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Frequently Asked Questions

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SLB and its position in the industry

What does SLB do?

SLB (SLB: NYSE) is a technology company that partners with customers to access energy. Our people, representing over 160 nationalities, are providing leading digital solutions and deploying innovative technologies to enable performance and sustainability for the global energy industry. With expertise in more than 120 countries, we collaborate to create technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all.

Where does SLB operate?

We employ approximately 85,000 people of more than 160 nationalities operating in over 120 countries. SLB does not have a 'nationality' which describes its culture but operates in a truly global fashion throughout the world.

Where does SLB fit in to the energy industry?

We are the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the global energy industry.

Is SLB committed to equal opportunities?

SLB is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. 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..

What is SLB doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Safety is a core priority for SLB. We embrace a safety mindset and build it into how we work. That is why we were able to take a proactive approach to COVID-19 outbreak response, quickly implementing a comprehensive outbreak management plan and adapting our work practices. Our impact does not stop at the site or the office door—we also have initiatives that are contributing to the safety of the people in the communities where we live and work. You can find out more about our outbreak response here.

Is SLB involved in renewable energy?

In 2020 we launched SLB New Energy to explore new businesses in low-carbon or carbon-neutral energy technologies. Our approach is to apply our domain expertise in areas adjacent to our existing activities and use our global footprint and execution platform to deliver at scale. We are using partnership models and our experience in technology industrialization to expand into energy verticals beyond oil and gas. Our diverse New Energy portfolio includes ventures in geothermal and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS)—where we bring decades of project experience to a growing market—and geoenergy, clean hydrogen, and lithium, where we work on breakthrough technologies for new markets.

Is SLB committed to sustainability?

The energy industry is changing, and SLB's vision is to define and drive high performance, sustainably. As a leading energy service company, responsible environmental and social stewardship is an integral part of the way we operate. We call our approach to sustainability Global Stewardship. This includes addressing opportunities and risks associated with the energy transition and climate change; protecting the environment; investing in and engaging with our workforce and the communities where we and our customers live and work; and promoting diversity and inclusion and safeguarding human rights.


Training, career opportunities and the SLB 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 SLB as a trainee, you'll initially follow a structured development program, which lasts three to five years depending on the role. 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 courses.

Is career progression possible at SLB?

Yes. In a company of approximately 85,000 employees in 120 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 SLB lifestyle?

Depending on which area of the business you are working in it will differ. However, SLB 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! You can ave a closer look at a day in the life of SLB here.

Can I work abroad?

You could be working in your own country, or abroad, in +45 DegC in a desert, or -45 DegC 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 SLB?

We recruit for a wide variety of roles; including fresh out and experienced professionals positions. All career opportunities can be found on the Early Careers, Experienced Roles, and Former Military sections of our careers website.

Does SLB offer internships?

Yes. We offer rewarding and immersive internships across our organization. More information can be found on the Early Careers page.

Do I still need to go through the structured learning program if I am an experienced hire?

We believe in ongoing development opportunities for all employees throughout their careers. Depending on your previous experience and the role you join us in, we will provide appropriate training to ensure you have the competencies to achieve your maximum potential in the role. In general, experienced hires are not required to go through a specific structured learning and development program.

How many days per month can I expect to be working on a rig as a field engineer on an international assignment?

This is very dependent on your location and can vary. When you attend interview, your recruiter will be able to provide further information.


The recruitment process

How do I apply for a job at SLB?

*Note: To apply for a job on our site you will have to create a simple 2-step account. For the best user experience, we suggest you create your account before beginning your search so your process will not be interrupted. Review our available positions and decide which one is right for you. If you’ve already created an account and received your verification email, you can apply and submit. If not, complete the register for an account process, receive your verification email, then return to the selection and submit your application. Either way, you will receive a confirmation email and will be contacted if a suitable role becomes available. Guidance on the application process can be found on the Early Careers, Experienced Roles, and Former Military sections of our careers website.

Can I apply for more than one job?

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 check back regularly and apply when a suitable position becomes available.

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

Recruitment fraud from groups pretending to be SLB—or claiming to represent SLB—may be sent in a variety of formats, including e-mail, text, social media, and letter. Please be vigilant and aware of fraudulent activity. If you are unsure a communication you have received is genuine, please review additional guidance

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

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

Is my profile information and CV stored within SLB 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 SLB 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 utmost to review 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.

Does SLB have a policy on recruiting people with disabilities?

Yes, we believe in a culture where everyone is valued and respected for their knowledge and experience. If you require any adjustments to our recruiting processes to help you perform at your best, please let our recruiters know. We’d be happy to work with you.

3rd Party Recruiting Agency Notice:

Please be advised that to meet our hiring needs, we have engaged the services of third-party, outside recruiting companies to identify and refer Engineering candidates to SLB for interviews. These companies are Nicholas Charles and Omniforce, and will recruit using the SLB name through February 1st, 2023. Candidates will be referring only to SLB and no other company.

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