CGI Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Education and Experience are secondary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance, 401K benefits, and wonderful profit sharing program. Management listens to employees and is promotes from within. They have internal training systems that are wonderful.

    Cons

    CGI Federal is the Business Unit I worked for and they place no value on education or experience. The managers are taught to maintain status quo - no innovation. They will listen to you and encourage you to promote your ideas but are quite frank when saying they will not change. Promotions are issued according to friendships and those willing to create a fuss. Being mixed race it didn't affect me but I watched over the course of a year and +50 hires, not a single white person was hired in my division.

    Advice to Management

    Education and experience trump friendship. Innovation trumps status quo. If you continue operations in the same manner I have witness then your business unit will go the way of the dinosaur.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to work, not so good benefits

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

    I worked at CGI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunists for new positions or getting into government positions.

    Cons

    Very big company. Feels like you interests/concerns go into a black hole.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more attentive to contracting workers.

  3. Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Reston, VA

    I have been working at CGI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, good management, focus on meeting with work schedule.

    Cons

    Less support from team mates, Compensation should be little more, no team build activities.

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  5. CGI Federal is an average contractor company with limited advancement opportunities. numerous perks & drawbacks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, gym, flextime (with supervisor approval), 88%+ of employees are shareholders

    Cons

    (this could be a pro): experiences and compensation schemes vary significantly between the federal practice's business units. high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    focus on employee retention. this isn't merely a cliche: high turnover can adversely affect client perception

  6. Great place to go for work-life balance

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great down-to-earth people to work with. Easy to be on a team. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not great if you're young and looking for fast mobility or challenges. It takes about a year to learn all you need to know for you role. After that, it's downhill from there. There's nothing new.

    Advice to Management

    Don't think that improving morale is putting people in focus groups to come up with non-solutions. Do your job.

  7. Really depends on what project for CGI Federal

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    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

    There are some great people that work here and projects with clients that are enthusiastic about moving forward or at least keeping up with technology. Specific projects will allow you to continue to further your career.

    Cons

    There are some very incompetent people around and there's no effort to let these deadweight go. In turn, it's difficult to manage the client's expectations due to people not carrying their weight around the project.

  8. Average company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Good , friendy, talented , hardworking people in lower ranks.

    Cons

    Managers/Leaders act as some demigods. they think they are the most powerful people in the world. multiple/duplicate managers. no knowledge on any subject. they just talk some crap.

    Advice to Management

    Change all your managers and leaders. especially those who stuck in CGI for more than 10 years.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Diverse opportunities in very stable company filled with highly skilled people supporting rapid growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Peers and management are intelligent and collaborative. Opportunities for career growth are strong, particularly with a willingness to travel. Many different fields of interest.

    Cons

    Long hours, mediocre salary increases in a good year, inability to use vacation time given work demands coupled with vacation accrual caps and no pay outs. Growth targets are steep year over year resulting in burn out of top talent.

    Advice to Management

    True focus on member satisfaction would improve salaries in comparison to market for anyone below certain thresholds, with the budgets to implement. Likewise for vacation time - incentives to mgmt based on people getting/taking the accrued time.

  10. Helpful (1)

    CGI Consulting

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

    I worked 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

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good money, MEH employer

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

    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 Management

    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.

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