Thread regarding CGG Veritas layoffs

Career after CGG (share your story)

I thought it would be interesting for those ex-CGG guys here to share how things have gone career-wise since they left. Given the industry situation, most of us had to look outside O&G to opportunities. Also a significant number of us do quite unique and specialized jobs not really found elsewhere in other industries which adds to the challenge.

While a lot of us may not have any sympathy for CGG the entity, I'm sure we still have thoughts for those people that we enjoyed working with still remaining. The answers could be a way for people to get some inspiration (or at the very least wake up and realize that they need to have a plan should the worst happen).

Here are several questions to help guide your response but feel free not answer any q or add more info where necessary.

Optional CGG Background Info (be as clear or as vague as you feel comfortable):

  • Which region or country you were from?

  • Which division you were from?

  • Which of your previous roles you identified most with (i.e. not necessarily the last one before you left)

  • Circumstances of your departure: Voluntary or forced, when?

Current situation:

  • What are you doing now?

  • if different job type and/or industry than O&G, what challenges did you face?

  • Any advice for someone looking for a similar move

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1
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CGG Background:

Europe

GGR

Project Management

Left voluntary one and a half year ago, currently PM in Software Development.

No real challanges faced, just one year of learning the new sector, new colleagues and partners.

Advice for others looking to make the step: informally inform friends/family you are looking and you see openings where you would never know you would find them.

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-Zfhm

@S40IVp1-cde says it all really. There are a lot better careers than seismic, so if you are young enough go for it. Also, you might get proper management! The question you have to ask is would you recommend a seismic career to your friends or even to your family?

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-cfzj

I was made redundant three years ago (working offshore). I applied for jobs with other seismic companies and agencies and had no luck. Fortunately I had saved quite a bit of cash during the time i was offshore and brought a couple of old properties which I renovated and sold for a good profit. Last year I managed to get some contract work offshore, but nothing regular.

My big mistake was to continue to look for work in seismic. Unless you are particularly talented in your chosen field, then forget it..... there just isn't enough work around and when there is, the day rate is crap. It's taken me a while to come to that conclusion as I truly loved my job, but seismic as a career is over.

It's funny... I have a degree in physics and masters in geophysics. My brother is a plumber and makes more money than I ever did doing seismic..... and more importantly, will never be short of work!!

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-cder

The salaries outside are actually good, I was worried about a salary drop too but it didn’t turn out that way.

If it doesn’t work out for you, with a couple of years retraining you can get something very good indeed.

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-5zih

Left the UK operation over 2 years ago through redundancy. Moved into consultancy working across energy and manufacturing sectors. Switching sectors without experience is the main challenge since employers want to see that your transferable skills work in their sector.

I miss the good people, but after the initial panic, you see the opportunities. Advice - linked in is your friend. Use your network.

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-5vav

surely moving away from your chosen field means a massive salary drop!!!!!!!!!!11

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-4hkw

I left a year ago ( retrenched ). I REALLY(!!) miss the yearly objective setting. An exercise that nobody understood or liked ( well maybe HR liked it because they could send reminder emails for all the due dates). Total waste of time because everybody just wanted to sweep everything under the carpet. There was no accountability...objectives just had to sound good. And over the past few years , the company component (50%) was zero because of the shaky financial situation. Great incentive !!

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-3eca

I left to be come a contractor/consultant and no longer in the O&G indestry

No more

  • office politics

  • business goals and objectives

  • having meetings about everything

  • office b--ching

  • HR

When I left, the first 6 months was hard, but then I feel in to what I now love. The skillsets I picked up at Veritas have opened doors in other indestries.

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-2csm

I have looked outside of the industry!! Best decision I have ever made! There are so many jobs out there. Don’t wait for a terrible company to give you no wage increase for another year!

by | Post ID: @S40IVp1-juk

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