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Smarter drilling performance leads to higher quality wells.

The story of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (H&P) began in 1920, when Walter “Walt” Helmerich II—a thrill-seeking aviator from Chicago, and William “Bill” Payne—a hard-working microbiologist from Shawnee, Oklahoma, met on a Star 29 cable rig in South Bend, Texas. From this unlikely pairing was born a partnership, a deep friendship and the oil and gas drilling company that still bears their names.

Fast forward 100 years, Helmerich & Payne continues to lead the drilling industry through a commitment to innovation and unmatched reliability. And by expanding our drilling operations to meet the increasing demands of a complex and globalized industry, we’ve established ourselves as an industry trailblazer and trusted partner.

H&P Core Values

At H&P, we’re guided by five core values that define our culture, inspire our team members, and enable us to thrive in an industry that routinely experiences peaks and valleys. Every day, the people of H&P demonstrate these values through their dedication to perform with integrity, commitment to treat one another with respect, devotion to operate safely, and their creativity to inspire innovative ideas. We believe that when a customer chooses H&P drilling solutions, they’re getting more than the most advanced drilling technology, they’re also selecting the best people in the industry.

Actively C.A.R.E.

We treat one another with respect. We care about each other. We are committed to Controlling and Removing Exposures for ourselves and others.

Service Attitude

We do our part and more for those around us. We consider the needs of others and provide solutions to meet their needs.

Innovative Spirit

We constantly work to improve and try new approaches. We make decisions with the long-term view in mind.


We listen to one another and work toward a common goal. We collaborate to achieve results and focus on success for our customers and shareholders.

Do the Right Thing

We are honest and transparent. We tackle tough situations and speak up when needed.

Over 100 years ago, we started with one mission—your success.