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CGI Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
1,441 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good (in 146 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 42 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for overall.

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

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Great internal communication, efficiency and positive work culture.

    Cons

    Difficult to move to other areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve annual bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiting Lead in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Lead in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Exciting work, work life balance, a lot of opportunity and great people!

    Cons

    I have none to report.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    - Global presence and global culture
    - Good employee care
    - Good Learning opportunities if you are aggressive
    - Reliable employer
    - Good brand value and most respected vendor for fortune 500 clients
    - Transparent
    - Good work life balance/WFH option
    - Flexible in terms of location transfers

    Cons

    - Conservative in terms of hikes. It differs from case to case.
    - Doesn't have big customer base. Doesn't try hard to attract new customers. In-organic growth by acquisitions.
    - Less long term onsite opportunities compared to other Indian service organizations as CGI has it's global presence.
    - Generally do not try to retain employees in case if they opt to move out of the organization.
    - Not much benefit responding so surveys as it never reflected back to day to day work of the employees working on the ground.
    -Some accounts are not managed properly where voice of the employee is never heard by senior management. Like or dislike, you need follow their culture. No support from management (Again in limited accounts). Its your luck in which project you fall into.
    - Some policies are still under writing even after three years after Logica has been acquired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain your employees. Not sure why this is not in practice. Try to listen to their voice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a good place to work :(

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    I feel its good only for senior members, not for freshers.

    Cons

    Bias towards members (culture), NO career growth, NO trainings( given only for selected members always), Poor pay structure, NO work life balance.
    Work during weekends even without any extra compensation or pay.
    Oncall and night shifts too hectic with very low compensations or pay.
    Micro-Management is too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire good managers who doesn't have any bias towards members rather than giving more preference to their caste and culture. Only members in there caste are given more preference than any other members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's alright

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

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, requires a lot of overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The real CGI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Was a good place to work. Heritage CGI people are generally young and smart and capable. But a lot of things have changed.

    Cons

    The crusty old logica management are from the 1960s. And the 2014 Xmas party theme is the 60s. Most of the Logica management were in there 20s then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware the Ayers around the Moores and beware the Page is turning. Box Hill... What a hub of IT activity... Punch cards and all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, unpleasant and disrespectful company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Decent sharesave scheme where employee contributes 2.5% and company matches it
    Reasonable focus on training/PDP

    Cons

    Absence policy is aggressive. On your first day off sick you are sent an email with a ‘return to work form’ including questions such as “Is absence outside of company sickness tolerance levels?”, “Has an Absence Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) been implemented?” and “Is disciplinary action required?”. No TLC whatsoever.

    Toxic behaviours which destroy trust with employees, e.g. withholding on call allowances payments > six months even though client has been billed. Sending fake phishing emails to "catch employees out".

    Constant agressive barrage of admin tasks to complete within tight timescales or your performance rating will be slashed even though you've done great in you "day job".

    CGI Intranet only functions from a company laptop, not via the Portal where most of the links are broken, most notably to their health and well being site "Oxygene".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your workforce like an army of droids. Show them some respect. You're lucky to have them working for you not the other way round.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    You're just a number in a budget spreadsheet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    You can Telecommute quite easily
    Salary can be quite good

    Cons

    No easy promotion
    Budget before anything else
    Temporary Lay Offs
    Offshore
    Negotiate well your salary, it won't increase much after...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more human?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Lebanon, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Lebanon, VA

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For a kid just starting fresh out of school, it's a great and supportive environment to be introduced to the professional world.

    Most of the workforce is pretty young, and there's a very healthy team culture (At least at the Lebanon office). You're given a lot of flexibility. I was not "thrown to the wolves" when I started, and was given plenty of time and support to learn the ropes.

    The lower and middle management at the Lebanon office were pretty solid prior to the organizational restructuring. Team leads that were present on-site were helpful, supportive, and understanding. Managers were competent and fair.

