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CGG Reviews

Updated January 4, 2018
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  • I cannot stress enough that this place has no work life balance concept (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. "Imager"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (5)

    "The French"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Full time"

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    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


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Only if you have to"

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

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

    Pros

    Many of the people were fantastic. The technology available was pretty good. Having the flexibility of in-house SW and IT made innovation much easier and exciting. Benefits were really good.

    Cons

    The sweat-shop environment of the Seismic Imaging department was soul-crushing, even if you just supported that department, instead of being an Imager. They had a profitable business model, but it led to a toxic environment that rewarded those who gave up other aspects of their lives for the department's benefit. They really showed that they didn't care about the people nearly as much as the profit. I honestly don't think there is much hope for this company becoming a great long-term place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the intangibles, because focusing on the money can only get you so far. Treat your employees with half the respect that you treat your clients, and things will be a little better.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling to stay afloat"

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

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

    Pros

    A good way into the seismic industry for those without a Geology or Geophysics degree

    Cons

    This place is struggling to stay afloat. Lay-offs continue.

    Advice to Management

    Cut prices temporarily and look beyond the usual clients to generate work.


  6. Helpful (16)

    "Good Resources, 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

    -I have met with extremely smart people at CGG. The Company has bleeding edge processing systems that are challenging and fun to work with.
    -They hire recent graduates, so it's a good company to work for if you want to start in oil and gas.
    -Well known in the market. Good resume builder.
    -Great campus and facilities.
    -Good 401k
    -Good Health Benefits
    -Flexible work hours

    Cons

    The career development structure in this company is terrible. Your technical skills and knowledge won't bring you anywhere unless you play the game of politics. You will see lots of mid-upper level managers in CGG that has no technical skill-set or character to be a manager. Most of them are in those positions because of their good-old-buddy network. This drives the smart people away from the company.

    There are lay-offs due to current oil and gas market, which is understandable. However, I think CGG is not handling the situation right. Instead of doing one mass layoff and be done with it, they distribute it to the days and weeks. This creates an extremely scare-driven and depressing work environment. Everybody gets nervous when they see HR walking the floors, and people lose their focus on their work.

    Very poor upper management. They blame the low oil and gas prices, but they keep forgetting the terrible financial decisions that they made in the past. Check the financial results, and the stock prices, you will see...

    Advice to Management

    There are lots of smart people in this company, and there are great technical resources. CGG has a chance survive If:

    *They can diversify the skillset in the company
    *Get rid of the people that have been there for a long time because of their good old buddy network
    *Promote the people with good technical and personal skills
    *Clean up the C-level management and EVP level management, and bring new people from different industries who have knowledge for diversification
    *Create a good communication and global standards between the regions and the divisions
    *Stop buying things when they are expensive, and sell them when they are cheap...


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Losing the edge"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits (Pay, medical, 401K)
    Leading edge technology, but losing the edge as other players catch up.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management.
    Not enough advancement opportunities (unless you're Asian)
    Many Senior Management are no longer effective and have become a drain n resources.
    Many new hires are non-geophysical disciplines and have a steep learning curve, then they leave after 3 years to join competitors.

    Advice to Management

    -- Diversify in the Houston Office (reduce the 90% Asian presence)
    -- Trim mid level management - too many levels of leaders, supervisors, advisors, VP, SVP, EVP ...)
    -- Try to retain experienced employees versus having to constantly train new people.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Encumbered by management, bereft of leadership."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, highly skilled coworkers, solid technology base, interesting problems to solve. Small teams. The R&D teams are defined by the kinds of problems they work on. Lots of opportunity to learn there for the self-motivated.

    Cons

    Incompetent senior mgmt. A glut of unnecessary VPs and EVPs in the org chart who mostly do nothing. Only french marketing and PR managers get promotions or raises in the past 3 years. The executive committee (ECOM) has made such poor decisions in the last 3 years that CGG would have to sell its GGR business lines to recover at all, if it were not a french company (which the French govt invests in). The senior mgmt has been "bailed out" before by the French govt. It will happen again for as long as the current members of senior mgmt remain.

    Advice to Management

    Senior mgmt should do something, anything, to keep the remaining employees they need. That would be a different course of action than the last three years, anyway.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Seismic Imager"

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

    Pros

    Many smart people to learn from. Lots of cool technology that you get to play with, and opportunities to come up with your own ideas (depending on your manager).

    Health benefits are pretty good, and the pay isn't terrible for someone starting out.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is atrocious. 70+ Hours per week.

    Depending on your manager, it may be tolerable. Some managers are great and get you excited about work, even if it requires a big (read overtime) time commitment. Others enjoy cracking the whip even when work is getting done, constant threats to fire you, etc. It doesn't matter if you're more productive than others.

    Politics are abysmal here. There was no apparent meritocracy. H1B shop -- almost everyone in processing is on an H1B visa. The starting salary is exactly the H1B minimum (coincidence?!)

    Advice to Management

    Fear is an effective motivator for only so long. Firing so many people so quickly encourages your best and brightest to leave.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good upper, but bad lower"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Support in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG (More than a year)

    Pros

    The upper management seem to know what's going on in the business and are creative in their pursuits.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the upper management doesn't know what's going on with the middle management. They will be disrespectful, throw you under the bus and even will torpedo to make themselves look good, even if you do as your told.

    Advice to Management

    Look closely at the mid level managers and find out how they're actually doing and how they actually treat their teams. If they don't people will continue to quit for a better quality of company.


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