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Petroleum Geo-Services Reviews

Updated September 12, 2018
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Petroleum Geo-Services President and CEO Rune O. Pedersen
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Pros
  • "Culture of personal responsibility and work/life balance" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Nice people, smart offices, excellent vessels, good technology" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "due to the current state of the oil and gas industry, layoffs" (in 3 reviews)

  • "tied to oil industry so suffers from slowdowns" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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. "US citizens not advancing in system of political Euro hierarchy, moral plummeting immensely at their Houston office."

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    Current Employee - Staff Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s challenging getting these check box managers to get out of their comfort zones. But it is possible if you have the tenacity and personality to move forward with your ideas despite the naysayers. They will not like the method but will cherish the results. You will gain skills in how to move products forward by circumventing an endless sea of WI’s and reaching out across departments.

    Cons

    Chaos is rising.

    Communication is poor.

    Hierarchical check box managers are stifling progress with Work Instructions and nonsensical rules.

    Micromanagement is rampant at many levels.

    Advancement is but a dream. Salaries are 20% below local averages,l. Bonus’s are nonexistent. When they were it paled to our peer competitors.

    Once it was a place for us to bring innovative ideas forward but with moral so low I am ready to take the leap away and move on.

    It can get worse and based on what I am seeing expect lower employee efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Remove micro managers. Now!
    Be open to true innovation like you did 5 years ago.
    Truly break down departmental silos (as promised) by linking them with shared budgets that are flexible to meet their needs with a common end game.

  3. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel worldwide, Good Insurance.

    Cons

    travel worldwide, oil market downturn


  4. "Vessel worker"

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

    I worked at Petroleum Geo-Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is generally good morale on board vessels.

    Cons

    Management made some questionable decisions navigating the current challenges in the oil industry.


  5. "it was good"

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    Former Employee - Processing Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Processing Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    very friendly, no micro management

    Cons

    learning curve could get better, less salary compare to competetors


  6. Helpful (13)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  10. "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.


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