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CGI Consultant Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Has lot opportunities for growth. Flexible and work life balance.

    Cons

    I feel salary is not par with the industry trend.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to pay attention to the employees and their contribution.


  2. "Easy Going - slow on innovation"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy going culture in company.

    Cons

    Laggards in innovation. Somewhere between staffing and consulting.

    Advice to Management

    Improve engagement across the board.

  3. "CGI Review"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits; 3 weeks of vacation (may vary, depending on experience and number of years with the company); unlimited sick leave.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to advance; not many opportunities for training (may vary depending on the type of work you do)


  4. "Good for new grads, not good for seasoned professionals"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Lebanon, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Lebanon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work from home. If you have a IT it's easy to get hired by CGI. Good place for new grads to get that first 2 years of experience. Career wise all CGI is useful for is to keep holes off your resume. If you lack ambition CGI it's the place for you.

    Cons

    Pay is significantly below industry average. CGI has some of the worst benefits and the most expensive health insurance I've encountered. CGI is one of those shops that throws bodies at jobs regardless of the person's experience or career desires. Since CGI it's a consulting company there is very little opportunity to work with current technologies or to learn new skills. I worked for CGI for 5 years and during that time I was never given the opportunity to work on projects using current technologies (5 years of working on .NET forms doesn't make for good job experience). There is no opportunity for career growth, when you quit you'll be doing the same thing you did when they hired you. You'll be treated like a cog in the machine by CGI and you'll quickly find out they will discard you at any down turn in business or when by they lose the contract you are working on through incompetent management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like professionals, not like assembly line workers. Give your employees a chance to learn new skills and grow their career. Pay a fair wage and give decent benefits.


  5. "Awesome employer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great to work from home and most management is awesome

    Cons

    Not enough internal training, which limits opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Provide ongoing training to employees on a regular basis. Especially for items such as CACS. Without all employees being trained we become non-marketable.


  6. "Great Start"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Profit Sharing
    Company Stock Match
    Flexible Sick Time

    Cons

    Nothing yet as I have just started.


  7. "CGI treated me well"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, corporate values, relocation, work-life balance, middle management

    Cons

    Sadly, there was no local work and I didn't want to travel anymore.

  8. "Director of Consulting"

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    Former Employee - Director of Consulting in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director of Consulting in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, awesome peers and management support.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons. Had a great time working here and gained good experience.


  9. "IT Consultant - Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Junior IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Junior IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CGI is a rock solid company - they are extremely hard-working and dedicated to creating IT solutions for whoever the client -- to the point that they have projects where they are promising something that can only be delivered by frantic back-room work and lots of promises to clients. The benefits are great, stock purchase program alone is worth the position, Salary is average for IT consultants but very good for an entry level position.

    The culture is laid back for consulting - they have high expectations for your work but are normally very willing to show you how to do things you aren't familiar with (You learn to network through communicator, I don't think I know what half my coworkers looked like).

    Some teams are awesome - management is on top of the game, training is good, and your coworkers will support you. CGI truly is about your team. It is a large company with a LOT of policies, rules, social events, resources, and tools to take advantage of. It can be overwhelming

    Management is extremely capable and genuinely has your best interests at heart - as long as you are working hard. Stress is a constant and a given. Expect to work 50 hr weeks and sometimes 60 hr weeks.

    Cons

    The training program prepares you for helpdesk support for CGI's flagship ERP. However, when being placed into project it is very possible you will be placed in a project doing a job that you had no training for - and you have to learn how to do it without the client catching on that you are clueless. It is slave-to-a-database work and it is tedious and confusing. The office culture is subdued and everyone seems to silently hate their job.

    ENtry level consultants are disposable and a certain percentage are expected to quit within the first year. the training program is fairly isolated from the rest of the company (AKA projects) and new hires are not given a lot of direction during the training phase. This can lead to a lot of anxiety about direction within the company - don't expect anyone to give you any, which is where a mentor program would be so so helpful

    You will travel to client site so expect long commutes on top of long work days.

    There is little time for professional development on project so use your time off-project to capitalize on CGI's software training modules.

    Advancement is 5 years to senior consultant. You will invariably pick up other project skills (proposal writing, project management, lead client service, etc.) that will contribute leverage to salary negotiations and general usefulness, but the next promotion is senior consultant.

    It was not a good fit culture wise for me

    Advice to Management

    Please please please train new hires with skill sets that benefit them on client site. Invest more in your new employees...


  10. "Great and flexible company to work for with many benefits to offer"

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Lebanon, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Lebanon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Able to work from home when needed. Many opportunities for advancement. Lots of training available to you. You can bank comp-time up to 40 hours for leave. However, this accrued after you work hours over. Also get up to 8 hours flex time which you must the week after you work it or it's gone. Profit-sharing at the end of the fiscal = Christmas bonus. Flex Spending account for health care spending AND Dependent Care (i.e., daycare). Shared purchase plan lets you purchase company stock (company matches up to %).

    Cons

    If you work 8 or less hours over on a week, you can ONLY use that as flex time the following week or it goes bye-bye.