ION Geophysical Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

ION Geophysical Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
115 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
ION Geophysical President, CFO & COO R. Brian Hanson
R. Brian Hanson
61 Ratings

115 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Great people with brilliant minds (in 11 reviews)

  • Good people and a friendly atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management does not have vision (in 13 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

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

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


  2. "It was fine at the time"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Offshore Field Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Offshore Field Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere in the group I was part of

    Cons

    Oil and gas exploration is a highly volatile industry. Job security is directly tied to the price of oil. Nothing against the company.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Nepotism and big bonuses..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 ION Geophysical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary with good bonuses

    Cons

    Salaries/bonuses above what company/market can support as well as conflict of interest for those who sanction projects. Never seen a company with such extreme levels of nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most VP's SVP's and EVP's. Also; stop you bonus payments or change the bonuses to 'bonuses made on sales', not on 'starting the wrong projects'.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    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.


  5. "Current Employee"

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "ION corporate culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 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.


  7. "Seismic Data Processing, Houston Processing Center"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Office Politics!"

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

    I worked at ION Geophysical full-time

    Pros

    ION GXT had a lot of very smart, high achieving people. It was amazing what they could do with what they had to work with.

    Cons

    The office politics were out of control! And the overriding pressure to make the revenue numbers was felt by everyone on the team.

    Advice to Management

    quit making the company's goal to get you a bigger boat. You need people who can actually do the work so keep them instead of your cronies.


  9. "Sr Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at ION Geophysical full-time

    Pros

    Mostly good people. Interesting work. Real offices.

    Cons

    Financially unstable. Many layoffs over the past three years.


  10. "THIN ICE"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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

    Great production team, reliable streamer products

    Cons

    Very top heavy, lay-offs every quarter, corporate disconnect

    Advice to Management

    Throwing money at problems don't solve them.


Showing 115 of 117 reviews
Reset Filters