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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Good pay for those join as fresh graduates (in 162 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be compromised as very demanding work environment (in 448 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 113 reviews)

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  1. "Schlumberger D&M"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Snr LWD Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Snr LWD Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Opportunity to earn good money with days off the Rigs to spend with family. As Oil is booming so are service company's like Schlumberger, so for the mid term the future is bright.

    Cons

    Many line managers were poor as a field hand and thus moved into the office. They now forget what life is like in the field and micro manage their numbers instead of being good with the people who are actually generating the revenue for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring Directional Drillers from outside the company and promote from within. Pay more to Field Engineers and respect more their family life and time off.


  2. "Many opportunities for those willing to work hard for them."

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

    Pros

    Schluberger is a challenging, aggresive company. You learn a lot, you are pushed to the edge, you try to go the extra mile. In terms of learning an experience it is a fantastic place to work as a first job. You can change jobs and location every 2-3 years. A truly multicultural and multinational environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes it just becomes too much. Too much work, too much pressure, to little time for yourself. The focus is too much on short term profits, at the cost of life / work balance. The company is constantly loosing lots of tallented people who get better deals from oil companies.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do a better job at balancing profits with product quality and work/life balance for employees. I know it's tough - but the company needs it for long term success.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good oil field company to start out at."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay package. The company rewards hard work, and if you're willing to put the extra effort and hours, you will make a lot more money. Field engineers tend to make a % of the work done on top of their base salaries, so you can get rich fairly quickly. Training is pretty good too.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not the greatest. Hours can be unusual. Locations are horrible, unless you enjoy living in the middle of no where.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the younger engineers. Does it make sense that you hire hundreds a year, only to see over 50% leave in less than two years?


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

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great international travel, exposure; combined with overworked field and tech center folks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research & Development Intern, Houston in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research & Development Intern, Houston in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International exposure is bar none; the training is excellent; and the calibre of people you meet is never failed to amaze me.

    Cons

    Brutal hours and the type of work is often random and sporadic. As a junior, it is very dependent on the quality of the manager since he can make or mar your time there. This is more than evident since a high-flyer will take you along and teach you a lot and a sedentary mule is going to make you insane with boredom.
    Lack of choice on progression of juniors - you have to put your time in at each level and no real performance evaluation benefits; global locations can include undesirable ones

    Advice to Management

    Become more responsive to juniors needs; hire people into interesting roles in interesting places based on their interest somewhat and a joint needs basis, not purely on need.


  7. "Good company but has its cons"

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

    Pros

    Most employees are professional who tend to have a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    "who knows you" matters. Diversity cited as a reason for promotions that appear arbitrary. No accountability for decisions that affect the long term as management is too focussed on the short term.

    Advice to Management

    see comment above about focussing on the short term


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but problems with middle management."

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

    Pros

    The Job Opportunities and Challenges presented are tremendous. They have a good benefits package for their employees too, which is incentive enough to work for the organization.

    Cons

    In one word .. Middle Management. The mid management team comprises mostly of people who have considerable engineering experience with the company. On the other hand, they lack the basic management and team building skills that are essential for the organization to grow.

    Schlumberger's training program, although robust, fails to account for training these "engineers" as managers.

    Advice to Management

    Training, training, training.... this is what is going to keep your organization growing. Middle management is in serious need of an overhaul.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Does not reward well for good performance"

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

    Pros

    It you want to work in the field you can work overtime and make lots of money. Otherwise you will be expected to put in tons of time on a Salaried job. It can work to your benefit if you have a good arrangement with your direct manager, but otherwise it could be miserable. Mostly, I would recommend getting training here and going somewhere else.

    Cons

    Management will essentially lie to you about their decisions. They do not compensate well comparied to other industries in my job. They give terrible pay raises, even if you are ranked exceptionally well and the company is doing exceptionally well.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie. Be more open. Reward high performance don't just rank them as high performing.


  10. "No comment"

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

    Pros

    Educated, competent peer population. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The overall compensation package is low. Often the line of command is incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more or management competence and less to hi-pot-ism.