Schlumberger

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Schlumberger Reviews

Updated 15 December, 2014
Updated 15 December, 2014
1,498 Reviews
3.7
1,498 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Challenging and ever changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    progression possibilities are great and people are great

    Cons

    none none none none none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Field Engineer, Sales Engineer and Account Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    internship

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall good company with a couple of cons

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone with a degree is a good manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Field Engineer - Tough Physical Working Conditions, Good Potential in Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large career potential within the company if one survives the 3-4 year training period.

    Cons

    Physically challenging, work in remote environments far from civilization (800km+) (if you work for SLB Canada). Skills learnt on the job are very company & job specific and not transferable at all to other industries, companies or even within the same company. Pay is rather low for the adverse working conditions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Challenges abundant!!

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    You'll never get bored. Great training

    Cons

    It is a demanding work environment

  8.  

    good development yet bad tradition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Red Deer, AB
    Current Employee - Junior Field Engineer in Red Deer, AB

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the training is excellent, fixed step programs, the company really helps u to understand the operation

    Cons

    schedule, rotation, the first 6 months witihn the company will be the hardest one

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Schlumberger - potentially a great place to work (if you want it to be)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in St. John's, NL
    Current Employee - Employee in St. John's, NL

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - the company offers excellent training and opportunities
    - there are very few companies that offer the life experience you will get with Schlumberger

    Cons

    work - life balance is poor and opportunities can be quite random (just being in the right place at the right time).
    Benefits seem to be deteriorating over the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are still (supposed to be) our most valuable asset ...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Field Eng.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Good formation, good people, and great organisation

    Cons

    The life style. You have to be a hard worker.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Very professional.

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

    I have been working at Schlumberger as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader. Research and developement of new technologies is excellent.

    Cons

    Tend to try to control all aspects of the employee's life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely less on educational background and more on work experience when hiring and promoting at the field level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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