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CGI Group Reviews in Virginia

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
1,293 Reviews

3.0
1,293 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.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    CGI is a good place.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Lebanon, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lebanon, VA

    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
  3.  

    Happy but "Hire-and-fire" policy in effect

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

    Pros

    Remote work, salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Management /supervisors have a 100% power to fire anyone in their team. Race is a factor here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on the work and not on "who is who on background!" That way, you don't lose your contracts like say the ACA's Healcth Exchange or Obamacare and the Dept of Commerce! Racist managers are well known but "overlooked" by your superiors. Company could be sued for "Overlooking!"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Worked as one of the developers and enjoyed learning new technologies and getting opportunities

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Senior Management - very supportive. Interesting projects and great opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is less compared to the efforts put into almost any project. They get more work done with less pay and less people. However, if you are doing a really great job, they try to give you a reasonable offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management could have been better at making decisions ahead of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Diverse work environment. Flexible with the work from home program.

    Cons

    The large size of the company makes it hard to get noticed and is also hard to get approvals because of the organization structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    CGI Federal is a great place to work and has a great feel of people that work with you.

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    Current Employee - IT Asset Management Administrator  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Asset Management Administrator in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Everyone is looking to help. Great experience as an Intern.

    Cons

    I haven't faced any big challenges yet, but if so I am ready for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Values Proposals over Delivery

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    Pros

    There are still a few good technical people left. Convenient work locations.

    Cons

    The best people eventually went elsewhere. Winning a contract seems to be valued more than strong delivery. Nobody pushed back on the customer, which caused severe hardship on the technical staff and a system that did not work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide a technical career track for those who keep up with best practices in architecture, design, and implementation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Alot of talk but little action!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    You work with some wonderful people each and every day - smart, talented and caring!

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking in every way
    VP Level managers or hold overs from AMS are overbearing, rude and not very smart. Account Managers or VP's that never leave their office and yet pretend to know what the client thinks - they give no credit to their teams and take commission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing management or interviewing Director level folks to see what is truly going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellet company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Architect  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Colleagues are largely friendly and helpful. Some program managers could be unhelpful as far as dealing with the clients go.

    Cons

    Company took a PR hit because of the ACA website fiasco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for employees who are working for Government clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very dependent on project you are working on

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    One project I worked on was very good with excellent people, great teamwork, and high morale even under extreme pressure. Everyone pulled together, good sharing of knowledge, and everyone worked hard to get the job done under extremely challenging conditions. Company worked hard to compensate for long hours by providing free lunches/dinners, and some extra compensation for long hours.

    Cons

    A second project was the exact reverse of the first project. Claimed that schedule was tight, but often times when someone completed a task the technical lead had no new task to give them. One of several signs of extreme disorganization. This caused low morale, and several people leaving within a short period of time. Seemed to be split by new members of the project versus people who had been on the project for quite some time. New members often were not tasked well, and were not given enough chance to understand the business functions. Technical lead bad-mouthed some new members to others on the project, which got back to new members making them feel unappreciated and not being given proper chance. Management seemed not to care about this as long as work was getting done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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