Frequently Asked Questions

Schlumberger and its position in the industry

What does Schlumberger do?

Schlumberger is the world’s largest oilfield services company. Working globally—often in remote and challenging locations—we invent, design, engineer, and apply technology to help our customers find and produce oil and gas safely and efficiently.

Where does Schlumberger operate?

We employ over 120,000 people of more than 140 nationalities working in approximately 85 countries. Schlumberger does not have a 'nationality' which describes its culture, but operates in a truly global fashion throughout the world.

We are often told that oil is running out. Why should I join an ageing industry?

Far from joining a dying industry, technology is ensuring that hydrocarbon resources will be extended, that the amounts recovered will increase and the challenges the technology represents will remain as exciting as ever.

Where does Schlumberger fit in to the oil and gas industry?

The oil and gas industry covers three main sections—upstream, midstream and downstream. We operate in the upstream section, which covers activity from the subsurface to the wellhead.

Is Schlumberger committed to equal opportunities?

One of our greatest strengths is the diversity of our workforce, with men and women of many nationalities and backgrounds working together and sharing common objectives. As a company, we encourage fair employment practices worldwide and offer equal opportunities to all our employees. We also try to take family considerations into account in any decisions about personnel matters or assignments.

Does Schlumberger have a corporate social responsibility policy?

We've developed a Global Citizenship framework that is focused on issues of global concern. We believe that, through thought leadership and our own best practices, we can make a difference in six priority areas: climate change, environment, driving safety, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness and education.

Training, career opportunities and the Schlumberger lifestyle

What type of training will I receive?

We believe that high-quality training is fundamental to both your success and the success of our business. When you join Schlumberger as an oilfield trainee, you initially follow a fixed-step training program which lasts three years. No matter what your background, we ensure you have the right training to develop quickly and advance in your role. The program blends technical, safety, personal development, business and managerial courses, and on-the-job validated training. View more information.

Is career progression possible at Schlumberger?

Yes. In a company of 120,000 employees in 85 countries, there are always opportunities to advance; whether you want to stay on a technical career path, or move into other areas—or to another country—there are almost endless projects to get stuck into.

Is there a typical Schlumberger lifestyle?

Depending on which area of the business you are working in it will differ. However, Schlumberger lifestyle certainly is not for everyone! In any job, there can be long hours, sometimes away from home. If you are a field engineer or specialist, you will be away from home a lot. No matter where you are, there is always pressure to perform!

Can I work abroad?

You could be working in your own country, or abroad, in +45oC in a desert, or -45oC in the arctic. There are also opportunities to work onshore or offshore. When you apply for a job you will initially be contacted by the recruiter working in the country that you are based.

What jobs are available at Schlumberger?

We recruit for a wide variety of roles; including fresh out and experienced professionals positions. All career opportunities can be found on the student and recent graduate and the experienced professional sections of our careers website.

Does Schlumberger offer internships?

Yes. We offer internships in engineering, research and operations and the geoscience and petrotechnical domain. We also offer internships in IT, supply chain and for Schlumberger Business Consulting.

The recruitment process

How do I apply for a job at Schlumberger?

Review our available positions and decide which one is right for you. Then register for an account online and submit your application. You will receive a confirmation email, and will be contacted if a suitable role becomes available. View an animation of the recruiting process here.

Can I apply for more than one job?

Please apply for only one position at a time.  Please note that candidates are advised to only apply for one position at a time. If you have already applied for a position and wish to apply for another, please first opt out of your initial selection by logging into your account.

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply for a certain position?

Please view the qualifications section of your chosen position.

I have searched through your available jobs but can’t find a suitable role. Can I still send you my CV?

We do not accept speculative applications. Please wait until a suitable position becomes available.

I think I’ve received a fraudulent employment letter from Schlumberger. How can I be sure and what should I do?

Please view the following page.

I am experiencing problems uploading my CV and/or cover letter. What should I do?

Please fill in the site feedback form, which can be found here.

Is my profile information and CV stored within Schlumberger indefinitely? If not for how long will it be active?

This is subject to local regulation. However, candidates can use the ‘opt out’ option when accessing the candidate portal (by clicking on the link ‘My Schlumberger Career’). By doing this, all the data submitted is automatically deleted.

What should I do if I have submitted an application but I have not yet heard anything back?

The recruiting team will do their upmost to reply to your application as soon as possible. You can view the status of your application by logging into your account.

If my application is unsuccessful will you let me know? Can I reapply?

All candidates will be advised about the state of their application.

Do you provide feedback for unsuccessful applications?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback at the application stage.

FAQs for parents

Below are the questions most frequently asked by the parents of our job seekers.

Does Schlumberger provide a safe working environment?

Absolutely. Schlumberger has a long-standing HSE commitment to the highest standards for the health and safety of our employees, customers, and contractors as well as to the protection of the environment in the communities in which we live and work. View more information.

Do employees have the facilities to keep in touch with friends and family back home when working for Schlumberger?

Yes. Even in remote locations phones and internet connection are generally available.

Will female employees be given private rooms when working on vessels?

A female employee would not be expected to share a cabin with a member of the opposite sex.

Who can an employee talk to if they have any issues at work?

There are numerous support channels that an employee can contact depending on the dilemma they are facing. A manager and/or a personnel representative should be the first point of call.

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Oilfield Services

Our industry can be quite confusing to newcomers. To help you understand how science and technology can make a difference in this often complex world, the editors from our exploration and production (E&P) magazine Oilfield Review have created a series of short articles that detail the underlying concepts and technologies on which the E&P industry is built. Visit the Oilfield Review page.