CGG Reviews

Updated 21 Sep 2020

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3.5
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CGG Chief Executive Officer  Sophie Zurquiyah
Sophie Zurquiyah
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  1. "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, good work life balance

    Cons

    Badly affected by the changes in oil price

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good industry connections/clients but lack of direction and under qualified management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Project Geoscientist in Llandudno, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Most employees have a similar outlook and drive to deliver results.

    Cons

    Where to start...? - Current MD has a 'vision' that apparently consists of choosing to value any services above market value, which ultimately results in not winning any significant work, choosing to invest serious money in renovating a building and then having to go through multiple redundancy rounds, and ultimately being clueless about what the Llandudno site does. A decision to go down the data route is fine, but why get rid of all of the people who know what the data means..? - Management are career-CGG folk. Anyone in the position of Team Lead or higher (for the most part) have no experience outside of the 4 walls of the Llandudno office, which does not give confidence in their abilities. Similarly, they are not technically competent and require significant input from technical staff to generate proposals, understand workscope etc. This also leads to a feeling of favouritism, cliques and questionable decisions for promotions etc. - Too bottom-heavy. Recent redundancies have left a noticeable gulf of technical competent people to undertake the work. Why continue to hire graduates and then get rid of all the people who are actually able to complete the little amount of work that is actually available? Stop hiring inexperienced people, which means a smaller workforce, which means less redundancies...? - Ultimately: Poor/No vision, managers who are out of their depth but refuse to admit that that is the case, ridiculous balance of technical staff.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice collegues, toxic climate from management"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time

    Pros

    Best in industry, learn a lot, nice junio-mid staff

    Cons

    bad business model, too much pressure from management. Employees are considered a commodity

  4. "Don’t know what to say"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Project Geophysicist in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CGG full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Difficult to say about anything

    Cons

    Salary, progression, diversity, higher management, career path

  5. "Adequate"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - InSAR Scientist in Edenbridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CGG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Semi-Flexible hours and home working

    Cons

    Low salary for area relative to house prices

  6. "Terrible place to work"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Geologist in Llandudno, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good colleagues, nice location, nothing else

    Cons

    CGG are dishonest and cut throat, behave appallingly, don't respect clients or employees

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Everything good is outweighed by the toxicity and the unfathomably terrible management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Project Geoscientist in Llandudno, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Now there are none, this is an industry in decline and unless you are a manager (a bad one) you won't be welcome here (unless you happen to married or in a relationship with a current employee)

    Cons

    The most important competencies are not hard work, technical knowledge or dedication to giving client a good service. Instead, the real measure of your worth in the eyes of the inexperienced and clueless management team is how much you are prepared to tell them how great they are (e.g. lube up those scalps and don a gas mask because you are about to go dark). Yes, brown nosing is 100% the only "skill" required to appease the minimalistic brains of the under-qualified and dimwitted managers. It was no surprise in the recent redundancy round that all the seasoned veterans of the "brown nose game" easily survived and also the ones married to other staff members faired very well, be it most of them are also at least brown belts in the most important aformentioned "skill". If you are a hard worker and highly technically skilled you will not get any credit or recognition if you do not dance when Premier Page says or get under the desk when instructed. The cloud of unethical practice and injustice has poisoned this once great workplace and company reputation. Basically, if you are interested in putting endless hours into projects and building a good relationship with clients, only for your efforts not to be acknowledged and then for an underqualified superior to reap the rewards of your efforts, then this company is for you.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Redundancy made for politics"

    1.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Eventually so negative in this company

    Cons

    Non trustworthy company, never join this company

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good working environment"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CGG full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best technology . Enjoy it

    Cons

    Sometimes Very high workload

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior? OK. Grad? find somewhere else."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGG full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    On-site canteen is with reasonable price. Good benefit: private medical insurance, eye test. Nice colleagues

    Cons

    - No protection from 1st line support. Little time for software development. 80% is in bug fixing or even IT configuration fixing. - Underappreciated. Software is the support for the company's main business. So if you do well no one cares, if you screw up, everyone knows - Legacy code. And by legacy, I mean the code was written some 20-30 years ago with C (not C++) and Fortran. The team is small and not many projects to work on. - There was no leadership. The management got no idea what the software industry is doing. So they expect Grads to come with new projects on their own. While seniors are too busy to mentor Geophysics is a very niche area. It's not something you might have come across in you life. Unless you're interested in the field itself and really want to learn from absolute zero, go work somewhere else. Otherwise software development knowledge is not enough. No software development training.

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