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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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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. "Glorified monkey"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Lafayette, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to earn big dollars quick then this is certainly an option for you.
    Depending on your preference there is a good chance you will be posted internationally.

    Cons

    Although you earn the big dollars you rarely have time off to spend it.
    If you graduated as an engineer you will mot likely spend the first 3-5 yrs of your career being a glorified technician.
    It is pure luck if you are assigned a manager who is actually concerned about you and your career, most managers aren't.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of churning and burning recruits, listen to what they say and provide support. You will find more will stay on and quality will improve.


  2. "Service Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Service Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SLB will give opportunity to newly hired aggressive go getters willing to work will hard that other companies will not. You will find opportunities if you can impress that you may not find elsewhere which can springboard you forward in your career. SLB is also a very multicultural company with great indifference to race, sex and religion if you prove you can exceed. Its management is adept at surviving and returning with vigor during any downturn in the oil patch.

    Cons

    The company demands a great amount of dedication and sacrifice in many of its positions. It places enormous pressure on its employees to exceed not only your work skills but also your fellow employees. This often creates tension that could be avoided. It also has a long reputation of ridding itself of good employees who have reached the upper limits who are near or in their fifties. It also does not on average pay as well as other companies hiring like positions and is stingy on raises even with promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Find peace with your hard working employees who are not driven to excel but work diligently and effectively. Also do not drive your mature employees out.


  3. "Driver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    Good company to work for with great benefits

    Cons

    no family time hard to balance family and work


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  5. "JFE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experience. Great Learning curve and great benefits

    Cons

    Tough Hours. No work - life experience

    Advice to Management

    Better people skills


  6. "Good experience... for a limited time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They showed me really good work ethics, trained me very well and overall treated me well. I got to a really high position within my district and segment in less than two years.

    Cons

    Prepare to work at nights, weekends, your birthday, Jesus' birthday. Oilfield doesn't take a holiday so be sure you are ready to give up a lot of your time to this company. Every district and every segment is different so don't read these comments and take that it is all true. Some are better than others, I think I had it well.

    Advice to Management

    You should be able to give bonuses to your field engineers II based on their sales.


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    "Look in from an outsider"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a large multi national, Schlumberger has a large infrastructure with good support mechanisms. Coming in from an acquired company, when times were good we were treated well.

    Cons

    As soon as times turned bad, we were among the first let go as we weren't really "Blue." They have a long institutional memory and generally have a if its not the way we do it, its not the right way attitude which hinders there adaptability.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more mid-career highers. Blue is know for bringing the "new" to the market but often fails to improve once they get an established product.


  8. "Field Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Field Specialist in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Money, Advancement opportunities, Can Travel with Company

    Cons

    Bad Hours, No Family Time, Unappreciative Management

    Advice to Management

    If you are driven then you can promote


  9. "Mechanical Designer II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay was good, lost of vacation time

    Cons

    Culture is not oilfield friendly. Layoffs at the first sign of downturns. The older you are, the more unsafe you are at the company.. Not a place to work if you are a white middle aged American.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity is not the way to grow.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fast growing company and expanding operations. Upper management always has the long term growth in mind

    Cons

    Same as any big company

    Advice to Management

    There is a cultural uniqueness to Schlumberger wonk environment and is the true strength of the company, maintain that as the company grows.


  11. "Pretty good company but in a bad place right now"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for advancement
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Volatile industry
    Depending on position, may require long hours


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