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14 days ago

Health and Wellness Consultant

CGI Lebanon, VA

Organize, coordinate and support health and wellness initiatives offered in the US: � Health & wellness initiatives and activities � Health risks… CGI


28 days ago

Entry Level Applications Developer - Campus Recruiting

CGI Lebanon, VA

CGI is seeking graduating students interested in careers in the Information Technology field. CGI is more than just an IT consulting company; we are… CGI


28 days ago

IT Consultant Summer Intern - Campus Recruiting

CGI Lebanon, VA

All interns are hired into either technical or functional roles within specific account and/or project teams. All candidates typically have a… CGI


28 days ago

Entry Level Business Analyst - Campus Recruiting

CGI Lebanon, VA

Our Entry-Level Business Analysts typically have a demonstrated interest in technology and business, strong problem-solving abilities, and excellent… CGI


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    Current Employee - Consultant in Lebanon, VA
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    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours in the SWVA office. Somewhat flexible dress code.

    Decent pay for the area. This may change frequently though, so try to negotiate for something more if you get an offer. You should aim for a minimum of 40k if you are applying for a technical position. Not sure about others.

    It's hard to get fired. You have to go through a lengthy process if you aren't performing well before they can fire you. Or, you have to do something very inappropriate. They can lay you off if they don't have work for you, but that has only happened recently, and it's pretty rare.

    It's a great starting position to get your resume started. The interview to get in is easy. You'll learn industry appropriate skills for the first year to three years.

    If coasting along is your thing, you can probably find a team that will let you. You can get away with not doing very much work if you know what you're doing. Make sure to find the right team lead that will not care as much.

    Cons

    This is essentially an entry level company. There are few opportunities beyond your first 1-3 years that will let you grow professionally.

    Training is virtually non-existent, and poorly executed. You are on your own. The good news is there are a lot of employees who have figured things out and they are friendly and will help you through the basics.
    Salary increase is per year and is capped around 2%.

    Health benefits were gutted this year 2014, and although they are similar to other companies in the area, for the tech industry they are really bad. As an individual you will have a 5k deductible, and you pay full price on everything up to 4k. Dental is still covered for 2 cleanings, and vision is covered for a certain amount towards glasses and contacts per year. Just don't be surprised if your 30$ a month meds suddenly jump to $700 a month until you hit your 4k for the year. For families this is higher.

    Vacation went from 4 weeks to 3 weeks for starting employees. The only way to get extra is to impress the higher ups enough to promote you to "senior consultant". Depending on your position, this ranges from hard to impossible. You still get holidays however.

    The work load, depending on your team, can range from 40 hours a week, to enormous (I was working 80 a week because management misjudged the amount of work they gave me). I am on a different team now and I am required to work no more than 40 hours per week, so comp and flex time can't be accrued. There's good and bad for either scenario, but I prefer where I am now because when working 80 hours a week I was capped on vacation, comp, and flex every week and couldn't even use it for 6 months.

    Regarding all the above, the employees give annual reviews about their satisfaction and this year 2014, the reviews were very very bad. The management addressed this by saying we needed to be "educated" better about our benefits, and that we were essentially wrong for being upset. Once the salary cap set in, the benefits were gutted, and this statement from management was sent out, people started jumping ship, at least one person per week. The turnover for 2014 has been pretty extreme. People with experience in the company are finding better jobs easily. My suggestion is if you get a position here, immediately start looking at other opportunities within the industry to keep your options open so you can jump ship too once you find something better that might require experience.

    The building is over-crowded so half the office has to work from home, or is on a schedule of in the office 2-3 days a week.

    The management advocates moving to fairfax/DC area, but the salary increase for cost of living is minimal, and most people that move get so little money they can barely eat. If they manage to move back to SWVA, they are typically at the top of the list for getting laid off, since they make more than everyone else in the area.

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