ION Geophysical Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
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ION Geophysical President, CFO & COO R. Brian Hanson
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  1. Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ION Geophysical

    Pros

    Great company that really cares about its international employees

    Cons

    Not very much promotions. They should fix it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should adjust their promotion policies.

  2. good work life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Geophysical Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Geophysical Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ION Geophysical

    Pros

    The company has good work and life balance; innovation is encouraged along the way; I enjoy to work with my colleagues; stress integrated solutions.

    Cons

    seismic focused unsteady business due to oil price swings. It is the nature of the oil industry; more effort in R&D will be beneficial.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Senior Geophysicist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance, office space

    Cons

    Low salary, not stable, too many talkers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good strategies -- lacking in execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ION Geophysical

    Pros

    Company with a leadership team that understands the company needs to change in order to continue to grow.

    Cons

    Acquisitions occur without truly integrating the newly acquired organization into the company culture. When I started in my division, employees still had the email signatures with the former company (acquisition had occurred years ago). The executive team in Houston did not spend much time in this division nor had a local leadership team that was interested in integrating the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Newly developed or acquired divisions get lots of attention, while more established ones stay in the background. Someone on the executive team should focus on breaking down the silos between the different lines of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good environment to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good technology company.
    Excellent company to become a well rounded geophysicists.
    Good technical interaction with peers.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities.
    Limited opportunity to attend geophysical congresses.
    Only managers attend technical meetings.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ION Geophysical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The working environment is very good, flexible and easy to adopt.

    Cons

    In the past 2 years the management changed frequently. It was not so stable as before.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Started off great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great campus!
    Flex time!
    Good compensation!

    Cons

    The growth of the company changed the great family oriented feeling that was once there. Management is very passive aggressive, never telling you up front if you are lacking or need improvement. However, if their budget begins to fail, you'll certainly be thrown under the bus with no hesitation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be direct and up front with criticism, allow people to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great bunch of smart people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Smart people, mid size company, nice offices, high tech, service orientated

    Cons

    Oil&Gas sector so cyclic business dependent on E&P spending increases to grow

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Internship with Ion Geophysical

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    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at ION Geophysical as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, great people, personal growth

    Cons

    Not a developed intern program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Reactive Instead of Proactive

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    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation with yearly cost of living increases, good accessibility to work from home when needed

    Cons

    Like the title suggests to much time is spent trying to catch up with what competitors are doing and not enough trying to lead it. Potential existed to move into new territories but squandered opportunities due to over promising and under resourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a clear career path with achievable advancement schedule. Increase inter-office moves to reduce isolation between Houston/Denver and East/West Hemispheres.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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