CGG Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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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. Good company with good management, that seems to actually care about their employees.

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

    I worked at CGG

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, good management, teamwork

    Cons

    Lots of travel, Length of tours, North American Land division is no longer in business.

  2. CGG

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy going, great people, high paying, travel

    Cons

    Oil and Gas industry in a slump, lots of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work

  3. Helpful (6)

    Attrocious

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good 401k / health benefits.
    - Free catered lunch on certain days of the week.

    Cons

    - The company culture here was arguably the worst I have ever experienced. There is absolutely no sense of camaraderie within most teams.
    - Promotions and salary increases are distributed based on favoritism and politics rather than merit (I've observed this on multiple occasions).
    - Work-life balance is abysmal, and leaves a lot to be desired. As an employee here, you are constantly put under pressure to work extra hours and achieve unrealistic goals within tight deadlines, and when you fail to achieve those unrealistic goals, more work is added to your plate as punishment. I can't imagine a more demoralizing way to treat the human beings that you call employees.

    Advice to Management

    Offering a generous 401k package does not compensate for the sub-par work environment that you have at your company. I would suggest you to take a look at some of the more systemic problems that your employees are facing day in, day out, and devise a plan to improve the conditions moving forward.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    An okay for programmer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGG

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation is good in Houston

    Cons

    80-90's tech stack. stay away if you are truely like IT

  6. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Seismic Imager Review Based on 1 Year Working Experience in CGG

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    replace matrix structure with simpler reporting lines

  9. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits, horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

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