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Petroleum Geo-Services Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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Petroleum Geo-Services President and CEO Jon Erik Reinhardsen
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Pros
  • Culture of personal responsibility and work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Opportunity for travel and to work amongst a diverse multinational work environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management out of touch with staff (in 4 reviews)

  • If you don't fit the 'model' progression is very hard work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flat organization with approachable sr mgmt. Culture of personal responsibility and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Bad market, moving jobs to Oslo, no future.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Longtime employ - not much mobility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable salaries
    Nice atmosphere
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Lots of mid management changes.
    No upward mobility for most employees.
    Rules seem to change depending on managers.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Project Geophysicist II"

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    Former Employee - Project Geophysicst II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Geophysicst II in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I first came to PGS there was a work life balance. Several quality upper hires. Some very knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Favorite quote from employee, " we don't have time to do it right the first time but we have time to do it again." Way behind on depth migration technology. Up to ten years behind CGG in some areas. I see other reviews for PGS that state that technology is good. I assume that this is because they have not been exposed to better. CGG is a sweatshop but the information I gained there was cutting edge. PGS stunned me with inadequacies. This includes an initial model with a velocity inversion inserted. Using constant velocities for shale. Has no easy model build for Advocate-Hood. Highly bureaucratic. Cannot say enough bad about management. Few good exceptions. CGG supervisors were essentially AGs. PGS supervisors are stunningly ignorant. Also contracts consistently inadequate for project needs. Employees encouraged to do "upsells" which are are essentially what original contact should have included. Was hopeful when some were brought in to improve. Some hired were good moves and others did not match the promise indicated on paper. Some of the best hires are ready to leave. PGS is too in love with how things look on paper. Ever hire that PhD who can't tie their own shoe? PGS has. Checklists have sway over actual sense. They serve bureaucracy rather than the other way around. Great acquisition but don't hire them for depth processing. Laid off some superior staff and kept incredibly inept. Puzzling choices. Some of those retained strain credulity.

    Advice to Management

    Go beyond surface reactions and checklists. Find out your actual resources instead of knee jerk reactions. Actually listen instead of just saying you'll listen. Learn something about Gulf of Mexico. Don't keep people that cost you money and reputation. If you say you want to hear from employees, mean it.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Shift Leader Observer"

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader Observer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Shift Leader Observer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Seems to take employees needs and desires into consideration.

    Cons

    Currently in a market downturn. Even as they let me go due to downsizing they made sure I was well prepared and setup for success in any future employment.

    Travel and being away from home can take its toll on home life.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a little more attention to employees wishes to further their education especially if it will benefit PGS as well as the individual.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Heavy internal politics"

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    Former Employee - Multi-client Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Multi-client Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Has reasonably good technology. There are many good coworkers. The benefits are ok. Pay is average. Facilities are reasonably nice.

    Cons

    Too much energy internally focused. Some individuals, many in management are very political, distracting and wasting resources of others on political survival efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management needs to clean out the politically driven individuals.


  6. "Working at PGS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time

    Pros

    Good technology and business planning. Excellent co-workers. Sufficient compute resources.

    Cons

    Too much internal work overhead. Tough to dedicate big chunks of time to technical work without interruption.

    Advice to Management

    micro-management is not helpful.


  7. "Great Oil Exploration company"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Goal Oriented company, get your job done safely and go home. Flexible work hours. Good pay. Benefits, exercise room

    Cons

    Oil price has forced this company cut back. If and when it ever goes back up, this company will grow again.

    Advice to Management

    It all depends on whether oil prices go up or down

  8. "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * great coworkers/management
    * plenty of vacation/paid holidays
    * great medical benefits
    * room for advancement
    * when times are good bonuses/awesome Christmas parties

    Cons

    * due to the current state of the oil and gas industry, layoffs

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable co-workers engineers. Always willing to train or help identify potential problems within the system

    Cons

    At times the travelling can get a little much. Got stuck once onsite with no equipment for nearly a week. Feel that something could have been done to reduce idle time.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "oil industry victim"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice company and good people

    Cons

    Oil industry. Corporate cuts to design center affects morale and ability to keep talented engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Get design completed faster


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