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2020

Valued, Respected, Relied Upon

Germaine saw vast opportunity for growth when she joined Schlumberger eight years ago. Today, her horizons look wider than ever.

Growing up in Louisiana, USA, Germaine learned that a career with Schlumberger carried a mantle of honor, respect and pride. So, in 2011 at age 31, she interviewed for a job, and the picture got rosier: “I saw vast opportunity for growth.”

Germaine started out as a storekeeper in Larose and, within 18 months, progressed to warehouse supervisor. In 2014, she switched paths and became a maintenance assistant. She obtained her Technician Level 1 in 2018, then acquired three advanced technical certifications and is currently working on her Level 2.

“The transition from warehouse to maintenance was exciting and scary at the same time. I was concerned I might disable the equipment. Within a few short weeks and a few trial-by-error moments, I was finding ways to improve processes. By the end of my first year, I was writing standard work instructions (SWI).”

There is no such thing as a typical day, she says. “On any given day I am servicing, repairing or maintaining equipment. It can be challenging, but it is immensely rewarding to hand over reliable, dependable equipment that you know will generate revenue.”

Germain

Proper training has made it all possible. “I began my training in the lab long before I set foot in the classroom. Larose is a high-profile deepwater location; we see lots of new technology. We learn a lot by doing, and you have the opportunity to cross train on any tool. That’s how you grow.”

As for the classroom, Germaine says Schlumberger has some of the most skilled and knowledgeable trainers in the world. “These instructors have walked in our shoes. They share their knowledge in a way that will reach every learner in the classroom. I feel lucky. If I am ever in doubt, I can pick up the phone and reach out to one of them for help.”

Role models are the keys to continued success, says Germaine. “I’ve had several role models since joining the company. They answer questions, they challenge you to rise to your potential, and they reassure you during times of frustration.”

Schlumberger has introduced Germaine to many different cultures and experiences—from visiting the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi to hiking snow covered mountains in Norway. “It is amazing to learn about different cultures and customs. It opens the mind.”

In only eight years, Germaine has experienced plenty of mind opening. “I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to. I’ve learned that it is never too late to try a new path. I’ve also learned what it means to be part of an amazing team; to be valued, respected and relied upon, and to reciprocate those values back to my teammates.”

Navigating a male-dominated field has not been a concern for Germaine. “When I put my coveralls on, I don’t see myself as a woman in a man’s world. I see myself as a technician with the knowledge and training to get the job done.” Germaine knows she may have certain physical limitations that her male teammates do not. “However, most men will not stand aside and watch you struggle. Regardless of gender, no one wants to see a colleague get hurt.”

“My advice to new recruits entering this field is to be always open to learning something new. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Initiative and effort are highly respected traits.”

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