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  • sakripper sakripper Jan 12, 1999 9:05 AM Flag

    Halliburton...

    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.

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    • 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.

    • If HAL has employees like you, I'm glad I own some!

    • Hats off to you, Sakripper! Here's hoping you
      will continue to succeed where I have somehow failed.
      Looks like the manufacture of quality products for
      field use just isn't important anymore.

      ++ Dumb
      Old Guy ++

 
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