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CGI Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
1,447 Reviews
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Pros
  • work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good (in 146 reviews)

  • I get to work from home without burdensome managers' administrative requirements (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • Work starts only at Canada time that is by evening IST so hampers work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Less/zero trainings and very few opportunities for career growth (in 42 reviews)

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

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    this place is good for college fresher, interns and career starters

    Cons

    no professional environment, no process, no work and family life balance,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very rude and unprofessional in dealing with the technical resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Find another Company to Work for

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

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck, it is a job. Good people to work with and a decent environment. Upward mobility if you are willing to work 60+ hours a week.

    Cons

    Benefits are poor, each year more benefits are taken away or reduced. Looks good on the outside, hey you get to purchase Vision Care - go to use it and find out the benefit is very limited. Health benefit reduced every year and is now terrible - pay $$$$ for catastrophic coverage only. Balance of the reward system goes to Management and Shareholders on the back of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    US Division is disconnected from Canada - US managements needs to attract and retain better talent by fighting for better employee compensation. Weed out management that does not contribute TOO MANY Layers! Internal Departments that SHOULD be responsive to employees are terrible. Try and get any issue resolved in 4-6 months with HR, IT - not going to happen! Established a coporate culture - it is about me. Management needs to listen to employees - they haven't for years and employees are stopping trying to help the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work folks

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

    I worked at CGI as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing I can tell much about, I worked as a contractor for 2 years

    Cons

    Horrible managers and the treatment to contractors is one of the worst that I have encountered in my 13 years of IT experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't manage please take some courses

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant

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

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Free soda / vending machines. Flexible (for a time) on the ability to work from home.

    Cons

    - Poor planning and adherence to SDLC best practices. I was on a very high profile project, with intense demands, yet no true project plan or standardized procedures were ever followed, despite being CMMI level 4.

    - Extremely convoluted management structure. I received direction from approximately 15 different managers at different levels, often receiving conflicting orders. There was a reorganization of the project 4 times, each time making things more chaotic.

    - Lack of communication from management and between teams. The project was very siloed, resulting in teams often coming to different conclusions or creating duplicative work. As the project began to tank, management kept employees less and less informed.

    - Poor scope management. Consistently agreed to client requests, without properly analyzing the affect on time and schedule.

    - Extremely long hours. Consistently worked 60-80 hour weeks. There was a prison-like atmosphere near the end of the project, where management refused to let employees leave, and held teams in conference rooms for strict, 11 hour shifts while taking attendance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a dedicated plan and strict processes before attempting to work on large, federal projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst company on the planet

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I would say there are not any Pros.

    Cons

    You can't reach your folks. They don't respond to mail, voice messages. They won't live up to their words, despite you fulfill your commitment and demonstrate that over and over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your management if they don't respond to employees and others mails and voice messages. You need a major rehaul from top to bottom especially at Managers and Directors level in DC metro area. They screwed up big time as we all know. And I see that they continue to do it every single day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm glad someone brought it up!

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

    I have been working at CGI as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at CGI Federal in general are amazing individuals. I approve of the folks I work with every single day.

    Cons

    The company philosophy is very strange. We are all required to "sell" and some of us don't even have a commission plan. Everyday I hear the three directors I report to complain about having to enter meetings with clients and these guys are not sales people either. Very strange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't you have sales people?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worst place to work if you are in professional business development

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

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice products and solutions but that is about it.

    Cons

    Poor commission plan that even when you sell two or three deals, they find ways not to pay you. I've never seen a more subjective commission plan in my entire life in business development. If you expect to make anything comparable to other BD opportunities, stay away!! Business Unit managers find numerous ways to not pay. The in-fighting among BU managers is absolutely terrible. 11 Business Development professionals either left or were fired. The ones who were fired weren't because of their poor performance but because of the lack of Senior management and executive oversight. Some BD professionals were fired within 15 months of employment. In the Federal world it takes that long just to get something going. The hands off mentality and no guidance is absolutely terrible. The biggest problem is the absolutely LACK of cohesion. BU managers lying and cheating each other and most of all their employees. Directors get the shaft most of the time and the VP's mostly get promoted because they've been there a long time or because of nepotism. NOT because of quality and actually winning deals. Absolutely the worst company to be paid by. Just look on the street to see how many "X" CGI business developers there are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what REAL business development is. Socialistic BS doesn't work when you want to actually win deals. What the heck is wrong with you people!?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company I have ever Worked for.........

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

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    Nothing much to say here. Infighting, poor management, favortism and nepotism, I could go on and on and on..

    Cons

    Worst place I have ever worked in an almost 40 year working career. Cultural misalignment between US and French Canadian entities-- socialistic philosophies DO NOT work in the US. VERY poor leadership- the fish sticks from the head down. Extremely bad decision to buy a large, failing European company. Can't wait to leave!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am beyond words. They would not listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Racial Discrimination in some projects

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

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice company for start ups those are from college directly.

    Cons

    If your manager wants to replace you due to discrimination , then they will ask you for resignation. If you don't, then they will send you to special program and they will make sure you will fail it, eventually they will terminate you in 30 days. So when you asked to resign, then just resign. Do not fight with any one.
    You should be ready any time to get another job. They advertise that they do not have any lay-offs in order to get good share price. But they will terminate you silently with out any severance. You should have more time, money and other resources to go to a law suit.
    Please do not join if you have experience of 5+ years. and be ready for all those things said above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please investigate the thoroughly when some one sent to special program. It may be due to racism discrimination and do justice to the particular employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    CGI Federal: An Insult to Human Intelligence

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

    I have been working at CGI full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -great if you want to be a mindless drone
    -awesome salary if you want to live in a cardboard box
    -great environment for doing nothing
    -internal "cult-like" promotion of the company ("one of us")

    Cons

    -ignorant management
    -hands-off work force and administration
    -insult to employees with drive for innovation and progressive work styles
    -no management fast track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find something for your employees to do rather than let them sit and do nothing for weeks on end. Companies like this will be the end of IT innovation and progress in the public sector.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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