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CGI Reviews in Canada

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
1,495 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible, career opportunities, large global company, best talent in the world to work besides, well managed company

    Cons

    strict dress code, no gym, compensation, benefits, no pension plan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    CGI provides a clear structure of how its business ought to be run by local (country or large cities) management. The stock has performed well for the past two decades, making the employer matched share purchases lucrative. The vast majority of CGI employees participate, leading to many people caring about the success of the company. No one cared at my former workplace, because no one help company stock. CGI is well positioned to continue acquiring other IT services firms due to good financial results.

    Cons

    Brand awareness is lower in both among CGI's customers and potential employees. CGI may not win as much business as a result, or not attract as many "A" candidates as it would like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company's model appears to work, so continue to deploy it into recently acquired businesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    too much load of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Inside each team work very closely to each other.

    Cons

    To much useless obligatory learning about history of company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good learning environement, less good for career advancement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Well structured, various positions available.

    Cons

    Salary, hard to get a good career advancement within the company, benefits and bonus could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication with your team members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sr, Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Friendly environment if we no consider Cons as stated below.

    Cons

    No Growth with respect to salary and Profile, even though we get good customer review rating. Even if we send email there is no proper response from the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should discuss with their peers on regular basis. Some manager (especially my manager who is not promoted as Director :)) is worst on talking care of their peers in all situation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manger

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Halifax, NS (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Well organized. Great employee benefits. Education offerings. Caring managers. Advancement opportunity. Committed to the community with charity drives. Employees are shareholders in the company.

    Cons

    Too officious. Paper work drowns employees. Does not truly follow PMI methodology as processes are rushed leading to short circuits and costly mistakes. Too much emphasis on billing employee time that people feel stretched over too many projects and cannot commit to any one. Far too many meetings such that project managers have a hard time getting all team members together at one time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease the number of meetings, especially stratus meetings. Status can be gathered in far more effective ways such as email or one-on-one check ins. People in status meetings are concentrating on what they will say when their time comes or what they have to do when they go back to their desks. They are not listening to the other people's reports. If a one hour status meeting occurs once a week and involves 10 people who take 5 minutes each to deliver their status, 10 hours of productive time is taken up. If those same people take five minutes to send the PM a status report, 50 minutes are taken up. What PM would not want to get back nine hours of extra time each week. When people are assigned to a team there must be dedicated time when they work exclusively on the project and are not pulled off to eek out 15 minuses of billable time. As it is, project managers can rarely get the entire team together at one time because one or more members are working on some other project..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good company to work for overall.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Great internal communication, efficiency and positive work culture.

    Cons

    Difficult to move to other areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve annual bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's alright

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stratford, PE (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stratford, PE (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, requires a lot of overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You're just a number in a budget spreadsheet

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    You can Telecommute quite easily
    Salary can be quite good

    Cons

    No easy promotion
    Budget before anything else
    Temporary Lay Offs
    Offshore
    Negotiate well your salary, it won't increase much after...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more human?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company, it deteriorates by the minute.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    At this point no pros, used to be a good company,

    Cons

    Company is hiring only juniors at this time, to pay less. Highly educated people are hired for technician positions. Managers will crush you, only to make you leave, because you are paid too much. They will stop at nothing. No respect for the employees. No possibilities of advancement, unless you are plugged. All the 'dream', to enjoy working together, and we will respect you, and we are a team of builders, is just slogans. Management does not care about this at all. Once your salary gets into their radar, it is over for you. There is no limits to what they will make you go through, they will be wild animals, and they will devour you. It will be all absurd, and will make you wonder if you are actually in the 21st century, or you landed in the 19th century managed company. All this in the name of them keeping their highly paid jobs. They will call you a "doer" in-between closed doors. They are all above doing! All benefits are one by one going away, each year one less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Losing clients is a result of your management skills. Crushing your people will not result in more business, just more bad publicity, and good, talented and dedicated people will steer away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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