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CGI Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
1,447 Reviews
3.0
1,447 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance is good; work can be challenging; good people; stock match is good (in 146 reviews)

  • I get to work from home without burdensome managers' administrative requirements (in 106 reviews)


Cons
  • Work starts only at Canada time that is by evening IST so hampers work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Less/zero trainings and very few opportunities for career growth (in 42 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    CGI provides numerous opportunities to its employees to grow within the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Career growth, work from home, fair performance evaluation

    Cons

    Weak HR support, Ratios are too stringent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The real CGI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Was a good place to work. Heritage CGI people are generally young and smart and capable. But a lot of things have changed.

    Cons

    The crusty old logica management are from the 1960s. And the 2014 Xmas party theme is the 60s. Most of the Logica management were in there 20s then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware the Ayers around the Moores and beware the Page is turning. Box Hill... What a hub of IT activity... Punch cards and all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Was expecting plenty of project work from impression from interview but found to be false promise

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CGI

    Pros

    Salary rate good above average

    Cons

    No project work, no collaboration, people working in silos and not working in a team effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication needed. Management although told about the bad atmosphere in the office refuse to accept and believe nothing is wrong.

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  5.  

    Short

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    New experiences, HQ of work

    Cons

    No longtime future, felt like your alone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Losing Touch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    CGI had been a great company prior to the Logica acquisition in Australia. There was a strong people oriented culture and emphasis on delivering quality result for the customer. This was supported by the management who had a vision about what consulting is, understood the importance of people and delivery quality.

    There was a career path, coaching and feedbacks all the way to help you build up experience and achieve your aspirations.

    Cons

    Since the Logica acquisition, the CGI vision is lost, the CGI's Australian management has been replaced with Logica managers, the emphasis is now on utilisation and milking the customer, it is focused on the quick wins and short term gains.

    If you are person who can take initiatives, strives on quality and customer satisfaction then you won't enjoy working at CGI, because you won't be treated as a member of the team, instead you're just a body, there is no reward or recognition for your effort, rather it is because CGI is a "great" company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bigger doesn't always mean better, it's one thing to say we want to be a market leader in 5 years, unless there is a vision, a strategy and the passion that can inspire people, they are only words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to the Age of Logica

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in North Sydney
    Current Employee - Architect in North Sydney

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A real "pro" for me is that since I worked for Logica Australia before CGI took us over I feel my job is actually safer than those of Heritage CGI staff. Based on the reviews on here & the head count around the office I would say approx 80% of CGI are no longer here. There has been no culture change, no work environment change, I have honestly not noticed any changes in the past year except for those done to the org charts.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the same old Logica Management remained after the take over, I was secretly hoping for CGI managers to take charge and actually lead the business but this did not happen. What I have learnt from talking with heritage CGI staff the CGI way of doing things was more team orientated, client & people focused. That has never been the case at Logica.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look at yourself, think about what is best for CGI Australia not yourself. Collaborate with your senior managers and take on ideas and feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    We had a dream... which unfortunately has been killed...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are, or at least were the absolute best thing about the company. For a great many people ("members"), it was never just a job - it genuinely was a way of life...

    The passion and commitment that people would give to the company was genuinely off the scale... CGI got people engaged and really working together as a team, and as a result, what we delivered to clients and shareholders were great results...

    Cons

    ... and unfortunately its systematically been taken apart day-by-day with the acquisition of Logica.

    At least in Australia, as one earlier reviewer it really is "CGI, now part of Logica".

    The CGI culture - that made it such a great place to work - has been replaced 100% by the Logica culture of micro-managing results, no vision, little leadership, no communication and a stay-billable-or-you're-out culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand that this is not a technology / numbers business - its a people business.

    When you manage the company by constant fear of redundancy, back room secret meetings and a culture that doesnt value the genuine passion and commitment that people show you're never going to get the best out of them...

    Its a genuinely scary thing that after the last round of redundancies, its the people who DID NOT get laid off that are the unhappy ones...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lost!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Consulting Services in North Sydney
    Current Employee - Director Consulting Services in North Sydney

    I have been working at CGI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global company with excellent share plan

    Cons

    Australian management, including the Asia Pacific President are lost and think that to save the company you should restructure every 6 months, without any thought to how the business is actually operating and where the problems really are. Today, CGI's management think that putting the word "Metro" in front of everything is the key to saving the business in Australia. Thanks Mr President for that one! The Australian Managing Director clearly isn't capable of providing any form of leadership, but he does have his own office in each state... he is just that important!! Employees are told to stop complaining, once they do that, they'll be happy. Do not expect HR to help you, unless you own shares in tissue companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The most important people in the company are the employees, listen to them and stop firing anyone that provides an opinion that you don't like. It's time you learnt what management is really about...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seriously think twice. Read the reviews!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    The global CGI has great potential, strong values, great leadership in mike and serge. The next acquisition will really move CGI into a strong market position

    Cons

    Australia BU a disaster. There is a virus that needs to be eradicated or the host will die. Growth can not be achieved by contracting and cost cutting.
    There isn't a single business developer that has the skills to sell a chocolate bar to a fat kid. That isn't the worst part because in their defence there isn't anything for them to sell.
    HR have watched too many reruns of Ally McBeal and think it ok to reenact the movie Pride and Prejudice whilst conducting their jobs. If your leader spends more time crying in the office than your toddler at daycare; there's an issue.
    The virus - it comes in multiple forms. First is the stubborn one you can't shake. It lingers for months or years. You try over the counter remedies but it keeps wearing you down while it continues to buy expensive shoes and cancel meetings to pick up their designer suits. It isn't available to sign documents because it is taking delivery of its Porsche or is claiming it is only able to be in the office from 10 to 11 each day because it needs to align to Asia time zones. When it does surface it gives you a hell of a barking cough but adds very little value. You hope that nature will run its course and it will just go away and you won't give its departure a second thought. The second is the virus you pick up from a door knob or public toilet seat. The one that came from a second rate rag tag mom and pop shop that couldn't cut it and was rumoured to be on the way out anyway. These usually get the flick by the first form of the virus anyway to save their own necks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your time while it lasts. Your management style has an expiration date. When the line that represents revenue decline and cost cutting meet you will be finished.
    Ask yourself if this is the legacy you want to be measured by and once you realise the answer pull your thumb out and get to work.
    Stop trying to reinvent the wheel because you aren't that clever. Reach out to the parent company and find out how they make it work and you will see it is what resources here have been telling you the entire time.
    Invest in the only product you have - resources.
    Stop shuffling the deck chairs over and over in the office. Just give everyone vp titles and get it over with. It won't change the fact you aren't qualified but that way we can focus on the clients who pay the bills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I've ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Canberra
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Canberra

    I worked at CGI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Logica use to be borderline OK until the merge of CGI, 2 years in and still the merge feels incomplete and halfasses.

    Cons

    No room for growth, Management is borderline mentally disabled. Merge incomplete, Losing contracts all over the place, consider by the CEO that they are a tier 1 company in Australia (which is not true)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for making a decent job turn into a little bit of hell on earth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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