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

(536 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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    Find another Company to Work for

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsPaycheck, it is a job. Good people to work with and a decent environment. Upward mobility if you are willing to work 60+ hours a week.

    ConsBenefits are poor, each year more benefits are taken away or reduced. Looks good on the outside, hey you get to purchase Vision Care - go to use it and find out the benefit is very limited. Health benefit reduced every year and is now terrible - pay $$$$ for catastrophic coverage only. Balance of the reward system goes to Management and Shareholders on the back of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUS Division is disconnected from Canada - US managements needs to attract and retain better talent by fighting for better employee compensation. Weed out management that does not contribute TOO MANY Layers! Internal Departments that SHOULD be responsive to employees are terrible. Try and get any issue resolved in 4-6 months with HR, IT - not going to happen! Established a coporate culture - it is about me. Management needs to listen to employees - they haven't for years and employees are stopping trying to help the company.

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

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    It's all been downhill...

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Lawton, OK

    ProsThe work isn't too difficult.

    ConsI have worked for this company for over 10 years. Ever since my original company (Stanley Associates Inc.) was acquired by CGI Federal, I have watched this company self destruct. Since the acquisition the following benefits have either been reduced or discontinued:
    - annual raise reduced (no longer keep up with inflation or cost of living)
    - vacation time reduced by 5 days per year
    - health club reimbursement discontinued
    - home computer reimbursement discontinued
    - complimentary refreshments discontinued
    - employee appreciation events vanished
    - etc., etc., etc...

    This company is all about the bottom dollar, the employees are now left with a seat somewhere in the back. One only has to look at the healthcare.gov debacle to really see where the priorities lie.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you continue to chase the almighty dollar while pushing your employees (or members as you like to call us) to the background, you will soon find yourself without the talent necessary to make this company a success. You must realize that winning contracts is only half of the battle! It is the people who execute those contracts that make this company a success!!! If you don't take care of your employees, they will soon go find another company that will.

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

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    Decisions are made from the top. Managers and employees have very little control over departmental or career direction.

    Applications Developer (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsIf you can wear multiple hats both technically and professionally you will fit in with this company. Don't get confortable though, because this company will drop anyone at the drop of a hat if you do not fit into their current plans, fail to meet ambiguous quotas, make too much money, or don't fit into their "culture".

    ConsPrepare yourself for culture shock and double speak. While the company proudly proclaims it's success is due to the equal balance of interests between the three major stake holders (the share holder, the client, and the employee) the real focus is almost entirely on making money, so the share holder benefits the most, the clients come in a distant second, and the employees are left to sink or swim in the last place in the pecking order.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost new initiatives and project failures at CGI are due to:

    1) over committing to contracts that they are ill equipped to fulfill in the specified time frame
    2) the lay off of their most experienced employees (in favor of low paid help)
    3) lack of sufficient analysis before commiting to a contract
    4) accepting contracts at too low a price
    5) the sales staff not asking for cost analysis or technical input before committing to contracts
    5) the ground work had not been laid for acceptance of such a contract.
    6) insufficient inconsistent staffing
    7) blame is often placed on the lowest level employee when it should travel up the chain
        to the root cause.
    8) low moral at the lowest levels caused by one or more of the above.

    CGI treats their low level employees as commodities and scapegoats while in reality they are the glue that holds things together. They get minimal career direction. They have very little choice in choosing the consulting roles they take on. They work long hours. They have little time to expand or refine their careers, but they should place primary focus on this.

    CGI must address the above deficiencies and correct them or many clients and employees will suffer the consequences.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CGI Is A Dysfunctional, Blended Family

    Multimedia Specialist (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThis is a very stable company. With so many markets and regions under its divisions, CGI can provide the option of transfers in your immediate area or around the country. For those with varied IT interests, you have many options here.

    Also, CGI provides the benefits that employees who've worked in the professional corporate environment are used to: health care, life crisis solutions (free counseling, adoption support) and internal professional mentoring (if you're not on one of the contracts).

    ConsCGI has doubled in size since it acquired my former company 4 years ago through subsequent mergers.

    If you work on a contract in the federal side of the business, you will feel like a stepchild. I work on one of the most high-profile defense projects and we've had 4 Program Managers i just over 2 years. Only one stayed close to a year. But the turnover is seen throughout our office. There is zero harmony or morale among our ranks. And ideas to revitalize our respective departments are often overlooked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in leadership! Bring people who are motivated to drive the passion of the business. There's no camaraderie, and therefore no collective incentive to persevere.

    Turnover at the top is one of the most counteractive forces in the work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company- Poor life/work balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation is at or above average. My management was very flexible and reasonable. There are many opportunities for growth and training.

    ConsLong hours and unplanned, last minute maintenance windows. Interfered with life/work balance. Working nights and weekends extensively is required. Not enough resources allocated to large projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementObtain more resources to handle the workload and keep project managers in check.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sacrifices Pay for Flexibility

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsFlexibility, Working from home, Work-Life Balance, Good first and third job in a career.

    ConsRaises/bonuses are not great, Some people who work more and do better work are often paid the same as people who do less work and are lazy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay good workers more money if you want them to stay with the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Des Moines, IA

    ProsGood salaries, good benefits, good travel expense system

    ConsLots of travel typically 75% of the time unless you are on a long term project and agree to relocate

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are losing a lot of senior technical people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome starter job

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThis place is great for the getting into the field job in administration, networking, and facilities. Great starting place for federal and international work as well.

    ConsThe company needs to work on career paths, and employee promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work/Life Balance is great, salary is not

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsGood benefits: Stock Purchase Plan, 401(k), medical, dental
    Great environment with generally friendly, diverse group of people
    Work / Life balance is better than most other consulting firms

    ConsSalary is less than competitive, training is minimal at best, cross-project communication is terrible, scope of responsibility is far too small, very little chance of learning new skills while on an assignment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify the skill set of all employees, developers included. It seems as though teams such as AppDev, Test, and Training do not work well together.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sink or swim

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsEndless opportunities
    Steady pipeline
    CGI does a lot of community support and work

    ConsYou have to be an A lister for promotion
    Work life balance is difficult

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