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"Good first employer, decent long term."

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Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
Current Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

The company is fairly flexible with work/life balance.
There are some great projects with great management that can make you really enjoy your daily work.

Cons

Experience with the company entirely relies on the project you land on, many projects are long term and movement between projects can be nonexistent at times.
The company is very slow to "cut the fat" and often those less than stellar employees cause a lot of extra work or headaches for the top performers that the company has kept around.
The company definitely feels like you're just another grunt in a large consulting firm without much feel for the rest of the company.
Company culture is almost nonexistent but they attempt to retain some socialization with a social club.

Advice to Management

Focus on compensating your top talent better and work to maintain more of your talent instead of losing them in the 2-3 year range only to repeat the new employee training cycle. This will lift up your overall work force morale and improve performance.

Other Employee Reviews for CGI

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Challenging projects at good clients (sometimes)
    -Decent starting pay
    -Good healthcare benefits until 2014 and decent amount of vacation
    -the stock matching of 3% is nice. Not sure if that will continue in 2014.

    Cons

    -Does not value employees at all. CGI acts like a contracting firm. As long as you are pulling income for the company, they are not concerned about your career growth or if you even want to be at that project.
    -3 week bench policy and then you will need to find employment elsewhere
    -2014 health insurance plans do not pay for anything (including PCP visits) until you meet the deductible
    -Promotions are on the basis of internal favoritism, so that even if the client is consistently providing stellar feedback on your performance and giving you increasing levels of responsibility, CGI will find ways to deny your a promotion or a raise.
    -Bonuses & raises are based on a division performance. Divisions are done geographically, so you could have a lot of low margin performers, while your projects are some of the most profitable and as a result get little or no raise/bonus

    Advice to Management

    Value your people or we will leave. Stop cutting costs at the expense of the employee. You can no longer dream of competing with IBM, Accenture, or any of the major consulting firms. When your good people go, you will no longer maintain the brand and loose major clients if you no longer have good people to send to clients.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great company when salary isn't the highest factor"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Lebanon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Lebanon, VA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers that are very friendly and mostly helpful. I really enjoy the location, although is is rural.

    Lebanon, VA location has a 'Social Club' which you pay $2 a paycheck to be in, CGI matches your $2 and they schedule really awesome and fun social outings in the area. Anything from catered lunches at the office to Nascar tickets. This is easily a favorite aspect of working for CGI, and you'll get a lot more out of it then you are paying in.

    I've always felt I have had great job security at my location. And if the stock always rising is any indication of things, then it job security will continue.

    They have decent benefits and a share purchase plan that is really nice.

    Most people (not everyone) can stick to 40 hour work weeks with not many crunch times, which is really great. Always hiring new graduates, CGI in this location is ideal for anyone needing to build their resume.

    Cons

    Low salary.

    This is all location-specific as Lebanon, VA is part of their low-cost facilities. If the location you are looking at is in the middle of nowhere, then it is low-cost. Non-low-cost facilities might be different. The goal is to hire in low cost of living areas, which works partly. I've come to believe that a big part of it is get people to build their live in an area were there are not many employers (at least IT type employers), making it very difficult to change jobs without having to relocate. Because of the difficulty involved with moving, you are more likely to swallow the pill that cost of living actually makes up the difference in salary.

    Prepare to make at least 20k less than what you could make in nearby cities. They say cost of living is so cheap in SWVA that it makes up the difference. But if you actually compare the cost of living (there are various websites that do this), you'll find that the truth is that they are just cheap employers. If you're needing to build a resume, that can easily be overlooked, but if you are experienced or highly desirable already, CGI isn't going to be a competitor. They would rather hire bulk less-skilled employees rather than a few skilled workers (again, this is mostly location-specific). Also, don't think that after you've proven yourself they will acknowledge how little you make and correct it, you'll get raises that match or are a little higher than average raises, they will not offset the gap. I've heard the best way to move up in the company is to leave and then come back.

    Also, lots of management. Which is good if you want to move into management, but be prepared to answer to at least 2 different people on a day-to-day basis, and more on a less often basis. Eerily similar to Office Space and TPS reports. Lots of management can be good too, because if something goes wrong, it will land on a managers head and not yours.

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