Recent increases in drilling activity and a surge of North American production in plays such as the Permian Basin have incited excitement in the sector as oilfield service companies work to rebuild their workforces.
In Rigzone’s second annual Ideal Employer Survey, which garnered more than 6,600 responses globally, participants expressed their top choices of oilfield service companies for which they’d like to work.
For the second consecutive year, Halliburton took the number one designation. Rounding out the top three oilfield service companies are Schlumberger and BHGE, respectively.
Kaleb Faulk, Halliburton’s recruiting manager for North America regions, shared with Rigzone what he believes keeps the company desirable in the industry.
Rigzone: In terms of hiring, how has Halliburton managed to remain competitive during the downturn and now, in the industry recovery?
Rigzone: During the industry recovery, what is Halliburton’s core area of focus for its overall strategy?
Faulk: Our strategy has not changed; we are focused on delivering industry leading returns through our value proposition, which is to collaborate and engineer solutions to maximize asset value for our customers.
Rigzone: Many oil and gas companies have used technology to increase efficiencies in their operations. How is Halliburton utilizing technology?
Faulk: The technology we develop and utilize helps solve our customers’ business challenges. Our strategy is to focus our R&D investments on solutions that maximize asset value for our customers. That includes both increasing efficiency and producing more barrels. Accordingly, we value and pursue technologies that meet customer requirements and provide a return to Halliburton. Our technology investments cover a broad range of technical fields including sensor physics, advanced materials, downhole chemistry, electromechanical tools and equipment, simulation and digital technologies. Regardless of the technologies we employ, our focus is on solving our customers’ business challenges.
Rigzone: In early 2017, Halliburton ramped up activity in the Permian and hired 200 workers. Does Halliburton have any hiring plans now or in the near future?
Faulk: We continue to hire across the U.S. as market demand requires. Halliburton has ongoing job fairs and hiring events in locations where we are experiencing an increase in drilling and completion activities such as Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio. We are always looking for entry-level and experienced operators for field operations, truck drivers (CDL), mechanic technicians and electronic technicians. Today, we are hiring in Fort Lupton, Colorado; Williston, North Dakota; Kilgore, Texas; Bossier City, Louisiana; Rock Springs, Wyoming; Midland, Texas; Odessa, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Zanesville, Ohio and El Reno, Oklahoma.