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Updated October 11, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance specially if you are in support projects (in 107 reviews)

  • politics inside the organization and career growth (in 103 reviews)

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  1. "Business Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The beat part about CGI is the work life balance, culture, and co-workers. It can be very relaxed at times and the people make it worth it.

    Cons

    Management are very busy in their daily tasks they rarely feel connected to the teams on the floor. A big con is the compensation, CGI prices low to win bids which causes the salaries to be lower than industry. The company is slowly growing but not sure they are keeping standards the same as before when they were much smaller.

    Advice to Management

    Really get to know who you are hiring and ask yourself are they a good fit to lead our comapny.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Work Life Balance and Burnout"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -many projects available across the country and around the globe.
    -I had a great manager who made my experience there as good as possible.
    -Many nice and smart people.

    Cons

    -Work life balance
    -The business unit structure caused ERP implementations to be difficult because every ERP project had a majority of new to ERP members. Always reinventing the wheel on each and every project instead of refining the delivery process every time.
    -burnout

    Advice to Management

    The business unit model incentivizes the business unit to staff projects with their own team members which may not have experience on these types of projects which hurts the project. The ipod/bsod or whatever they are calling it group of ERP experts ends up having to train the local business unit team and then after the project the local business unit people leave the project saying they will never do another ERP project. Meanwhile the ERP experts go onto another project and train another team who will swear of ERP projects in the future. Projects should get easier with time but they don't.

  3. "Some good, some bad, like all big companies"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people for the most part, smart, international staff.

    Cons

    HDP health insurance, lack of coordination at times. Too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak.

    Advice to Management

    It really would take too long to explain. There are some VERY good managers at CGI. But also some VERY poor ones who are in positions to affect a lot of careers.


  4. "Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Telecommute is allowed.
    Clean Gym
    Helpful people

    Cons

    Hard to keep work life balance.


  5. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good launch pad to start your career and opportunities to engage in hands-on technical delivery.

    Cons

    Like several other big companies, experience depends on the team alignment. There are teams that really look after their people, while others that are more concerned with staffing and utilization.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people. Don't just say it, do it. Make a concerted effort to evaluate if top-talent is growing at an acceptable pace.


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical Talent, Systems Integration, large development projects

    Cons

    Collaboration across account teams and units


  7. "Good Exp in CGI"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Consulting Services in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Director of Consulting Services in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible environment;Friendly peers; Good supervisors

    Cons

    Not much work challenge is there

  8. "Site lead / team lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Lead/Team Lead in Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Site Lead/Team Lead in Quantico, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Global company. Excellent sick time benefit. Positive work environment.

    Cons

    Management is not always responsive to off site employee needs. Sometimes support is thin.

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with off site staff and maintain regular communication.


  9. "Give and Take"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, mostly balanced, secure, challenging

    Cons

    Unexpected busy periods, some lack of communication, little training for position, raises are not good


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't stay too long"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on the project, work/life balance exists; company stock matching up to 3%; company matches 50% of 401(k) contributions up to 4%.

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to industry; company went from regular PPO to high-deductible health insurance and it's awful; projects tend to have lots of managers but few specialists and analysts; some project managers expect 60+ hours/week for functional roles on federal projects and brag about their own lack of sleep, family life, and proper diet; you pretty much have to hunt down projects to move to, since opportunities and needs are not posted anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Act upon the salary surveys you conduct and compensate employees properly for their efforts; post notifications of opportunities on other accounts so that employees have a chance to work with various products and processes; emphasize to mid- and lower management that interruptions of work/life balance should be rare and not the norm.


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