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Schlumberger Field Engineer Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 71 reviews)

  • Good Pay, working with experts in research (in 168 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be compromised as very demanding work environment (in 462 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 117 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, but with some costs"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Farmington, NM
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Farmington, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Opportunities for training and professional development
    Opportunities to move up within the company
    Opportunity to travel
    Adventure

    Cons

    Stressful
    Long hours
    Management can be hard to deal with
    Be prepared to move a lot

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees.


  2. "Don't start working in oilfield during a downturn"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fresh out of university, this job is as good as it gets. It's always on the limit of what you can do, you're always just on the limit of what you can do and you generally always succeed. You're being challenged on your people skills, technical skills, organizational skills. The job starts out with extensive training in an international environment amongst motivated individuals which is very stimulating.

    Cons

    - Unfortunately once you get to location you encounter mostly a homogenous male and single nationality population which in the current state of affairs are fairly disgruntled at the oil price and associated working conditions.
    - The constant challenge is obviously the disadvantage as well, you're always struggling, fumbling along the most reasonable path and hope you've just made the right decision.
    - Obviously a lot of job satisfaction stems from who'n in your location, especially given the hours you do spend on the job makes the people around matter a lot.
    - There's an inevitable cowboy culture
    - The moral during a downturn is beyond depressing, especially as a first job

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible. Keep iterating the right to stop the job, especially with regards to driving.


  3. "Field Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Paced, Interesting work, travel

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, you are not important to the company


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  5. "Experience not valued"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - General Field Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Better training than most competitors. Decent benefits in insurance and stocks. Large company and overlapping business lines allow for broad experience.

    Cons

    Total compensation packages below competitors. Poor work life balance. Extreme bureaucratic processes. Poor support structure. Employees are viewed as numbers and expenses.

    Advice to Management

    If employees are promised things then these promises should be kept. If an employee brings skills and experience then that needs to be acknowledged. Employees are more than just interchangeable names on an organization chart.


  6. "Overall good experience with Big Blue"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Been with the company for almost 10yrs. Get to meet many great people in different locations. Decent compensation, stronger job security than smaller companies in downturns. Overall good experience.

    Cons

    Lots of time away from family. No schedule. Extreme amount of paperwork and big brother monitoring.

    Advice to Management

    Keep new employees on a training period regarding HSE, driving and certifications. After say 3-5 yrs let some of the leash out to people who have a good record and not had any incidents.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "An unforgettable experience but no regrets on quitting."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with in the field - not your standard desk job. You will be traveling to rig sites, sleeping in your pickup truck, and dealing with all sort of characters. Your crew eventually starts becoming your family. If you're all about being PC and having an 8-5 job, this job is not for you. It's all about the work hard, play hard mentality.

    Training is also top-notch and you have opportunities to travel overseas. The structure for a field engineer is great since you're constantly striving to the next grade/level. The pay is great as soon as you're bonus eligible, but the work can be draining and you start caring more about having time off than getting paid a bonus.

    Cons

    Your experience at slb is wholly dependent on your location, segment, and management. They all differ in schedule and bonus compensation. For busy districts, expect to work long hours and holidays and deal with more BS than required. Your satisfaction with the company will rely primarily on how much you like how your management operates.

    Advice to Management

    Try to cultivate a culture of ownership. If there's ever problem and NPT is a factor, everyone is always inclined to single out one person and never take any blame themselves. Stop trying to find a scapegoat but look deeper into the source of the issue(i.e. lack of resources). The company is so large that you feel like you're easily replaceable, and due to the high turnover rates, managers don't really give any effort to dissuade you from that notion.


  8. "High Focus on Safety, but Overly High Expectation on Efficiency (Wireline)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For engineers, a highly structured development program starting from field work all the way up to a cushy cubicle life. Horizontal mobility after putting in 2 years as a field engineer.

    No prior experience needed aside from having an engineering degree, tough grit, and good motivation.

    Cons

    For wireline field engineers, your schedule is pretty rough. In 2014, a typical wireline field engineer received 10 days on, and 5 days off. Then in 2015, they revised that to 15 days on, 5 days off as they tried to get engineers to quit as they sought mass layoffs due to the oil glut crash (a 50% increase in workload with 0 increase in base salary).

    There is also a disconnect between management's vision protocol and how things are actually performed in the field. There are so many rules that need to be followed, so many in fact that if you did every single thing your supposed to do, you would get fired for taking too long. Succeeding at this company means being able to balance bending the rules with maintain safety. By having so many 'tacked-on' policies, rules, protocols, etc...it feels like the company is just creating a safety net against lawsuit because, supposing anything bad happened, they can just blame the engineer for not following Rule #99 out of a 100 to the letter.

    At the company school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of my colleagues got fired for not following the SWI (Safe Work Instruction). If you follow it step by step, you'll take too long and your efficiency score goes down and you won't pass the school. However, he was simply unlucky for being caught. Other engineer trainees didn't follow the SWI step by step, got a good efficiency score, passed school, and kept their job.

    Advice to Management

    Just so you know, your wireline school has an artificially high metric to pass (70%). JFEs who follow all the rules, SWIs, reporting, business systems, etc...will have a low efficiency score and fail. Of those that you are passing is a significant fraction who bent the rules to save time. Thus you would be passing significantly less JFEs if you actually monitored every single one to ensure they did every step they were supposed to.


  9. "Senior wireline field engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Wireline Field Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Wireline Field Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, have a great training plan and this is the bigest service company. Well pay

    Cons

    There are many things to talk about the downside of SLB:
    - HR does not treat employees well, take extremely long time to answer the questions.
    - Management was not really good, they treat employees as a tool and care about the profit only.
    - Sometimes, you need to lie to client just to protect your boss.

    Advice to Management

    - Need to change the way to manage ppl, respect employees.
    - work-life balance need to be consider.


  10. "Field engineer (open-hole wireline)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Roswell, NM
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Roswell, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to hit the ground running. They will push you and test you in ways that will make you think your four year degree was easy. You can make a lot of money pretty quickly out of college. With my trainee bonus I was getting 72K a year from the start. You will get industry gold standard training with this company.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance. When you are on you are on call 24/7 and when you are a trainee you will only get four days off a month. You will be salaried and if you record your hours you'll find your hourly rate is terrible (I averaged a 90hr week during the down turn). If you have a masters degree don't even bother getting a field engineering position. It will not be worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Give your engineers a break. working 2:1 burns a lot of people out.


  11. "Wireline Field Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Tyler, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Tyler, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience and opportunity.

    Cons

    The work is hard and you work long hours.