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CGG Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Best company, good working environment (in 24 reviews)

  • has probably some of the best technology in the industry; some smart people around; outside Houston work/life balance okay (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is hard to maintain (in 17 reviews)

  • company culture is terrible, be prepared for long working hours (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Losing the edge"

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "in downfall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    one of the best in technology
    benefits

    Cons

    very long work hours
    lack of diversity


  3. Helpful (1)

    "senior imager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    have chances to learn lots of skills

    Cons

    relatively lower pay than other companies..


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Encumbered by management, bereft of leadership."

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommended"

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

    Pros

    No good reason to work in CGG

    Cons

    Bad company culture; work over time; 'fire' employees when it should really be 'lay off'.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Seismic Imager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CGG full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn about geophysics.

    Cons

    Fire people. Not layoff people during downturn,


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Improve the way you communicate with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with employees.


  9. "Tape Transcription Specialist"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CGG (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working enviroment and good management

    Cons

    Keep employee as much as you can-don't layoff

    Advice to Management

    Try to reorganize company


  10. ""Geophysical Advisor" MC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to technology and worldwide geology. When I was there medical and 401k were great. For some reason they were open to new ideas for uses of non-geophysical technology, I.e. GIS for one example.

    Cons

    Can be micro managed at times. Could be tight with the money also, travel and raises. Unless directly involved in sales did not recognize value of technical interaction with geoscience community.


  11. "Interpretation Team Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nearly Complete Autonomy. Great leaders and bosses.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive environment. Very high pressure.



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