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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    stable job for 9 years and a great learning experience

    Cons

    upper management would only promote you through personal favoritism and happy hour cliques not through technical experience or credentials


  2. "Comfortable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy going work environment and very friendly

    Cons

    Needs better management. Managers there are afraid of conflict and nothing ever changes. Good employees become burnt out because bad employees are able to get away with murder


  3. "Blessing is disguise"

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    Former Employee - Geologist III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geologist III in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Weatherford Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work schedule, friendly co-workers, internal communication

    Cons

    nepotism, lack of realistic competitive salary for geologists in Houston area, clique management

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your workers/geologists who are doing the actual work and making the company money and not rewarding non-revenue-generating employees so graciously.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Working here is only slightly better than working retail"

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    Former Contractor - Lab Tech in Golden, CO
    Former Contractor - Lab Tech in Golden, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weatherford Laboratories as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Lab techs and non-management are generally down-to-Earth and easy to work with
    -Limited opportunities to learn about the oil industry as a whole
    -Management was laid back and do not try to micromanage unnecessarily
    -Lots of mobility within the company
    -Good springboard to other companies

    Cons

    -Lots of mobility within the company (high turnover)
    -Disturbing amount of management has never been to college and that's reflected in their work ethic and mindset
    -Favoritism runs rampant
    -Very below average compensation
    -Not a single person outside of management was interested in staying at Weatherford long term
    -Worker safety very weakly enforced. For example, certain employees smoked 5' away from barrels of flammable solvents and others even welded next to the barrels.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the lower management.


  6. "A great way to get your foot in the door of the O&G service industry."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and the people are friendly.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and organization.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Underpaid and Overutilizied"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Weatherford Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to get your foot in the door. Nice people to work with. good benefits package.

    Cons

    Reorganization happens all the time, unofficially and officially. Salaries and titles are not updated to reflect changes. Inexperienced employees being promoted to mid-level management with not HR or effective management training. Crude environment in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    ALL mid-level to executive management should attend mandatory training in regards to employee relationships, employment law, HR practices, and conflict resolution.


  8. "Good place to get your foot in the door for a career in the oilfield."

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    Former Employee - Field Specialist, Core in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Specialist, Core in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Again, A good place to get your foot in the door for a career in the oilfield.
    I would consider returning to work there if i had to only because i have history and experience there.

    Cons

    This post covers rock shop and field employees.
    Compensation is not competitive..
    limited respect for field personnel
    Some company vehicles are not dependable for long distance. for example one vehicle had more than 300,000 miles and broke down multiple times. The safe transportation of people and the core(cargo) was at jeopardy many times.

    Advice to Management

    respect is very important for employee moral!!!!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Weatherford Labs - Good place to work as long as that is all you want to do."

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    Current Employee - Core Hand - Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Core Hand - Technician in Houston, TX

    Pros

    I do like working for the company - the people are great. The familiy feeling you get is hard to beat. We do work hard. When we get time - we play hard too.

    Cons

    When you get hired on - ESPECIALLY SALARIED POSITIONS - You are working 24-7. Your phone becomes a leash and you don't have a life away from the job. Asking for time off is - well - almost impossible. You get two weeks a year - why can't you use it? Asking for it is like sitting on pins and needles. Even when you get it - they try to make you stay and work instead. Management otherwise is pretty decent. Not sure the money is competitive.

    Advice to Management

    These people (most of them) that work for you are pretty die-hard.You already have our loyalty. It would be nice to get some more recognition for what we do and compensated appropriately (monetarily and vacation).


  10. "Overall a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weatherford Laboratories (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Make a lot of money

    Cons

    Little time at home. No areas for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises you can't keep.


  11. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good healthcare package and 401k matching programs. My personal boss is excellent and gives me many opportunities to grow. More recently they have been talking to some groups, listening to them, and trying to make intentional changes to improve the business.

    Cons

    You may sense a theme here, but compensation is low comparative to the industry and other companies nearby. Many of my friends have already left based on compensation alone. The top management seem almost aimless in their efforts to grow the company. As stated above, they have been making some changes, but they take some of those good decisions away with really dumb ones afterwards. Most of the management are just sales people that put themselves in charge of everything. They seem to have never quite figured out why they were successful, and just keep a focusing on the same thing until it yields no useful revenue. Then they treat a last minute change of focus as them being forward thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Put a non-sales person in top management. Pay people more. If you pay at the bottom 10% of a pay scale, you aren't going to attract the best and the brightest.


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