Thread regarding Weatherford International Ltd. layoffs

Toxic

Is it just my faciity that everyone is at each others throat??
We are doing this to ourselves. Do we not realize we kick the ball in the same direction?!?

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Post ID: @10teWgh4

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Agree 100%, we need approvals from half a dozen folks before we can do anything. Then we must document it and have a pre and post meeting about it. Did i mention the lack of support from management, except them telling us we did wrong and then threaten to fire us. Then we get told we are lucky to have a job and overtime was a privilege. Agility was rif'd years ago with the experienced hands!

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-Avaz

Agile companies do not typically work on a management structure typical in the Oil industry and no where near how Weatherford operates.

To be agile you need to empower your workers to make needed decisions without the need to run everything up to a senior manager. Further you can not to this without being transparent in your operations across all aspects as well as having a clear goal communicated to all. Management should be there simply to remove obstacles and enable all to perform at their best.

It is an absolute that Weatherford will never be able to perform in this way.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-yael

You can’t become a smaller more agile company and remain competitive when you have more chiefs than Indians. Especially when those chiefs are tweaking everything they can to get a bonus check. The company is going down in flames, drowning in debt and the party hasn’t ended for the managers. Wft is going to get what it deserves. I can’t name a facility that wasn’t toxic and yes it was instigated by management. Best thing I ever did was leave and leave the mess of my branch plant to some s—er to tend to. I’ll continue to sit down the street here with my popcorn and watch this show come to it’s inevitable end.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-xtuz

Toxicity is the norm nowdays

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-tnjj

I can say when I worked there it was extremely toxic and it was led by management. Having a manager that lies to his employees then spread derogatory lies to his manager does nothing for morale. It is seen and noticed by all and makes both good and bad employees de motivated. At least someone had enough sense to clear him out. But then the ringleader was/is still there and thinks it is appropriate to yell and cuss all day long. It was comical seeing his managers roll their eyes and listen to him and watch senior level employees walk. The Sperry Sun nepotism is alive and well here.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-dkth

Instead of waiting for WFT to become smaller, more agile, simply leave and join a smaller, more agile company. There are many out there and the business seems to be moving that way anyway. Gone are the days of massive overhead in the form of 4 or 5 layers of management. If you have a hard skill, it should be easy to jump. Many have already.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-6hrq

Toxicity is common, just call other locations and ask!

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-6wod

I haven’t noticed because I stopped caring a few years ago. I’m just there for the paycheck. Small bonus is that I like what I’m doing. Everything else is off my radar.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-3him

Weatherford quickly needs to become a smaller,agile, more efficient company. Takes experienced leadership at the field level which is questionable. Don’t know if the ex-Halliburton management can get them there. Good luck.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-2tdj

To clean the toxicity is to clean out the dumb transformation ideas and teams. They continue to add nonsense to the daily operations that slow us down and make us less competitive in the industry. It has become comical.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-2ezb

There is no real cure for wft. For a long time you could cover bad management costs by inflating prices but that isnt there anymore and probably isnt coming back

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-gkw

More managers than workers.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-wvj

Same in our facility, a toxic atmosphere prevails. This is due to the constant mismanagement that has been rife for years, and I see no change in sight despite constant assurances that it will in the form of transformation, management of change etc etc yaaaaaaaawn.
Anybody who has a smattering of insight knows that what needs to be done is that the freeloaders and numerous hangers on need to be sacked and a bigger emphasis needs to be made regarding cross training of operational staff who are willing to embrace this so they can get out there and earn the money. This isn’t happening and never will and the resulting shambles that is Weatherford in its present ragged form is the result.
We will go from bad to worse in a constant downward spiral until the issue of Weatherfords top heavy administration and management is addressed and put right because as it cure stands it is unsustainable, we all know this yet in spite of all pulling in one direction to get things put right we have a majority pulling in the opposite direction as they are only concerned about their immediate gains and various bonus packages and benefits.
It could happen that we could pull things together but I’m not holding my breath as the will from the top isn’t really there in spite of all the various statements to the contrary. Way too many people have way too much to lose if Weatherford really did become a streamlined well organized company.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-hck

I’m sorry to hear that. Can I ask what the makeup of your staff is in terms of Weatheford length of service? Are there a lot of new staff?

My own facility’s morale was really bad until we found out what the future plan was. We’ve since downsized 40% whilst our order book has remained the same. Having a smaller but very experienced staff has shown what can be achieved, we actually function better now than we did before. I’m sure I’ll get labelled as a brown nosing individual for saying this but that’s the truth, both workshop and office staff feel the same.

Don’t get me wrong we are not perfect, and there’s a load of room to improve, but we are definitely not at each other’s throats and a small amount of optimism is now building.

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Post ID: @10teWgh4-epq

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