Schlumberger Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
1,401 Reviews

3.7
1,401 Reviews
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Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard
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473 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seismic Acquisitions Engineer

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    Former Employee - Seismic Engineer  in  Gatwick, England
    Former Employee - Seismic Engineer in Gatwick, England

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefit including health plan, the career path is well defined, traveling around the globe and the training is simply awesome.It's a good company to start a career fresh from school especially if you are not married and don't have family.

    Cons

    Some mentors are not willing to give it all to the trainees especially if you are an Engineer trainee and the mentor is a Specialist .Paper work in some segments like Westerngeco is just too much of work (some of them are just outdated) and worst case is the way people are getting laid off, it's so annoying. Get ready for a disgraceful layoff using a phone call while you are spending your time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees, consider their opinions regarding training and career progress .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Reasonable Company

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Stonehouse, England
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Stonehouse, England

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and bonus scheme, and they go out of their way to look after employees, if they like you. Not much dead wood.

    Cons

    Job can be very monotonous, and very desk-bound.Very much geared toward young graduates, mid careers can find it difficult to adjust. Previous experience is pretty much ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to balance the balance the young graduate engineers with more people with "real world" manufacturing experince.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    very good

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    Former Employee - Support Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland

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

    Pros

    good salary, excellent benefits & some great people, good advancement opportunities, you get job satisfaction with this employer

    Cons

    like all companies they have some very poor higher management, but they are apparently Teflon coated, unsure why as they cost the company a lot of money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to & act on staff feedback , do not bury your head in the sand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Grade policy sucks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time

    Pros

    Internationally recognised oil services company. Industry leader in many technologies. Excellent training structure.

    Cons

    The strict pay grade structure is limiting and I would hazard a guess that it is one of the main reasons for the high attrition rate. If you are not internationally mobile for SLB then your chances of progressing are limited. It appears you have to be willing to up sticks every 3 years to get anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although profit is obviousy the name if the game, listening to your employees may go a long way to improving your reputation in the field. I have lost count of the times I have heard people in the oil services industry say 'I would never work for SLB'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Transactions  in  Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Transactions in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are looking to know the world, have a very good career opportunities and like to work hard, this is the company you want to be.

    Cons

    You could be some days struggling with your work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the international opportunities open to everyone, is one of the best unique things this company has.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    rewards effort

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    opertunities, progression, international asignments, benifits

    Cons

    work life balance, politics, work life balance

  8.  

    The Perfect Starting Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Abingdon, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Abingdon, England

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff are welcoming and friendly. The work is interesting and challenging and provides the opportunity to work with a mix of existing and new technology. Salaries are reasonably high for the industry. Plenty of vacation and time to partake in activities with other staff members.

    Cons

    Leadership can be mixed as management is a mixture of cultures and values and switching between departments seemed reasonably commonplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow interns a selection of experiences so they can gauge whether a future with the company is something they would enjoy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Intern in SIS, I had a very positive experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schlumberger

    Pros

    Very professional team
    Help and support provided
    Challenging and interesting work
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    Cons

    Sometimes felt a bit "outside the team"
    Getting used to the software took most part of the internship
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    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Really great

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern  in  Gloucester, England
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Gloucester, England

    I worked at Schlumberger as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very relaxed company culture, casual fridays etc good compensation, people are always happy to help.

    Cons

    A bit isolated, not a great location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is a good work-life balance considering that you get to leave most of the times on time and its acually frowned upon to stay later

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    They OWN you, you work for your Life! You're just an asset; not human!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Field Engineer  in  Aberdeen, Scotland
    Current Employee - General Field Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I have been working at Schlumberger full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Work experience (Only on your specialized segment, not others); SLB is good in what they do (in some segments)
    - Possibilities to travel to oilfield places (mainly remote)
    - Fair training courses for your special task you do
    - Salary is just average; Don't expect it to be above average
    - Good company for fresh graduate who're willing to find a job and with no dependent family

    Cons

    - Your personal life is gone, no family, no friend, no girl/boy friend; forget it
    - Salary they pay, doesn't correlate what they ask you to do; You also end up staying longer in your work base every day just to finish your assigned tasks
    - Whatever happens (failure, malfunction,...) is your FAULT! either you didn't check it or you didn't manage your time to get enough rest to resolve your problem! Blame culture is ridiculous!
    - Be aware: whatever you demand, they offer you extremely opposite! so always ask for something you don't want to get what you want!
    - They don't train you in a wide range of business, so you always depend on them; You only will be trained for the tasks you need to do in your own segment, you never get a chance to be trained in other segments so you will be always depending on them and can NOT find a wider range of the jobs after quitting
    - The attitude and behavior of your managers is absolutely not-acceptable. they don't see you as a human, they see you are an asset which have to make money and otherwise is out! not that the managers are naturally like this, but the SYSTEM demands from them to act this way, even if they don't want to, they become like that. They mainly under pressure and become aggressive most of the times, specially with juniors it's even worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers dont have power and cant do anything; it's built-in Schlumberger culture which will never improve, it's just against humanity
    No matter how much money you make for the company, still you're an asset; if you cant make money, you're straight out; Badly!
    Manager's are always busy; this is bad; no wonder most of them are either single or have many personal issues or divorced already!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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