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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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    CGI Fails to Deliver as Promised!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI as a contractor

    Pros

    They present lucrative offers and put on a great dog and pony show. CGI brags that 2013 had record-breaking profits!

    Cons

    CGI's leadership speaks fluff and their people are disappointingly backstabbers. If you disclose an idea, don't be surprised if it's stolen by a colleague and represented as their own. CGI offers absolutely no onboarding or training for new hires. CGI leadership prefers to sign contracts after lots of negotiation, then hits their clients up with Change Orders. After the failed Obama Care project, CGI lost a bunch of clients. I'm guessing that those clients felt empathy for the US Government as their own experience was likely similar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your house! Being greedy and sneaky is not a characteristic that potential employees appreciate, especially when you backstab your own people. Develop a reasonable onboarding plan that develops the skill sets, not destroys confidence.

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

    Employees treated as a commodity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Good people to work with. The commute isn't too bad for the region although it would be more of an attraction if it were closer to metro. The continued goal of trying to fit more people to work in the offices without expanding services & considering parking is short-sighted.

    Cons

    The budget is the most important consideration in decisions resulting in services to employees less than what they could be. The continued focus of distributing the back-office staffing to scattered offices where the pay is less results in a decrease in a feeling of teamwork and continuity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a mindset of investing in employees rather than a strict bottom-line. If you continue to insist on paying the least possible for employees, you cannot attract or retain a higher level of talent.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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