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Updated April 13, 2018
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  • work life balance is not really good (in 20 reviews)

  • Employees are expected to give their best; expect long working hours during busy periods (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "One year at CGG"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice salary
    Incredibly smart and friendly coworkers, overall a nice, professional environment
    Flexible work hours
    Good work/life balance (for software engineers)

    Cons

    Although the work is interesting, a lot of it consists of maintaining legacy systems
    Highly competitive, little to no job security


  2. "Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CGG full-time

    Pros

    Imaging department works very hard and provides much profit for the company. The current management strategies of imaging department can produce very high margin for the company

    Cons

    However marine department's performance keeps going down in the downturn since 2014. Without significant improvement on marine performance, CGG may have some hard time to pay their debt. Management made some worst decision in the company history in 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Sustainable business strategies are not present in the company. Significant experiences employees are lost in the downturn for many reasons.

  3. "Navigator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time

    Pros

    Good crews offshore, good pay, plenty of time off

    Cons

    Could be highly stressful at times. Time away from family - but you are compensated well for it, executive level not really in touch with front line employees


  4. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CGG (More than a year)

    Pros

    learning and hard working people

    Cons

    work life balance is not really good

    Advice to Management

    no


  5. "Seismic imager"

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    Former Employee - Seismic Imager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Seismic Imager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    learn things very fast because you have to.

    Cons

    Too much pressure. Work overtime everyday. The whole industry is dying.


  6. "Great Company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Field Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CGG (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hands on experience was fundamental

    Cons

    Turn over rate for field jobs was low during down turns


  7. Helpful (1)

    "geophysicist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CGG full-time

    Pros

    Some people are nice, I guess you can learn something

    Cons

    Got a full-time offer. Then started negotiating the salary politely. The manager went brutal. WTF? "This is CGG!" so what?

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Abraham Lincoln's efforts were in vain; slavery still persists in America"

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    Former Employee - Seismic Imaging Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Seismic Imaging Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None if you are American. If you are a foreigner who is not Chinese or Indian, you can get green card fairly quickly.

    Cons

    - This is a mini North Korea in the middle of Chinatown; A culture of dictatorship persists where employees are subject to bondage labor after being held hostage while their green card is in process.
    - low pay and excessive work load
    - Vindictive management
    - A culture of narcissism exists in the imaging department
    - Low camaraderie
    - Incompetent management who reached their positions by sucking up to their masters. They are not suitable for running a business.
    - Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and still has a lot of debt. Possible chapter 7 looms in the next couple of years.
    - Low job stability. Lots of terminations in the last 3 years.
    - The imaging department is swarmed with Chinese employees; most of whom barely speak a line of coherent English. So most employees speak in Chinese at the work place.
    - Toxic work environment with lot of Chinese nepotism
    - American wage deflation by hiring foreigners on low wages.

    Advice to Management

    - Pay employees better, improve work hours and remove incompetent managers (though it is hard to remove oneself from work)


  9. "HSE Advisor"

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    Former Employee - HSE in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HSE in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent money, good people, accessible to management, accommodations weren't to bad

    Cons

    Gone from home a lot and the food was bad, expectations were always moving


  10. "Not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible work hours other than devilish overtime. Young work force.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Conservative in research development. Promote mindless competition.


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