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ION Geophysical Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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ION Geophysical President, CFO & COO R. Brian Hanson
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  • Upper Management does not have vision (in 13 reviews)

  • Way to top heavy, no vision, R&D is gone (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ION Geophysical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Culture, Great Benefits, Innovative Organization

    Cons

    None come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing during these difficult times in the industry.


  2. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ION Geophysical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    We work on a beautiful campus.

    Cons

    I make less money than I did four years ago.

  3. "Great Place, O&G Prices have taken a toll"

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    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Denver, CO
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people with brilliant minds.

    Cons

    Another loss due to the downturn.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "ION corporate culture"

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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 ION Geophysical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, lovely campus and nice offices/amenities

    Cons

    Very top heavy in management. Pervasive nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Any advise would be ignored. It would be a waste of breath.


  5. "Seismic Data Processing, Houston Processing Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. A lot of the hiring was done through employee referral "we have a need for XYZ, who have you worked with in the past that has that experience and are good to work with". A real focus on delivering a quality product to the client. Good bonus structure for the project teams.

    Cons

    Layoffs due to down turn in oil price. A perception of the "Mahogany Row" syndrome in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate project commission bonus plan as soon as market will bear. It was a great motivation to work the long hours required on some projects.


  6. "Longing for the good old days."

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    Former Employee - Technician in Harahan, LA
    Former Employee - Technician in Harahan, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ION Geophysical (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with. I also enjoyed the work and learned a lot from the engineers and more experienced co-workers.

    Cons

    The pay for the people who put out the product was kept low, while some of the management seemed to be very well compensated.
    It used to be that hourly employees worked over-time which help supplement for the low wages, but with the cost cutting, that went out the window causing hard-ships for some people.
    Limited opportunities for promotion. The really talented people didn't get promoted. To get recognized you had to quit and go somewhere else.
    Many knowledgeable people were laid off over the last three years.
    Top heavy organization. In some instances one or two employees reporting to one manager.
    When changes or improvements needed to be made, the workers were kept in the dark and the solutions from higher up were forced down, which was not always the best way..

    Advice to Management

    Its probably too late for any advice. More transparency to the employees. More pay & bonuses pushed down to the lower level employees while pulling back on the upper management until things improve. Involve the employees in the planning and decisions that affect their working environment and conditions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "simple thoughts from former employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is trying their best to resolve their identity crisis of no longer being a seismic/geophysical equipment manufacturer but a geophysical service company.

    Cons

    Alas, it has been many years in this identity crisis and the ship is still appearing to be rudderless.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ION Geophysical full-time

    Pros

    Great people that are smart
    Requires longer hours, but gives flexibility
    Culture used to be great -- but rapid deterioration due to new management

    Cons

    Short-sighted management
    Inability to truly reward/promote the best employees. Likes to keep you where you are

    Advice to Management

    Poor financial decisions and a marked deterioration in culture
    It used to be a great place to work, and that is no longer the case.


  9. "Inflated Egos of the Management are bringing the morale down"

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    Current Employee - Geophysicist I in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geophysicist I in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ION Geophysical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technical expertise is top notch. Great people, challenging project work.

    Cons

    Core client base has diminished over the years. Upper management has restructured the entire organization every year for the last three years.....does not bring confidence in their 'vision'.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to land the big projects....small low profit project can land the big ones when market rolls around.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "electrical engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ION Geophysical (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have Good benefits with flex time. Very little accountability if you can schmooze the management and stroke their ego.

    Cons

    little chance of growth or professional development. Industry is cyclic with major downturns. Watch your back, culture of eat or be eaten.

    Advice to Management

    if it seems to good to be true, then it probably is. scrutinize the business cases for new projects with a fine tooth comb.


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