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CGI Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
1,454 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.  

    Best place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Acceptable for college hires, not so much for experienced developers

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked for the Federal part of CGI. The only good thing I can say for this company is it provides a place for people straight out of college to start and get a big name on their resumes. Start here from college, stay for three years, and then go somewhere else.

    Cons

    The management in charge of projects has no idea how to gather requirements. The salaries for developers are at least ten thousand lower than industry standards. There is no contingency planning at all. If something fails they just keep beating the dead horse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real training in project management and stop putting unqualified people in charge of developement.

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

    Great work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My time at CGI has been a great experience. Colleagues and management are all great and helpful.

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

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

    Pros

    Work-Life is great. Depending on what project you're on there's flexibility in what time you come in and leave. As long as you're getting your work done you can definitely fly under the radar!

    Cons

    I can't say there are many cons working at CGI it has been a great experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    CGI Consulting

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

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happy but "Hire-and-fire" policy in effect

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

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

    Pros

    Remote work, salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Management /supervisors have a 100% power to fire anyone in their team. Race is a factor here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on the work and not on "who is who on background!" That way, you don't lose your contracts like say the ACA's Healcth Exchange or Obamacare and the Dept of Commerce! Racist managers are well known but "overlooked" by your superiors. Company could be sued for "Overlooking!"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked as one of the developers and enjoyed learning new technologies and getting opportunities

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Senior Management - very supportive. Interesting projects and great opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is less compared to the efforts put into almost any project. They get more work done with less pay and less people. However, if you are doing a really great job, they try to give you a reasonable offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management could have been better at making decisions ahead of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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