CGI Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A great company to start out at

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

    I worked at CGI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great work life balance which encourages only 40 hours a week 2. Stock options are amazing 3. PTO is nice since they don't have utilization to worry about. If you start, you get 2 weeks off along with unlimited sick time which doesn't count for PTO. 4. Managers allow you to pursue your passions, if you don't want to be a QA, you can work hard and move over to a BA and so on. 5. Remote working base on your project after a few months of employment.

    Cons

    1. Some people are just there for a pay check so the more motivated people will get frustrated 2. Depending on deadlines, you may have to work 80+ which even though you get flex time, you will start losing that and vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the younger employees with more get together and other social activities. I feel there was a lack of that and a community.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor Organizational Structure

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

    I have been working at CGI

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

    Pros

    Share purchase plan and that's really about the only good thing I can say.

    Cons

    Top heavy management who do not produce results. Health care benefits are abhorrent. No chance of upward mobility unless you are a good ol' boy. Very bad management decisions have left this company reeling. Contracts are not performed at a high enough standard and the directors believe in status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Earn your keep. Advice to VPs and higher: you need to seriously trim the fat in this organization.


  3. Helpful (1)

    CGI Sr. Consultant

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

    I have been working at CGI

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

    Pros

    Good Stock Options for employees.

    Cons

    Fairness is an issue. Salaries for the same positions vary widely. Bonuses are extremely rare. Delivery to customer is the utmost importance with disregard to family life.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees equally and treat them fairly.


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  5. OK to work for

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

    I worked at CGI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    not much of stress work environment

    Cons

    no growth for future oppurtunities


  6. Helpful (4)

    A Bottom-line Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Lawton, OK
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Lawton, OK

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefit package. Mostly current software and equipment as long as the management has planned correctly. I was allowed to do my work without much micro-management. I had a great chair to sit in all day.

    Cons

    The company is concerned with the bottom-line without much regard to impact on the product or reputation. The company lost the contract with good reason. Management makes promises without consulting the experts.

    Advice to Management

    Consult your experts before you promise the moon.


  7. Technical Support Representative-Escalations

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

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some really great people. I learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Need more opportunities to expand and grow within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize hard work and treat your employees as family; not a number.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Underwhlemed

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility of work/ability to work remote; fast paced never boring; nice people; easy to have good work life balance; founding principles are great.

    Cons

    Sub-standard 401K plan, primarily due to being Canadian based and they feel it is off-set by the ability to contribute to a non-qualified plan. No room for advancement, no real career path because it is a consulting firm.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly work for a day in a employee's role to get an idea of the reality; instead of surrounding yourselves with people who tell you what you want to hear.


  9. Okay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at CGI

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

    Pros

    Friendly team, good work life balance

    Cons

    Limited potential, slow moving for ambitious people


  10. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre employer, you could do better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at CGI full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Morale of employees seemed good. Many friendly people that welcome new hires. Some areas allow work from home a couple days per week.

    Cons

    Lack of structure. I have worked in other similarly sized companies and they were all setup and managed a lot better. Unrealistic/unfavorable expectations of employees. Management does not know the processes to get things done. Director was being too hands on when should be doing more management tasks. Conflict with management was handled very poorly. Did not listen to employees, just dictated to them. Compared to other large companies their processes are horrible. It is a hodgepodge of programs slapped together that do not work. Stuck about 10 years behind other companies. Change management for one. Also with recent re-org people have titles of senior IT admins but they do not have the skillset of a senior IT admin.

    Advice to Management

    Work on overall structure. Keep management out of the technical so much and concentrating on managing. Oncall structure was is that they expect you to be available 24x7 whether or not you were actually oncall or not.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Technical Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    chill, relax, easy job. Although if you are put on one of the busier client project, you will work 60-80 hours a week without compensation for it. friendly environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    almost zero compensation for working hard, close to none recognition. You get exceed expectation review and will get the inflation rate raise of 2-3%. There is no career path here. They definitely under pay you compared to the other consulting company in the area by 20%.



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