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ION Geophysical Reviews

Updated April 13, 2019
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ION Geophysical President, CFO & COO R. Brian Hanson
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Pros
  • "Good atmosphere, nice colleagues, good benefits" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Oil and gas exploration is a highly volatile industry" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Subject to Oil industry fluctuations" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Chill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at ION Geophysical part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty Chill and Laid Back

    Cons

    Sometimes boring stuff to work on

  3. "Geophysicist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ION Geophysical full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people. Good benefits. Your own office and flexible hours

    Cons

    Oil industry is never stable- layoffs are expected during a downturn.


  4. "Offshore Geophysicist"

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

    I worked at ION Geophysical full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel, ability to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Remote work locations could be stressfull


  5. "Unbelievable"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The medical is great and 401K is good.

    Cons

    There is no pay scale for titles. Its all about who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Walk around and talk to your employees. Invest in them with training and continuous education.


  6. "It was fine at the time"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nepotism and big bonuses..."

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    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'.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.