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Sogeti Cincinnati Reviews

Updated October 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance with work from home option (in my project) (in 45 reviews)

  • 401k match is good, even though it is paid only at the end of the year - 9% for 150% match (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to maintain a work-life balance as there are several out-of-work events that you are highly recommended to attend on a monthly basis (in 22 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. "Satisfied Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (401K matches 150% up to 6%), Bonuses, Fair Mgmt

    Cons

    Salaries less than regular consulting work because you have full benefits


  2. "Manager Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sogeti (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Chance to work on larger, wide range of initiatives, offers benefits package

    Cons

    Dependent on few large clients - if they have downturn, big layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Get more sales reps, use current sales management techniques

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Decent company where the up years are ok to good, but the down years are a major struggle"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Other reviews correct, 401k matching is one of the most legit in the consulting industry

    T-Mobile business plan BYOD with fairly cheap payroll deduct upgrades like extra line or extra data. Depending on your client you may not use it for business reasons often, but you still have it available for personal/business use when necessary + tethering which is always a nice perk.

    This straddles as a neutral for me as I knew going in, but opportunities for travel are minimal. For those with families who wish to remain local to the area, this is superb as you will not need to jet off every week or so, or drive all over the region for the clients. If you tend to get itchy feet on occasion and like to see the insides of the nation's airports, look elsewhere. Minor relocation assistance is possible if you have a specific skill for a business need.

    Senior guys knowledgeable and usually willing to help out the many Jr staff push their careers forward

    Initially: happy hours, group events, health benefits (see below), tuition reimbursement, office atmosphere

    Great opportunity for new grad to become established and for people late in their career to settle into and retire from without fears of age discrimination that also have been strangling the consulting industry.

    Depending on team, work from home and flexible hours are fantastic. Get your assignments/meetings done and you won't feel like you are slaved to the PC when the work dies down... just be available for the rest and you will be ok. This is never an excuse to slack, but more motivation to work efficiently and swiftly in a minimum amount of time which is necessary considering working hours of some international clients.

    People who are desperately working to keep the workplace culture alive as it has diminished over the years as teams have been split up across the units, not to be seen again for months at a time if ever again. These people are fantastic and their efforts appreciated during downturns.

    Various project choice allows developing your skills in any number of directions that may loosely align with your career goals, or try out subjects you otherwise would not have if it was not your main role somewhere else with little risk of failure as a deterrent. If it absolutely does not work out, you can be reassigned. Beware of chasing the in-demand skill of the day, though, as by the time you master it, the deal that prompted it may have fallen through entirely or the skill of the day has changed and you will be expected to follow suit. Pick a few technologies to specialize in and ardently stick with it - it is healthier for your future career after Sogeti to have strong talents in smaller areas than weak talents all over the board that you never actually put into practice.

    Cons

    Things have changed over the last few years, mostly from having too many eggs in one major basket in the Cincinnati market, and when that basket starts getting smaller, the squeeze hits everybody exceptionally hard. This has resulted in a culture shift for the worse as time has gone on from my start date, with far fewer company events, almost no happy hours, few extracurriculars after work, and generally the office feeling pretty empty when it was once jam packed and buzzing with activity on any given day. Part of this was caused by a client moving out of the building, reducing face to face visibility drastically.

    Bonus plan changes yearly company-wide, and you will almost certainly never see the 24k the benefits page promises or be able to draw from all the education reimbursement you have (1yr golden handcuff on that anyhow and can feel like pulling teeth to use it). Speaking of which, the great 401k plan vests at the 3 year mark as others have stated, but turnover typically beats this out by a year or so, so don't bank on it. Salaries here are lower than market average and very difficult to shake up on a down year so don't feel locked in by the vesting schedule.

    Sogeti was also sold as having great project mobility to align your interests and skills to a project best suited for it, but approaches this with a body shop mentality where you will be placed on next open project to keep you billing, even if it is a bad fit. Once this happens it can be exceptionally difficult to move elsewhere especially since you get pulled into that same sorting pipe again if we're currently running lean, although some people do genuinely get placed where they are most useful and where their interests align. Has a very "bulk up the staff now, sort it out later" feeling to it.

    Health benefits were sold as free premiums not more than just a year ago, even though the deductible was pretty high (nearly catastrophe plan levels), the younger workforce they employ appreciated no premiums for a plan they would use minimally anyway, so it worked out well for the majority. Recently though, the "realities of doing business in the USA" have caught up to us and instilled some lofty premiums for the same catastrophe level plan, with no adjustments in salary to compensate, so a benefit became a unilateral pay cut and saw a major shift in company culture that most are still bitter about. Families have taken the brunt of this issue.

