1. The Lonely Heart/PErsonal Problems
The good news is he isn't generally too focused on the job, the bad news is you'll have a hard time focusing on the job while he shares his personal soap opera with you. It's kind of weird, because you don't really know the guy but after awhile you figure out most oilfield people have a grave yard of failed relationships and every once in awhile (or always), they wanna talk about it. All just part of being a person.
Pros: he's not paying attention. If the job goes well, he'll be happy he didn't have to do anything and that you listened to him go on about Rachel.
Cons: If the job goes bad, his personal life is already unhinged. He won't react well.
2. The ANgry Bitter One
Nobody knows who pissed in his cereal bowl or what happened to him, everyone just does their best to stay the fuck out of his way. He's a perpetually brooding, bitter asshole. He enjoys telling oilfield horror stories of all of the people he's ran off of location. No matter how well the job is going, he'll be sure to come out and bark at you something along the lines of there's this other company that does the same job in less time for half the money. He'll bitch and moan over signing the field ticket and his most extreme version will go so far as to accuse your company of being owned by "a bunch of Jews". He'll say sh*t that will make a roughneck wonder how he hasn't been reported to HR.
He hates everyone and everything. He doesn't usually come out for the logger unless necessary and you'll dread it. Even jobs that go well are stressful with this company man. Even jobs with relatively mild issues turn into nightmares. He'll probably call your manager and complain, multiple times.
Pros: He usually doesn't spend much time out in the logger.
Cons: Everything. You'll dread dealing with him.
3. The Cool One
He pays lip service to corporate policies but in practice is really only about enforcing things that matter. He's more about actually directly addressing an issue there and then rather than writing someone up or calling their manager. If he spots someone doing something dumb, he'll likely have everyone huddle up on the tailgate, talk about it and skip the 'near-miss' paperwork that has the potential to get some poor SOB fired.
You don't fear having issues when he's on location, more than anything you don't want to disappoint the guy.
Pros: Best kind of company man.
Cons: If you have a problem, you're gonna feel like you let him down.
4. On His Phone
Pros: He doesn't know what's going on.
Cons: He doesn't know what's going on.
5. Old School As F*ck
He might pay lip service to the corporate policies but knows he'd never be fired 'cause of his experience level or doesn't give a sh*t if he's fired. If there's problem, he'll be super calm - he's seen way worse, no point in getting excited.
Pros: Entertaining, great stories, calm.
Cons: He probably knows more than you and is buddies with someone high up in your company.
6. The wireline KNow-It-All
The actual wireline experienced company man may reference things that may have been relevant when he was running a logger back in 1995 but were last applicable in 2001. Like if you had magnetic depth readings on your line. He'll delight in quizzing you questions geared towards showing his superior knowledge. He will spend excessive time in the logger and regal you with stories all while providing you with a commentary on your every move. You'll probably get a tension headache. Have aspirin. There's a slight chance he might be cool but usually not. He's rare but not necessarily fun to run into.
If he's only a self-declared wireline expert, brace yourself. He'll suggest with the authority of deity, jaw droppingly stupid things. The good news is your management will actively advocate that you ignore him, he will not. You're best bet in defeating him is to get your manager on the phone. That's what they get the big bucks for for. Once had to explain to one of these how adiabatic heating is a very real thing and can very really melt wireline and why I insisted on a slow pressuring up. He was sure the slow pressure up was the reason we were having issues falling.
Pros: Chances of him being cool are slim. If he is, there's a slight chance he'll be more understanding of any problems you have.
Cons: Headaches and having to argue about stupid things you shouldn't have to explain because he doesn't actually understand.
7. The Nervous Nelly
He actually really enjoys telling stories about people who've been killed during the safety meeting. Minor problems and/or necessary minor deviations from operational protocol cause him heartburn.
He will be impressed with a thorough JSA and the usage of the phrase "doing the job safely". He's definitely not the worst person you'll ever have to work for even though in some ways he does embody an OSHA manual. He's generally a pretty nice person even if dealing with him is extra.
