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Sogeti Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Excellent work life balance with work from home option (in my project) (in 40 reviews)

  • Fantastic benefits, especially the 401k match and education reimbursement, (in 63 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Obviously owned and ran by Indian"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with Fortune 500 companies on large enterprise projects providing amazing career opportunities.

    Cons

    There is little to no knowledge sharing in the organization. Also, no consideration for consultants passion and areas of interest most time you are working backward with little growth opportunity or promotions. No salary increases only bonuses with small returns as the number permitted is so small for a company this size. They hire and fire people in a very unethical way i.e. there will be 20 people on the bench so they fire them only to hire new consultants the next week. They need to work on communicating and working with current employees to find them roles versus a revolving door method. This is why they hire people on the spot! Think twice before leaving steady work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the consultants and try to stop hiring and firing people that are only a fit for 1 project this would increase morale of employees and improve results from everyone and in turn keeping the right brand for Sogeti.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ugh - Run away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company parties - they are sometimes fun.

    Cons

    Mandatory, after work, meetings that are boring and pointless.
    Impossible to get a bonus unless you participate in sales (even if you receive an outstanding internal and client review).
    They are far too focused on making everyone in the company the same.
    The promotion process is ridiculous and once you are promoted to manager you are required to participate even more in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate and reward your employees as individuals rather than spending so much effort on trying to make everyone conform to what you want them to be.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mainframe developers keep looking, don't work here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sogeti full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best part... they paid for most of my green card

    Cons

    Shortly after they hired me in 2002, they decided to focus on Microsoft and testing... of which I am neither. If you can find a sales person that even has a clue what a mainframe is, then you might have a hope of getting a contract. If you don't, your job will be gone. They don't seem to understand that there are maximum contract lengths with a lot of clients lately, so no matter how good of a job you do at the client, you will not be renewed after a specific length of time. Add that to misconceptions of a non-compete clause then finding work in the same city is highly unlikely.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic... don't pay your sales staff to sit in the office. If you make your consultants do the selling, tell them upfront and PAY THEM instead


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Typical Consulting - Over-Promise, Under Deliver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary was good, 401k match is the best if you can stick around for 3 years.

    Cons

    There will be little effort made by management to place you in a role that best utilizes your strengths. This could result in doing menial tasks where you feel like you're spinning your wheels and wasting your time, but you're billable and that's all that matters.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring someone to work on a certain technology, place them in at least a role where they can utilize and build on those skills.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Its mistake."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401-k
    Vacation -3 weeks, becomes 4 weeks after 3 years

    Cons

    Except for 401-k, the other benefits are uselss. There are too many caveats in 401k as well.

     a)First of all you have to be in the company atleast 3 years to get vested.
     b)Company contribution gets vested only at the end of the year. If you leave in between, you can kiss good bye for that particular year, even if you are vested.
    c) Rolled over funds cannot be taken as a loan. (Are you kidding...?)
    d) YOu can only take a maximum of 50K loan

    Medical benefits- 0 premium but 6000 deductible. (Actually, 6000 deductible is a scam. If you go out of the network, your deductible could be as high ast 10000.) If you are a healthy family this insurance is useless. If you truly need medical benefits, this insurance is very expensive.

    Don't expect growth or promotions unless you suck up big time. If you get a promotion, it doesn't mean you got a salary raise.

    If you get a higher bill rate project, it will not transilate to salary increase however, if you get a lower bill rate project, don't be surprised if your salary is adjusted lower.

    Culture: The power of a consulting company comes from its people. This company treats people as commodities. You are just a number.

    1. They are very slow to hire and very quick to fire.
    2. Absolutely no value for creativity or innovation
    3. Management is driven by fear. The word "Motivation" is not in their dictionary

    Business: It's the most risk averse company in an exciting and happening market. They are so margin focused that, they will compromise growth for margin. Corporate loves US division because they show good margins but their growth is abyssmal. Their US operations generate 400 to 500Mn in revenue. If you compare their US revenue with companies like Cognizant, Accenture or Infosys, this is probably the reveneue for a business unit.

    Even though they have are under Capgemini umbrella, they really cannot use their resources, unless they pay through their nose. The sub-companies always compete with each other and sometimes mercilessly sabotage customer. Many casess customer is really confused. But the HQ doesn't care or doesn't get it.

    CEO and CIO/COO are close relatives. I haven't seen a public company with this type of structure. Nobody in France (HQ) seem to mind it but it affects the whole employee community.

    Advice to Management

    1. Fear never motivates people. Motivation is possible when you inspire people. People are your assets and treat them like assets.
    2. Every city should be given a percentage of revenue they make towards innovation. Innovation is not necessarily GTM innovation. This could be process innovation, sales innovation or practice innovation.
    3. Focus more on growth. You will be wiped off by competition if you are not growth focused.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Deceptive management driven by numbers, a body shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sogeti full-time

    Pros

    A good place for college grads. Sogeti tends to take fresh talent, train them somewhat, and bill them out at low rates. As skills grow people like this tend to be hired away by better companies.

    Cons

    Sogeti has unreasonable expectations for senior staff looking for rewarding work with more responsibility. The compensation model sends people running for the door. The bonus plan encourages long term billing at good rates with low salaries. Every year the company lowers the total compensation. Managers and VPs routinely focus on KPIs over growth, and often misrepresent at the expense of another to further their own agenda, or appease a superior.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what type of company you want to be, and then execute. Don't try to be a solutions and services company when really it's a staff aug body shop.


  9. "Sogeti Atlanta office run by people with no vision and narrow minded."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is none.. stay away from this place

    Cons

    97% attrition rate..... good folks never stayed . Extremely unprofessional environment

    Advice to Management

    Dire change is needed to the atlanta management


  10. Helpful (1)

    "If you like being an IT or Project Manager Mercenary, then this company is for you!"

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

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

    Pros

    Perfect employer for A type individuals, if you can sell project management or purple squirrel IT programming needs then you can make bank.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is horrible, what they describe as benefits aren't, you live under the "what have you done for me lately" or your out the door.

    Advice to Management

    You claim that your employees are your best asset but slave owners before the civil war were kinder.


  11. "Awful culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sogeti full-time

    Pros

    People work hard here, and are overall quite nice. There are some good offerings in some markets and a great corporate parent company. Decent place for college grads or people early in their career.

    Cons

    There is a "one size fits all" corporate way of doing things for all locations regardless of how different each geography and it's clients are. Sogeti is notoriously cheap, focused solely on margin and bill rate but not the consultant. Management rules with an iron fist and seems to be related to one another (i.e. CEO and COO are brother-in-laws), for a firm of around 2,500 people I find that strange. The culture is outdated and people are generally frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Fully understanding this is a business and everyone has to make a profit, don't forget about your employees. One week of 'employee appreciation' doesn't cut it. With so much competition for top talent, the days of ruling with an iron fist are over. Adapt to the modern workforce. Be more honest and transparent with your consultants.


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