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CGI Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
168 Reviews
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168 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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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    CGI is a wonderful place to work; they give you the freedom to try new things, but do not let you fail. The flexibility and trust is rewarding and hard to find elsewhere. I work with a talented team of motivated and engaged people. All things being equal, I could easily see myself spending the rest of my career with CGI.

    Cons

    Salary is on the low end for my field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep that stock price climbing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sr. Consultant

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

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Good to work, good work culture, flexible time schedule

    Cons

    Contract can end and you have to search job again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training, compensation should be reviewed properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Business Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Reston, VA

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Work life balance, good management, focus on meeting with work schedule.

    Cons

    Less support from team mates, Compensation should be little more, no team build activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    CGI Federal is an average contractor company with limited advancement opportunities. numerous perks & drawbacks.

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, gym, flextime (with supervisor approval), 88%+ of employees are shareholders

    Cons

    (this could be a pro): experiences and compensation schemes vary significantly between the federal practice's business units. high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on employee retention. this isn't merely a cliche: high turnover can adversely affect client perception

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Very agile and detail oriented, great place to curate new skills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Frontend Developer in Reston, VA
    Former Contractor - Frontend Developer in Reston, VA

    I worked at CGI as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Agile environment with strong team collaboration.

    Cons

    Can get lost in the mix if your not social

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Favoritism at it's best

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    I have worked for CGI Federal for more than two year. They let you work from home two days a week. Nice location in fairfax close to mall and good eating places.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Foreign managers favor employees from their country. No work place ethics. No job secuirty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to go for work-life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Great down-to-earth people to work with. Easy to be on a team. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not great if you're young and looking for fast mobility or challenges. It takes about a year to learn all you need to know for you role. After that, it's downhill from there. There's nothing new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think that improving morale is putting people in focus groups to come up with non-solutions. Do your job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of management direction

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

    I worked at CGI

    Pros

    Work life balance is about the only thing I could say.

    Cons

    The company is pretty disorganized. It is not uncommon for you to find out something needs done on the day that it is due. The communication seems to hit road blocks as it makes its way down the hierarchy.

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

    Successful Canadian company that acquired a bunch of 'turkeys' from Amc. Mgmt. Sys. to qualify for U.S. Gov contracting.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and conniving senior IT management is well connected to D.C. federal government bureaucrats and politicians. (ie., CGI senior VP Toni Townes is Princeton '85 classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama / CGI Group Pres. Geo. Shindler was Obama 2012 campaign donor after Health Care Website award) .

    CGI Federal's health-care is highly skilled at ballooning government projects with change orders for extensions, ceiling increases and fat margins on existing work without producing expected results and accomplished at deflecting repercussions.. (ie., Affordable Health Care Act website fiasco)

    Cons

    A body shop operation with a very large turnover problem -- especially among younger personnel who lack experience but are on the low end on the wage scale (cheap bodies). Management is known to lie, cheat and steal as required for business growth objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to Canada!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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