CGI Reviews

Updated May 7, 2015
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Pros
  • better work-life balance relative to other consulting firms (in 146 reviews)

  • Members are given plenty of freedom to work from home (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is hit or miss depending on your project (in 44 reviews)

  • Career growth as slow as no growth at all (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Cgi Federal is the worst!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Quantico, VA
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Quantico, VA

    I have been working at CGI (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location! Going against traffic in the morning. They might pay for you Top Secret Clearance. CGI Federal is separate from CGI

    Cons

    Benefits are expensive! No paid leave until 1 year anniversary. No short term disability. No annual increase no bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Need more support to employees. Nothing is in the best interest of the employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to meet great Project Managers and learn from them.

    Cons

    Must wait 1 year to be able to apply for a direct job. HR and CGI Management don't communicate with employees - they just care that you are billable. Company's benefits are not good.

    Advice to Management

    Please be a great service leader to the people who take care of your clients. Don't ignore employees' inquiries or brush them off.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Lack of management direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at CGI

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is about the only thing I could say.

    Cons

    The company is pretty disorganized. It is not uncommon for you to find out something needs done on the day that it is due. The communication seems to hit road blocks as it makes its way down the hierarchy.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Nothing special, except the people...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dumfries, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dumfries, VA

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership can be good depending on the group you are in as in any company, they are pretty flexible for work schedule but many other places are the same.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything, their pay is below industry standard, no healthcare, no clear direction for promotion, company values are unclear. The company is so big it takes forever to make any kind of changes, no one seems to know exactly how things work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying you care, and actually do care! Give us some decent freaking healthcare! Pay the people who matter more, you keep losing them and then scratching your head wondering why things fail. It's not rocket science! Its also EXTREMELY difficult to get rid of people who are not adding anything to a project, we should be able to get rid of under-performers no questions asked and reward the overachievers.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Trying to escape

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Passport in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Passport in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people are cool.

    Cons

    Supervisors, particular location far from restuarants, Shady people

    Advice to Management

    Management at this location is all over the place. The rules don't apply to everyone. They cater to people who suck up. There is no communication. HR policies are weird. If you work OT and have PTO on the same check, you will not be paid OT pay, just regular pay. Have people coming in late to work on a daily basis, but recording an earlier time on the sign in sheet, nothing is said. Contractors do most the work. When you try to apply to other positions management "forgets" to interview you. Low morale. Really no room for growth here and really nothing good to say about this place.


  7. CGI Federal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Consulting in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Manager Consulting in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary. Location ( if you live in Northern VA). Flexibility on some projects to work remotely.

    Cons

    After the Healthcare website fiasco, they are not winning new projects. Future prospects seem bleak at least in the short term. This means fewer opportunities. Can be stressful, as they are focussed on not losing their current projects which also seem to be shrinking in size whenever they come for rebids.


  8. Lost in sea of large diversified company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst/Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst/Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at CGI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy in my job was good

    Cons

    Leadership appeared to be not leading


  9. Alot of talk but little action!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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


  11. Helpful (3)

    CGI Is A Dysfunctional, Blended Family

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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