    The share purchase plan is nice. The 401k match is mediocre. Lots of paid holidays, and decent PTO. Unlimited sick leave. Ability to work remote.

    Good starting salary if you AREN'T a computer programmer. Salary for accountants and business types is pretty competitive.

    Annual raises are almost guaranteed. Most people get around 3% yearly. Some guys only got 2%. How this is distributed seems pretty arbitrary.

    There's usually a Christmas Bonus (Profit sharing) to the tune of 800+ dollars.

    Despite the insistence of some of the other reviewers, the cost of living in the area is quite low. Rent is about average (400-600 for a 2br apt), while property value is ridiculously low by national standards. A lot of really decent homes can be had for around 100k. Just don't be dumb with your money. 45k is quite enough to support you in comfort.

    Getting fired is an act of congress. During my time at CGI, a few people got laid off, but nobody was fired for performance. This is both a pro (job security), and a con (freeloaders).

    Cons

    The pay is very low for programmers (Maybe 30% below local market). Programmers and Business Analysts get paid the same starting salary. For a new graduate, it's really not that bad, especially if you live with room mates, and honestly the experience was worth it to me.

    The healthcare is godawful. The HSA plan CGI uses has a 3500(?) dollar deductible/out of pocket max. 7k for a family. This is devastating if you get sick, or have recurring medical costs. The plan really only pays off financially if you get cancer, or hit by a bus. No prescription coverage. Since a lot of families around here are single income, this is a killer. This was my main drive to leave.

    Work-life balance was great when I started, but towards the end of my time at CGI I was regularly working 70-80 hour weeks.

    Despite the Lebanon VA stationed managers being pretty good, they are extremely limited in their authority and don't have the power to actually affect positive change. Lots of bureaucracy.

    An organizational restructuring took the larger, more generalized teams, and broke them down to maybe a dozen smaller, specialized teams. This forced management to create a bunch more Team Leads for each of the smaller teams. Some of these Team Leads were... highly unfit.

    In addition, many of these leads were full-time Work-From-Home, or worked in Fairfax. This made them inaccessible at times, unavailable to assist struggling team members, or caused weird political issues since they really only were in touch with us when something went wrong. Their impressions of many team members were badly skewed by this. The people we actually worked closely with on a daily basis weren't given any voice in our annual reviews.

    The disconnect between superiors and subordinates caused a lot of tension.

    Despite the abundance of team leads, there isn't really much opportunity to advance. The structure of the company is overall pretty flat, and there's no pay incentive for promotions. Senior consultants get a slightly better 401k and share purchase plan.

    Because of the issues mentioned above, CGI Federal is becoming a stepping-stone. Very few people I knew there had plans to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay programmers at a competitive rate.
    Keep teams together, face to face.
    Let middle management manage.
    Hold team leads accountable.
    Fix the healthcare.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional, incompetent and strangled by internal processes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Systems Architect in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The car park is free. You can get training but have to justify it and ask.

    Cons

    Once you get in the door, you will discover that you need to interview for any project work.
    The promotion process also involves a promotion panel. Getting a promotion however is not necessarily a reason to celebrate as they will likely use it as an opportunity to get you to sign new terms and conditions.

    Pay is very, very bad for technical staff. They don't seem to recognise that as an IT company they need people good at IT. Instead they focus on business people.

    As for pay-rises, they seem to think that they can shoe-horn people into a normalisation curve which makes any pay-rise a lottery. You could get recommended for promotion but marked as "needs development" for your annual review. Of course even getting "exceeds all performance" will not guarantee a pay increase. You are still at the mercy of the stats.

    Finally they have imposed a sickness absence policy that ignores significant health issues. You have only 20 days budget to be ill no matter what the cause. If you break a bone and take 15 days off, you only have 5 days for colds for the rest of the year. Exceed that and you will lose pay.

    Staff are leaving in droves right now so there is a significant brain drain, including people who have been there 10 or more years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop rewarding yourselves and senior managers and pay technical staff market rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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