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Good company for college hires, assuming you don't stay too long

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Fairfax, VA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

-Work culture is flexible (you can work remotely if needed)
-As a college hire, you will get a good amount of guidance and support from your work peers and will have breathing room to learn the ropes.
-Interesting and rewarding work with government agencies that serve the general public.
-Company has weathered the entire recession without performing layoffs, and has in fact grown its work force at a rapid rate while many of its competitors have downsized.
-HR Recruiting does a good job of finding bright, talented and well-rounded individuals for the company.

Cons

-Company cares more about their clients than their employees, probably a result of their constant efforts to enter and dominate the business space.
-As a result, the company tries to get as much work done for their clients with the least number of resources in order to be more marketable, impacting the work-life balance of employees.
-Non-employee contractors have better work-life balance than employees because the company is reluctant to pay them overtime, so instead loads extra work on employees. Employees do not get overtime pay; you are expected to put up to 8 extra hours a week in free, and anything above that accrues in a vacation bank capped at 40 hours only if you work more than 8 extra hours for two consecutive pay-period weeks. Unfortunately, if your project is busy enough for you to be working enough overtime to accrue hours, you will not be able to use any of the hours to take time off, so you will eventually cap out and not be able to accrue anymore. It's a ridiculously flawed system.
-Their career management framework is not adequately enforced or monitored, leading to limitations on upward mobility and recognitions and job satisfaction. Depending on your senior management, you could get promoted a year out of college or be waiting 5 years with no career options in sight, with HR not effectively tracking the process. There is no clear communication on what an employee needs to do to move up in the organization. Member expectations are often ambiguous, which allows management to squeeze the lifeblood out of you if you are a dedicated, driven worker but still give you an average performance rating at the end of the year.
-The company has very few official titles, so monetary promotions are very sparse. Everyone starts out with the title of 'Consultant', and to get to the next title you have to be in a management role. The titles after that represent tremendous leaps in responsibility. If you need frequent validation and recognition for your contributions via titles and promotions, this is not the company for you.
-Minimal training options are available to employees, and there is no real connection made between the learning modules available and your career advancement options in the company. It is quite disconnected.
-Performance reviews are not utilized the way they should be. Managers seem to do them because they have to, not because they are meant to serve a purpose. As a result they are often done too late to factor into salary review finalization by HR, who don't even care to check if the performance reviews were completed before proceeding, and this is after you may have had to chase after your manager for weeks to have your review done.
-Salaries are below average for the DC metro area, but good medical and dental plans partially make up for it.

Advice to Management

Improve enforcement of career management and performance review processes. They are really sub-standard for a company of this size and market presence.

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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 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for those that want to be married to their work.

    Cons

    Benefits are not comparable to customers or peer industry
    Vacation was just revamped from poor to mediocre
    Company does not promote training
    Employees have to buy stock for the company to match - but they want us to be "Owners" Not much incentive when most folk sell the stock as soon as they get it.
    End of year bonuses were ridiculously low for most employees, talk is only a few will get it next year

    Advice to Management

    Upper management does not foster ownership. Company desperately needs to improve benefits. Communication from management is abysmal.

  2. Helpful (2)

    CGI Federal: An Insult to Human Intelligence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working 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

    -great if you want to be a mindless drone
    -awesome salary if you want to live in a cardboard box
    -great environment for doing nothing
    -internal "cult-like" promotion of the company ("one of us")

    Cons

    -ignorant management
    -hands-off work force and administration
    -insult to employees with drive for innovation and progressive work styles
    -no management fast track

    Advice to Management

    Find something for your employees to do rather than let them sit and do nothing for weeks on end. Companies like this will be the end of IT innovation and progress in the public sector.

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