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Parker Drilling Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. "Overall good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Decent company but employees are just a number"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Fulltime manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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 Parker Drilling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Snacks, office location, paid parking

    Cons

    Culture, Turnover, poor HR, lack of growth

    Advice to Management

    Pick it up, know the value of those you have


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  5. "Former employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  6. "Odoptu Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, good people, good salary.

    Cons

    small company, little room to advance or move around to different groups.


  11. "Derrick Man"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Derricks in New Iberia, LA
    Current Employee - Derricks in New Iberia, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low turnover, you can expect to work with the same guys for a long time and is very much like a family outside of your biological family.

    Cons

    The equipment is older and out dated, manual tongs, no winch in derrick, etc... But over all I have enjoyed my time working with them.

    Advice to Management

    When time get slow and cuts are being made look at performance more that tenure. Over all I have enjoyed my time working for Parker Drilling


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