Career Profile: Francoise
Why did you choose to work at Schlumberger?
“While I was studying in Yaounde, I saw a presentation by Schlumberger at a forum. I was very interested in the challenging jobs the company offered and impressed by how their employees were able to move around the world. I decided to ask the presenter if the company hired women from Cameroon, and I was told that Schlumberger have absolutely no restrictions on hiring women, as long as they can pass the aptitude tests. To emphasise this point, he told us that there were many Nigerian women working in the company at that time. From that moment on, I had a dream to work for Schlumberger, and after graduating from my degree I applied and was hired as a Field Engineer.”
How did you get to where you are today?
“I started working for Schlumberger in Cameroon in 2001 as a Field Engineer, and after a month I was sent to Nigeria for training. After that, I progressed from Field Engineer to Drilling Engineer, and then to Senior Drilling Engineer while working in several different countries, including Angola, Gabon, Aberdeen and Equatorial Guinea. I then returned to Cameroon again where I remotely supported Chad and Equatorial Guinea, before relocating to Congo at the start of 2015, where I am now based.”
What do you do in your current job?
“As a Senior Drilling Engineer, I provide drilling engineering support to clients in countries such as Congo, Chad and Equatorial Guinea. My job is to design and evaluate each well’s feasibility in terms of drilling ability by designing a suitable BHA (Bottom Hole Assembly) based on the clients' needs. I carry out simulations such as hydraulic, torque and drag, and proximity analysis to evaluate and analyse the risks involved in the job and prepare a mitigation plan for the offshore team to follow. This means I am available 24/7, and I sometimes get calls from the rig very late at night for assistance. I also follow up on the well during the execution phase to ensure that all the design constraints and mitigation plans are being properly followed. This also enables me to evaluate how we can improve our work through key performance indicators and lessons we have learned from previous wells drilled.”
What do you enjoy most about working for Schlumberger?
“I really enjoy working in a challenging environment and being exposed to so much knowledge. One big challenge, which is also a very interesting part of the job, is that we move from project to project, which often means moving from location to location. There are no limits to where we might travel with the company, which means that our workforce is very diverse, both by culture as well as by gender. There is no boundary to personal development and training in the Schlumberger work system, and we are constantly learning new things. I love the challenge of meeting and exceeding client expectations, which has always been my main drive. My next ambition is to gain an advisor level in my career profile.”
How do you find the work environment at Schlumberger?
“The work atmosphere at Schlumberger is very friendly. The best way to describe the environment is that it is “work hard play hard”. We are all very committed to what we do, but we find time to do exciting things outside of working hours, toThe work atmosphere at Schlumberger is very friendly. The best way to describe the environment is that it is “work hard play hard”. We are all very committed to what we do, but we find time to do exciting things outside of working hours, too.”
Do you face any particular challenges being a female in the company?
“I would not say I face any problems being a female in the company. I grew up in an environment where hard work, perseverance and determination were the master keys for success. I learned that if you have something to do, you must do it right! This is one of the key values of our organisation. Being married and a mother of three children, I would say that the main challenge for me has been managing my work-life balance. I sometimes I find it difficult to leave my children, but I am determined to work hard to give them a good life.”
What advice would you give to young women considering a field job?
“I will say that the most important thing in this job is to put your best in, in all situations. If you be yourself and perform well you will realize that you are not treated at all differently for being a woman. As long as you do your job properly, you will get the corresponding respect. Schlumberger is a very fair place to work, and will always reward you for the effort and dedication you put into your job.”