Pros: He's unlikely to be in to much of a rush and will likely give you time.
Cons: If there's any kind of an incident, you'll legitimately worry about him having a stroke.
8. I Do What I want Randy
In general, he cares about you showing up on time, being able to rig-up efficiently and doing a good job. If you have minor issues and need extra time to correct them, he's likely to be understanding and realistic. He cares about things that actually matter. Likely to be foul mouthed and funny.
Pros: He gives less of a shit about whether your sun glasses have a Z-87 stamp on them.
Cons: None, some of the best customers to work for.
9. Corporate Know Nothing
If you try explaining the 'why' of anything to him, you might as well explain evolution to a monkey. He thinks he's way smarter than you even though he has no idea what's going on.
Pros: He won't be in this job for long.
Cons: His lack of understanding of field operations will make the job hellish.
10. Rule Book Dick
The Rulebook Dick company man is often the end product of companies that hold their corporate policies to the heads of their company men with the ever present threat that even the most minor violation or incident on location will be cause for termination. These companies delight in "comprehensive safety", "safety audits" and "safety culture". They have a constant overbearing emphasis on safety but are often usually the same company who will rush an operation and skip steps in the name of saving money. They're fine with asking you to take a risky shortcut, so long as you're crew is shaved, have proper PPE, the JSA is filled out and they are cleared of the liability of the stupid dangerous shit they want done. Their "Safety/HSE/Risk Management" overlords in Houston have warped sense of risk and zero understanding of how work is actually done, the result is toxic overbearing paperwork heavy HSE policies that do nothing to improve safety and a lot to increase hassle and clear them of any liability. Generally these companies are run by the unholy union of finance people who will stop at nothing to save a few dollars and lawyers who will do anything to shield the company. Neither will have ever turned a wrench and their policies are a toxic reflection of that, as is their company man.
The Rulebook Dick is often less a company man than he is a facilitator of CYA paperwork for the company. He might actually be a nice guy but he works for dick-ish company who constantly reminds him his job is at stake. As a result, he's usually a dick.
Cons: Even if the job tickets are good, you still hate working for this customer.
11. The Christian
He may believe that oil came from dinosaurs that were buried 5,000 years ago during Noah's flood but you'll like working with him anyways. He'll like you if you listen attentively to his hour long explanation of the book of Genesis. He likes any biblical jokes you tell, even if they're lame. Example: Did you know there's a Honda in the Bible? Jesus and his disciples went in one ACCORD.
Pros: He's generally a really nice guy.
Cons: You can't curse. He may complain to your manager about any profanity overheard.
`12. The Backstabber
You're manager will pull you into the office and chew you out because he got calls from the company man that "only 2 sets of logs were delivered". Did they actually want 4 sets? Well the company man could have actually told you that. Or he saw your crew sitting in the truck and eating and he didn't like that. He didn't think the logger was clean enough. He could have said something about it on location and given you the opportunity to tell him you came straight to this job from another job. He saw your truck parked 2 degrees off the angle he thought it should be. He thinks should have been running the log faster.
The issues this company man will run to your manager with are usually petty and could be easily resolved on location if he in fact had the balls to come to the logger and raise them himself.
This company man desperately wants to be cool and liked and therefore is unable to be a boss and has issues resolving minor problems on location hence his favored tactic of being a tattle-tail.
Pros: He doesn't have balls and therefore is unlikely to yell at you on location.
Cons: He's a ball-less backstabber who will make you look like an ass to your management over petty issues.
13. The Empty Trailer
Pros: He's not around
Cons: He's not around
14. The Competent PotHead
Most people who've worked in the oilfield for a long time and also have done alot of drugs are usually great to work with. Probably helps cope with the stress. That's something HR will never admit but we all know is true.
Pros: He's awesome to work for and a random HSE drug search is super unlikely on location.
Cons: What cons?
15. The New-HiRe
Usually lacks humility and ability to listen.
Pros: If something really goes wrong, he'll probably freak out and go with whatever you suggest. Will cower if yelled at by a operator.
Cons: Dunning-Kruger effect.