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Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. "Enterprise wide programmer and analyst"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Wide Programmer Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Wide Programmer Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great company to start off and gain experience

    Cons

    Poor management and low raises

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to be more engage in all teams related within your project. Employees sometimes feel like they aren't notice for their work


  2. "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...


  3. "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Many opportunities
    Working from Home

    Cons

    Sometime feels like caos
    Managment is not the top of the game


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it unless your just starting off"

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    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility/Work from home is available

    Cons

    Terrible management, the highest yearly increase is 2.5%, they don't promote easy (they make it impossible to meet their standards).


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ok"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun people and projects to stay busy

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid applies perfectly

    Advice to Management

    Think larger picture


  7. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, very well known and all over the world

    Cons

    must be self motivated and patient


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good entry level job"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, projects, training, management, stocks

    Cons

    Pay, career path growth, limited

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer Test in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer Test in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good company. Provides exposure to the government projects

    Cons

    Skill based roles are not offered

    Advice to Management

    To offer skill based roles and work


  10. "Great Start for your Career"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Co workers
    -Depending on Project- all federal holidays
    -Social club is fun but maybe more events? Holiday parties and annual tour are always a blast.
    -You learn a lot through classes that are required by the company.
    -Maje sure you sign up for the Share Purchase Plan for the company
    -unlimited sick days(although frowned upon when they notice you are taking too many days)

    Cons

    Some projects you are assigned to are bad. So make sure you know what you are getting to. Some of them are heavy helpdesk environment.
    Bad health Insurance


  11. "Great place to start career"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career as a new college hire. Good people, good support system, flexible schedule, stock purchase plan is great!

    Cons

    Can be a shortage of work in some projects leading to idle time, mobility within the company should be made easier. Opportunities to move up are there, but could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more (bonuses and raises should be more frequent). Make it easier to move around.


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