Sogeti Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
388 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits (150% 401k match, 12k Tuition Reimbursment, Training Opportunites) (in 28 reviews)

  • Great 401(k), Good Benefits-no premiums on med/dental co (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonus program seems to have taken the place of raises (in 18 reviews)

  • Work life balance is what they promote but in reality, it does not happen (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Ok company to work for

    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worked as college hire for one year.

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

    I worked at Sogeti full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Local. High tech. Cutting edge technologies. Great career opportunities. Simple management hierarchy

    Cons

    Sometimes the working hours may be longer than expected, and the pressure from clients may not be suitable for everyone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company with very good benefits

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Big clientele, good margin of learning because of consultancy.

    Cons

    Promotion criteria is worst they never look for performance, always looks for relationship with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mostly good developers do not like public relation, so looks for their performance instead of public relationship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great leaning opportunity as a consultant as you get assigned to challenging projects

    Cons

    Weak leadership and project management skills among their management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your people!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad company to work for! Not the best if you are completely Delivery focused!

    • 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)

    Pros

    Good benefits (401K, Healthcare, bonus(in some cases) )
    You can choose to grow in whatever area you want to (Sales, Delivery...no hard and fast rule)
    Career opportunities are open. if you have the energy then nothing stops you in this company. but yes, company needs your blood. more than you are willing to, if you are ambitious :)

    Cons

    Company expects everyone to break their work/life balance to bring profits to the company! (missing core values towards people!)
    No external training opportunities and less focus on consultant learning
    Less importance to Delivery than Sales!
    You are a commodity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales through Delivery Excellence and Client Intimacy is something not much considered/appreciated!
    Consultant learning opportunities are not encouraged via industry leading training opportunities. When people are money to a consulting company, why company is not investing in people's learning?! I would says please value that!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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