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CGG Reviews

Updated October 20, 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. "Senior Seismic Imager"

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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


  2. 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

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "AS A LAST RESORT"

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    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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "From US perspective"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is always good to work for a company that can differentiate itself from the competition and CGG does that in many ways.
    French owned company so when times are good the company functions can take place in an old chateau in France.

    Cons

    In the US when times are bad the company lacks loyalty to the long time employees.
    In imaging the work load and pressure can be brutal.

    Advice to Management

    In the US be more loyal to the long time employees.
    They need to treat employees like professionals are be more open and upfront.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Periodic communication straight from the CEO and the top. Despite the O&G market being depressed (as of the time of this writing) the CGG upper management has not made any effort to hide the state of the things. Although that can be scary, we can appreciate the level of transparency. Financial reports are communicated almost bi-monthly with no sugar coating. Overall vibe of software development is that geared towards heavy desktop applications which perform processing and modeling. If you have an interest beyond software and into the domains of geophsyics/petrophysics, or have a leaning inclination towards science in general, then the software suite here can be a good fit for you. The development environment from a team perspective is that of open ears. It's easy to present new thoughts, although they might not be adapted due or met with hesitancy everyone here is willing to listen.

    Cons

    The software products have years of history and science behind them. Naturally it makes it difficult to adjust those heavyweight desktop applications to newer software paradigms and frameworks.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tough times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and technology and working environment.

    Cons

    Tough times in the oil patch


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Good Resources, Bad Management"

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    • Senior Management
    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...


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