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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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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. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training program. Benefits are adequate.

    The rest of this is filler as I being forced to have a 20 word minimum.

    Cons

    Too many to state. The biggest is as the CEO stated too top heavy. The restructure shuffled people around but did not address the issue. SLB lacks future vision, they are a knee jerk reaction company. Brags about being a technology company yet what is the first thing that gets cut, technology. The new processes are designed to take someone off the street to replace the field engineers (money makers). Nothing will ever replace experience.

    Managers are paid too much and the workers are forgotten about. Managers do not generate revenue they manage it.

    Advice to Management

    We do not make money through "Transformation."


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Operations manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I hated to come to work every morning, you knew things were only good going be worst.

    Cons

    They don't care about people, whenther you for them or with them, they act like they don't care about anyone but themselves

    Advice to Management

    Realize that people are your greatest asset and not you slaves.

  3. "No Thanks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of anything.

    Cons

    Very deceitful people. Lied to three times in 2 weeks lol.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach you know the one about ethical.


  4. "Laid off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    People, Diversity, Advancement Opportunities, Benefits package

    Cons

    Worked in Both HR and Finance, was misled twice with regards to job security, and was cheated out of multiple weeks of severance.

    Advice to Management

    Plan out hiring more efficiently for non-core employees


  5. "Lack of longer term vision"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shared Services
    Current Employee - Shared Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with lots of good people

    Cons

    Too big to react quickly, company's values diluted, no longer focus on people, brutal lay off, lack of longer term vision, over dependent on oil price.

    Advice to Management

    Make clear long term vision for the company. What's after Transformation? what's after oil? Applying know-how on new alternate clean energy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Coercive leadership environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company reputation. High quality corporate resources in many areas. Most employees are high performers and team players.

    There are really wonderful people at this company.

    Cons

    Company is struggling to adjust to the changed market. Most of its business processes are dependent on a much higher personnel count. Schlumberger is a results and metrics driven company that focuses on compliance to process not in interpersonal leadership. At the same time, Schlumberger has dramatically reduced its headcount in the past few years. The result is that the employees that remain with the company are doing the work that once belonged to three or four people and then are being told their performance is mediocre or poor because they are not delivering the same results.

    Managers in Schlumberger will claim that a strong leadership environment is a hallmark of the company. But what they mean by this is that are extremely detail oriented goal setters, that will ruthlessly adhere to those goals regardless of the circumstances - goals which are attached to your income and permanent HR recorded.

    As a result, the top managers in Schlumberger are coercive and short sighted who are reluctant to invest in people.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that Schlumberger employees are the self motivated people that you hired. Employees desire to succeed and do not need to be coerced into compliance.

    Re-evaluate the management-by-objective culture for the new market. It has been pushed beyond value for the company. Invest in some leadership development and drive to make leadership and project management skill the basis of your strength.

    Schlumberger's quest for perfect processes has resulted in overly complex procedures that seek to take the person out of the equation. The result is that you leave the creativity, ambition, and drive of your employees on the cutting room floor.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Pay was pretty good overall.

    Cons

    They are known to lay most of their employees off and move all departments to overseas

    Advice to Management

    Keep the jobs in the United States

  8. "Shifting office to Pune for cheap labor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not major as such; Free food

    Cons

    No work life balance and high pressure


  9. "This is a scam"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Got an e mail saying that there are leadership potions available. As the website of the company had no location, management information etc, got suspicious and did not reply. LinkedIn shows just one employee and he is the sender of the email.

    Cons

    This is a scam. Do not fall for it

    Advice to Management

    Stop the scam


  10. "Slow to recover after the downturn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with really smart people from all over the world

    Cons

    The top tier of management does not value employees and are constantly redoing the org chart and moving people around

    Advice to Management

    Pay more than lip service to the 'People' in "People, Profits, Technology"


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