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Good company for college hires, assuming you don't stay too long

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA (US)
Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Fairfax, VA (US)

I have been working at CGI Group full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

-Work culture is flexible (you can work remotely if needed)
-As a college hire, you will get a good amount of guidance and support from your work peers and will have breathing room to learn the ropes.
-Interesting and rewarding work with government agencies that serve the general public.
-Company has weathered the entire recession without performing layoffs, and has in fact grown its work force at a rapid rate while many of its competitors have downsized.
-HR Recruiting does a good job of finding bright, talented and well-rounded individuals for the company.

Cons

-Company cares more about their clients than their employees, probably a result of their constant efforts to enter and dominate the business space.
-As a result, the company tries to get as much work done for their clients with the least number of resources in order to be more marketable, impacting the work-life balance of employees.
-Non-employee contractors have better work-life balance than employees because the company is reluctant to pay them overtime, so instead loads extra work on employees. Employees do not get overtime pay; you are expected to put up to 8 extra hours a week in free, and anything above that accrues in a vacation bank capped at 40 hours only if you work more than 8 extra hours for two consecutive pay-period weeks. Unfortunately, if your project is busy enough for you to be working enough overtime to accrue hours, you will not be able to use any of the hours to take time off, so you will eventually cap out and not be able to accrue anymore. It's a ridiculously flawed system.
-Their career management framework is not adequately enforced or monitored, leading to limitations on upward mobility and recognitions and job satisfaction. Depending on your senior management, you could get promoted a year out of college or be waiting 5 years with no career options in sight, with HR not effectively tracking the process. There is no clear communication on what an employee needs to do to move up in the organization. Member expectations are often ambiguous, which allows management to squeeze the lifeblood out of you if you are a dedicated, driven worker but still give you an average performance rating at the end of the year.
-The company has very few official titles, so monetary promotions are very sparse. Everyone starts out with the title of 'Consultant', and to get to the next title you have to be in a management role. The titles after that represent tremendous leaps in responsibility. If you need frequent validation and recognition for your contributions via titles and promotions, this is not the company for you.
-Minimal training options are available to employees, and there is no real connection made between the learning modules available and your career advancement options in the company. It is quite disconnected.
-Performance reviews are not utilized the way they should be. Managers seem to do them because they have to, not because they are meant to serve a purpose. As a result they are often done too late to factor into salary review finalization by HR, who don't even care to check if the performance reviews were completed before proceeding, and this is after you may have had to chase after your manager for weeks to have your review done.
-Salaries are below average for the DC metro area, but good medical and dental plans partially make up for it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve enforcement of career management and performance review processes. They are really sub-standard for a company of this size and market presence.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    CGI Federal: An Insult to Human Intelligence

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Fairfax, VA (US)

    I have been working at CGI Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -great if you want to be a mindless drone
    -awesome salary if you want to live in a cardboard box
    -great environment for doing nothing
    -internal "cult-like" promotion of the company ("one of us")

    Cons

    -ignorant management
    -hands-off work force and administration
    -insult to employees with drive for innovation and progressive work styles
    -no management fast track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find something for your employees to do rather than let them sit and do nothing for weeks on end. Companies like this will be the end of IT innovation and progress in the public sector.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good - Work / life balance but.. poor mid management / Process

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Chennai (India)

    I worked at CGI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Work Life balance.
    Culture & Values
    Casual environment
    Not much work pressure

    Cons

    Bonus and hikes are not that great.
    Growth is a little towards a slower pace when compared to the industry
    Mid level management is not that good
    Lots of people are technically average.
    Poor HR processes.
    They wont give proper response after leave from this company... (i'm waiting more than 16 months for my PF withdraw. Still i didt receive , they are not respond properly)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have frequent skip level meetings
    Find out right people and encourage
    Try to keep good resource

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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