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Parker Drilling Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Atmosphere"

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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Parker Drilling - Beware"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good. There are free snacks in the break room.

    Cons

    There are many issues with management and when taken to HR, nothing is done. The money is good but the stress is not worth it. The turnover rate is really high. Most people leave when they can.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more and fix problems that are obviously impacting your employees.

  8. "Derrick Man"

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    • 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


  9. "Senior Accountant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Family oriented and corporate atmosphere is friendly.

    Cons

    To may directions and too many management level thus slows down urgency of flow work.

    Advice to Management

    Changes are great, but too many at a rapidly pace results insignificant impact and reduce the amount of management levels.


  10. "IT Engineer at Parker Drilling"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Security Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Information Security Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great family atmosphere. Excellent perks like free coffee, sodas, snacks and comfortable work environment. They will invest in furthering the educations of it's employees.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement for those who aspire to move into management or senior positions.
    Pay is on the lower end for the oil and gas market

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention for market conditions


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