CGI Group Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
1,330 Reviews
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Pros
  • work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good (in 126 reviews)

  • I get to work from home without burdensome managers' administrative requirements (in 95 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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  1.  

    Lost in sea of large diversified company

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst/Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst/Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Autonomy in my job was good

    Cons

    Leadership appeared to be not leading

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Alot of talk but little action!

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You work with some wonderful people each and every day - smart, talented and caring!

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking in every way
    VP Level managers or hold overs from AMS are overbearing, rude and not very smart. Account Managers or VP's that never leave their office and yet pretend to know what the client thinks - they give no credit to their teams and take commission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing management or interviewing Director level folks to see what is truly going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to start as college hires
    Reasonably big company to start

    Cons

    High turn over rate
    The product has too much defect
    Understaffed with project
    Overtime give you flex time which you can't use

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    CGI Is A Dysfunctional, Blended Family

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    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    This is a very stable company. With so many markets and regions under its divisions, CGI can provide the option of transfers in your immediate area or around the country. For those with varied IT interests, you have many options here.

    Also, CGI provides the benefits that employees who've worked in the professional corporate environment are used to: health care, life crisis solutions (free counseling, adoption support) and internal professional mentoring (if you're not on one of the contracts).

    Cons

    CGI has doubled in size since it acquired my former company 4 years ago through subsequent mergers.

    If you work on a contract in the federal side of the business, you will feel like a stepchild. I work on one of the most high-profile defense projects and we've had 4 Program Managers i just over 2 years. Only one stayed close to a year. But the turnover is seen throughout our office. There is zero harmony or morale among our ranks. And ideas to revitalize our respective departments are often overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in leadership! Bring people who are motivated to drive the passion of the business. There's no camaraderie, and therefore no collective incentive to persevere.

    Turnover at the top is one of the most counteractive forces in the work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not A Good Place for Mid Level Professionals, Bad Health Insurance if you have a family, not a lot of diversity

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    Current Employee - Momentum Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Momentum Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Salary, Work From Home, Great Stock Ownership Benefit, Annual Bonus, Social Club (if you ant to join), Great for COLLEGE HIRES

    Cons

    Not a lot of diversity (African American's) this leads to being polarized in a majority white environment, Not a good place for mid-level professional of any race, not many African Americans in management outside of human resources, terrible health insurance not family friendly insurance will not pay till you reach $6000/$7000 deductible must setup Health Savings Account no copayments in plans this has the net effect of reducing your salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify work environment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    compensation package could be stronger;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Every (wo)man for themselves.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked from home 100% doing nearly nothing for over a year. It was GREAT, and really boring all at the same time.

    Cons

    Had I not asked for work, and an assignment change I likely could have continued to sit at home and collect a pay check for doing almost nothing. The job did not challenge me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tune in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many opportunities for improvement

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The vast majority of your coworkers work hard and are collaborative. There is a wide variety of work projects based on organic and inorganic growth of the company.

    Cons

    People are not held accountable for the quality of their work, yet they continue to be promoted. Management seems to run around after the latest shiny object/market opportunity without a clear vision how to deliver quality profitably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career reward for hard work, less for cronies. Refocus the CGI name on delivering quality for broad specialty areas like ERP and app development. The company doesn't need to deliver ALL solutions to succeed in the federal market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perplexed

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    Current Employee - Director Consulting Services  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Director Consulting Services in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Some of the people at CGI are absolutely amazing! Smart, driven, excited....but that is just when they've been here less than six months.

    Cons

    Canada, Canada, Canada. Socialism is rampant within CGI. If you enjoy picking up the slack for someone else and they still get the same pay and bonus you do, then this is the place for you. Mediocrity within the employee base makes some groups not receive a decent bonus because we're making up the slack of other poor performers. The Healthcare.gov issue is starting to take its toll within the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think they'll listen. It is sort of my way or the highway here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location - Close to where I live
    Decent Salary - Salary is on par or close to par for my position in this area
    Okay Benefits - decent benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance. You are on call 24/7 on weekends and holidays too without any compensation
    Always under pressure to deliver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage client expectations in a better manner. Hire more developers ie people who actually do the work. Too much micro management demotivates people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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