Schlumberger Reviews

Updated 27 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 32 reviews)

  • Good training as you will attend at least one school per year (in 64 reviews)

Cons
  • Obvious work life balance though they do work with you on that when you need it (in 210 reviews)

  • Very difficult for Mid Career, no work life balance, too much internal politics (in 45 reviews)

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  1. electrical engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    electrical ,measurement while drilling, electronic service,troubleshoot,that 's all my job area

    Cons

    that's a great company in the whole

    Advice to Management

    please be careful to kick the trained employee out

  2. Helpful (3)

    Like a bad dream, started great.

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    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer
    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Great training, well established program to teach you the industry and especially your segment.
    Solid benefits,
    Some amazing hard working people, I was lucky to have a good, understanding FSM (manager) but heard horror stories about all others.
    If you're a female, and can withstand the rig culture, you have an edge over male employees. The company likes to please the female engineers as they are rare.
    Unfortunately it ends there...

    Cons

    Hostile and unprofessional work environment,
    High turnover of engineers,
    Stressful, physically demanding (knew this going in, but it took its toll much faster than I expected)
    Salary and bonus on continuous decline, and not great to begin with either!
    Cover your own butt and blame others/point the finger type of culture,
    The company has strong safety policies but they are ignored after training, came close to shattering my knee and breaking an ankle in only 2 months.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly separate the tasks of engineers and operators, even if the engineers are responsible for everything. Help engineers with logistics or hire people to help instead of piling every imaginable task on the engineer. Instead of blaming the "oil and gas culture", make an effort to better the work environment.

  3. Helpful (1)

    I feel that it was an interesting and character-building experience, but I am glad I did not stick around for long haul.

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    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Wireline Field Engineer in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As they are a large global company, salary, benefits, and job training are all excellent. For the field engineer position, you must attend a 3 month training school (all expensed paid) just to learn the workflow of the job and related equipment. Spending this time with other trainees from all over the world made this a very unique and memorable experience. There is a high concern for health, safety, and environment, probably one of the best in the industry. There is an enormous variety of possible career paths and progressions, and they are mapped out quite clearly. The steps required for advancements and promotions are well defined.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the industry and the size of the company, they continually face a very high rate of turnover. There is a very clear "seduction phase" during the early stages of being hired (i.e. orientation week and training), where you experience the result of a lot of money spent on nice hotels, meals, and leisure time activities. The working conditions for a field engineer can vary from mind-numbingly boring (i.e. sitting in a motel in the middle of nowhere for several days with nothing to do) to very intense tests of character (i.e. getting told to just "fix" some very sophisticated electronic equipment when its -20C and you've been awake for 35 hours, and the rig is losing 10000s of dollars while having to wait). There were many times that I fantasized about dropping everything and running away, or doing something destructive in order to get fired. These frustrations, however, are often short-lived, as everything works itself out in hindsight. As a large company, they are also very top-down in terms of policies and procedures. This means that you will have to do things, or see things done in ways that are not the most efficient or logical, but rather "by the book." This can be very taxing for someone who is creative, or likes to do things their own way.

    Advice to Management

    None, really. Managers in this company all started at the bottom level, and can empathize somewhat with those lower down. Things are the way they are due to the nature of the industry, and management struggles to deal with these challanges.

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  5. Field Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to begin your engineer career, lots of travel opportunties

    Cons

    Work / Life balance was not desireable

  6. One of the best places to work where you can learn a lot and have many life experiences

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    very good technical training provided, life experiences around the world, good benefit for field employee and average for office based ones.

    Cons

    quite demanding, work life balance is not so good at times, to get management position or lead positions depends on contacts with senior management

  7. Seismic Processing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good reputation with clients

    Cons

    A lot of stress.

    Advice to Management

    0

  8. Challenging and ever changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Schlumberger

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

    Pros

    progression possibilities are great and people are great

    Cons

    none none none none none

    Advice to Management

    none

  9. Field Engineer, Sales Engineer and Account Management

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB

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

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

    Pros

    Schlumberger is well run company with many job opportunities under one roof - technical, sales, marketing, management. Women are welcomed in this company. Salaries are typical for the oilfield (high paying for field work and average for office work). I almost always was able to get vacation when I wanted it for over my time there. Training is one of the best in the industry and is well regarded if you leave the company. The culture is a "make it happen" culture and hard work is expected - for example you are almost always "on call" except perhaps when you are on vacation out of cell phone range. On the other hand if you have a personal appointment during the work week management is flexible with that. You can expect to stay in one roll for 1 to 3 years (can be longer if that is what you prefer). The more you are willing to move and gain experience the quicker you get promoted if that is your goal.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be tilted toward work - especially in field jobs (but you do get paid well for that). Like many large companies politics can play a roll that you don't appreciate - most noticeable in mid level management jobs. And, like many companies benefits have been eroding (company cars, free parking, some health benefits such as dental).

    Advice to Management

    The best managers I have worked with are those that always made a point of insulating his/her reports from the politics and odd rules that get in the way of doing your best job on a project.

  10. internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Field Engineer
    Current Intern - Field Engineer

    I have been working at Schlumberger as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - hands on field work
    - engineering related project
    - very fun intern sessions

    Cons

    -have to wait 3 years to move into management
    -good safety culture
    -cult- like

  11. Overall good company with a couple of cons

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, access to education, flexible schedule, large amount of vacation time

    Cons

    long hours, no room for advancement, little to no financial compensation even when doing the work of multiple positions.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone with a degree is a good manager.

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