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Pros
  • Compensation & Benefits, Work/life balance (in 71 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance could be compromised as very demanding work environment (in 462 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. "Schlumberger"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Field Engineering Intern in Weston, WV
    Former Intern - Field Engineering Intern in Weston, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Really cool and valuable company. Some cool people. Good investment in employees

    Cons

    Work you A LOT. People live their work. Move you to the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    If you aren't doing a great job, you're going to get fired, because that's how Schlumberger runs things.


  2. "Field Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can save up a lot of money in a pretty short period of time. There are also a lot of younger people that you work with.

    Cons

    Right from the moment you begin training the company begins constantly threatening you with being fired. They teach endless amounts of safety protocols and unbreakable standards that they say you need to follow/enforce above all else. As soon as you get to the field none of this applies. The company expects you to break rules and will even punish you if you don't but if something goes wrong when you do break them like they want you to, they immediately point the finger at you. I've never been in a more hypocritical work environment. There were several occasions were I was forced to work on days off and even forced to use vacation against my will just so management could save some money. The management at the company was extremely poor and the company was extremely unethical. I'm sure that experience varies slightly district by district but I would not recommend this company to anybody, especially a college graduate.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like they are resources and not expendable assets.


  3. "Great people, but management likes to keep you in the dark"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good time off (you need it), fun people to work in the field with in most cases, you get really close to your co-workers

    Cons

    Work can become your life, hard to take vacation outside of days-off, your days on are "on", work can come in waves, and your sleep the opposite. Very hard lifestyle, esp. for younger people because many of the locations are not near nice cities

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee lifestyle more and keep employees more current with the situation in their district


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  5. "Good values with bad management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - corporate culture
    - extensive training (sometimes worryingly extensive for some people)
    - competitive work environment
    - career opportunities

    Cons

    - bad choice of managers
    - very large company
    - multiple management lines
    - unbalanced workload with unbalanced pay (bonus)

    Advice to Management

    Being a large company leads Schlumberger to loose corporate culture at some point, especially when people got higher in management levels. They start to have an almighty feel with little experience and leading/managing capabilities.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A good place to work for engineers who get bored easily."

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Weston, WV
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good pay right out of college, there are a lot of opportunities for advancement in most parts of the company. Engineers are treated much better than other employees, and the company really is committed to having quality engineers in every job. Whether that is achievable is another issue.

    The company wants you to learn to do your job better, then move you into a new place where you can try something new. It is pretty hard to get bored as and Engineer. Two years in a job at one place and then a transfer is the expected schedule, with some variations based on the market at the time.

    Academic performance is not at all correlated with job performance, in my experience. Your work will only be tangentially related to what you studied in undergrad. This is a hands-on job where reasonable assumptions are used to make reasonable estimations, things are never done by a set formula. Lots of times the calculations take a back-seat to getting a diesel engine running properly, diagnosing an electrical problem, or fixing a hydraulic malfunction.

    While staying with the company can lead to a long and successful career, it is also a great training program for the rest of the industry. Getting a job after a successful 3-5 year stint at Schlumberger is easy.

    Cons

    There are long hours and early mornings regularly. Days off are iffy - depending on where you are and what the market is like you may not get any. Fifty hour stretches of non-stop work are not unheard of, and one hundred hour weeks can be expected. If you have researched working at Schlumberger even a little bit, you know that it is not a 9-5 job. Take that statement to heart. But there is a certain pride that comes from working the hours that are required, but this can be easily overlooked in the moment of exhaustion.

    The company is gigantic, and there are rules and checklists for every single step in a job. The job of Field Engineer means ensuring that these policies are fully followed. It can be a huge amount of work in a busy district that is short on people (most all of them).

    The US oilfield is significantly different than the rest of the world, but the company operates roughly the same everywhere. This has its benefits, but largely makes working in the US more cumbersome as the staffing levels in the US are much lower than everywhere else. An engineer fills in the gaps - sometimes working as a hand, a mechanic, an accountant, and a manager all in one day.

    If you are not mechanically minded, a job in the field will probably be largely baffling. Every job uses extremely complicated tools and machinery, and understanding the operation of all of it is necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Treat field personnel like gold. Engineers don't add a lot to the bottom line if the work isn't getting done by committed hands and supervisors.


  7. "personeel life-what ever never happen"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Directional Driller in Weston, WV
    Current Employee - Directional Driller in Weston, WV
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The trainig that you recieve. If you become upset with SLB anyone else in the business will hire you because you have been trained by SLB.

    Cons

    Time off is limited to none. SLB has just enough employees to handle the jobs they have and no more, so when they do take on more work that just means less time off for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    You seem to get more feedback for mistakes than doing good. So if you do not hear from upper management you must be doing half way good.


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