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CGG Reviews

Updated March 27, 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. "CGG good/bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Dallas, TX

    I worked at CGG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Open communication from management about economic situation and plans for staffing and reorganizations.

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits a bit lower than standard for the industry


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Big company so benefits are good

    Cons

    Big company so you are lost in the shuffle

    Advice to Management

    Need to communicate better be more open


  3. "seismic imager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good place to learn; great immigration benefits

    Cons

    relatively low pay; high working pressure


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  5. "Great Atmosphere, but not good work/life balance"

    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
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very positive atmosphere; everyone is helping each other.

    Cons

    Long hour work. Currently oil industry suffers.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Company in major decline due to poor management"

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

    I worked at CGG (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collaboration and teamwork were once the order of the day but the financial decline has caused employee paranoia and fear.

    Cons

    Really poor management. They blame the decline on oil prices, and, in large part that is a major factor is the decline. However, poor management has placed this company in this position many times in the past. There is no plan for the future, and no way to survive a severe economic downturn so therefore, no job security.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start a new job"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time

    Pros

    nice facilities, friendly staff and co-workers.

    Cons

    no room for advancement, cliches are common, too bad if you are not in one.

    Advice to Management

    identify skilled employees and keep them


  8. "Good starting point and for traveling"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - HSE Advisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HSE Advisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at CGG (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits offered were great and they were very affordable

    Cons

    Base pay wasn't great and that's all you received if not on a project.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Seismic Imager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Full-Time - Data Management"

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

    I have been working at CGG full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They Have Great Health Benefits
    They seem to keep up with technology and providing what is needed to perform your work

    Cons

    Low pay (in comparison to industry averages)
    Bonuses are highly structured
    Internationally political (Veritas Vs. CGG) (French Vs. American)
    The company seems to hire externally for promotions. (Either from another company or division)

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees more. Acknowledge the hard work we all tirelessly put in, regardless of the pay grade. Moral boosts are needed during these times (picnics, events etc)


  11. Helpful (2)

    "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

    I worked at CGG full-time

    Pros

    Grow fast and get stronger

    Cons

    Terrible culture and terrible work and life balance.



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