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CGI Washington DC Reviews

Updated November 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "It's all a Charade -- Feels like You're Working in 1999"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some friendly colleagues, depending on your business unit.

    Cons

    Never have I even seen a more outdated, incompetent marketing and communications department. Outdated equipment, employees who have been around forever and set in their ways, and workflow processes that inhibit creativity, impact-making strategies, and unable to see the big picture. Heck, this company doesn't even have business personas as part of its marketing strategy! Yikes! It's no wonder there are few young employees. CGI is filled with old-timers who have outdated best practices and are not receptive to using 21st century marketing and communications strategies. From lacking anything in the cloud (please note, this is an IT FIRM! to having to justify the ability to do any type of marketing in real time because CGI outsourced much of its employees to cheaper countries that are in several time zones, it's a miracle this company is able to function. You must be desperate to work here, or lazy if you choose to stay for more than a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in younger employees -- pay them competitively, respect their experience and insights, update your internal workflows and technology. It may cost some up front but the ROI will be strong because it will increase productivity and efficiently.
    Get rid of the old timers who aren't willing to move their mindsets to today's best practices.


  2. ""Sr.Consultant""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Telecommute.
    Share Purchase plan.
    Social club
    gym

    Cons

    salaries are not competitive and no chance for promotions. Projects are very stressful. Need to work more hours. Frequent lay-offs. Benefits are ok and Medical insurance is the worst

    Advice to Management

    Promote internal if employees are well qualified. Recruit Technical project managers who are qualify for IT Jobs.

  3. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work from home atmosphere.

    Cons

    Tech / Help Desk Support is terrible. Nothing they say or do should be taken seriously. They are unfair. They are lazy. They hold onto laptops for months.

    Advice to Management

    Do not blame people for what they did not do. Investigate a situation before accepting the first narrative as truth.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Work environment continues to worsen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to work from home when needed.

    Cons

    The company has grown and in the process they have completely forgotten how to treat members. Rather than prompting from within, they go outside and bring in new people, and leave experienced, hard working members feeling defeated and frustrated. Communication is severely lacking, management makes changes and informs members 30-60 days later. The company has a feedback program called MSAP, and ask for member input in their strategic development, yet they don't appear to do anything with the feedback through either of these programs, complaints and requests for improvements in the working environment are ignored. Management is completely out of touch with members and their day-to-day work.

    Advice to Management

    When you asked members for feedback, actually listen and make changes. Promote from within, provide valuable feedback and instruction so that current members can improve and excel. Improve communication! Value members.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home is allowed. Good last job if you just want to cruise to retirement.

    Cons

    No direction from management - hit or miss on management. Old boys club. Management will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat to save their own skin. No job stability. You have 2 weeks to find your own job after a project ends. No placement assistance. Worst HR ever! Medical insurance is high deductible ($3500 for an individual). Extremely old school.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "CGI will destroy itself, of that I am convinced!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is very good. The stock purchase program is decent.

    Cons

    Where to start? Never have I worked for a company so internally dysfunctional. I am honestly surprised they make money. You can literally work here, get paid very well, and do nothing. It's impossible to get rid of underperformers as a manager, the only time people go is when a contract is lost. It's very aggregating to say the least!

    Advice to Management

    Fix HR, your company is a charity to the underachievers. I've been in this industry for over 20 years, worked for large and small companies. Never have I come across so many inept people. Mind boggling!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Poor management, young staff lacking experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    CGI is a big company with many clients.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of diversity, hires young workforce and pays peanuts. I am a seasoned professional that has to encounter backlash from the team because I make more money. Well, my project manager is not old enough to rent a car!

    Advice to Management

    Value experience

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Both of these good and bad reviews are true"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CGI (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you read through these Glassdoor reviews, it seems like people are talking about two different companies. Some people love it. Others hate it. Both sides back up and their positions with facts. And guess what, both sides are true...If you come to CGI and get on a good contract that's growing and doing well, and you have a good manager, you'll love it. If you get on a failing contract -- and many are failing, particularly in Federal -- you'll hate it. Unfortunately, in my experience, the bad managers exceeded the good ones, and there's so little training, the bad ones can never be coached up to be good.

    Cons

    The cons are that the executives are horribly incompetent and many of them are all around just outright bad people -- self-obsessed, CYA, behind-kissing, obsequious know-nothings. Again, going back to my previous point...If you're on a good contract that's making money, you'll never have to deal with the idiots in the executive suites. CGI is cool like that...you've got little fiefdoms, and the ones that are chugging along operate in mini-silos, so you'll don't have to deal with incompetent, mean spirited executives.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a professional consulting firm to help you figure out why you're so horrible...Oh, wait, you are a professional consulting firm...


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Think Twice Before You Join"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large company, some projects may allow you to work from home, decent benefits

    Cons

    management treats employees like children, no matter how old you are; usually very rude and disrespectful.
    unrealistic deadlines
    lack of professionalism and collaboration.
    Many people don't know what they are doing. No training! you are 100% on your own. Management asks you (either team lead or team member) to reach out to other projects for directions or materials because it is your job! A lot of team leads don't know what they are doing.
    Toxic environment, too much drama, and troublemakers.
    long hours and working on weekends, 75% to 100% traveling and constant relocation.
    Be prepared for lots of bad/negative office politics.
    Office politics on every level.. including Jr. level.
    Be prepared to be micromanaged.
    Morale is very low.
    Promotion with no pay raise.
    Promotion takes a very long time.
    Once you are in, it's difficult to get out, because specialized applications designed for state and local governments, outdated technology.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect! Value your Employees! Considering hiring more capable people to fill in the management roles.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Thanks, But No Thanks!"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    below or average salary that takes care of the bills. good experience to put on resume.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, too much drama and too many people intentionally causing drama.
    good talent got beaten up a lot. no room for growth and creativity. management is very rude. promotion with no pay raise. relocation and 100% traveling are expected. I will not recommend my friends work for CGI. Not worth it. Lots of people don't know what they are doing including those higher ups. Be prepared for lots of bad politics.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and promote people who has real talent.


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