Schlumberger
3.6 of 5 1,238 reviews
www.slb.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

Schlumberger Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.6 1,238 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard

Paal Kibsgaard

(411 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "networking with all your colleagues of yr department around the world"
    in 26 reviews
  • "Fixed step training program for technical people is excellent, if not slightly 'overdone'"
    in 55 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very little work life balance, very aggressive business model"
    in 160 reviews
  • "Leads to culture with no work life balance when the opportunity exists"
    in 37 reviews
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Demanding job but rewarding experience

Senior Field Engineer (Former Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Materials Coordinator (Former Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

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

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

Consheaps 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 Senior ManagementHave realistic goals and expectations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Service Engineer (Current Employee)
Brisbane

I have been working at Schlumberger as a contractor

ProsSchlumberger is one of the largest oilfield company

Consinvest in other areas of petroleum services

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Be prepared for the sacrifice

Field Engineer (Former Employee)

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was a good company one day...

Various (Former Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

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

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementStop thinking that there is no life beyond SLB.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fun job with lots of travel

Support Geologist (Current Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

I have been working at Schlumberger

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

ConsLots of work and many time after hours

Advice to Senior ManagementGive us more info about what is going on

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Dont work for Sclumberger

Field Engineer MWD, DD (Current Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

I have been working at Schlumberger

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

Consonly 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is a tough place to work for

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

I have been working at Schlumberger

Pros- Good start up salary
- Good Technology

Cons- It's not what you know but who you know in the company to move up
- Not very organised . Always short in tools and people
- Good Technology but bad maintenance

Advice to Senior Management- Recognize and appreciate the hard work

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Life at the Big Blue of Oil

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

I worked at Schlumberger

ProsHigh technology
Truly International - One organization that just does not say it. International means international
Great People - May people you will meet at SLB are smart and intelligent - Not all though.

ConsYou are known by your failures.

Extremely scant regard for people. The company is extremely cocky (for some good reasons) that they have a talent pool like no one else. You are simply a number to the company.

Inspite of the international nature of the company, certain nationalities (mafias as they are known in the company) are extremely strong. You better not cross the mafias the wrong way or your career is finished.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at people issues and try to solve them. It is well known all over the oil industry that the company treats people badly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good job, good pay

A JFE (Current Employee)

I have been working at Schlumberger

ProsGood pay, good education and training opportunities with lots of people from around the world to meet and draw ideas and information from; good travel opportunities

ConsTime away from family and friends; management indecisive as to starting times, dates and locations; insecurity in the oil industry in the current GCF

Advice to Senior ManagementMake certain decisions about starting times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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