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CGG Reviews

Updated June 3, 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 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The French"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Full time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling to stay afloat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Losing the edge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good upper, but bad lower"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "geo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Plenty of free food.

    Cons

    Work home life balance poor.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great benefits, horrible management"

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

    I worked at CGG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits, van pool reimbursement, flexible hours (unofficially, depending on the manager and position)

    Cons

    Far too political, too bureaucratic, nearly all management all based in France (except where to do so would cause a riot) where the culture is to yell to get things done, unrealistic expectations from upper management, poor communication, short sighted approach, work life balance only improves once you decide to NOT CARE.

    Advice to Management

    Make the goals for bonuses achievable, and communicate them FULLY and CLEARLY. Give a reason for employees to care. Cut out the politics. Empower employees, instead of disenfranchising them.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Just so-so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

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

    Pros

    - Very nice and helpful colleagues
    - Very quick promotion if you do well and make your managers happy
    - Nice building and working environment

    Cons

    - Low payment, stressful work, bad life-work balance
    - Sometimes, some of the managers are kind of tough and show no respect to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the payment and do not use your employees as tools.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "senior software developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - an okay job for fresh grad
    - compensation is above the avg in houston
    - free lunch, drink
    - company activities

    Cons

    - company culture is terrible, be prepared for long working hours
    - cannot see any career op as a software developer
    - maintenance the existing code rather than development

    Advice to Management

    if you want to keep good developer, please treat them seriously.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "CGG"

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

    I worked at CGG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Experience gained was well worth it

    Cons

    Lack of concern for well being of employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat emploees with respect


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