Pros: benefits, salary, work schedule, lots of down time for hobbies
Cons: nepotism, half of the management hardly has a ged, the other half is well educated leading to significant communication and managerial tensions.
Work/Life balance is better than most oilfield companies. For field engineers the 4 on 10 off isn't bad. There is no direct management over what you actually do, only in the paperwork you turn in. 90% of the job is unsupervised and is primarily handling day to day routines with crews that are staffed with a wide variety of characters, some great some – more... awful, and across the board there is no knowledge of how to manage others or projects. The engineer typically is left to clean up all the messes and ethical dilemmas left behind by the operations side without causing the account reps, customers, or business development to look into possible problems. If one or more departments puts the other under the microscope anticipate vulgar emails and phone calls from all parties, followed closely by everyone doing their ritual of stabbing at least two people in the back. This relationship of communicating between all the customers and departments causes alot of tension and being able to communicate effectively is critical. Working at Halliburton as a Field Engineer is all about navigating a minefield to make your job comfortable, your actual success has nothing to do with the quality of your efforts in this area or any of your efforts. You will succeed as an engineer if you are liked and apart of the inner circle, or "Good old boys club". Lots of hardworkers have quit due to this, they get into the inner circle and realize that no matter how hard they work and succeed or fail nothing impacts their actual standing as a good worker. Most of them eventually just give up and stop coming to work and they are still rewarded with responsibilities and opportunities to succeed. They typically just stop trying, and find other opportunities elsewhere because the lack of motivation to work is awful. – less