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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 70 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance could be compromised as very demanding work environment (in 459 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. "a"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Manager in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong and truly International work culture

    Cons

    No real innovation
    To much emphasis on external collaboration vs organic growth

    Advice to Management

    Develop strong core internal expertise and stop relying on excessove collaborations for building core technologies


  2. "Welcome to the Meat Grinder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a great place to work if you solely focus on getting yourself ahead and looking good to your superiors.

    Cons

    Engineers do not make the best managers, sales people or marketing folks. The idea that a limber engineer can succeed in any role you drop them is the prevailing attitude. The concept of ability that cannot be taught is foreign in this place. If you read enough TBTs and scour InTouch, you can rule the world.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that have an aptitude at what you are hiring them to do, not people that have fancy letters behind their names. You need more entrepreneurial spirit in the company, which means you need to restructure compensation to foster that spirit.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "They will chew you up and spit you out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a great 401k program, but you have to opt out of the pension program, if it even still exists.

    Cons

    Very Machiavellian environment and only for the thick-skinned. Not the kind of stress an employee needs in addition to what they are trying to accomplish. The "gray hair" older contingent don't understand the younger, more competent employees. Very professor/student in the relationships instead of a true team environment. Management will move you around the world. Don't think you can "choose" where you want to go. And they will chew you up and spit you out if you don't leave before they can. Simple as that.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are human. Treat them that way.


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  5. "Schlumberger is driven to succeed and demands the same of it employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger has a very large focus on technology and maintaining a technological edge. As a result they encourage people to be innovative and forward thinking. Additionally, there seems to be concern with a work life balance and efforts made to give employees time to relax both at and away from work. There is also a wealth of knowledge within the company. The opportunities to learn from others are more than plentiful. In the same vein the company is very focused on an employees personal and professional development. Schlumberger provides a HUGE amount of opportunities to further your growth and eduction, and the only real limit is your time and motivation.

    Cons

    As with any job the work goes well beyond 40 hours a week. There is a tradition of excelence and so the learning curve is steep and at times unforgiving. Because of the talent already within the company there is an expectation that employees will know how to do something and, if they don't, they will learn. For people coming directly out of college, the company has a regimented training program. It is good, but also can be limiting, requireing a new employee to complete fixed step training versus allowing them to focus on something that they may have a personal interest in.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback. Feedback is key to new employees. Tell them what they are doing right and, more importantly, tell them what they are doing wrong so that they can fix it. I think that, from previous experience, telling someone how they are failing to meet your expectations may be uncomfortable for you as a manager; but it is one of the most important things. By telling someone why they are missing the mark you not only give them a chance to fix it but you may find you get mcuh better work from them and have a better relationship with them.


  6. "Schlumberger values their employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Champion in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Product Champion in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SLB is committed to personal development of its employees. They also have a very high quality HSE program, valuing the safety of their employees.

    Cons

    It is a large bureaucratic organization like any other - getting anything done requires a committee. As an engineering company, they sometimes focus too much on the process and not enough on the results.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be more agile in the processes that are used to accomplish the work. While standard processes make it easier to transfer people from one department to another, it does not always guarantee the most efficient approach to performing a specific task.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall great company with some issues."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people with a wealth of knowledge. Awesome benefits package including a great maternity policu(the best of all the companies in the industry)

    Cons

    Horrible compensation as related to competitors and majors.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting bad managers


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for if you don't mind some odd policies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger does actually try very hard to take care of its employees and official policies give employees many opportunities that would be very difficult to find in other companies. Schlumberger has not only has plans in place to help employees move to locations around the world, but encourages this type of movement within the company. The health care, dental, retirement and stock purchase plan actually seem to do a very effective job at helping all employees get the most out of their pay. There are career development plans that are reviewed yearly and personal goals and objectives set to help employees actually grow as people as well as grow within the company. From what I have seen, this is taken very seriously by everyone and is not just empty words and promises, but actual commitment to keeping employees happy. Overall, Schlumberger is a good place to start a career.

    Cons

    There is a culture in Schlumberger to continually improve processes and limit mistakes by keeping track of mishaps and hazards no matter how small. While this is a good thing on the surface, this generally leads to policies and standard procedures to be changed without enough thought on how the changes will effect other areas. This tends to lead to continual modification of polices that counter each policies' effectiveness. One oddity that this has led to is a company wide requirement that all employees back their cars into parking spaces when parking. No joke, there was a problem with people backing out when leaving and not paying enough attention so they force people to back in, or at least pull forward when leaving. In addition to having parking policies, everyone in Schlumberger is required to pass a 'Commentary Drive' driving test that requires employees drive a car around with a trainer and tell them what they are doing the entire time ( like: "Im looking in my rearview mirror, there is a car behind me that may be following to close" ). This would make sense if it were require of individuals where driving on company time, however, it applies to everyone that has a drivers license.

    Advice to Management

    Schlumberger is run pretty well from the top down, and would work flawlessly if it where not for the misunderstanding of some middle managers.


  9. "Great company if you get rid of HR."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Sugar Land, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate culture, career advancement, benefits, people, travel. I was given so many great opportunities to work and travel all over the world and have made a multitude of lifelong friends.

    Cons

    horrible HR managers, no 360 reviews, inept senior managers. Many managers also do not have a work life balance, nor do they care if their reports have one either. I was actually told by one of my managers that I should put the company before my marriage.

    Advice to Management

    Have real HR managers. HR should not be a development role for engineers. HR should be a function where they are the liaison between the employees and management. Instead they are just out to get everyone. Additionally, dual career is a load of bull. Its a complete PR stint, esp if you are a woman.


  10. "Good starting job, but poor long term propects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Sugar Land, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New Technology is always a focus

    Cons

    People are treated as cheap pawns

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate and reconize good work


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Big company that sometimes feels like a startup"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is a good place to work if you want to see the world while you work. This is especially true if you work in the field organization or you are a good performer. You may get to go to places that you would otherwise never visit. The employees at the company are truly an international mix and even though the company is headquartered in Houston, it still retains much of its French and European roots. In my opinion, the company fosters a serve-yourself attitude in employees, allowing those that strive for more to eventually get it. In general, I would say the workplace is very dynamic and it is quite difficult to become bored. I have met some of the brightest and enthusiastic employees at Schlumberger versus other places I have worked. In terms of technology, Schlumberger works on some of the most difficult problems to solve, including those where high temperature, pressure, and lack of cross-referenced data is available, which creates an all-you-can-eat buffet of knowledge and innovation.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a feeling that the company is disorganized in middle management, likely due to the fact that middle managers and some senior managers are constantly moving between different positions, usually staying no more than 2 years in many roles. It would seem the company culture is such that it believes in the inherent intelligence and flexibility of its employees, thus putting a good deal of stress on them to perform in situtations where it isn't really clear what the job position should be. The disorganization can lead to demotivation as well since some employees are not in a position long enough to accurately evaluate the performance of other employees, for good or for bad, thus causing delays in positive (or negative) appraisals. In terms of technology, it can be overwhelming to design or maintain the large number of high-tech gadgets and customized services that the company offers while also taking care of everyday logistical issues. There simply aren't enough people to take care of some critical tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Do a little more research on some big decisions that sometimes seem to be made quickly. See about extending stays at roles for another 6 months to a year.