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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 82 reviews)

  • Oilfield jobs generally come with a Good pay (in 193 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 523 reviews)

  • Excessive workload, no work life balance (in 134 reviews)

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  1. "Schlumberger promotes a culture of mutual respect and autonomy."

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
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    Pros

    Schlumberger employees are given a high level of responsibility and autonomy from the beginning. Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) management processes are unparalleled in the industry. There is a long standing culture of diversity and excellent opportunities for women. Schlumberger offers excellent benefits and family support. The organization is filled with knowledgeable employees, has ample opportunities for learning, and excellent knowledge sharing tools in use. It is a global organization, offering plenty of opportunity for changing one's profession or location.

    Cons

    None in my experience. Many people in the company work long hours, but there is a high level of dedication to the job and to the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue. The employee base is loyal, innovative and hardworking.


  2. "Exciting Technology and Global Experience"

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    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Houston, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger provides the opportunity to live and travel internationally. The top management is accessible and usually makes good decisions for the company. The company has very interesting and innovative technology and invests a lot of money into research.

    Cons

    long work hours
    some bad middle managers

    Advice to Management

    More vacation in the US is needed.

  3. "The highs and lows are extreme, while the overall job satisfaction is rewarding."

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    Current Employee - Career Planning Manager in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Career Planning Manager in Sugar Land, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The amazing people with whom we work.

    Cons

    Working in this industry is additive. When you are fully engaged in what you do, you tend to dedicate all of your time and effort to it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to engage with all levels of employees with regards to the business vision, industry direction and the employees' needs to get us there.


  4. "Going above and beyond for your Career"

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    Current Employee - Training Development & Staffing Manager in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Training Development & Staffing Manager in Sugar Land, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career opporutnities, networking, leaders in the industry, fellow emplyees

    Cons

    Politics, military style company that midcareer hires may have difficulty with.

    Advice to Management

    Communication and managing expectations at the front end


  5. "My best work experience with great co workers."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer/Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer/Project Manager in Houston, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee oriented - tries to resolve problems and not lay blame

    Cons

    High pressure of deadlines with a quality product.

    Advice to Management

    carry on!


  6. "A great place to work ..You will learn not only engineering aspects, but also leadership and people skills..!"

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
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    Pros

    Excellent training program. Will develop you both mentally and also physically. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very demanding hours. Tough field conditions. Could be frustrated sometimes if you have to troubleshoot on location.

    Advice to Management

    Great work, but need to be more relax sometimes..


  7. "A big company, but a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger provides a huge amount of opportunity and responsibility right from day one. To add to that they spend a lot of time and money training you with skills that are both useful in your current job and that those that will translate very well into future positions. Turnover internally within the company is significant, its unusual for any professional to remain in a job for more then 3-4 years. Opportunities to move up are always around as a result. Not to mention any personality conflicts will be over with sooner rather than later as one of you will move on shortly.

    Cons

    Schlumberger is a HUGE company and while they make an effort not to be bogged down by red tape, it simply can't be avoided entirely. They'll keep you alive and safe but make you jump through a lot of hoops to get your job done properly. Also being in the R&D side of the company is sometimes frustrating as the view from many sectors is that the Field generates revenue and therefore carries the biggest stick. In competition for resources to get your job done we often lose out to Manufacturing as a result of pressure from the Field operations.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people retention.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Schlumberger is a place where you can spend your entire career and be successful."

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Princeton Junction, Mercer, NJ
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Princeton Junction, Mercer, NJ
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cultural diversity. See the world, meet and make friends around the world--all without joining the military. Schlumberger is also a company where you can spend your entire career and never get bored. I have 35+ years here and still learn something new every day. Internal advancement and education assistance are available for those ready and willing to accept new challenges. Schlumberger also spends a fortune on training.

    Cons

    Field Engineers work hard and long hours, but this prepares them for a world of opportunities if they want to advance their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Manage by walking around. Visit the shops and manufacturing floors. Be visible and available to the employees.


  9. "5"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good career opportunities available for employees

    Cons

    very large company, hard to communicate all departments

    Advice to Management

    increase communication and recognition awards


  10. "If you want a challenge and be rewarded for it this job is for you."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many reasons to work at Schlumberger because it's really up to the employee. Great pay, travel opportunities, career growth. Your development will be based on how hard you work on projects. Bonuses vary from project to project thus far I know. As for traveling, if you graduated from the states then you will be working within the states or gulf of mexico. You can petition for international assignment usually after three years in the company.

    Cons

    Obliviously, what I wrote sounds great but everything has a price. One of the biggest downfall is lack of free time. And when free time is available you can be randomly called for your services because of a problem at a client's site.

    Advice to Management

    I believe they need to create a leadership development program that gives hands experience for all incoming engineers and not segregate it to one service.


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