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CGI Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
1,448 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing special, except the people...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dumfries, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dumfries, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to escape

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are cool.

    Cons

    Supervisors, particular location far from restuarants, Shady people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    CGI Federal

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy in my job was good

    Cons

    Leadership appeared to be not leading

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Alot of talk but little action!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI full-time (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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    CGI Is A Dysfunctional, Blended Family

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  9. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Momentum Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Momentum Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    interesting place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    compensation package could be stronger;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Every (wo)man for themselves.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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

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