Q&A: The Women of O&G Describe Work Environments

Although far fewer women work in the oil and gas industry compared to men, many women find rewarding careers in the industry. Five women were asked the same 10 questions regarding their career choices in the oil and gas industry. One question and one answer from each woman will be shared with our readers each day from Feb. 6-17.

Disclaimer: The women in this questionnaire have asked to remain anonymous.

# Woman 1 Woman 2 Woman 3 Woman 4 Woman 5 #


Question 8: Describe your work environment.


Q&A: The Real Women of Oil and Gas

Woman 1: I work in an office with several different nationalities, disciplines and experience levels. We do have the latest technology and techniques.



Q&A: The Real Women of Oil and Gas

Woman 2: In the office and around town visiting customers.




Q&A: The Real Women of Oil and Gas

Woman 3: I work in a large office complex in Lekki, a suburb of Lagos. I am one of three expatriates and the only woman on a team of 20 people. The work environment is usually lively and loud, as Nigerians are typically very sociable, outgoing people. Nearly everyone I work with is in a labor union, which can make the working environment more difficult at times. I have experienced at least a dozen strike events during my assignment here (5+ years), with a few bordering on dangerous. The housing estate where we live is adjacent to the office complex so I go home every day for lunch.


Q&A: The Real Women of Oil and Gas

Woman 4: I work at an engineering firm that is involved in engineering, engineering and procurement (EP), or engineering, procurement and commissioning (EPC) contracts for drilling rigs. We are a project oriented engineering firm and as such, the environment is fast paced and close knit. The project teams work very closely together on the projects and also support the sales efforts. We have an open door policy and all of the employees are very much engaged in the business.


Q&A: The Real Women of Oil and Gas

Woman 5: I work in an office in suburban Pittsburgh, PA.




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Samantha Fonville | Feb. 17, 2012
If you are trying to encourage or motivate women thinking of getting into the oilfield, or who are already in the oilfiled, you are mistaken. Having one of your respondants say "no comment" for a question is not only a slap in the face to other women not chosen for the questionaire, it is upsetting. None of the women you chose had said anything of ever working in the field, just in the office. Dissapointed at best.


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