CGI Group Reviews in Canada

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
1,310 Reviews

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1,310 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good (in 126 reviews)

  • I get to work from home without burdensome managers' administrative requirements (in 95 reviews)


Cons
  • Work starts only at Canada time that is by evening IST so hampers work life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • Less/zero trainings and very few opportunities for career growth (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Whistleblower: Unethical labor practices

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

    I have been working at CGI Group

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work; the people

    Cons

    Whistleblower: Extremely unethical labor practices - extensive use / threat of TLO (temporary leave of absence) to avoid severance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One day TLO practices will hit the paper and do real damage to your reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Work Culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI Group

    Pros

    Great premises and working from home concept is awesome.

    Cons

    sometime there is a communication gap from HRs

  3.  

    Well oriented

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a Candian Company that is growing fast with a good share value. Many opportuny exist at CGI and they are many new contract.

    Cons

    The salary and the bonus is a little bit low compare to other company. Even if the company is doing really good on the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture and the dream are well communicated across CGI. However, it's important that the employees feel that they are important for the business and not only paid to work harder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional Management Team surrounding PrimeBase

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Staff are great to work with. They are knowledgeable and always willing to help even if it means staying longer.

    Cons

    Management likes to micromanage. Likes to control every aspect of staff''s job instead of fostering trust and goodwill. Focuses on writing style instead of written content. This creates bureaucratic red tape. Staff not give credit for their efforts. Overtime is expected but rarely paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that you are on an episode of Hell's Kitchen. You think you can abuse your power and treating staff like pons in a chess match only to help you win at the expense of others.

    I questioned certain pactices because I wanted to improve processes and make things more efficient. I faced lots of resistance (bullying) and was indirectly told to just listen and do what you're told.

    Boss; Leader.
    Drives employees; Coaches them.
    Depends on authority; On good will.
    Inspires fear; Generates enthusiasm.
    Says "I"; Says "WE".
    Places blame for the breakdown; Fixes the breakdown.
    Says, "GO"; Stays lets, "GO!"
    Knows how it's done; Shows how it's done.
    Uses people ; Develops people.
    Takes credit; Gives credit.
    Commands; Asks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op Student  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-Op Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at CGI Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Challenging, fast paced environment for a co-op student. I got to work with other students and made a lot of friends. Campus recruiting process was positive and painless. It's a great place for exposure to the IT consulting industry.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are extremely long hours for co-op students. The office is quiet like a library so it's a little awkward talking to other people sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Project Delivery Officer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CGI Group

    Pros

    Good Atmosphere, People were very nice. Good location as it is at Eaton Centre

    Cons

    Management felt too high there sometimes. Worked long hours

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Run fast, run

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Charlottetown, PE (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Charlottetown, PE (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None that I can think of. There are lots of promises and "You are the owner..." but you're nobody really. It started as a great opportunity but company (at least the PE office) kept losing business.

    Cons

    Work life balance is terrible. Employees are unappreciated and no raises were given to non-management employees in years. I am talking from experience at PEI Canada office, the senior management there is horrible. They come and go when they like and when they're there, they act like they own the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of laying off good staff, look into the management and HR. Thanks to management (PEI), big contracts were lost and innocent employees paid the price. Director is still buying expensive toys and acts as an cowboy there. HR is no better. It's a shame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Constant bottom-line focus and they don't practice what they preach.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Brand name recognition on the resume as a major consulting firm.

    Cons

    Management was dysfunctional. They do a lousy / non-existent job at change management when they take on a new client for outsourcing. Everyone from legacy firm was confused and subsequently angry with CGI as an organization. Their internal SharePoint site was the slowest one I've ever used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize proper change management processes when you take on an outsourcing arrangement. Give your staff proper tools and support.

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

    Good experience, poor benefits and management

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

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    workplace flexibility. Learned how things can go badly and what not to do.

    Cons

    poor benefits package, low salary
    very little overall management, HR
    indifferent and/or negative attitude in environment
    lack of personal investment in success by employees overall
    poor work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in those who are employed within your BU both financially and personally. Support career growth, and listen to feedback from current workforce. The problem isn't at the company level its at the local level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Entry level

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Help Desk Support  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Help Desk Support in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    opportunity to start, good location

    Cons

    salaries not excellent and no evolution for the future, no one stays there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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