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Software Engineer

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Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

Pros

Opportunities to work on multiple projects.

Cons

Bad management, quality of standards diminishing.

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    Decisions are made from the top. Managers and employees have very little control over departmental or career direction.

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    If you can wear multiple hats both technically and professionally you will fit in with this company. Don't get confortable though, because this company will drop anyone at the drop of a hat if you do not fit into their current plans, fail to meet ambiguous quotas, make too much money, or don't fit into their "culture".

    Cons

    Prepare yourself for culture shock and double speak. While the company proudly proclaims it's success is due to the equal balance of interests between the three major stake holders (the share holder, the client, and the employee) the real focus is almost entirely on making money, so the share holder benefits the most, the clients come in a distant second, and the employees are left to sink or swim in the last place in the pecking order.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most new initiatives and project failures at CGI are due to:

    1) over committing to contracts that they are ill equipped to fulfill in the specified time frame
    2) the lay off of their most experienced employees (in favor of low paid help)
    3) lack of sufficient analysis before commiting to a contract
    4) accepting contracts at too low a price
    5) the sales staff not asking for cost analysis or technical input before committing to contracts
    5) the ground work had not been laid for acceptance of such a contract.
    6) insufficient inconsistent staffing
    7) blame is often placed on the lowest level employee when it should travel up the chain
        to the root cause.
    8) low moral at the lowest levels caused by one or more of the above.

    CGI treats their low level employees as commodities and scapegoats while in reality they are the glue that holds things together. They get minimal career direction. They have very little choice in choosing the consulting roles they take on. They work long hours. They have little time to expand or refine their careers, but they should place primary focus on this.

    CGI must address the above deficiencies and correct them or many clients and employees will suffer the consequences.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    CGI Is A Dysfunctional, Blended Family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    This is a very stable company. With so many markets and regions under its divisions, CGI can provide the option of transfers in your immediate area or around the country. For those with varied IT interests, you have many options here.

    Also, CGI provides the benefits that employees who've worked in the professional corporate environment are used to: health care, life crisis solutions (free counseling, adoption support) and internal professional mentoring (if you're not on one of the contracts).

    Cons

    CGI has doubled in size since it acquired my former company 4 years ago through subsequent mergers.

    If you work on a contract in the federal side of the business, you will feel like a stepchild. I work on one of the most high-profile defense projects and we've had 4 Program Managers i just over 2 years. Only one stayed close to a year. But the turnover is seen throughout our office. There is zero harmony or morale among our ranks. And ideas to revitalize our respective departments are often overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in leadership! Bring people who are motivated to drive the passion of the business. There's no camaraderie, and therefore no collective incentive to persevere.

    Turnover at the top is one of the most counteractive forces in the work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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