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CGI Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
1,405 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Free soda / vending machines. Flexible (for a time) on the ability to work from home.

    Cons

    - Poor planning and adherence to SDLC best practices. I was on a very high profile project, with intense demands, yet no true project plan or standardized procedures were ever followed, despite being CMMI level 4.

    - Extremely convoluted management structure. I received direction from approximately 15 different managers at different levels, often receiving conflicting orders. There was a reorganization of the project 4 times, each time making things more chaotic.

    - Lack of communication from management and between teams. The project was very siloed, resulting in teams often coming to different conclusions or creating duplicative work. As the project began to tank, management kept employees less and less informed.

    - Poor scope management. Consistently agreed to client requests, without properly analyzing the affect on time and schedule.

    - Extremely long hours. Consistently worked 60-80 hour weeks. There was a prison-like atmosphere near the end of the project, where management refused to let employees leave, and held teams in conference rooms for strict, 11 hour shifts while taking attendance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a dedicated plan and strict processes before attempting to work on large, federal projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not A Good Place for Mid Level Professionals, Bad Health Insurance if you have a family, not a lot of diversity

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    Current Employee - Momentum Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Momentum Analyst in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Great Salary, Work From Home, Great Stock Ownership Benefit, Annual Bonus, Social Club (if you ant to join), Great for COLLEGE HIRES

    Cons

    Not a lot of diversity (African American's) this leads to being polarized in a majority white environment, Not a good place for mid-level professional of any race, not many African Americans in management outside of human resources, terrible health insurance not family friendly insurance will not pay till you reach $6000/$7000 deductible must setup Health Savings Account no copayments in plans this has the net effect of reducing your salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify work environment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This was a great experience

    Former Employee - Desktop Support Intern in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Intern in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    CGI has a great culture and environment

    Cons

    the commute from dc was one con

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  5.  

    Roller coaster ride....always on the edge of your seat.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    High visibility projects using cutting edge technology which push the envelope of their functionality.

    Cons

    Company focuses too much on account management and not project management. Those who win the contract are not always the right people to run the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand there is a big difference between account management and project management. Use experienced program/project managers to run the project and grow it organically...use account managers to run the business unit account and focus on new project business development. Use project lessons learned to benefit future projects. Value individual member contributions to the big picture.

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

    interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    compensation package could be stronger;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Ok - Typical federal government IT Shop

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    Current Employee - Manager Consulting in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Manager Consulting in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Salary and ok benefits, Location, Steady job.

    Cons

    Typical Federal contracting job. Mediocre talent.. Too many managers... Lack of opportunities.. Brand affected by health exchange fiasco at Federal and State levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to grow business, focus on hiring the right tech talent. Having too many incompetent managers in charge of prestigious projects, and hiring incompetent people is not the way to be successful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Could be better

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with especially college graduates, flexible hours and easy to take off.

    Cons

    There are good opportunities to work on different client projects, however f you are trying to move up in the company, forget it. Promotions are only for management favorites and management themselves. The salary and annual increases are not competitive as they should be aligned with the industry. Poor execution of talent and projects and turn over rate is slowly rising

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None because they will not listen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Every (wo)man for themselves.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    I worked from home 100% doing nearly nothing for over a year. It was GREAT, and really boring all at the same time.

    Cons

    Had I not asked for work, and an assignment change I likely could have continued to sit at home and collect a pay check for doing almost nothing. The job did not challenge me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tune in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    They treat you like a business owner which goes both ways

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    Current Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Being treated like a business owner means you are in charge of your career, and can go any direction you want with it as long as you are willing and able.

    Cons

    Being treated like a business owner also means that there is a keen eye on the bottom line, so your stocks may go up but your total comp may vary depending on business needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work for a while

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, work life balance, good colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours, pay little below average given hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase of base pay for performance.

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