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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated August 13, 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. "Lab Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Great benefits! I had the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people in the industry. Gained invaluable experience.

    Cons

    Middle management is terrible. Lots of favoritism and nepotism. Very cliquish work environment. The opportunity for career advancement is only available to "favorite " employees. Poor work- life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management really should pay closer attention to how middle managers run their departments. It's only a matter of time before HR violations come to light.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "high turnover rate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    The starting salary for most jobs are decent

    Cons

    it's a "good ole boys" club, undermanned, you'll get fired just as soon as you got hired because of the turnover rate.

  3. "SLB"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to build skill set

    Cons

    No Merit
    Lack of Internal Promotions
    Training Program equivalence to Skill set and Experience is not a direct reflect


  4. "Senior Geologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of smart technical people that are self-motivated make it fun to work at SLB - when times are good.

    Cons

    Reorganizations, shuffling of management, and continual layoffs made working at SLB from 2014-2016 extremely stressful and greatly damaged an otherwise upbeat morale.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good people instead of laying them off. Cut salaries across the board and reduce the work week instead of constantly laying off.


  5. "Field Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very structured environment, you know what steps have to be taken to move up a grade in the company. The company will train you on everything you need to know. Your manager doesn't get to hold you back from moving onto a new position (typically every two years). For rotational positions: when you have days off you are off. You end up working with a very diverse group of people from all over the globe.

    Cons

    Long work days. The company structure is very authoritarian. These is an extreme emphasis on safety (which is good) but there is ZERO tolerance for incidents, employees are at risk of being fired for even the slightest infraction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "former field engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great experience with great people in multi-national environment

    Cons

    not good work -life balance


  7. "Not like it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Controller
    Current Employee - Controller
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be an intense, hard working great place to work.

    Cons

    Stressful, no raises in 3 years, upper management not what it was.

    Advice to Management

    Just not the same as it used to be.

  8. "Used to be a good company to work for..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Offices literally all over the globe, so if you like to travel/transfer, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    Pay raises are non existent. It has been four years since we have seen merit raises and steady promotions. Makes it hard to come to work when every other service company is throwing considerably more money at you than the company you've been with for 10+ years

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees. We joined the oilfield to make money, not contribute to charity...


  9. "Good company with good benefits."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, many travel opportunities, nice people

    Cons

    Lots of "red tape", it can be difficult to get work done with the massive amount of administrative responsibilities and required training. Poor work life balance relative to pay.


  10. "Software Software Manager"

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    Current Employee - Software Product Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Product Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Schlumberger is never short of technical challenges, and for software engineers, that is a dream life... Solving one problem after another.

    Often, these challenges span multiple product lines, and you will be rewarded with recognition and even bigger challenges if you are able to master the politics associated with these problems. It can be quite fun, but does require extraordinary energy with the silo'ed product lines.

    Cons

    The HR policies for software engineering are out of date, with a stick and carrot approach to appraisals. This has caused a culture of pleasing your manager (or their manager) and helping them with their annual objectives over solving the problems that clients or the business needs. Yes, this can work out when the annual objectives match client needs, but in software, the problems change so rapidly the team needs freedom and autonomy to respond without fear of their boss's reprisal.

    Advice to Management

    When it comes to software engineering, don't just follow the technology trends, but also the organization trends and the better ways to foster team growth and innovation


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