

    Cons

    I gave everything to that company and they threw me to the wolves. Terrible upper management

    Advice to Management

    Remove all the hire ups and start fresh


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Surviving"

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

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Decent benefits: insurance, PTO.
    - Hard working field employees.
    - Free parking
    Since Bobby Parker stepped down as a CEO there are no more pros for this company.

    Cons

    The company lost direction. Hiring inexperienced management and family or friends for an overhead that is no longer sustainable. With only one customer in hand there is not a viable future. HR department is practically a cover for a non existent policy of inclusion and a culture of respect. Bullying is subtle but constant. Micromanagement is a daily battle hurting and limiting the employee's professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Attention to the human resource. Managers need to be pre-screened for previous fraudulent activity and their ability to deal with employees. Too many chiefs and egos colliding for a piece of the cake. It's all in-house and visible. The lack of ethics in several departments such as Supply Chain, Engineering and Compliance is alarming and they operate in absolute freedom.

  8. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time

    Pros

    Family atmosphere; most everyone is willing to do a little more than their job description when needed to help out a colleague.

    Cons

    Depending on where you live, the commute can be a bear.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company but employees are just a number"

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

    I have been working at Parker Drilling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, decent people

    Cons

    Long hours, higher than normal expectations

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the cost of your products, too many chiefs.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Core Values Are More Than Words"

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

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I joined Parker Drilling, there was a family-like environment. The CEO (owner) at the time I started was very personable and made every employee feel important to the company. Great pay/compensation, reported to good management and free coffee/snacks.

    Cons

    New CEO was not approachable. Layoffs were not always about budget or organizational strategy, but rather about favoritism. Trust was not present between workforce and management. Extremely high attrition, even before layoffs started. Did not aggressively address issues in management when reported by employees. Core values were not displayed or demonstrated throughout Parker.

    Advice to Management

    People are your number one asset, especially in a small company that is in a competitive industry. Trust and integrity should always be part of your core values and everyone, including management should be held accountable to these values. Have programs in place for all employees that motivate them and provide effective training to develop them. Don't be afraid to do employee surveys and learn from the results.


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