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CGI Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
1,444 Reviews
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1,444 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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
  3.  

    Lost in sea of large diversified company

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst/Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst/Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy in my job was good

    Cons

    Leadership appeared to be not leading

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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

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

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Asset Management Administrator in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Asset Management Administrator in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at CGI as an intern (less than an year)

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good money, MEH employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good salary for my position, corporate profit sharing and benefits are good. I split work between 50% home / 50% in suburban location based on my activity. Large company trying to do well for upper tier employees that are not direct bill to clients. Very international flavor, as French Canadian HQ with large US and European operations.

    Cons

    Lower tier employees treated like Kleenex; used and then disposed of. I see lots of new grad's used hard while probably being paid at very low end of spectrum. This is typical of Services company which needs to sell staff cheaply to maintain corporate margins. Staff are quickly cut when then are not billable. My experience is they have very inconsistent personnel quality in sales & business development.

    Very distinct left wing political atmosphere.

    Work swings widely between extreme overload and nothing. Work forty days straight, then not anything new for two weeks. In almost to years there, I have never had my manager stop by and talk with me one-on-one about anything. Contacts have been 10 word email instructions to engage someone on a task and a 10 minute mandatory annual review. In my group, no sense of team or bond. leading to lots of hiding when work is passed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal disorganization and political empire building are costing contracts and business. Stop relying so heavily on political cronies for US Federal business. You have the most incompetent IT department I've seen in 25+ years in IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Values Proposals over Delivery

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at CGI

    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
  10.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to get a start in your career.

    Cons

    Not a great place for career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Alot of talk but little action!

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    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

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

    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

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