CGI Group
3.0 of 5 1,233 reviews
www.cgi.com Montreal, Canada 5000+ Employees

CGI Group Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.0 1,233 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

CGI Group President, CEO, and Director Mike Roach

Mike Roach

(537 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good"
    in 109 reviews
  • "I get to work from home without burdensome managers' administrative requirements"
    in 86 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work starts only at Canada time that is by evening IST so hampers work life balance"
    in 40 reviews
  • "No chance for career growth unless you are in the Fairfax office (5"
    in 33 reviews
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    Good people and environment.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood for consulting exposure, nice people and friendly work environment,

    ConsNot much presence in Seattle area.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just Terrible all around

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree Coffee for employees as long as they do not take anything out of the break room.

    ConsPay
    Managerial team
    Threatened to be fired at any moment
    Fire people and retain their property

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit treating employees like they are not important.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice work culture to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood opportunities to excel ... Healthy work culture ... Good pay

    ConsNothing which I remember specifically

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    Good company with solid foundations; a bit conservative at times, but solid

    Vice President (Current Employee)

    ProsSound principles and philosophy
    Flexibility
    Growth oriented

    ConsSomewhat conservative about taking risks
    Should do more to establish thought leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain the financial discipline, but be more open to calculated risks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its an OK startout company but move on after 2 years

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Lebanon, VA

    Pros-Flexible Schedule for some teams
    -Work from home
    -good socials but not enough
    -work-life balance
    -Stock Options but everyone has them when the company is public and is profitable for the company
    -Really nice and helpful people, really smart too
    -lots of college hires
    -Profit Sharing, is a nice LITTLE bonus for christmas presents

    Cons-Few growth opportunities
    -Terrible healthcare insurance 2K ded. for single plus a premium per pay check for maintaining insurance
    -TERRIBLE LOCATION
    -SUPER LOW SALARY, actual cost of living is around average which salaries dont reflect
    -NO HELP when trying to transfer offices after working for several years
    -TOO MANY Promises not enough action
    -Sometimes really boring projects not enough challenge
    -There is a gym also but the GYM sucks! i rather get a little money extra to pay for a membership
    -not enough perks

    Advice to Senior Management-More Pay
    -Listen and help your employees
    -acknowledge your employees a little more, the monthly member recognition program doesnt really acknowledge everyone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An excellent company for "below average" people.

    Executive Consultant (Former Employee)

    Pros- It's a good company if you are not a very smart person and not fit for companies like IBM, Accenture, Google, etc.
    - Generous pay if you are white or worship big bosses

    ConsCGI might be a great company, but following observations are based on my experiences in some of the US offices:
    - Treat "non white" employees as workers and will never give them senior management positions.
    - Most of the people are average or below average. They are not qualified to successfully deliver large custom software development projects.
    - Most of their success stories are on the projects where they were sub to companies like IBM and Accenture.
    - Some of the US offices are run like family owned businesses. Not very professional.
    - No a process oriented company. I think CGI is a CMMI level 3 company.
    - And many more when I compare CGI with similar companies.

    Bottom line - Do not join CGI if you are a smart person and believe in innovation. Do not expect good salary raises and/ or promotion if you are not white or close to senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFrequently visit US offices to learn how they are mismanaged.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CGI Federal some good, some bad

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Lawton, OK

    Proswork-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good

    Consno career advancement; current uncertainty over contract status and funding is not helpful (it is the government's fault, but the company should have some kind of long term plan for employees)

    Advice to Senior Managementlevel with employees, avoid doing stupid stuff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid consulting firm from the top down that encourages employee ownership

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsCompetitive compensation package
    Flexible work environment
    Committed to work/life balance
    Excellent stock ownership plan

    ConsLimited opportunity in Atlanta with regard to client projects (Mostly staff augmentation)
    Limited commitment to career growth
    Minimal employee engagement in CGI teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementEach CGI VP should be accountable for establishing new client relationships above and beyond the status quo of existing clients in order to keep employees motivated. Also, each CGI office manager/VP should promote more teamwork that would further encourage employees to have a sense of belonging to CGI rather than their client. Employees need to feel like they don't just work for a "body shop."

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mediocre - feel they miss the boat quite often

    Programmer Analyst (Former Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    Prosgood place to start your career, reasonable pay

    Conslimited growth potential, poor reputation in the market

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall it was very good. THe last few years it defintiely deteriorated.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexibility, great stock purchase plan. Benefits are really good. Depending on your role and the group you are with you can advance your career pretty quickly but only if you are in certain groups.

    ConsManagement in my particular group leaves something to be desired. 9 managers is 7 years was my personal experience. Other groups could have great management, it all depends where you end up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like you want to be treated and be honest and upfront. If there is a performance issue, man-up and address it. Give the respect you want to get back.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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