Schlumberger Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
1,411 Reviews
3.7
1,411 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Big company, relocation around the world, good salaries, prospects for going up (in 30 reviews)

  • Work environment Good also with fun and rewarding (in 60 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance tends to be dismal if you're too extroverted or have a nuclear family (in 193 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good and demanding company, lots of politics under the new CEO.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Good career opportunity for junior and middle management.
    Strong team culture, plenty of training and development opportunities.
    International exposure.

    Cons

    Very demanding company in terms of performance.
    International exposure could have negative impact on the personal life.
    Increasingly political atmosphere especially at the upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr CEO, lots of old school great SLB personnel that built the strong foundation of this company are not happy with your uncompromising push for growth. Once great organization could end up with bunch of yes man waiting for the next pay check or better opportunity.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    FS Wireline

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    Current Employee - FS Wireline  in  Brisbane
    Current Employee - FS Wireline in Brisbane

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hands on and technical learning

    Cons

    no rotation, life balance, lack of employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Junior Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great challenges and great aboard work experience
    Comprehensive training for fresh out
    Good compensation
    Mobility between different job functions

    Cons

    Sacrifice on work life balance
    Far away from family and friends
    Difficult for spouse to follow and adapt to new locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Demanding job but rewarding experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Field Engineer  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Travelling,
    Meeting People from around the world
    Getting Oilfield experience and exposure

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance
    Being away from family and friends for large chunks of ones life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unrealistic expectations if you work in materials or logistics. Good company to work in if you're in the right segment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    comprehensive insurance coverage
    good work environment
    great people
    emphasis on high level of safety

    Cons

    heaps of work to do, you'll never be able to complete.
    unrealistic tasks and work load - depends on which segments you are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have realistic goals and expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mix and pump very low to very high density slurries, in a Batch mixer or continuous mixing process.

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    Current Employee - Service Engineer  in  Brisbane
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Brisbane

    I have been working at Schlumberger as a contractor

    Pros

    Schlumberger is one of the largest oilfield company

    Cons

    invest in other areas of petroleum services

  8.  

    Be prepared for the sacrifice

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Engineer

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Comprehensive training provided
    - Wage and benefits

    Cons

    - Horrendous work-life balance
    - Can get cliquey
    - Usually despised by clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good company one day...

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    Former Employee - Various  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Various in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at Schlumberger full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Trully international. Gives many opportunities to get exposure to many aspects of E&P industry.

    Cons

    Management is lacking vision on how to deal with petro-technical professionals. No or limited control over geographical assignments. Pay nowadays is not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that there is no life beyond SLB.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun job with lots of travel

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Geologist  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Support Geologist in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Travel - 2 time to KL
    Play with cool technology
    Meet lots of clients
    Great training
    good pay

    Cons

    Lots of work and many time after hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us more info about what is going on

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dont work for Sclumberger

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer MWD, DD  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Field Engineer MWD, DD in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    good tools, pay is ok if your sent to Iraq or Oman or similar hell hole.

    Cons

    only worth it if you are sent to a hell hole, even then the pay isnt Thattt good.

    When you leave your training their are NO other opportunities, NONE, you will most likely have to do a complete career change. Then the degree you had is close to useless since it will be around 4years since you did it, I personally found myself in this position, my grades were high through uni as well!

    dont be fooled
    you WILL be worked like a slave
    you WILL end up loosing most of your friends due to no contact.
    you WILL lose your girlfriend
    and you WILL lose the best parts of your youth in a job with no prospects earning what you could have been in a few years any way with a better more balanced job.

    Schlumberger pry on the young and greedy fresh from uni they will hang a golden caret in front of you.
    they get your youth, the best years of your life, and in return you get some money and a dead end career. Sorry Folks its the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are good, god I pity the poor soles that have been trapped here their whole career, management pay isnt even that good, and the workload gets heavier than at the beginning of your career (yes that might seem impossible but true).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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