CGI Group Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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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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    CGI Consulting

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Team dynamics are great and flexible hours

    Cons

    Salary is not commensurate to the market. There was not a clear structure or guideline on how your performance tied with your pay. Not enough transparency in how annual pay raises were calculated. Very little to no training provided to invest in employees career progression.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good money, MEH employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Lower 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 ManagementAdvice

    Internal 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Values Proposals over Delivery

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at CGI Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good place to get a start in your career.

    Cons

    Not a great place for career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very dependent on project you are working on

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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

    One 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.

    Cons

    A 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Helpdesk Support

    Former Employee - Help Desk Support  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Help Desk Support in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    I was able to work from home.

    Cons

    The turn over rate is bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that mangement should hire / promote people from within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre - feel they miss the boat quite often

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good place to start your career, reasonable pay

    Cons

    limited growth potential, poor reputation in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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

    Sacrifices Pay for Flexibility

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Working from home, Work-Life Balance, Good first and third job in a career.

    Cons

    Raises/bonuses are not great, Some people who work more and do better work are often paid the same as people who do less work and are lazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good workers more money if you want them to stay with the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Smart people, not always available

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

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent coders, smart agile shop, good flex hours comp time benefits. Interesting projects when you get to work on them. Good flexibility to be reassigned to new projects.

    Cons

    Work from home days leave people unavailable lack of assigned work for new hires. Lack of direction on some projects it varies from project to project. Lack of meaningful job training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better specific job training for higher ups. Make more time for them to train new employees, especially coders.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Roller coaster ride....always on the edge of your seat.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    High visibility projects using cutting edge technology which push the envelope of their functionality.

    Cons

    Company focuses too much on account management and not project management. Those who win the contract are not always the right people to run the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand there is a big difference between account management and project management. Use experienced program/project managers to run the project and grow it organically...use account managers to run the business unit account and focus on new project business development. Use project lessons learned to benefit future projects. Value individual member contributions to the big picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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