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Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Business Applications Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Applications Developer in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Business Applications Developer in Lafayette, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CGI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, very helpful, intelligent coworkers, very friendly enivironment, work life balance is great with flexible schedule

    Cons

    I don't have any at the moment maybe a faster way to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and keep the great culture


  2. Helpful (6)

    "CGI - Full of promises, all of them are empty."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly, the only great reason to work for CGI is when you are fresh out of college. If I say anything else is good, I would be lying.

    Cons

    Get your 1 year experience, and move on. The management is clueless on large projects, and treats you like kids. Managers are picked based on who is in the "clique." Experience and people skills mean nothing to become a manager or team lead. Morale is often very low due to very weak management. Little to no communication. Managers always pass the blame to people on their team, it is never their faults. Little to no direction. Team leads are often kids - very immature, and childish - i.e. playing hangman during meetings (true story).

    Advice to Management

    Get a more in depth look at the work being performed. Ask the managers, as well as the workers. Often times you will see the views are very different, and the managers and "team leads" lie about a lot of things. Instead of hiring countless people and firing the "weaker"ones, why not actually train people so they can do a better job. I know it is a lot to ask, but often times, training is worth it since it probably costs less to train someone then to recruit more people.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Stagnant, uninspiring company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They were good with work/life balance issues. They have this idea of compensatory time when you work extra hours, so almost never had an issue with having enough vacation time.

    Cons

    The company is too corporate and straight out of the tv show "the office". Communications are handed down from the top with no explanation of the company's strategic direction and vision. They seemed genuinely proud to be the "8th largest" IT company in the world, and never did management explain if/how they planned to move up in that ranking. Reviews and promotions were arbitrary and often you could be promoted without a pay raise, because raises and promotions were on different cycles!

    Advice to Management

    Please try and demonstrate a stragegic plan, vision and a desire to grow to something more than #8. Employees are motivated by working for a company that is going places, and by feeling like they're contributing to that growth. CGI feels too much like a company that is running in place.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Rural Exploitation"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Lebanon, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Lebanon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Just by the sheer limit of tech jobs in Southwest Virginia, CGI is really only one of two options. If you can't find anything better elsewhere, you might come here.

    Cons

    Expectations are high, training on meeting those expectations are low. Promotions are given to those who have no leadership experience and it shows. Morale is horrible. Bonuses are treated unfairly. Weekends and late nights are expected and you're expected to be in the office, but "flex" time and working from home was promised in the beginning. Salaries and raises are pitiful. I could go on...

    Advice to Management

    Stop exploiting rural America and treat us with respect, demote team leads who can't lead.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid working here at all costs. McDonalds treats their employees better."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Lebanon, VA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Lebanon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They will hire anybody. Sick time is unlimited. You have a pretty decent cubicle.

    Cons

    If you don't suck up then you don't move up. They don't give a rat's butt about you as a person. If you don't cook, don't expect a promotion. Yes, I meant to type cook! (I realize this is an IT company and culinary skills shouldn't play a role, but you'd be surprised in the SWVA Center)

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at how you treat employees. Make sure the companies you contract out with also share your values. Don't promote brownosers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Learning from my mistake (Joining CGI)"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid Back
    Non-managerial people are good to work with

    Cons

    Management does not respect you and take you for granted
    Growth opportunities not there
    Favoritism - Management promotes people they like a lot especially in Advantage Group (QA to be specific, other groups as well)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees rather than saving few dollars and in turn losing people.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Bad management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly lower level employees. Some people actually really care about their work.

    Cons

    bad management and VERY political. You need to kiss ass in order to climb the corporate ladder. There is absolutely no room for advancement what-so-ever. Some employees are overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Stop caring so much about bonuses and start caring about how the business runs. The employees are the backbone to the company.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "CGI Doesn't care about it's emplloyees"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers stick together to complete assignments when put in terrible positions by management.

    Cons

    CGI doesn't not invest or care about it's resources. No time is allocated for training or self improvement. Leadership constantly signs contracts that ties their employees hands and heroic work need to be performed to complete assignments. Employees are not rewarded for personal sacrifices.

    Advice to Management

    Your resources are your most important assets start acting like you care about them.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "leave the sinking ship before it's too late"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A paycheck (and a mediocre one at that), most of the people are pleasant, work experience to put down on your resume while you search for another one.

    Cons

    Long hrs, there can be long blackouts for vacation time, annual raises are insulting (if you get one at all), depending on the project you might be overloaded with work, no career movement, upper management is clueless, the company did poorly in getting new projects for certain areas so even if you just worked your butt off on your last project you might still be laid off. Bench policy is awful (120 hrs) and severance package is just as bad (2 weeks per every year up to 4 years - so max is 8 weeks of pay). HR is notorious for not announcing changes in their policies so you might find out the hard way that they just found a new way to not give you a severance package.

    Advice to Management

    Sell off the public sector business if you can't get your head out of the clouds and stop chasing after the big $100M+ fish. In such a bad economy, any business is good business, stop turning up your noses at the smaller projects because you can still make some $ at the end of the day.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Awful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Lebanon, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Lebanon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Work with brilliant and creative people
    - Some projects are flexible enough to allow travel or remote work
    - Some projects allow you to be creative and really improve a clients business or process.

    Cons

    - Company makes too many promises to Clients and Employees it does not keep.
    - Pay is poor compared to same job with other companies
    - Hardly any opportunity for career advancement
    - Depending on project the work/life balance doesn't exist
    - Upper management is always talking about how the financial status of the company is higher than expected but employees don't see any reward for their hard work.
    -Most projects are understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees and their work/life balances. Don't make promises you have no intention following through on. Adequately staff projects. Recognize the efforts of your employees, a simple "thanks, you did a great job." would go a long way.



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