Sarah was drawn to mechanical engineering because it was a problem-solving discipline. After graduating and working in the San Francisco Bay area, she also experienced software’s growing role in helping various industries advance. After co-creating a learning software company, Sarah moved to Houston and starting working at Halliburton, where she’s able to draw on her roots in both hardware and software to help an industry through a period of digital transformation.
What led you to your current position?
Moving to Houston, I thought I might want to do something in venture capital or private equity. But after moving, I spoke with the head of corporate development at Halliburton, who told me about Landmark, the arm of the business that really thinks about “what’s next” for the digital future of oil and gas. I was captivated by the opportunity Halliburton was pursuing with Landmark. My role in strategic marketing has allowed me to be part of a lot of it. It has been a great fit.
Are you working on any cutting-edge projects right now?
It’s common for oilfield service companies to talk about their software platforms these days. Everyone understands that analytics can help generate more value from services and equipment, and the more you integrate your data and applications, the more insight the analytics can generate.
Halliburton’s platform is cutting-edge, and I believe the company has a winning competitive advantage, in part because of the platform. Halliburton believes in open architecture and community-based innovation. The DecisionSpace® platform is built to be used and contributed to by the whole value chain of upstream companies—from users at operating companies to service providers. It’s cloud-native, which accelerates consumption and collaboration. We see features emerging based on community engagement versus product roadmaps, and we’re adapting to a ”fail fast, x faster” mentality. Meantime, partnerships, alliances, and multi-vendor projects are multiplying by the day because of this openness. We believe this has allowed us to leapfrog our competitors in terms of how we’re building digital solutions.
How has Halliburton supported you as you’ve grown within your career?
Halliburton’s emphasis on talent development is its secret sauce. I say secret, because talent development here is understated and unexpectedly straightforward. Our industry is undergoing tremendous change. The uncertainty of global political and economic forces, the rapid adoption of the Industrial Internet of things, and the complexity of today’s reservoirs put new pressures our business. There is no shortage of challenging, important work to do, and people who step up and perform well are rewarded.
What do you think makes Halliburton stand out as a great place to work?
In my department, we recently surveyed employees’ top values. Values like integrity, family, and grit surfaced. That’s an organic, current read on the culture here, and I think it makes Halliburton stand out for a certain type of person—one that doesn't want a lot of handholding, who wants to explore their interests and try new things. Halliburton is built for self-starters. I’ve been empowered to lead big projects and take risks that have developed my leadership ability, technical understanding, and stamina to a point that would have taken much longer to achieve at other companies.
Halliburton is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With approximately 50,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities, and operations in approximately 70 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction, completion and production optimization.
Our employees: We attract and retain the best talent by embracing diversity, maintaining a positive work environment and offering rewarding careers.
Ways in: Halliburton offers a variety of opportunities, including internships, co-ops, entry-level, mid-career and experienced opportunities within all of our various business functions.
What makes us unique: We collaborate and engineer solutions to maximize asset value for our customers. Our mission identifies what we do today, why we do it and for whom while our vision defines what we aspire to be and gives us an image of what success will look like. Our values are our corporate DNA, the foundation for how we relate to each other and every individual and entity we interact with.