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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance with work from home option (in my project) (in 43 reviews)

  • 401k match is good, even though it is paid only at the end of the year - 9% for 150% match (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance is tricky (in 21 reviews)

  • Bonus program is a big joke because it's fully controlled by the head of the unit (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good start to career, no long-term outlook"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great place to start out your career.
    - Co-workers, although displaced at different client sites, want to mingle with each other.
    - Many co-workers are proud to be Sogetians.
    - Decent Benefits (401K, Healthcare, Tuition Reimbursement, etc.).
    - Good outreach programs and volunteer opportunities
    - Projects are typically 9-5, as they have a weird overtime payout
    - Limited risk in between projects. You get paid when you are on the bench.

    Cons

    -You do A LOT of free work to try and 'advance your career' which ends up not helping in the end.
    - Impossible to get a bonus unless you sell. This is hard for developers who focus on their project. Bottom line: you can't move up until you bring in business. Why do you have AEs if you expect employees to do their job?
    -Salary is below market value. Newer employees make more money than tenured employees. Loyalty does not mean anything to them.
    - Not a long-term place.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be seen like a ‘Deloitte’ or high-end consulting company, stop being so cheap with your employees. We know you change the bonus programs so you can benefit. We are not dumb, we can tell! You are a billion-dollar company. Act like it.

    If you've noticed, there are only a few 'long-timers' at Sogeti. This should be a red flag. Those that stay are either complacent or not qualified for any other job. You rather let a good employee go then pay them more. Employees feel disposable, as the company has changed from pure consulting to a body shop.


  2. "Talks a Good Game"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good clients and excellent co-workers. Negotiate a strong salary up front, or come bonus time you will be wishing you had. Benefits may be good depending upon your situation (no premium but high deductible) and there is profit sharing in the form of 401k contribution with a long vesting period.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover with limited long term growth. There is a corporate cultural impetus to offshore as much as possible for maximum profitability. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but inexperience has lost some major accounts and botched projects when not managed properly. Management is limiting their new business focus to expanding their business within existing $10mm+ clients. Mostly software dev, BI & BA shop struggling to find newer programming language recruits. Company stresses work / life balance and core values excessively, but these are swept aside casually and often. May not be the long term opportunity it appears to be. Caveat emptor.

    Advice to Management

    Keep internal technology current for it helps to demonstrate that you can execute it for clients. Nepotism at the C level does not sit well with the employees. It makes total sense, though once you understand why the CIO looks like a deer in the headlights during internal video interviews about the direction of technology within the organization.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Dysfunctional"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Manager Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Smart people
    Little to no travel

    Cons

    Dysfunctional company - both locally and nationally. You hear about goals and direction and have no idea how your role contributes to that. You hear about solutions and you end up getting placed at a client where you are the only Sogeti consultant. These aren't projects. They are contracts that will end. And when they do you are on the bench.
    All about the numbers
    The benefits are good because it's the only way to get people to join
    To get a good bonus you basically have to work two jobs - Sogeti and at the client site
    Indian led and the culture reflects it - very disciplinary oriented, condescending, egotistical, non-collaborative
    Advertise training opportunities but cannot take a day off to train - must use PTO
    Bench time is scary - you don't know how long you'll last
    If you're unhappy in a project, too bad - suck it up
    Benefits good, Comp sucks. Not competitive with the market (because they have to put a bill rate on it)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your consultants and if they are unhappy in a project be proactive and move them. Give them a certain number of paid days to use for training instead of forcing them to take PTO. Let your practice leads bill a limited percentage of time as opposed to making them bill 100% and expecting them to cure cancer. Don't be so cheap and don't make your employees jump through so many hoops to get things done. Give your corporate staff more support. Navin Goel CEO rating = thumbs way down.


  4. "Okay interview process"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly recruiter, good benefits, hopefully nice co-workers.

    Cons

    None at this time, new hire, lI'll wait to see how daily work environment is.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Misleading and backwards way of operating"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sogeti full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My co-workers in the Baltimore office were very welcoming and nice.

    Cons

    Everything else. Their operation model is backwards. They stack up the bench with resources and THEN look for engagements. I was on the bench along with ten others for about three months and then was laid off stating "they didnt have any opportunities". This was quite different from what I was told at the interview. For three months I was simply paid $65,000 to watch training videos. I dont see how they can afford to practice like this.

    Advice to Management

    No comment. I didnt really get to know management here.


  6. "So Far So Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn, emphasis on training and career growth

    Cons

    You may be asked to do things outside of your comfort zone.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sogeti is a great company to work for."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New hires have the opportunity to start their career in a growing community. If client spots are not available right away they will keep you on a bench.

    Cons

    As much as offices and corporate preach opportunities and growth, it does not always feel that their is as much action on this as what is being said.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great work environment and resources, lousy training, benefits and time management"

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

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

    Pros

    Offers a plethora of professional development and networking resources.

    Cons

    Doesn't allow any time to use the resources they offer. Lousy benefits package. Bonuses and PTO don't reflect the work you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Give consultants paid time to train and get certifications. Go back to the old PTO format. Offer bonuses on individual achievement, not on generic points system. The issue isn't the local Sogeti branches. It's the global corporate managers. They're completely out of touch with their employees.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Obviously owned and ran by Indian"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They do pay consistantly. They hire people straight out school, so if you are under qualified it is a great place to start.

    Cons

    - They have a "you owe the company" approach to managment
    - Managment has no real focus people, on hitting sales goals
    - Pay to bill rate ratio is vastly out of line with national averages
    - FTE/W2/IC clasifications are blurry, poorly documented, and based mostly on localized managment
    - Have no backbone with clients and pass changes in contracts directly to employees
    - Have an undocumented expense policy and routinely pay expenses 4 - 8 weeks after incurred
    - 90% of back office and managment are H1 Visa with poor communication skills and have no critical thinking ability
    - Ran like a government bueracracy
    - Unethical, billing practices are underhanded
    - Offshore model is horrible and terms are not flexible, Cognizant kicks there butt every time on price, quality, and availability
    - The only way to get rewarded is based on the amount of money they make from you being at client
    - They change benefits and policies without communicating
    - They use the single most difficult time collection tool every made

    In the 20 years I have worked in this industry, not one firm has been worse. Since the outsourcing to India boom started I have seen and worked with many off shore teams. It is very obvious that this company is owned and operated from and by resources from India. They think they are better than everyone else, that they add some value that does not exist, and refuse to accept that basically they are just the cheapest guys in town. They have major ethics issues which spawn every facet of the organization from finance to human resources to sales. They fail to meet goals on fixed bid engaments and sell clients on a track record of success that does not exist. The claim to have expetise and experience in markets and SME that are false or created with no backing.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that just becasue the economy is not doing all that well, that people will not stay with you. If you continue to treat people horribly, you will continue to loose market share. In our market, you are loosing clients hand over fist, and you have already lost another, it is just a matter of time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "My time at Sogeti"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Local clients, great co workers

    Cons

    Low salary, sales executives can be abrasive

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is very professional and experienced


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