What are the craziest things you have witnessed during your time at slb? For me it's expired medical certificates that got litterally photoshopped so employees could go offshore.
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Some of the more senior SLB guys may remember; SLB experienced a catastrophic loss after guns were detonated at surface, injuring and k–ling employees and operator's representative.
Following that incident, a big worldwide campaign took place, telling anyone could stop the job at any time, if they knew it was unsafe to proceed. We were issued "Stop cards" in the name of one of the vice-presidents.
We were empowered, was the message. The company would always be behind us!
Shortly after, I am on a job, and the company man asks me to do something I deem unsafe, given the conditions.
I call the FSM, expecting him to back me up. Instead of support, he becomes irate that "I dare to lay MY decisions upon him, and that I am the sole responsible for my actions, because I am on the job".
I call the Geomarket manager at home, and after giving all the details, he asked me to perform the service as required by the operator.
Upon my return to shore, I got transferred out to another Geomarket. Reason invoked, I needed to diversify my experience...
A FSM called me on the phone and asked me to forge shipping papers for a truck that I'd never even seen and was miles away from me. I refused and got moved to the front of the line for layoffs. Apparently, field engineers were expected to do that kind of thing.
That and lying to E-Journey.
Commanding hourly paid staff to enter X number of RIRs per quarter to make the figures look good....then commanding that at least one RIR or SQ is entered per week so it evens out the entries or they lose their miserly quarterly bonus. If the VPs don't know of this manipulation then they are in on it.
I thought everyone faked their safety card quota every month.
PBay alaska. Brian the maintenance manager and his minions running the show and deciding who to stay and who to get let go.
Alaska MI-Swaco manager, supported by head guy in Houston, made employees "make up" RIR's to meet a quarterly quota for Alaska. Threatening punishment if not done by a certain date, which was only a few weeks away. Hundreds of RIR's made up and faked. Crazy! - and just wonderful for morale.
CEO getting a huge bonus for taking us into the offshore deepwater market big time by acquiring Cameron just before the offshore market tanked and we started losing money. The CEO was able to keep his bonus despite the disastrous results of the acquisition. This was a badly thought out all or nothing acquisition that was too high risk from the beginning.
CEO compensation is driving terrible decision making and taking the company to the brink of extinction. Totally misaligned with shareholder value
This is still going on in the company today in certain countries with smaller independents. I won’t name any names but certain managers still make a bit of money on the side doing this
Check out the share prices jumps in the smaller independent companies and you will see. Then check out who was ion those jobs and the conclusions are unavoidable especially when one of those guys has a very expensive car that you can’t afford on a company salary
our manager was taking well test data from key clients and selling it to traders in the stock market who were making millions on buying and selling shares based in that confidential info. Our manger retired early and bought a villa in the south of France from the proceeds
PSDM highlighting the importance of properly certified lifting equipment during morning meeting safety moment, while at the meantime cancelling all requested work orders to the third party company in charge of recertification in order to save money...
Answer given by employee to an action item after an accident was removed from system by top managers as they could have been blamed at the investigation review because the equipment was not certified and they knew it....
2,000gal diesel leak declared as 5gal because the double hull tank was never installed and hidden right after even though it was still a depreciating asset. All RIR's leading up to the incident were altered and action items removed to eliminate any evidence and accountability by the plant manager. He is still employed but all N-1 got transferred and fired for whatever reasons within a year pretty much.
Segment president handing out awards at the rig site while we were being banned by the client for the exact same job. It was the fifth time and all caused by the FS and his FSM who to date still does not understand anything. So they made him intouch specialist. Yeah, his wife cooked dinners for the ops mgr.
Yammer "success story" that was in fact a terrible job with several days of NPT
Inflating the achievements of the transformation program to keep PKs minions happy
Made it look real good but in reality our NPT was a disaster
PTS manager created a hostile work environment, and HR supported it.
We cheated on a client charging them for more operational days for equipment rental than what they really used. Or VP made us do it and I am not particularly proud of doing that because it goes against everything we stand for
Rigged G11 track to force someone out of the dept.
Our CEO getting a huge yearly bonus over multiple years while the share price tanked and we still don't have a strategy for growth. This is the craziest thing I have seen in the company
Managers submitted vacation to be expensed. Yes, SLB paid for that.
renting out the company paid apartment on Airbnb while I lived with my girlfriends mother so I could have some extra money for the weekend
Rebranding cheap Chinese third party chemicals as SLB specialised products while charging premium prices to make sure we made our margins at the end of the month to keep our president happy and keep our jobs!
doing business with the Iranians while the international sanctions were in place
Under the table payments to government officials in latin america that led to huge contract wins with state oil companies and big bonus for senior management. I worked in finance at the time and was told to keep quiet but I have since left because my conscious wouldn't allow me to continue
ops manager faking his revenue results to please the VP. also lying to the client about a major screw-up in tools (mistake in manual regarding tool temp limit) that cost the client close to 3 millions USD
Drinking alcohol and driving company vehicles while drunk in Aberdeen office is a real scandal
This never used to happen with the previous CEO watch but now it’s everywhere
Nobody cares anymore