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WesternGeco Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company to start after as a freshman

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seismic Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Seismic Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Training, salary, travel oportunities, office culture, benefits..

    Cons

    If you need a settled life (like I do now) this is not a job for you.. Basically you have to travel all the time, which is good for a while but it can get annoying.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A very non-typical job that challenges you, tests you mentally and physically, but rewards you very well.

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

    I have been working at WesternGeco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Your coworkers (the vessel crew) are very diverse (20+ nationalities) yet we're a tightly knit crew, training at facilities around the world, operations can take you anywhere, zero expenses (no rent, food, gas, etc...), competitive pay, fixed step promotion program allows you to advance as quickly (or slowly) as you wish, serious focus on training, plenty of free time for traveling (~3-6 months vacation/year)

    Cons

    Working 5 weeks straight at 12 hours per day/7 days per week can take its toll on you, spend up to half of your off time in training courses or office assignments, away from family and friends for long periods of time, amount of training can seem overwhelming at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize the fixed step training program as the modules are in different formats and some information no longer relevant. Too much focus on quantity of QHSE reporting instead of quality. Office seem out of touch with the vessels with regards to planning of jobs and operations of the fleet. Increase communication between seismic crews and the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing experience and immense knowledge gain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seismic Data Processing Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Seismic Data Processing Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great teachers who taught me the ins and outs of seismic data processing. The co-workers who again educated me. The people there were passionate. The computer systems were state of the art. The database systems were state of the art, so were the great IT guys.

    Cons

    Corporate reports were time consuming and unnecessary and took away from the work we did. The center manager was a puppet and did what ever he was told no mater what. This went against everyone else in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually plan ahead and don't assume then lay off people, corporate america needs a lot of help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't apply straight out of University

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

    I have been working at WesternGeco

    Pros

    Colleagues generally friendly.
    Some really fun problems to work from (from a software engineering perspective)
    Can transfer internationally if you want & it suits the business
    Technical career path, you don't have to go into management
    Relaxed work environment (dress code, working hours, etc)

    Cons

    Training system for University graduates is terrible: full of arbitrary requirements and courses pulled in from the field staff training courses.
     No pay-rises unless you complete the fixed-step training program (which you are never allotted time for during work hours)
    Cubes instead of offices
    Terrible legacy systems which software engineers are forced to use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the training programs for software engineers. Redesign the program from the bottom up so that it isn't just a poor copy of the field engineer program. Training programs should automatically finish for anyone delayed more than 2 years.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Diverse and see the big difference between the big bosses and staffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at WesternGeco

    Pros

    Diverse, food court inside the campus, benefits, co-workers are cool. training.

    Cons

    Since merging Western and Geco.. have always problems. you can get lost in the middle. you can tell all the big bosses just sit at with the bosses. no communication between the boss and the employee. sometimes they treat you bad. not professional at all. no matter employee of bosses, all people sits in cubical
    just depend on you, how lucky you have your supervisor. some are very mean, few are nice.
    not family oriented at all. in HQ is very hard to get promoted because they're very busy and they won't let u to take course if the team is busy. they will delay as much as they can.
    To take permission for days off is sooo hard esp. family sick, its one of the benefit, but not all supervisor will allow u to take it... i guess depend on you boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employee, many people wants career enchancement. that's what of the reason many people quit from WG. within a month in my team itself there're 2 people quit, next team 3 people quit

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    fair

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at WesternGeco

    Pros

    long time dominant force, but start declining recently 10 years.

    Cons

    energy low, management is poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    yes

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    After 30 years disheartening

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Geophysiicist Grade 11 in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - General Geophysiicist Grade 11 in Denver, CO

    I have been working at WesternGeco

    Pros

    Chance to travel the world

    Cons

    Ungodly hours poor communications stifling workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go to hell

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Honest Review

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

    I worked at WesternGeco

    Pros

    Very good benefits. This goes for health, paternal, maternal etc. International company, which is a plus, you meet allot of different people from all over the world-makes your job more enriching. Hire from within, which is good.

    Cons

    HR needs to have a business partner focus. Although they hire from within, it can be rather difficult to be promoted. Compensation is low and as well as merit increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consistency.

  10.  

    One of the great !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Captain
    Current Employee - Captain

    I have been working at WesternGeco as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will fill like a part of the big team.

    Cons

    Safety and security for you and your family!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    high expectation with minimum care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Acquisition Specialist in Gatwick, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Acquisition Specialist in Gatwick, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good Learning facilities, Internal carrer oportunities

    Cons

    Poor management attitude towards personnel

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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