Parker Drilling Reviews

Updated 6 May, 2015
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Parker Drilling CEO Gary Rich
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  1. New vision to empower employees to be innovative, reliable, and efficient!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great support from new mid level managers!
    Love the new changes brought to PKD.
    Responsive to customer needs and concerns.

    Cons

    Need to be patient. Big gap in personnel who has been with company 20 plus years versus newly hired personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Land some rigs to work and solidify PKD reputation.


  2. A company trying to take the next step to becoming a big boy company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Cost Manager Global Projects in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Cost Manager Global Projects in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential to make a difference by bringing new processes, procedures, etc. to a company with a mom and pop mentality.

    Cons

    Old habits die hard. Resistant to change. A lot of employees with 20 plus years which don't accept change or want to adapt to a new environment.

    Advice to Management

    Support those that drive positive change in process and reward those with progressive ideas which keep Parker Drilling competitive and attractive to job seekers.


  3. Challenging but great work environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here is the flexibility and understanding.

    Cons

    Some lack of communication at times.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe employee development should be a little more of the focus.


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  5. Worst company I've ever worked for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Parker Drilling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being employed is the only pro. Having a place to report.

    Cons

    Low wages, high turnover, management not concerned with employees, do not communicate, no performance reviews unless they are trying to fire someone, I have seen some corrupt actions in a short period of time. Awful

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and care about them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very professional and cooperative personnel. True asset.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility when necessary is allowed, the main thing is to get job done as expected.

    Cons

    None that I know of, I mean that will keep me from recommending Parker Drilling.

    Advice to Management

    90% of personnel is very loyal to the company. Please look better after them!


  7. Helpful (1)

    High Turnover

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with. Salary/Benefit package is a bit below market but okay. Pay 100% for van pools which is better than many companies. Location in Greenway Plaza is nice as it is close to so many restaurants and near downtown and the galleria.

    Cons

    Bonuses are minimal except for upper management and those that negotiate prior to accepting an offer. Most employees have either been there well over 10 years or under 2 years. The gap is due to very high turnover. Employees don't seem to stay very long and PKD is famous for firing employees constantly. There are little to no procedures in place and since most of the employees are new, there is a lot of chaos and confusion. HR has the highest turnover so don't look to them for guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and invest in them. Training and team building go a long way. Stop the bleeding and try to retain your employees so that you're not having constant turnover which is very costly to the company.


  8. Great company to start out with and gain experience. They hire a lot of new roustabouts.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Floorhand I in New Iberia, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Floorhand I in New Iberia, LA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    14 on/14 off rotations. As of 2014... Roustabouts make $17.35, Floorhand 2 - $19.50, and Floorhand 1 - $21.70. Great insurance.

    Cons

    Inland barge rigs. Don't make as much as you would offshore. Older equipment.

    Advice to Management

    A leader needs to be able to motivate their employees. When you've earned the respect of your hands they will go the extra mile. The work environment is way too negative. That is the number one reason people quit.


  9. Helpful (2)

    An enjoyable work experience with a company that is expanding world wide.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Recruiting in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Recruiting in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, experience and the knowledge that you can gather working here.

    Cons

    Not being able to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the chance to show you what they can do an the opportunity to learn new things to help the team and themselves.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice work environment!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good work-life balance. Nice family oriented culture. Nice co-workers. Good learning opportunities. It was a good experience to work for PKD.

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities. Many changes and some rotation just because the industry is booming. Management is busy doing their thing and not really paying attention to the lower structure. They have cancelled nice perks they were giving.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the needs of your employees. Employees eager to grow and take more responsibilities/challenges.


  11. Hard lesson learned

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Payroll in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Parker Drilling full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location. Paid parking. Food court.

    Cons

    If you're not part of the In Crowd, they'll get rid of you. A lot of favoritism. They have no processes and a lot of inconsistencies. Not up to date with technology.

    Advice to Management

    Send your managers to Supervisory training and how to treat employees classes. People skills and employee retention.



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