CGG Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Seismic Imager Review Based on 1 Year Working Experience in CGG

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits, horrible management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Decent pay for those that achieve.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  6. Room for Advancement if your solid

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

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

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement
    Good Pay and great benefits
    Active training

    Cons

    Some Management promoted on seniority, not qualifications.


  7. Enjoyed, high workload but interesting.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Just so-so

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    awesome place for career advancement

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    cool


  10. Offshore geophysicist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Geoscience in Norway, IN
    Current Employee - Chief Geoscience in Norway, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Good people and work environment

    Cons

    Long travel and tough conditions especially in the North Sea


  11. Helpful (1)

    Challenging work environment with adequate compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

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



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