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Schlumberger Aberdeen Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard
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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 82 reviews)

  • Oilfield jobs generally come with a Good pay (in 193 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be challenging as you will have to devote loads of time to work if you want to succeed in the company (in 523 reviews)

  • Excessive workload, no work life balance (in 134 reviews)

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  1. "ESP Field specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - ESP Field Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - ESP Field Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    well organized company with perfect safety program applied everywhere and all the time.

    Cons

    Jobs more than what can you imagine and expect, but I like to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    need to check location and see what employees doing to be able to pleasure of the jobs they do.


  2. "Great scope for development"

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    Former Employee - Technical Communication Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Communication Specialist in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at one of the smaller bases, there was a great team spirit whilst also having the support of a huge organization. The management team was fantastic and they supported the development of their teams. A great place to be developed and to develop yourself.

    Cons

    You do have to prove yourself, not really a con, but management expectations can run high... and rightly so. Sometimes you're just a number within a huge organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your leaders and managers who have been loyal and performed over the years, stop expecting young graduates to have the worldly experience required to manage people, teams and situations.

  3. "Cost Controller, Schlumberger"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Controller in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Cost Controller in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great personal development opportunities, good training programmes

    Cons

    a lot of unpaid overtime, slow processes


  4. "good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - IM Consultant in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - IM Consultant in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fantastic group of people to work with . very genuine .

    Cons

    management do not always follow through with promised support

    Advice to Management

    follow through , when you promise support to a particular project or team , do it !


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    "Excellent Company for Professional Advancement"

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

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

    Pros

    Multinational Company , you will be able to work with professionals from all over the world.
    Company focuses a lot on staff training and development, there would be loads of opportunities for training in all areas, management or technical.
    Always employing young talented professionals.
    It has a well structured career development plan for employees so you will never be stuck in the same position for long.
    It encourages diversity across all the company.
    Possibilities to move within the company at different positions and also geographically as this company operates across the globe.
    People are really professional and friendly , welcoming environment.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging as you will have to devote loads of time to work if you want to succeed in the company.


  6. "Schlumberger Field Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training, exposure, career progession, compensation

    Cons

    Large corporation, work life balance


  7. "Pluses and Minuses like all jobs"

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    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

  8. "Field Technical Specialist"

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    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.


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

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    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.


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

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    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.


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