Schlumberger Reviews

Updated 23 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. Sales Engineer

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    Former Employee - QLD in Brisbane
    Former Employee - QLD in Brisbane

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Training, Multi-culture environment, good teamwork and it is really a good employer to start with if you want a great career in oil and gas.

    Cons

    Mobility is sometimes very depressing if you want to keep a stable life and working at the remote area is also challenging.

  2. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger

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

    Pros

    Decentralised and empowered management. Great people. Job where you can get a lot of experience over abroad range.

    Cons

    None really, as long as you don't mind working hard, overseas with long hours sometimes. Living in the places is a bonus, in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility in assignments between field and research and development would be very useful, as it will help with product development and commercialisation.

  3. Helpful (1)

    constantly engineers and managers come and go.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schlumberger

    Pros

    good money if work off-shore

    Cons

    not reliable, dump you as soon as they feel they don't need you.

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  5. You can go far in this company at the expense of your work-life balance

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities if you are willing to work for them.

    Cons

    Little to no time off. No roster and you mostly get called up at random times to go to work with little to no warning.

  6. Work hard play hard

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Brisbane

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunities to grow and learn. You will be given top notch training and You will be surrounded by ambitious people

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance. People burn out here quickly and high turnover rate. Even when you start you will be specialised in one specific segment. Management see you as a resource with serial number

    Advice to Management

    Think about the long term. Positive encouragement is better than negative encouragement.

  7. Great training, tough work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of training, leading O&G technology , great opportunity to get into the O&G industry & travel the world. Meet a lot interesting people, potential to earn good money quickly.

    Cons

    Tough work/life balance, rosters can be hap-hazard, never sure how long you will be out on site for. Site Living conditions can be prison like, stressful when things aren't working correctly.

  8. 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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on and technical learning

    Cons

    no rotation, life balance, lack of employees

  10. Junior Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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

  11. Demanding job but rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Perth, Western Australia

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

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