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Edmonton, AB, Canada Area (Canada)

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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 75 reviews)

  • Oilfield jobs generally come with a Good pay (in 176 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 485 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 127 reviews)

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  1. "Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Management Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation package and benefits. Flex timelines. Great opportunities for career development...

    Cons

    Under pressure when facing economy downturn...Need on top of things all the time and be initiative and proactive,,,


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Intern - Computer Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Computer Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive wages offered, a large variety of work, great mentorship by knowledgable coworkers, possibility of travel if desired, working on very large projects with great teams

    Cons

    Time tracking needs to be very specific, lots of report writing at times, someimtes you need to work with obsolete programs and software

  3. "GP SLB"

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    Former Employee - Technical Lab Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Lab Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is the best company in terms of employee value and compensation package plus career growth.

    Cons

    Too demanding job in terms of time and responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Need to review employee every six month to get the best feedback.


  4. "Wireline Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities and international reputation

    Cons

    Poor work and life balance.


  5. "Great company with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Former Field Specialist in Nisku, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Former Field Specialist in Nisku, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay if you work hard

    Cons

    Management play politics sometimes and want you to lick their butt


  6. "Technical Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very respectful job needs a lot of knowledge and accuracy and dedication.

    Cons

    24 hours job, Time sensitive, Demanding, Weekend also busy,,, A lot of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain good employees. Keep work environment free from personal gains and hidden agendas.


  7. "Very Uncertain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    After reading many of the reviews for Schlumberger, I understand more of the "culture" if you will, that was presented during a meeting for our company as it is a recent acquisition. I would commend their enthusiasm for the added expertise that wiwll be brought to their product line. The excitement and the drive to be the biggest and the best oil well supply company came through loud and clear.

    Cons

    I did however get the feeling that during all the hoorah, there was an underlying tone of something that was almost fake or not very sincere. I can understand why many of the comments directed at management making employees feel under appreciated or under valued are made. Profit makes the world go round, people make your profit. I hope that I am jumping to the wrong conclusion and that Slb does in fact follow their core values.

    Advice to Management

    Employees that are not happy are not productive. You can invest thousands of dollars in training and if they are not treated with respect, dignity and given the opportunity to voice ideas and opinions, you have wasted your time, money, and have trained them for your competitor. That is a huge capital loss.

  8. "As expected"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel opportunities, investment in quality training, hands-on exposure to oilfield environment, opportunities to move up within the company, good benefits and stock options

    Cons

    Employees are treated more as assets than people - quick to release in case of any economic concerns, not a personal environment, overworked, managers are sometimes not very good at managing people as their background is in engineering/science with limited working experience, poor work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Show more concern for employees


  9. "Research scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good training, flexible time, average pay

    Cons

    lack of progression, average pay,

    Advice to Management

    Allow to progress in the organization and better pay


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I feel that it was an interesting and character-building experience, but I am glad I did not stick around for long haul."

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    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As they are a large global company, salary, benefits, and job training are all excellent. For the field engineer position, you must attend a 3 month training school (all expensed paid) just to learn the workflow of the job and related equipment. Spending this time with other trainees from all over the world made this a very unique and memorable experience. There is a high concern for health, safety, and environment, probably one of the best in the industry. There is an enormous variety of possible career paths and progressions, and they are mapped out quite clearly. The steps required for advancements and promotions are well defined.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the industry and the size of the company, they continually face a very high rate of turnover. There is a very clear "seduction phase" during the early stages of being hired (i.e. orientation week and training), where you experience the result of a lot of money spent on nice hotels, meals, and leisure time activities. The working conditions for a field engineer can vary from mind-numbingly boring (i.e. sitting in a motel in the middle of nowhere for several days with nothing to do) to very intense tests of character (i.e. getting told to just "fix" some very sophisticated electronic equipment when its -20C and you've been awake for 35 hours, and the rig is losing 10000s of dollars while having to wait). There were many times that I fantasized about dropping everything and running away, or doing something destructive in order to get fired. These frustrations, however, are often short-lived, as everything works itself out in hindsight. As a large company, they are also very top-down in terms of policies and procedures. This means that you will have to do things, or see things done in ways that are not the most efficient or logical, but rather "by the book." This can be very taxing for someone who is creative, or likes to do things their own way.

    Advice to Management

    None, really. Managers in this company all started at the bottom level, and can empathize somewhat with those lower down. Things are the way they are due to the nature of the industry, and management struggles to deal with these challanges.


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