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Schlumberger London Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 82 reviews)

  • Oilfield jobs generally come with a Good pay (in 192 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 522 reviews)

  • Excessive workload, no work life balance (in 133 reviews)

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  1. "Very professional, organised and useful internship."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly people despite being in a high-pressure environment due to the oil crash.
    Lots of spending on innovation and expansion.
    Best/Largest company in the industry.
    Lots of company benefits.

    Cons

    Office tends to be empty during summer time. Lots work from home.
    Working after regular hours is quite common.


  2. "good if you get international package"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good if you get international package

    Cons

    a lot more stress and workload after the downturn

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Project Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional, access to a large network world wide.

    Cons

    Not easy to get access to opportunities within the company. Not an open position database.


  4. "SharePoint Developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company - great environment - on time salary - relax working hours

    Cons

    Some time lack of management


  5. "Not perfect but probably among the best in the world"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Career progression
    Overachieving, driven staff
    Training opportunities
    International work assigments

    Cons

    Alot if expected of you
    Everybody has enough work for 2 (or 3!) people

    Advice to Management

    There's only so much you can push productivity before things start to crack


  6. Helpful (1)

    "not living up to its own standards"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good and friendly direct colleagues, technical training, get to see some places

    Cons

    Training programs can be extremely rigid. Sometimes they are just a way of blocking your promotions and payrise, without learning something real.
    As graduate prepare to be bullied; all your education means nothing - you now need to learn by heart all the little HSE and HR rules word for word. (Don't believe HSE actually improves by any of this) It looks like half the company is kept busy trying to get ahead on writing/following meaningless standards and procedures, and other burocracy. Overly high-minded on ethics. Investing in its employees etc. When the first crisis hits this company is the one to make the biggest cuts, in a cut-throat and intransparent way.

    Advice to Management

    Current Management seem to care only about short term shareholder value, cutting back on R&D and buying back shares. sad to see this happen to SLB


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Architect in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve
    Attractive compensation
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of career progression for software professionals

  8. "Project Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice international and multicultural work environment. Excellent training and career development plans

    Cons

    low work/life balance, working frequently overtime

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good package and benefits but wait until you get laid off"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Package and compensations, and good safety standards.

    Cons

    No job stability as they would get rid of employees as soon as the oil price drops. It doesn't matter if you are an A performer or a D performer. You just need to be in the wrong place in the wrong time.
    Work/life balance is a non-existent concept.

    Advice to Management

    Do not get rid of good people during bad times. Companies pay a lot to buy loyalty and Schlumberger is destroying it's culture by the managements short-term view. Do not lay off employees just to make news and maintain share prices.


  10. "Schlumberger - WesternGeco"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seismic Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Seismic Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good Company to start, lot of focus on training and professional development

    Cons

    Too focus in extra acitivities such as reporting, fixed training program, lower salaries than competitors

    Advice to Management

    Really empower people and stop fooling around


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