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Ottawa, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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  1. "CGI"

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    Former Employee - Director, Consulting in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director, Consulting in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at CGI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting mandates
    Well structured and mature company

    Cons

    Often must work long hours
    Advancement is limited


  2. "Internal Issues"

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, good benefits, Share Purchase Plan

    Cons

    Lots of internal grievances with current manager, from other team mates, in front of the director. makes for a stressful day when this happens.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure team is happy with processes, and commit to doing the work promised to help teams out. Members of the team, are not being trained, and they are expected to know the process, sometimes without documentation.

  3. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CGI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very talented and hardworking team. Sales organization knows how to win and this provides job security to consultants. Stock price keeps climbing making the employee purchase plan a great incentive.

    Cons

    The organization could benefit by focusing more on client outcomes.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary. Management is good and supportive

    Cons

    No investment in employee's development


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Director Consulting"

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    Current Employee - Director Consulting in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director Consulting in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    extremely process driven, with considerable success. Measure everything and anything if it worth measuring.

    Cons

    poor pay, too much process and not enough freedom away from silly processes.

    Advice to Management

    loosen up on certain aspects and pay attention to the people side to build loyalty. Breakdown the profit sharing to lower entities such as groups versus full BU. We all suffer when one group pulls down all the hard work we did in our own areas of interest.


  6. "Very good choice is you go at very slow speed."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CGI (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a well stablished company with good benefits. If you want a secure income for the rest of your life this is probably a good choice.

    Cons

    The company goes at the same speed of the government...very slow. That means that career opportunities are very narrow. Learning opportunities are related to the project you are involved in and there is no collaboration between teams in different projects. This results in silos of knowledge not distributed evenly through the company.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage collaboration between teams. Managers should focus in the distribution of the knowledge instead of distribution of policies.


  7. "CGI"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    Great work personal life balance

    Cons

    Projects can take it all away

  8. "Software developer"

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    Former Employee - Functional Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Functional Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, A lot of autonomy, good salary and advantages

    Cons

    Salary received every month instead of every two weeks

    Advice to Management

    Lend more ear to the developpers in terms of bugs fixes


  9. "Nice and safe, but slow moving and rigid."

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    Former Employee - SOC Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - SOC Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great structure and framework for success. HR policies are implemented well. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Years of working closely with government has led to a bleed over of rigid, bland culture. There's not much flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a little. You're trapped in a box, and while structure is necessary, you've become slaves to it. Make it work for you, not the other way around.


  10. "Solution Engineer - Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGI (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Company only if you work internal, no support when you are at the client site

    Cons

    Not enough support when at client site

    Advice to Management

    Someone got to keep a tap on the consultant


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