Sogeti Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. Overall very good experience.

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    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sogeti

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

    Pros

    Sogeti has been a great employer to me for a few years now. I have been able to be upwardly mobile in the organization and have felt appreciated most of the time. There have been ups and downs but what company doesn't have that. I think they have made great strides to keep up with changing times and have improved their focus on being employee centric.

    Cons

    Inconsistent communication and messaging from corporate on changes. They are working to improve that but it's been somewhat damaging to morale when changes are announced, then recanted. Or when changes aren't fully explained, or implemented without warning. Internal technology needs upgrading.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage your internal wealth of talented people to upgrade our internal technology, use OCM experts before communicating change. Be transparent in communication. Allow more company events and perks for employees - goes a long way in making people feel appreciated.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work if you are motivated and willing to speak your mind.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sogeti full-time

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

    Pros

    Great, intelligent, motivated co-workers. Management will listen if you are willing to challenge their decisions with alternatives (not simply complaining). Upward mobility and compensation for training. Projects are local, so you can have a family or pets.

    Cons

    Corporate red tape. Top down decisions not necessarily conducive to the type of employee they aspire to attract. Insurance isn't great.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to hire and keep smart, creative people quit trying to stamp them all into a mold.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good people, poor follow-thru

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sogeti full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Sogeti does a good job hiring talented people. You can definitely set your own career path and achieve your goals. 401K matching is about the best I've ever seen and often employees are given profit sharing through an added bump into our 401K accounts. The clients and projects are interesting and Sogeti works hard to support delivery. There is a strong focus on providing client delight and much talk is given around creating solutions over transactional, staff augmentation work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the great intentions do not always come to fruition in practice. They will take staff augmentation work to keep people billing, but it definitely takes away from the opportunity to do true consulting work. Decisions are made hastily at times and it feels like the kitchen keeps getting rearranged. There are a lot of short sighted decisions being made instead of lasting strategy implementation. The bonus structure is revamped every year, and they are quick to point out how much better it will be for the consultant, then a month or two later the bonus tiers are reset back to what it was originally and this is creating a great deal of frustration among the consultants. It also affects morale, as the bonus is strongly connected to billable rates which the consultant has no control over. The rates are negotiated by the Account Execs who make their money regardless. If you are put on a project that is in trouble, you are punished by working to fix it, because by the time you get there, the project is a financial loser and your bonus suffers. This is a deplorable way to deliver bonuses, and it sends a powerful message to the consultants that I do not think is intended. Further, the messaging around all of this is terrible. Lastly, vacation time is not aligned with career experience. When bringing in new managers/senior managers and higher, they start everyone with the same offering and one must build tenure within. This is a detractor for those that have already achieved more personal time off. It impacts work/life balance as well, as senior leadership is expected to maintain a fulltime set of duties and are also mandated to bill a set amount of hours on top of that. They only give 7 days for holidays and they do not float, so it makes it difficult to follow the client's schedule, and quite honestly, 7 days per year is bad anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Get your messaging right. Do not make promises or announce changes and then not follow through. Reconsider your time off policies and the way you deliver bonuses.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Follow the money

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sogeti full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    great opportunity to network and gain skills

    Cons

    more emphasis is put on sales than providing a quality product.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good experiences when billing at a client

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sogeti full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good partnership with Microsoft and IBM, generally no travel and local projects and ability to grow if you don't mind working above and beyond.
    You get promoted quickly and sometimes even if you are not qualified with the assumption that you can perform (can be a pro or a con).

    Cons

    During interviews, company will showcase their training and mentor-ship (counselor) programs which look great until you join the company. There is absolutely no investment in employees for training etc. (There are trainings delivered by other consultants but they are usually sub-optimal). You will most likely never attend a training session/course that's not free (or involves travel).
    As long as you are billing, life looks great and the culture feels good. But when you are not, you need to look for other options.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees. Don't refer to the college tuition payment program as your great offering - very few can take advantage of a $10,000 college tuition reimbursement (with several terms and conditions) especially if you are an experienced consultant looking to grow mid-level or senior level management.
    Bonus system is a point based system which ain sounds great during interview but comes off as being very unfair and appears to be based on a very cryptic model that no one can explain or understand under the hood.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Ok company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sogeti full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Give you access to all kind of training materials. Access to a MSDN license to download any Microsoft software if you were in the app dev group. Get to meet many different people to network.

