Diversity has played a major role in the development of Schlumberger, and for nearly 25 years gender balance has been a major focus for us. In 1978, we hired our first female Field Engineer Trainee (FET) in the USA, Bonnie Kay. After several months’ initial training, she then spent time working offshore before accepting an international assignment in Indonesia. By the end of 1979, 29 women engineers worked at Schlumberger.
Fast forward more than 40 years, and Bonnie Kay’s experience is still typical of the field engineer life today. As one of the most multi-cultural group of experts in any industry—training, travel, challenge, and adventure are as relevant now as they ever were.
While aspects of the role are similar, much has changed in the last four decades. Our commitment to integrity and ethics has seen improved safety and living conditions for those in the field, while the pioneering spirit of our people has driven technology development and innovation at an unprecedented pace. Currently, around 19% of our employees are female, with women also well established in senior leadership positions across the company.
The diversity of our workforce is an integral part of the company’s cultural philosophy and a business imperative. Diversity brings a plethora of ideas and perspectives that make the workplace more dynamic, and provides the company with a competitive advantage by enabling access to the best people. No matter your nationality, or your background, we work together towards common goals. Today, diversity runs through Schlumberger at every job level, including the top levels of management, and this helps to make our company what it is today.
We invite you to gain an insight into the careers and personal adventures of just some of the diverse women at Schlumberger.