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CGI Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
1,405 Reviews
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CGI President, CEO, and Director Mike Roach
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Pros
  • work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good (in 142 reviews)

  • I get to work from home without burdensome managers' administrative requirements (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • Work starts only at Canada time that is by evening IST so hampers work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Less/zero trainings and very few opportunities for career growth (in 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good learning curve and flexible timings

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good learning curve and flexible timings

    Cons

    more client friendly rather than employer friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    CG artists

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    Former Employee - CG in New York, NY
    Former Employee - CG in New York, NY

    I worked at CGI part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was good practice to get back into CG industry.

    Cons

    Not many cons that I can say, the environment was good, the place was nice and people are friendly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Relationship-based vs. Performance-based opportunities

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is very fair for Director level and above -- with stock sharing program. CEO loves this company -- it is like his family and he is passionate about its success.

    Cons

    You will do well in this company if you are able to gain favor with BU leadership (i.e., get them to like you). You do this by selling lots of stuff and keeping costs very low. Of course, this often means promises are made that are impossible to keep ... there is no accountability between sales and delivery. The good news is that when they screw up clients, they really work hard to fix the problems -- which of course costs 2X as much as it would have if it were properly planned from the start. Also, this is not a consulting company .... they do outsourcing and acquisitions ... if you are looking for a consulting opportunity, I would recommend you pass on CGI. If you are looking for Account Management or Delivery Management, this company could be for you if you can also sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be a wise (and possibly novel) notion to consider performant execution during the sales cycle. Retaining quality delivery consultants might cost a little more up front, but the $'s that could be saved on the back end would more than make up for it .... and you would have folks around to mentor more junior individuals ....something to think about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very demanding company but compensation good. Work-life balance & job security not good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very challenging and dynamic work. You have opportunity to quickly take on roles of increasing responsibility. Consult on different types of projects at different companies. Compensation package is pretty good (high salaries, profit participation, matching 401k up to a %, stock purchase plan w/ company match up to a %, decent amount of vacation days plus comp time and flextime, and other benefits (medical, dental, vision, short term and long term disability, etc.)).

    Cons

    Can be extremely stressful and too demanding. Project work is often a baptism by fire -- need to quickly figure things out and always present yourself as an expert to the client. Work days are very long. Need to be ready and willing to work on travel assignments (for example, on a travel assignment, you could be away from home Monday through Thursday or Friday (company pays for hotel, travel, and meals) for the duration of the project. Travel assignments can put a strain on family and personal life. There is a 3-week bench policy which means when you finish on client engagement, you need to be staffed on another client engagement in three weeks. Otherwise, you likely will be laid-off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more loyal to your employees and treat them more like professional human beings and less like work horses.

  6.  

    It's a growing company with lots of potential, but opportunities are limited based on which business unit you're in.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is growing at a time when a lot of companies are laying off people. There are a lot of job opportunities.

    Cons

    Job opportunities are not given priority to internal candidates unless you do your own networking. Unlike other consulting companies, there is no real staffing agent for the employees. Once a project is over, it's up to the member to find a position within the company or you're out of a job. It's really unfortunate, especially when there are so many positions open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide more training opportunities for the members and provide the members with the necessary skillsets to transition easily to other projects and job opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Increasing market share. Other than this, i cannot think of ANY, to be HONEST.

    Cons

    1. Racsim and discrimination
    2. No work life balance
    3. promotion with no pay raise
    4. dog eats dog environment, backstabbers are everywhere
    5. crazy rummors and dramas
    6. lack of vertical communicaiton
    7. weirest competition
    8. micro management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome culture, horrible acquisition for US

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great esprit de corp, great people and a true structure to entrepreneurship that is proven

    Cons

    This review is focused at the US arm:
    When they acquired AMS, they kept the management team in place. That group had so many poor managers at VP level, it's a wonder that CGI didn't get sued on a weekly basis for labor relations issues. Even worse, the VP of HR out of Atlanta was an active enabler of most of it, so folks truly had no where to turn. The AMS veterans promoted a system of keeping their fellow vets at senior positions, even though they either grossly under performed, had horrible ethics, or both.
    It seems they've brought them under thumb a bit, but after so many tremendously talented people were victimized and were forced out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to purge the AMS folks

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average consultancy with little name recognition and myopic focus on margin

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at CGI

    Pros

    Exposure to a limited cadre of Fortune 100 Firms, support for training if you can convince management, some attempts to connect with rank and file staff but it's really treated more like a checkbox than heartfelt.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Lack of commitment to long term opportunities unless there is short term money to be made: margin is constantly under a microscope for senior staff, so if numbers don't look good in short term then cuts come quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in Business Development and getting more offshore staff Visas so there are people available instead of waiting until the last moment. The margin and stock price look good in the short term. It you are losing volume and market share against TCS, etc.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    From my experiece, it really depends on the project that you are on!

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at CGI

    Pros

    Okay place to start up your career or if you just want to get by.
    Basic benefits but with co pays.
    Good share purchase plan benefits.

    Cons

    Chances for advancement is possible but very long... You will have to be extremely patient.
    Some projects just lag too far behind and you will be stuck if your project is on the lower end.
    Management wait until problems become very big before reacting... then everyone will be affected.
    Discrimination based on priority of projects. Advancement and pay obvoiusly becomes unbalanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design new employee motivation techniques on the local level.
    Need more proactive Managers on the local level aswell

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a comfortable work environment. Good work was not recognized and it did not prepare employees for the future.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at CGI

    Pros

    Good benefits, Stock value has rose over the past few years, some cool peers. No office politics and a decent social club in the NYC office.

    Cons

    Bland industry, does not give you skills that will make you competitive in the industry. Annual reviews are worthless and will not give you leverage when trying to negotiate salary increases.

    No opinion of CEO

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