    Finally, and this is not a problem unique to this location, but management feels like a rubber band. You reach a certain point in your career where if you want to make more $, you need to introduce sales goals into your title without exception, otherwise you hit the cap. I liken this to a rubber band because the harder it is stretched, the more stress it will feel without suitable reward. There is very little consistency at the practice manager level as there is not much reward for doing the required work of the role, and also doubled with the expectation of keeping on task with the current engagements while remaining billable. This places enormous stress on the consultants' direct leadership as the leaders will make it one year before trying to pass the role on to the next guy in line trying to climb the ladder. Very few people are able to juggle this demanding dual workload without cracking at the seams so kudos to them for holding on. What this means in your day to day life is limited engagement with the person directly responsible for your promotion, so you might need to be a bit intrusive to make sure they remember who you are in their already extremely packed lives - and spread that out over the entire practice and you can see how this can be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    It is a decent company to work for, but please know the finagling with the bonus structure and promotion schedule methods are highly transparent to consultants. The group also cannot live and die at the whims of a single major client, and consultants hammering the railroad spikes in the field should be more shielded from downturns caused by that same issue. Management should not have to take on such a massive workload as it can lead to directionless consultants at the lower levels and can leave some feeling forgotten as another cog in the machine if they can't naturally gain any visibility.

    Bonuses have always been excruciatingly difficult to acquire, and it can feel like wheeling and dealing just to be rewarded a small one. This follows the same issues as management being overburdened - you only get noticed by forcing yourself into their space, further slowing their work down.

    Work on repairing the culture which has seen major hits over the last few years. The loss of a certain manager due to actions by the client has deadened the culture in its tracks and strong efforts need to be made here to make this a fun place to work again. It can be, these issues are solvable but will require a shift in mindset on the role of individual consultants. Consultants need to be allowed to consult across all units instead of feeling like the next cog in the client's machine.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not the right place for Software Engineers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Blue Ash, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Blue Ash, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to have decent benefits

    Cons

    bad pay, no career advancement


  5. "Software Developer Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Software Developer in West Chester, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A relatively flat organization where you feel like you are your own boss. A salary is above average in Ohio and they truly care about their employees. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to gain a lot of experience and get paid to do it.

    Cons

    There could be somewhat lack of organization while you are on projects but it is expected of such a large company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and make the path to advancement/promotion more clear.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Be Careful"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k plan, very little management oversight

    Cons

    My friend just shared with me that while he was working here one of the consultants made several negative remarks about various race groups, sat him down with religious artifacts and explained each one to him (I actually was there for this) he told her this made him uncomfortable but she continued, she told him that she doesn't work for someone of his race (Indian) and when he got upset and told her he was going to tell the practice manager she went and told him and one of the HR person a different story. Apparently the reaction by the Sogeti HR person was to take the story completely one sided as he reached out to my friend and even said that her husband threatened him. Do not work for Sogeti, I am quitting as soon as I can.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your people, when you allow for this kind of racism and behavior people will find out and you will lose clients. I will not be silent about this.


  7. "Sub-par salary balanced with great culture, benefits, and work/life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A fun, laid back culture,
    Fantastic benefits, especially the 401k match and education reimbursement,
    The opportunity to work with some amazing client companies, such as General Electric, Proctor & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson,
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Salaries are below average,
    Promotion and bonus processes are somewhat political

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain employees rather than see them jump ship, you should pay them what they're worth.

  8. "Good starting company to work for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Decent work/life balance. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Be prepared to kiss arse... if you want to raise up in the ranks of the company or get bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the consultants who are billing the entire year. People get forgotten, because they are on on-site at a client for an entire year or more. You would think that would be good enough to receive a bonus, but it's not.


  9. "Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours depend upon your client. Sogeti is very flexible. Management does not micromanage. PTO is nice. Benefits are good. However, they may not be as good in the future. It's all perspective. Great 401k match.

    Cons

    If you are on a project that has "lifers" on it you are more likely to be promoted, get raises, recognition, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Look for those women/men on smaller, but HIGH margin projects. Those employees are key to your success.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not sure how you got 3 stars"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401(k) matching is the best I have seen, sadly it ends there.

    Cons

    No work life balance - Expected to be 100% billable and SELL, train yourself, teach other employees, develop internal programs, publish for the company on your time.

    No input on assignments - Was actually told to think of myself as a commodity to be sold not unlike cattle.

    Pay is low and salary increases are random or non-existent. No rhyme or reason how they are awarded. If you get one, you will get a letter in the mail sometime in late January with a flat dollar amount. You need to request an increase to be considered. If not awarded, you can appeal but the request will not be followed up on and you will never hear anything back.

    HR doesn't seem to have a plan. The convoluted bonus structure is changed annually - sometimes mid-year and is heavily focused on sales. Need to develop a plan and stick with it so employees can begin to understand it and know what to aim for. Health care is no longer free but this was unheard of so no surprise that we have to pay premiums but it is a high deductible plan - 6k for family before it even pays for a prescription. Carriers change as frequently as the bonus plan so it is difficult to maintain provider relationships and stay in the network.

    Management is invisible and has significant trust issues in the company

    Advice to Management

    There are many opportunity for management to make things better if they want. Unfortunately, during my tenure I haven't seen this happen yet. You need to start valuing the people you have working for you still - after all we are not cattle. T/O is high and will continue if changes are not made.


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