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CGI Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
119 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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    Sr. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Good to work, good work culture, flexible time schedule

    Cons

    Contract can end and you have to search job again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training, compensation should be reviewed properly.

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

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Favoritism at it's best

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    I have worked for CGI Federal for more than two year. They let you work from home two days a week. Nice location in fairfax close to mall and good eating places.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Foreign managers favor employees from their country. No work place ethics. No job secuirty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Successful Canadian company that acquired a bunch of 'turkeys' from Amc. Mgmt. Sys. to qualify for U.S. Gov contracting.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and conniving senior IT management is well connected to D.C. federal government bureaucrats and politicians. (ie., CGI senior VP Toni Townes is Princeton '85 classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama / CGI Group Pres. Geo. Shindler was Obama 2012 campaign donor after Health Care Website award) .

    CGI Federal's health-care is highly skilled at ballooning government projects with change orders for extensions, ceiling increases and fat margins on existing work without producing expected results and accomplished at deflecting repercussions.. (ie., Affordable Health Care Act website fiasco)

    Cons

    A body shop operation with a very large turnover problem -- especially among younger personnel who lack experience but are on the low end on the wage scale (cheap bodies). Management is known to lie, cheat and steal as required for business growth objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to Canada!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great place to go for work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Best place to work!

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Lead in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Lead in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Exciting work, work life balance, a lot of opportunity and great people!

    Cons

    I have none to report.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work culture

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    Former Employee - Executive Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Good folks to work with. Management / Team members were helpful and made work not feel like work.
    Corporate environment balances work and personal life very well.
    Goals are reasonable and well thought out for optimum performance.
    Career growth was emphasized.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. Just regular nit-picking stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the balance between office and personal life of employees. This really helped me want to give 100% to my work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    CGI Federal

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    feedback

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    Current Employee - Sr Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Sr Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    this place is good for college fresher, interns and career starters

    Cons

    no professional environment, no process, no work and family life balance,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very rude and unprofessional in dealing with the technical resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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