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CGG Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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  • I cannot stress enough that this place has no work life balance concept (in 19 reviews)

  • company culture is terrible, be prepared for long working hours (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Management Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Data Management Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I liked the work I did and the benefits. The location of the company was also a plus.

    Cons

    Too many turnovers in my department.


  2. "Imager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace can learn a lot

    Cons

    Long hours and work a lot hours after work without pay. Hidden culture of exploitation.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not long to go..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Navigator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Navigator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CGG (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job. Good salary. Good training. Get to travel and work with good people.

    Cons

    The oil industry is in the doldrums, however, many of CGGs problems are of their own making. Management is detached from reality.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. It's too late.


  4. "Worst company I've worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Better benefits including health and 401K. Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Talking about Houston site, processing department. One of the worst management in a company with such a scale. Better benefits but worse compensation since almost every processor works long time. Many of them work 60 hours a week without compensation (aka project based). About 70% internationals, bad communication and worst time and project management. Almost every project runs into time crisis. Sometimes waiting for results/writing reports even during client meeting/reporting. In such a geophysics company, management prefer any applicants except those with geophysics background and make them work extremely hard. You know what I mean. No formal documentation, leave alone software development guidelines and coding styles. Most code was written by unprofessionals without any comments. Almost everything formatted in PPT. What a joke!

    Advice to Management

    No rescue.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "The French"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CGG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The site managers are excellent!

    Cons

    The corporate level managers do not have the management skill set to run a lemonade stand. The French are arrogant, rude and completely incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    The French management should give up and quit. The oil business is for smart, innovative thinkers. The French managers do not have the skills needed to work in the oil & gas field. Pack up your desk.The gig is up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CGG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good for fresh grad student, OPT & Greencard

    Cons

    stress, working need to be hard


  7. "Senior Seismic Imager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CGG full-time

    Pros

    opportunities to learn; friendly environment

    Cons

    heavy work load; tight deadline

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Full time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, monthly bonus, clean office space

    Cons

    The processing department is almost 95% asian with no americans in leaderships roles. Most staff often dont speak english which is allowed and they can be very rude and un professional to non asians. If you are chinese or Indian this will be a great place for you. If you are American you will be ignored, not spoken to, and passed over for advancement. Stay away...

    No work life balance. Be prepared to give up all person time including weekends and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Americans and diversify the staff


  9. "Seismic Image Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CGG full-time

    Pros

    perks were good. friendly people

    Cons

    bad management
    poor work/life balance


  10. Helpful (4)

    "AS A LAST RESORT"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many if you are Asian

    Cons

    Many if are non Asian

    Advice to Management

    Take symposium given by Aetna's CEO, teaches how to treat employees, especially, long tenured employees


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