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Schlumberger Aberdeen Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Good pay for those join as fresh graduates (in 162 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be compromised as very demanding work environment (in 448 reviews)

  • No work life balance; always work on holidays; Working from home even you are on vacation; health issues of most of the employees (in 113 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Driven, high-tech, good quality oilfield service across the globe"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer/Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer/Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a great environment where expats work in a team spirit in remote locations. a great place to start good friendships to keep for the rest of your lives. ability to make lots of cash in a short period of time. able to purchase very profitable slb stock shares at a discounted price.

    Cons

    not being able to grow roots anywhere you work unless you are a home country employee. not every location work will be friendly etc...lots of travelling is not for everyone. adaptability to new circumstances is a requirement to survive.


  2. "Pluses and Minuses like all jobs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Directional Driller in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Directional Driller in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good time off (if you're in the right job), good pay,

    Cons

    Short notice if you need to go offshore, pay differences vary...even if you do the same job as others. Promotions can be given out to those who tick the boxes, rather than those deserving.

    Advice to Management

    Better work/life balance, equal pay


  3. "Field Technical Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Technical Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Technical Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good training and site experience. All training centers are abroad so a few overseas trips are guaranteed if you are keen to progress. The progression system is very structured which appeals to some and not others. In general, all field personnel are great to work with and the teams are welcoming.

    Cons

    Minimal time off and low salaries for offshore work. There is a high turnover of staff (1-3 years), mainly due to the poor work/life balance. Role is ideal for graduates to get offshore experience under their belt before they progress within the industry. Expect a high workload (3 weeks offshore is standard), night-shifts, and low time-off at home. Certainly not equal time in the current economic climate.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees less like equipment and more like trusted and valuable people. Hire enough staff to allow for decent recovery between jobs.


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  5. "Great varied job...Oil & Gas bb - just a number"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Local Hire Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Local Hire Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely varied position supporting multiple business units - could have seen myself there until retirement because of this. Operations, generally, were great and very appreciative of support. Ultimately, it's a Company that knows how to survive therefore can have the reputation of being cut throat in the lean times - I suppose if I was a shareholder, I'd be glad of this strategy - some of the competition appear to be lagging when it comes to making the tough decisions. Not sure if this is a Pro or a Con given that I was one of the unfortunate many shown the door when the Oil price tumbled.

    Cons

    In the support side of things, it was political with a fair bit of job justification going on...they love their meetings too...love them. Managers worked very hard when someone above them cracked the whip however things worked very slowly when a request came from below.

    Advice to Management

    I'm guessing keep doing what you're doing - who am I to tell the world's largest Oil service company what to do? - as long as the shareholders are happy, that's all that matters.


  6. "Excellent Company For Learning - Horrible for work/life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good learning
    Career growth if you are patient

    Cons

    No concept of work/life balance
    they dont care about your contract. You have got to work 50+ hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are human and so you are


  7. "Was a great Company...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geomarket mger in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Geomarket mger in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diversity ( nationality, female / male)
    Technology
    Benefits and salary
    Great People to work with
    International mobility not a Word a reality

    Cons

    The new CEO manage the company with KPIs he has no interest whatsoever for People after Gould is a major drawback

    Advice to Management

    Slb is a People Company you should better consider them


  8. "Mixed bag"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MLWD Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - MLWD Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good reputation. Reasonable training. Good prospects for those who are willing to suck it up, take their **** and dish it out in turn.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. No fixed schedule. Very impersonal as such a large company. Susceptible to downturns just like the rest of the O&G industry.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Good job if you can handle the intensity, but the company itself is odious."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MLWD Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - MLWD Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good travel for training and occasional projects (even for those on home country contracts), lots of responsibility, good mix of autonomous and team work. Interesting technology to work with.

    Cons

    Terrible respect for work life balance, top heavy management structure and dire job security. Frequent top down work directives to be implemented/huge buereacracy, but massive inertia. Witchhunts in place of actual failure investigations and nepotism exists within this company.

    Advice to Management

    A good core of field staff are worth much more than inexperienced ones. Concentrate on keeping your good managers and recognise you have lots of dead wood ones giving each other good appraisals.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic working environemnt"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Occasional opportunities to work on the international assignments and experience truly diverse working environment.

    Cons

    Politics, nepotism, ‘blame’ culture. Conservatism and unwillingness to support progressive ideas form inertia, bureaucracy and a culture of avoiding responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend introducing more transparency in the company and reshaping the culture to accommodate integrity, 'real' diversity and innovativeness.


  11. "Disregard for People"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer Intern in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer Intern in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Pay, meet people from all over the world

    Cons

    Stuck in location - rarely gain opportunity to work abroad
    A lot of in-house politics - people chosen based on who you know on not what you do in the company.
    Pay is good but not worth the number of hours spent on the rig or in the office,
    3 year Fixed Programme is an illusion - with the current downturn, promotions are delayed.


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