From Aircrew to Recruiting
What kind of work did you do in the military?
Between 1992 and 1996 I flew as primary aircrew on the AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircraft) as an Air Surveillance Technician. I sat in front of a screen similar to an air traffic controller and was responsible for identifying, recording, and reporting enemy aircraft. I spent many hours in the sky; our missions could last up to 18 hours with air refuelling.
Why did you decide to join Schlumberger afterwards?
My Air Force career was cut short in 1996 due to personal reasons. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do next so I went back to school and tried different opportunities. In 2004 I found myself working in the oil and gas industry. It reminded me of the military and I finally felt like I had found my place. When I realized that the company I was working for did not offer enough advancement opportunities, I decided it was time to leave, and set Schlumberger as my next goal. The company had a great reputation and I was determined to be a part of it.
Can you describe your career with us?
I started at Schlumberger in 2008. I began my career as a facilities coordinator in Sugar Land, TX. I started on a temporary contract, but my hard work and dedication to the job paid off. I became a full-time employee in April 2010. A year later I moved from Facilities to HR, working in the Regional Support Center. I spent 2½ years there and I am now working as a Recruiting Coordinator supporting our Recruiters and our fresh-out Field Engineers.
What do you do now?
My role is very varied, because I support candidates throughout the hiring and pre-employment process. Most of my day is spent scheduling tests and interviews, writing offers, and ensuring new hires have everything they need before onboarding. I spend a lot of time interacting with the candidates, answering questions, and helping them with any concerns they might have.
What advice would you give to other military personnel considering a career at Schlumberger?
Most of us go into the military because it is a passion. We feel strongly about serving our country and we want to be dedicated to something that is bigger than us. Leaving that environment and transitioning into civilian life is tough, especially when the circumstances are out of our control. In my opinion, Schlumberger can help make that transition easier. I wish I had been more familiar with the company when I was discharged. I would not have wasted so much time trying to find that next thing. You have the opportunity at Schlumberger to find the career path which suits you best, and will be offered the best training and development to help you meet your career goals. When I first started working with Schlumberger seven years ago I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I soon realized that this was the beginning of a new career, with opportunities that I had not found anywhere else.
How has your time in the military helped you with the work you do now?
Paying attention to detail is a critical part of my job. The Recruiting Coordinators provide the first impression of Schlumberger for the new hires. In the military I had to fold my shirts into 6-inch squares; details are important in the military because people’s lives are at risk. At Schlumberger, any mistake could seriously affect the company’s reputation. Leadership, integrity, discipline, and teamwork have also proven to be very important.
What is the working environment like?
We work in a fast-paced environment; when things get busy you might not be able to look up from your computer. The reward is meeting each candidate when they start their training, seeing how excited they are to begin their new career and letting that excitement remind you of why you work so hard. It is a great environment in which to work.
How would you describe the training at Schlumberger?
Training and development is a big part of the company culture, and not just for graduate trainees. Just like in the military, many of the training requirements are in place to keep employees safe. Schlumberger provides everything from CPR and First Aid to driver training, as well as all of the function-related training.
What challenges do you face in your job?
We hire for all of North America so the biggest challenge is staying up with changes to policies, such as changes in visa regulations. It is an ever-changing environment to which we must adjust constantly. My experience in the military has prepared me to deal with such a changing environment.
What opportunities are there to progress in your career?
I think you can go as far as you want to go in Schlumberger. Promotions are internal and are based on performance and potential. If there is an opportunity that requires more education the company can offer that training. It is up to each one of us to decide how far we want to progress within the company.