    Cons

    Healthcare could be better for families. Great if you were single or no kids. They were only concern with bill rate and and you being billable. You had to avoid the bench, but if you are on the bench management doesn't make you few like you have a secured job. But AE tend to focus on existing clients, just getting new projects with same client rather then finding new client. Also when interviewed I asked is they were project based or staff augmented. Was told they are focusing more on projects but in end because you have to play the bench game you have to take anything they offered. Otherwise you run risk of getting laid off.

  8. Worked as college hire for one year.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sogeti full-time

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

    Pros

    Frequently new projects; may switch practices once a year; potential for growth.

    Cons

    If you decided to specialize in a certain area of IT consulting and there are no projects on the pipeline in that area you will be let go. Must hound account reps for job placements. Insurance benefits are minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that every entry level consultant has a competent advisor.
    Don't allow practice leads to tell consultants guarantees when this may not be true. This gives a false sense of security when one could be looking for another job.

  9. Helpful (1)

    International company with a small company feel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sogeti full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Majority of projects are local in your home town, but there are opportunities for travel gigs as well. This allows you to have a personal/family life since you're not always on the road.
    - Strong respect for your work/life balance. You are rarely expected to work more than 40 hours unless there is a deadline approaching.
    - Ability to move horizontally through the company to try different technologies.
    - Management is very personable with the consultants.
    - Projects with modern technologies in a range of industries and company sizes.
    - Progress through the company at your own pace. There is an annual "Promotion Review Board" where you present yourself for promotion.
    - Monthly happy hours and other social events.
    - Internal Toastmasters club.
    - Night time technical training provided by other consultants.

    Cons

    - Without a strong skill-set, you could end up on projects that you don't prefer. However, this is a problem with any consulting firm.
    - Internal structure has slight changes annually. It's not complicated changes, but just cumbersome to keep up with the name and title changes.
    - Promotions and pay raises are two separate processes. A promotion will provide you with a higher bill rate which should provide you a higher bonus, but if you want a higher salary, then you need to negotiate that separately.

    Advice to Management

    The company has begun to feel like it is nickel and diming certain aspects of the employee benefits and office life. I feel like there's always small print or a catch that gives the corporation an upper hand.

  10. Good company w/ strong benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sogeti full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401(k) matching, large bonus potential, good opportunities to work on interesting projects, great for technologists with business savvy, MSDN for all Microsoft Alliance consultants, lots of training resources available for self improvement, diverse client base in many industry verticals, no travel due to local market focus

    Cons

    Difficult to control your performance metrics to maximize earning potential. Internal technology stack is dated but finally being upgraded to more current products.

    Advice to Management

    Consultants would prefer a true performance bonus plan rather than a profitability plan with objective measures they can control such as utilization, business development, referrals, and not profitability

  11. Avoid Sogeti Houston

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sogeti full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401K benefits, for now!

    Cons

    Raises are always less than inflation despite performance, unless you are a very junior developer. Health Insurance doesn't really exist, its more of a bankruptcy insurance since the yearly deductible is 5 grand or so. Your upward progression is completely based on sales ability and not technical ability. The bonus plan changes yearly and has been diluted every year since its existence. No overtime, instead you are credited towards the bonus plan where the $ pool is fixed. Poor management is unable to retain top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop offering Christmas parties to employees where you only serve appetizers and drink tickets. Its a morale buster when we all know management takes the clients out for top dollar steak dinners. Better to not offer it all then have us embarrass ourselves in front of our spouses. You are completely sales focused with apparently no clue about people or talent management. If you did, you would probably be able to tell which of your consultants were all-starts and which were dead weight. This is very evident in your raises, or lack thereof and your turn-over.

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