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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 77 reviews)

  • Oilfield jobs generally come with a Good pay (in 182 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 497 reviews)

  • Excessive workload, no work life balance (in 131 reviews)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 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.


  2. "Schlumberger is one of the best places to work in the oilfield, but work dominates life outside of work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Diversity and extremely bright people recruited into the organization and in management. International opportunities are endless and many are challenging. Also a great opportunity in this company to work in so many parts of the business - HR, Engineering, Finance, Operations, QHSE, software development, Field, marine, water & co2, and seismic.

    Cons

    frequent travel, work-life balance is an issue that needs more top level management support. boom/bust nature of energy industry is challenging to some employees.

    Advice to Management

    Praise people's work, communicate and delegate more effectively.

  3. "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MWD in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - MWD in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the pay is pretty good

    Cons

    Time away from home and family

    Advice to Management

    Relate to employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It takes more than a good salary to retain employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Bryan, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Bryan, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger offers an extremely competitive salary compared to its competitors (e.g. FracTec, BJ, Halliburton). There are also tons of perks to working as an engineer in this company- housing assistance/stipend/payment, excellent benefits, etc. There is also plenty of opportunity to move around after a few years.

    Cons

    The work life "balance" is almost non-existent, or rather- completely one-sided. It's the oil and gas industry, a very fast-paced environment that requires a certain level of immediacy from an oilfield services company such as Schlumberger. Working 100 hrs a week wouldn't be so bad if there was more respect and recognition of the adaptability required in doing so form management. Also, there is no stability in terms of location- many field engineers move around once every couple of years as needed. It is for these reasons that retention is so poor.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep people in certain locations for longer than a couple of years. This is especially important in an industry in which there is so much variability in the workings of different locations. Experience in Anchorage Alaska becomes partially irrelevant when one moves to Bryan, TX with a completely different formation, and completely different dynamic. This is especially relevant for upper management. After mastering the politics and dynamics of one district, managers often essentially 'start over' at the new location. This creates cycles of poor management.


  5. "Schlumberger is a fine company to work for."

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

    Pros

    Most of the people with whom I've worked with at Schlumberger are very bright. Also, Schlumberger's international presence gives one an opportunity to travel and meet people from other cultures.

    Cons

    One's career progress is very heavily impacted by being in the right business unit--much more so than individual competence.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of informing employees on their opportunities for mobility within the company. Not just what opportunities are available but also the process of finding and acting upon those opportunities. Being a large company, it's not always obvious how things are done within the company.


  6. "SLB is a lifestyle and requires flexibility"

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

    Pros

    Career growth and ability to change functions within the company. SLB allows engineers to transistion in to rolls in personal, sales, management, markenting, technical, ect. You are not stuck in one division for life.

    Cons

    No work life balance and employees are relocated a lot (sometimes not always to the nicest places). Transferes sometimes come out of the blue and with very little time (about 1-2 weeks) to sell your house and start in a new city.

    Advice to Management

    realize they need to do something about the work life balance. employees are asked to devote all their time to work and the company. some field engineers work over 100 hours a week and upper management does not seem to notice. this is expected. i also feel if someone is single, their free time is seen as disposible because that seems to be the only reason to go home to them.


  7. "Great salaries/bonuses. 100% work/0% life balance as a field engineer."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can expect a high salary right off the bat. The company makes a ton of money and is well respected by their clients. Field work gets you direct exposure to the client, so you become in essence the spokesman for the company.

    Cons

    If you're doing any kind of field work for the company, don't expect to maintain a personal life. Field work is typically more suited for younger employees or the "retired" types. But if you pay your dues and stick with the company through thick and thin, you can be rewarded in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Value time off for employees. An employee with proper work/life balance will benefit the company in the long term.

  8. "Was a great company to work for... not anymore."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International exposure, top technology, cultural exposition. Great opportunities to develop, many different areas to grow to.

    Cons

    No personal life, transfers way too often that do not allow development of family life, personal considerations not considered, remuneration is better with operators or competitors. It is not worth it anymore to go around the world when same salary can be made at home.

    Advice to Management

    1. Make it clear that support functions are to support operations, not the other way around. FSMs, Ops Managers have all the responsibility in the world, but have no authority.
    2. Stop transferring people every 18 months, its a waste of money. SLB employees now take every job as a step for the next one, do not focus on the job at hand.
    3. Due to the way SLB runs its business, the best people remain in same position for longer, the worst employees get the transfers and promotions.
    4. Give the job to the best person, regardless of color, race or gender.


  9. "International yes... local no..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger is a great place to work if one is mobile, ie move from city to city or even country to country every 2-3 years. The international mobility is what attracted me to SLB and it paid off both in experience as well as money. Those not willing to move around have fewer opportunities. Also the "local" compensation packages are not competitive especially when one considers the level of responsibility even lower level employees have. It makes for a very challenging and interesting career but the compensation is not great.

    Cons

    Whether or not your SLB employment is enjoyable and rewarding will very much depend on your direct manager. Each department is rather independent with managers able to make decisions on their own. A good manager will fight on your behalf (the personnel department is appalling) and a bad one will simply ignore any issues. This means that your experience will never be consistent throughout your career, and even if you do not move around, your manager certainly will.

    Advice to Management

    1- Clean up the personnel function. It is TRULY appalling. It almost seems as though their bonuses are based upon how much they are able to withhold from other employees.
    2- Increase the compensation packages. Too many good people leave because they can get more elsewhere.


  10. "Be ready to work your butt off the first 3 years with this company!!!!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Fort Smith, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schlumberger has pretty good pay and benefits. I would say the compensation is better than any other service company on the job market from speaking with employees from other service companies. They train their engineers pretty well. I appreciate the fact that they only allow previous field personnel within the company to move into management. The vacation of 3 weeks/year from the get go is not too bad if you can schedule it. They have a job bonus system when your in the field that is pretty good for the sacrifice in personal life for the field life. The perks are very good if you can make it more than 3 years with the company.

    Cons

    Management is only concerned about numbers and generating revenue. The employees are just treated like a number and not much care/concern is provided toward employees. Sometimes you may work 100 hours/week but your ONLY reward is compensation. No pat on the backs or good jobs from upper management. Also, the work environment and morale is very poor. The operators are very unhappy with the company and management. They are not afraid to let you go if they think your performance is not up to par!!!! Also, their needs to be a better link between the field and office.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees with more respect and maybe it will trickle its way down to the field level. Also, come up with ways to better support your field personnel instead of just compensation. We know this does not work or your attrition rate would not be so high every year.


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