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CGG Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
103 Reviews
2.9
103 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good entry place. Leave whenever you can.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to start you career.

    Cons

    No way to balance personal life. Too much politics and employees of any level might get targeted due to high level fights.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seismic Imager Review Based on 1 Year Working Experience in CGG

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    Current Employee - Seismic Imager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Seismic Imager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CGG full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. CGG Seismic Imaging hires people from all kinds of scientific background, such as Math, Physics, EE, Biology, CS.... So CGG is a good transition company from any background to Oil and Energy.
    2. People in CGG Seismic Imaging is very kind and the social relationship in CGG seismic imaging department is simple.
    3. Good immigration support. Now CGG is E-verified. Supports H1b and Green Card.
    4. Cash bonus every month and can be up to 50% percent of your base salary if your level is high.

    Cons

    1. Very bad work-life balance in Seismic processing department, especially for new hires without much experience. Though working after hour is not required but some tasks are tough and you have to expend your working hours.
    2. Seems the seismic imaging department policy is to push the new hire hard with low base salary and keep the experienced employees by high bonus.
    3. Because of reason 3, most employees (2/3) will left CGG Seismic Imaging in 5 years. Others left will be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As for the seismic imaging department, very bad life-work balance, no culture, no loyalty, but still a bright future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    CGG hires people who are passionate about what they do. Management team in Houston follows pay for performance practices

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good management, company takes care of its people, great benefits.

    Cons

    No flex work week, perception that there is lack of upward mobility (unless you are French or willing to move to France). Matrix organization makes things overly complicated. Recent layoffs and voluntary attrition have significant negative impact on morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace matrix structure with simpler reporting lines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, horrible management

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    Former Employee - IT Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Team Lead in Houston, TX

    I worked at CGG full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits, van pool reimbursement, flexible hours (unofficially, depending on the manager and position)

    Cons

    Far too political, too bureaucratic, nearly all management all based in France (except where to do so would cause a riot) where the culture is to yell to get things done, unrealistic expectations from upper management, poor communication, short sighted approach, work life balance only improves once you decide to NOT CARE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the goals for bonuses achievable, and communicate them FULLY and CLEARLY. Give a reason for employees to care. Cut out the politics. Empower employees, instead of disenfranchising them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent pay for those that achieve.

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    Current Employee - Imaging Project Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Imaging Project Leader in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent co-workers, excellent new hire training program, but less so for experienced processors.
    Industry leading benefits. Decent pay for high achievers.

    Cons

    Lack of serious employee reviews allow some to sneak under the radar, and remain on the workforce past their usefulness.
    High turnover rate due to hiring of non-geophysical disciplines, and stagnation of the advancement process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some senior management should move out of the way and let others advance and improve the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyed, high workload but interesting.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Houston, TX

    I worked at CGG full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to high end data and technology. Coworkers are very intelligent leading to a stimulating work environment. Great benefits. Great bonus (performance based)

    Cons

    High workload can lead to periods of poor work-life balance. Not for everyone, high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is pretty good. Consider more access to industry training instead of just internal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Room for Advancement if your solid

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    Former Employee - HSE Advisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HSE Advisor in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement
    Good Pay and great benefits
    Active training

    Cons

    Some Management promoted on seniority, not qualifications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just so-so

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    Former Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    - Very nice and helpful colleagues
    - Very quick promotion if you do well and make your managers happy
    - Nice building and working environment

    Cons

    - Low payment, stressful work, bad life-work balance
    - Sometimes, some of the managers are kind of tough and show no respect to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the payment and do not use your employees as tools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    awesome place for career advancement

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cool

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work environment with adequate compensation

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    Current Employee - Imaging Project Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Imaging Project Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CGG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best in the field compared to competitors.

    Cons

    High expectations and expect to work long hours. Poor work-life balance. Less ethnic diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to reevaluate the interview process. HR needs to conduct constant surveys for employee job satisfaction.

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