CGI Group Reviews in Ottawa, ON

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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.  

    A great compoany to work for!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group

    Pros

    If you are driven and motivated to succeed CGI will provide you with ample opportunities to shine and succeed.

    CGI does not hire employee it hires members (owners) that get to partake in all the benefits the company has to offer - profit sharing, stock options and a stock purchase plan.

    CGI's Senior Management are very passionate about the company and they have a clear vision and mission for CGI – it is very inspiring to hear them speak about CGI’s vision and mission.

    CGI has some great Managers that constantly provide recognition and feedback for a job well done – unfortunately there are those Managers that seem to forget to provide that words of recognition and thanks for a job well done do not cost them or the company anything.

    Cons

    It's a great company with many talented people yet they are unable to command the high per diem rates that companies such as IBM, EDS and Accenture enjoy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Business Unit model needs some major changes to get the company acting as one - the days of local IT market are numbers and only the truely global players will survive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good for a first job, but not for long-term

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Work is not back-breaking
    -Good benefits
    -Share Purchase Plan

    Cons

    -Bad Management; bosses will either forget you exist or be condenscending towards you
    -Low salary growth; 2.5% a year if you're lucky, sometimes you don't get a raise at all
    -No career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give incentive to your employees to stay with the organization instead of making them wish they worked for someone else.

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

    Don't be a fool

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Its difficult to think of anything positive to say, maybe that they pay their employees on time. The social committee (that employees pay into) is competent.

    Cons

    - after speaking with many people in my division, it looks like long term employees have not receive pay increases in years
    - employee training is almost non-existent; employees are provided access to online books that they are expected to learn on their own time -- even if that knowledge is required to perform their day-to-day duties
    - sick days are not allowed; all employees are "encouraged" to work from home even when they are (legitimately) ill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being a technology consulting company, CGI should realize that its treatment of employees has a long term effect that will affect its ability to acquire good and qualified talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does not respect workforce

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Good team
    - Some interesting projects
    - Competitive share purchase plan
    - Own and support some good IP

    Cons

    - Cannot log overtime if not authorized, no overtime pay for management (despite working beyond the 40 hr workweek)
    - Leaders are hired, not nurtured from within
    - The best talent and leadership has left the organization - mostly voluntary.
    - Poor communication
    - No training unless you are on the bench. Then they train you on how to interview and how to write your resume.
    - Known to put long-standing employees on temporary layoff, without pay, for up to 6 months and avoid severance pay. Does it in a way that it does not become public knowledge.
    - Hyper political. If you are not liked by management and senior management, your working career with CGI could be hell.
    - Employees hired to support projects that are not in-house. Some barely ever set foot in a CGI building.
    - Salary is not competitive.
    - Family-run oligarchy. Unqualified personnel in lofty positions by virtue of their family relationship with the founder of the organization.
    - Constant cost-cutting and cost avoidance has led to a loss of social programs and office space.
    - New employee onboarding poor. Technical staff can't keep up with the turnaround and new hires, so new equipment takes abnormally long to get to new employees.
    - Lies and competition are the order of the day, so that leaders look good in the eyes of their superiors while middle-management and non-management scramble to pick up the pieces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do whatever you can to retain the talent that still exists there. Strive to make your non-management employees happy again. Take financial risk for the sake of your employees. Train them on future technologies. Enable them to be successful. Today it looks like you don't care about them, and they will continue to leave. Don't forget: in the world of consulting, your people are your asset. At present, it appears as though your assets are dwindling. Your current and prospective clients know this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Identity Crisis

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at CGI Group

    Pros

    Good People who make the work environment enjoyable however that does not complete the entire experience with a quality of life matters.

    Cons

    sub par compensation without a bonus structure to support the successes achieved by employees & contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    engage your people communicate good or bad...knowledge is power and can help resolve issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run away now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group

    Pros

    A great group of people on the staff.
    Good life/work time balance.

    Cons

    Middle Management is not trained and lack of skills
    No opportunities to develop a real career.
    0 training even if it's promised when they hire you.
    Technologies used are mostly obsoletes and you'll have problem returning to the real market
    Once you are in a project, good luck, CGI forgets about you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some real middle management. Directors and managers are a joke and VPs are concentrated on political games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    good for awhile but no chance of growing and getting ahead in both career and salary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group

    Pros

    Social Club activities, provide a laptop

    Cons

    not part of the cgi team, feel closer to the gov't client than you do with CGI, they try to pay you but are unsucessfull at doing so, that have so called "market adjustments" that always fall short, no sence of climbing the ladder, you get marked with a skill and hard to move to new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay members better, solve people from leaving, if an enmployee says thay are unhappy, listen to them and try to make them happy before thy decide to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    One of the best experiences of my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group

    Pros

    Great projects, good people to work with, minimal bureaucracy for a large company, politics largely absent with a clear focus on the client and business challenges

    Cons

    Very focussed on the current business, could do more to plan for future market requirements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Articulate market vision at business unit level more frequently and clearly

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fun but you'll have to fight to get a decent salary and respect...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at CGI Group

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers. Good salary if it was negociated at hiring time. Good benefits.

    Cons

    low salaries
    nobody really cares about your career development
    A lot of benefits we had in the late 90`s were mostly removed
    If you work at the main CGI building, it's a pain to work in the East end (Blair Place)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be closer to your employees
    Salaries are just too low
    To keep employees, corporate should really think about having a pension plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior pay seems only for management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at CGI Group

    Pros

    Flexible when required, Compensation is good. A lot of the people I work with are great. They are from all over the high tech community in Ottawa, and the skills some of these people are incredible.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other opportunities for some skills. They lock you in to one project, even if you wish to move to others. They don't utilize the skills they have in their employees, many are wasted on trivial matters. They ignore some of the ideas and concepts of these skilled people because the upper managers dont want to appear less skilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set pay to skill set, and not just to level. Paying a Java developer the same as an NMS architect, seems strange.

    No opinion of CEO

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