Little Know-it-all: Ive been reading your garbage and passing it off as so much BS as long as I can stand it. I don't know what your job is or who pissed in your Post Toasties, but allow me these few points. I am a second generation HAL employee who followed his father around the world with the Flying H. He went to work shortly after WW II and was working during the time when Earl P. still made the rounds. My dad did not have a college degree but because of his ability to deal with customers and felllow employees, he quickly worked his way up the ladder to a supervisor or "Fieldman" job. When he retired after 35 years of service, he was still checking rigs and making more sales calls in a week that most of the more recent hired folks, including the up and coming engineers, were in a month.. He was shipped all ove the place where market share was a concern I can remember more than a few times when our family was packing up and moving at the same time Dowell was closing their camp. Dad and his fellow workers had accompished the job of winning back the market share in that area and we moved on to the next challenge. Of cours in those days, most of the work was awarded in the field instead of the offices such as Houston and NO. My dad was a good HAL hand and guys like him helped build the company's reputation. I watched my dad work his tail off and he was always a supporter of the company, even in his private conversations. I went off to college unsure of my goals and after blowing a few semesters, decided that HAL was good for my dad and my family so it was good enough for me. I went to work in 1975 making more money than a lot of my friends graduating from college. We worked hard and we had a blast. There was always some sort of internal competition about whose truck looked the best or who could run the smoothest job or who could sell tha most float equipment. We were all sort of self motivated to give the customers the best service we possibly could. That's the way it was in the field when I was an operator up until about 1982. I was promoted to a supervisor position and the market began to change. The first round of layoffs began in the early 80's and all of a sudden. blind loyalty to the Flying H began to slowly disappear. Companies had moved operations to offices in the cities. The field hands became more like other workes. More like just a number, but they still had the best equipment, products and most important of all, the best leadership in the service industry. I was asked to move into the sales office in 1995 because of my experience in operations. I sold more of my product line in the following two years than any single salesman had done before me. Of course I had good accounts and the market was friendly, but I bailed off into an unknown arena and had pretty good succes. I was promted twice in the next two years. My last boss has been a VP. I've had to pinch myself every morning to make sure it was all real.
It's over. The Dresser merger has created a situation where there are more good folks than good jobs. My accounts have been re-assigned and my future is uncertain, but I'm not the only producer that has been affected. There have been some very good HAL folks walk out the door because of this merger. Funny thing though is that I still think HAL is a great company and will be THE leader in the industry, It's just that the industry is shrinking very fast. Little Know- it- all, I think you are a whimpy rooster smoocher and couldn't carry a real Halliburton hand' lunch box, but of course that is just my opinion.
With the surplus of quality recent college graduates, Chairman Dick has announced internally that any office worker without a college degree will be terminated. Really you will be fired, its just so nicer to say something else to get you off the payroll.
The future of field workers is very tenuous right now, but Chairman Dick is weighing several option placed on the table by senior management staff.
It is the sincere desire of management to get rid of all unnecessary deadwood as quickly as possible.