CGI Group Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,310 Reviews

3.0
1,310 Reviews
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CGI Group President, CEO, and Director Mike Roach
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Experience so far!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    There is huge potential for the personal growth within CGI. Management usually pays lot of attention towards personal growth as it falls under their one of the pillars - Member, Client and Stakeholder.

    Definitely a company to look forward if you want to be associated for a long period.

    Share Purchase Plan of the company adds value to the member.

    Cons

    The salary package usually offered is not up to the par.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and place to build a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Executive Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    CGI is a large company with a small company feel, despite its 80k employees, 11B US in revenue, and presence in 42 countries. CGI provides a diverse opportunity across many industries. At its core, CGI's focus on corporate membership, its people, and corporate culture are what keeps me here, and loyal to the company.

    Cons

    Compensation is average, with bonus structures relatively modest. Benefits are good, but closely aligned to the ACA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for 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
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  5.  

    CGI is a good place.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Lebanon, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lebanon, VA

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Managers were humans not robots. Very friendly people. Very minimal oversight or micromanaging. Great room to move up or laterally, provided you are willing to work for it.

    Cons

    Training was severely lacking. I had to practically beg to be taught how to do stuff so i wasn't just sitting there all day. It was more of everyone else was busy and they didn't want to take the time to teach it. More often than not i would ask for help and they would just do it for me rather than teach me. I'd have to ask for the details so I could do it on my own.

    Very minimal micro managing and oversight makes slacking off easy and others slacking may slow you down because you are waiting on them for information.

    Pay is just ok. I took less than the average but only because I was promised work from home after 6 months to a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the new people.. properly. Don't just slap someone new with a SME and say: "Go! Learn!" my "buddy" was a terrible analyst and his "training" was go here look at this (points) then go here (points). It was so ambiguous and i had no idea what we were doing. He taught me the solution to each problem and not the concepts. After I taught my self it was much better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible working hours and great people

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

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have been with the company for more than 15 plus yrs. Started when we were AMS. CGI bought AMS so most people I worked with were from the AMS days. We carried the AMS culture with us. Friendly and helpful colleagues. Flexible working hours. Able to work from home when needed.

    Cons

    Bad pay hike. Standard has been 3%. Insurance has been bad this year. No personal growth. Nobody cares what you want to do. It is where you are needed is where you get placed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company for Recent Graduates

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Belton, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Belton, TX

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

    Pros

    CGI is a good place to get your foot in the door in the IT industry, and gain much needed experience and exposure. Depending on the project you are placed on will be the real determining factor in your job satisfaction. I love my team and almost everyone in my office. The management has an open door policy and are fully welcoming of questions and concerns.

    Cons

    Project placement, you really don't have a say, and it can be good or bad. Always try to negotiate a higher starting salary, add +$5k more to your original number. Little direction and communication from management of new opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your members updated on future projects and allow them more options when available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Too Many senior people in the team.

    Cons

    Too Many senior people in the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion 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 Group full-time for 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.  

    Getting the Right Project to work on is Key

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and WFH (as long as you have the right project). Great people in suburban location close to home.

    Cons

    You can get rolled off a project at any time. The company will only give you 2 weeks to find another project. If you cannot find one - then you are sent packing. There are certain people who have been on projects for 9 years and others are never given a chance because the management keeps rolling them off and on projects.

    Other cons include training - CGI is not good about certification for it's current workforce - so don't expect any decent training opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that all benefits are offered across the board. Stop rolling the same people off of projects all the time and give them a chance to succeed.

    There are too many Directors - there are Directors who have no reports - sometimes the company seems a little top heavy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a long term opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours in the SWVA office. Somewhat flexible dress code.

    Decent pay for the area. This may change frequently though, so try to negotiate for something more if you get an offer. You should aim for a minimum of 40k if you are applying for a technical position. Not sure about others.

    It's hard to get fired. You have to go through a lengthy process if you aren't performing well before they can fire you. Or, you have to do something very inappropriate. They can lay you off if they don't have work for you, but that has only happened recently, and it's pretty rare.

    It's a great starting position to get your resume started. The interview to get in is easy. You'll learn industry appropriate skills for the first year to three years.

    If coasting along is your thing, you can probably find a team that will let you. You can get away with not doing very much work if you know what you're doing. Make sure to find the right team lead that will not care as much.

    Cons

    This is essentially an entry level company. There are few opportunities beyond your first 1-3 years that will let you grow professionally.

    Training is virtually non-existent, and poorly executed. You are on your own. The good news is there are a lot of employees who have figured things out and they are friendly and will help you through the basics.
    Salary increase is per year and is capped around 2%.

    Health benefits were gutted this year 2014, and although they are similar to other companies in the area, for the tech industry they are really bad. As an individual you will have a 5k deductible, and you pay full price on everything up to 4k. Dental is still covered for 2 cleanings, and vision is covered for a certain amount towards glasses and contacts per year. Just don't be surprised if your 30$ a month meds suddenly jump to $700 a month until you hit your 4k for the year. For families this is higher.

    Vacation went from 4 weeks to 3 weeks for starting employees. The only way to get extra is to impress the higher ups enough to promote you to "senior consultant". Depending on your position, this ranges from hard to impossible. You still get holidays however.

    The work load, depending on your team, can range from 40 hours a week, to enormous (I was working 80 a week because management misjudged the amount of work they gave me). I am on a different team now and I am required to work no more than 40 hours per week, so comp and flex time can't be accrued. There's good and bad for either scenario, but I prefer where I am now because when working 80 hours a week I was capped on vacation, comp, and flex every week and couldn't even use it for 6 months.

    Regarding all the above, the employees give annual reviews about their satisfaction and this year 2014, the reviews were very very bad. The management addressed this by saying we needed to be "educated" better about our benefits, and that we were essentially wrong for being upset. Once the salary cap set in, the benefits were gutted, and this statement from management was sent out, people started jumping ship, at least one person per week. The turnover for 2014 has been pretty extreme. People with experience in the company are finding better jobs easily. My suggestion is if you get a position here, immediately start looking at other opportunities within the industry to keep your options open so you can jump ship too once you find something better that might require experience.

    The building is over-crowded so half the office has to work from home, or is on a schedule of in the office 2-3 days a week.

    The management advocates moving to fairfax/DC area, but the salary increase for cost of living is minimal, and most people that move get so little money they can barely eat. If they manage to move back to SWVA, they are typically at the top of the list for getting laid off, since they make more than everyone else in the area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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