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CGG Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
99 Reviews
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Pros
  • Stable & good working environment love to work with CGGVERITAS (in 12 reviews)

  • The company focuses on improving employees work-life balance now, we have xbox in our pantry (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • High workload can lead to periods of poor work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • High expectations and expect to work long hours (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management run people off, don't care, have no clue

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CGG full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ok if you are brand new to processing

    Cons

    Management are clueless - have no idea what is going on or how people feel. Horrible culture. Management only care about themselves. Overall not worth sticking around. Free food and activities don't make up for lack of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your office and talk to to people for a change. Don't be so arrogant and uncaring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Geophysicist

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Processing Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Processing Geophysicist in Houston, TX

    I worked at CGG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    .near China town, easy to find cheap food near the office

    Cons

    .load of work, usually people work more than 10 hours a day plus weekends.
    .old East Germany spy network, someone is watching every move you make. eg. number of washing breaks, how long was daily lunch break you take and when did you come to and leave from work etc. You get rewarded for reporting someone who is late for work.
    .Houston version of Foxconn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of the managers have violate labor law in CGGVeritas. eg. Many managers threaten to fire people if they don't work long overtime days after days. I am surprised no one has reported the poor work condition to Department of Labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Politics....politics....politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CGG

    Pros

    -Vacation time
    -401k
    -Cheap health insurance
    -Most people have their own office
    -Location
    -Garage parking
    -Free flavia coffee & sodas

    Cons

    -Bad management
    -Kiss ass to be recognized
    -Low raises
    -No growth opportunities
    -Bad morale, bad attitudes, bad work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The good people are all leaving this horrible environment. Get your tuition reimbursement and get out. Worse place ever worked!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    No appreciation, No sense morality in this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inern Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inern Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at CGG as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company hires employees with no background about geophysics. Therefore, the company can be a good starting company for those who want to switch to geophysics from an unrelated discipline.

    Cons

    There is no morality nor sense of appreciation in this company. Anybody with shear years of sincere service contribution is on the brink of laying off. Therefore, you might not receive any support from your coworkers. I was an intern there. I had several publication for the company. But, I did not receive any praise from the company even a simple thank you letter. Other friends of mine went through the same experience. I am so remorseful for wasting my precious time there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Monthly mass firings and hirings

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at CGG part-time

    Pros

    Used by new Canadian citizens for job experience.
    Many other locations offer a good work environment.

    Cons

    Monthly layoffs as talented senior staff is replaced with junior staff.
    Management installed camera to monitor staff behavior.
    Learn Mandarin as this is not a multicultural office.
    Strict old school management leading to a culture of fear. Amazing to watch in this day and age.
    Do not question management.
    Old 90s vintage software tools. Too many legacy systems.
    Limited long term career prospects.
    It is who you know, not what you know that delays your job termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to acknowledge there are better places to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to Grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seismic Imaging Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seismic Imaging Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at CGG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Heath Care plan, Bonus plan, Travel to other locations

    Cons

    Promotions are not always offered, until a solid track performance is shown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair to hard working staff. Upside promotions for hard work.
    Stay away if you are just passing the hours at your desk, or just planning on moving to an Oil company after 2 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dont expect any thing or stay away from calgary center.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seismic Processor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Seismic Processor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at CGG full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. CGG often hire electrical engineer for seismic signal processing. HR put a good show about company at University career fair at Saskatchwan. As fresh out of school with Master degree pay is decent.
    2.Free breakfast, good benefit, fridays specials for breakfast.
    3.Big name in seismic imaging.
    4.High attrition rate which gives other ample opportunity to grow.
    5.If you worked in Apple store say it in your interview. Asian head boss is apple ardent fan.
    6. Good place if you can work at Houston office.

    Cons

    1.Chinese boss wont give good treatment to others.
    2.Not a Multicultural place, work place is dominated by Asians (75%). They even take questions in Mandarin in meetings which is not very professional.
    3.Longer you stay after your work hour more bonus you can get.
    4.HR is not honest and straight with employees. They laid me off in 13 month saying its a business related decision to cut down cost and start hiring new people next day.I consider myself smart guy looking at my engineering degree, so its hard for me to understand reason for laying me off. So dont get in shock if the call you in their office and fire you without any warning. They did this many times before too. In 2008 they let go whole HR department, CGG is famous for hire and fire.
    5.Lot of Favouritism.
    6. My review is based on my experience at calgary office. I heard houston office doesnot get involve in calgary office day to day work. so I cant really talk about other centers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.Management in calgary need a change.
    2.Remove all top tier bosses in calgary
    3.Make it more Multicultural.
    4.Retain talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Old school, incompetent HR and the VERITAS legacy Queens

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at CGG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary, yearly increases, RRSP matching program

    Cons

    Old school, too set in their ways to be even remotely progressive. Cliques of old timers run the show (male and female), HR lacks experience and initiative. If the old timers (female) don't like you then you are gone. Toxic environment and extremely poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralize management in Canada. Reporting into Houston is ineffective. Implement an intensive change management program. Remove the "old timers" that can't cope with change. Their old ways are not the best ways!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not wort

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Microseismic Processor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Microseismic Processor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at CGG part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay
    International presence
    Good Friday Breakfast

    Cons

    office politics
    you will always be in fear of loosing your jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you are loosing good people at calgary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst company @ CALGARY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at CGG full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good career opportunities as lot of people leave this company in short time. so lot of vacant positions all along the company.
    Good starting pay for fresh grad.
    Great gym in the same building of calgary office and you can pay from your benefits.

    Cons

    I joined this company when moved from saudi aramco with 20 year of processing experience. They kep me for 3-5 months and let me go. I moved with my family to a new country and after few month they realise I am not good enough, Reason I question too much. They need people who can keep their head down and work.
    You are slave to management. New ideas are always disregarded.

    Senior people dont get much respect they can fire you any time
    .
    Chinese management at Calgary is making this company unbearable to work. They let young bright people go easily too They are not realising the reputation of company in market. HR Department which is pretty new need to understand the emotions when they let people go. They use to have great HR people till 2010 untill every one end up resigning.
    Now HR people only listen to management and they gossip around a lot.

    I have seen people who currently work there gives better review. Will not be surprise if there is mail internally to wrote good reviews about company. Overall if u can get some thing else work there but not at CGG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are better companies out there which respect employees can always move. And, your management in calgary had burn many bridges in the past. Try make up for these before its too late. I hope people from Houston can read this as they are unaware of calgary management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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