CGI Group

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CGI Group Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 1,250 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

CGI Group President, CEO, and Director Mike Roach

Mike Roach

(545 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good(in 123 reviews)

  • I get to work from home without burdensome managers' administrative requirements(in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Work starts only at Canada time that is by evening IST so hampers work life balance(in 40 reviews)

  • Less/zero trainings and very few opportunities for career growth(in 37 reviews)

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    Laid back enviornment

    Analyst (Current Employee) San Antonio, TX

    ProsPay is descent, benefits medium, good life and work balance allowance.

    ConsMany team members are overworked and underpaid. Work assignments change frequently for hourly team members.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to team members feedback, good/bad or indifferent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No real room for advancement, great first job out of college

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Depending on the project, really great people to work with
    - Great first job out of college that provides you with skills needed in consulting world
    - Pretty good work-life balance
    - Loved the Share Purchase Plan

    Cons- Salary is below average. If you are a rockstar and perform well year after year, your yearly raise will still be very low. This provides no real incentive to be a really great performer. Even if you ask for more money and point out the reasons behind it, your increase has already been determined before your salary conversation. If you are in a client-facing position, you have a little more room for negotiation.
    - Depending on where you are located will determine your growth opportunities. If you are not in one of the major metropolitan areas (DC Metro for example), then you will not have a lot of career advancement opportunities. The COE's/OSD's do not provide any growth opportunity unless a senior member moves.

    Advice to Senior Management- Try to be more invested in your people. The philosophy is based around an equal focus on clients, members and shareholders. In the past 6 months-year, the focus that should be on the members has completely disappeared.
    - With all of the recent acquisitions over the past few years, you should really work to integrate new members into the CGI culture and be more communicative on changes coming.
    - Bring back the STAR awards. They weren't that big of a deal, but it was nice that there was a recognition program in place for your average employee. With the new model, it's as though only 4 or 5 people get recognized in a company of 69,000+ members.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Overall decent first job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProject depending, there can be a lot of flexibility and, given that this is a large company, lateral mobility is possible. Team size varies but the small teams are vey tight-knit and is a nice transition from a collegiate atmosphere.

    ConsRecruiters can be misleading and the business analyst position job description is wildly vague. Moreover, the actual role can vary drastically and it is near impossibly for a new graduate to anticipate what he/she will actually do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransparency regarding job descriptions and roles maybe lessen high turnover rate.

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    Values Proposals over Delivery

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsThere are still a few good technical people left. Convenient work locations.

    ConsThe best people eventually went elsewhere. Winning a contract seems to be valued more than strong delivery. Nobody pushed back on the customer, which caused severe hardship on the technical staff and a system that did not work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease provide a technical career track for those who keep up with best practices in architecture, design, and implementation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good money, MEH employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood salary for my position, corporate profit sharing and benefits are good. I split work between 50% home / 50% in suburban location based on my activity. Large company trying to do well for upper tier employees that are not direct bill to clients. Very international flavor, as French Canadian HQ with large US and European operations.

    ConsLower tier employees treated like Kleenex; used and then disposed of. I see lots of new grad's used hard while probably being paid at very low end of spectrum. This is typical of Services company which needs to sell staff cheaply to maintain corporate margins. Staff are quickly cut when then are not billable. My experience is they have very inconsistent personnel quality in sales & business development.

    Very distinct left wing political atmosphere.

    Work swings widely between extreme overload and nothing. Work forty days straight, then not anything new for two weeks. In almost to years there, I have never had my manager stop by and talk with me one-on-one about anything. Contacts have been 10 word email instructions to engage someone on a task and a 10 minute mandatory annual review. In my group, no sense of team or bond. leading to lots of hiding when work is passed out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInternal disorganization and political empire building are costing contracts and business. Stop relying so heavily on political cronies for US Federal business. You have the most incompetent IT department I've seen in 25+ years in IT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood place to get a start in your career.

    ConsNot a great place for career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Consultant

    Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a lot of diversity, but this may be a con at some point. The company is large so you can move around, and it seems like this is encouraged, but seems to rarely happen outside of a BU.

    ConsPoor management and career path development. Pay is not competitive, retention does not seem to be key, but the need for experience is great. Brown nosing should be frowned upon, but it seems to be encouraged, and micro managing is a daily way of life.

    Advice to Senior Managementlet the talent and people who do the work do the work, and stop creating all these managerial hoops to jump through. If you don't understand the actual work don't insert yourself, there is plenty for you to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Consultant

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, good office location, Flexible hours

    Consdepends of the project. Communication needs to improve

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    Very dependent on project you are working on

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsOne project I worked on was very good with excellent people, great teamwork, and high morale even under extreme pressure. Everyone pulled together, good sharing of knowledge, and everyone worked hard to get the job done under extremely challenging conditions. Company worked hard to compensate for long hours by providing free lunches/dinners, and some extra compensation for long hours.

    ConsA second project was the exact reverse of the first project. Claimed that schedule was tight, but often times when someone completed a task the technical lead had no new task to give them. One of several signs of extreme disorganization. This caused low morale, and several people leaving within a short period of time. Seemed to be split by new members of the project versus people who had been on the project for quite some time. New members often were not tasked well, and were not given enough chance to understand the business functions. Technical lead bad-mouthed some new members to others on the project, which got back to new members making them feel unappreciated and not being given proper chance. Management seemed not to care about this as long as work was getting done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, but not great

    Consultant (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGood people
    decent pay
    good work life balance

    ConsNo growth
    micro managing managers
    lack of trust from upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp your employees out by delegating items to upcoming employees. They need to learn and grow. Upper mgt would just take the tasks and not relinquish some responsibilities because of their lack in trust in people.

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