Sogeti

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Sogeti Reviews

Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
441 Reviews
3.0
441 Reviews
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Sogeti Chairman & CEO Luc-François Salvador
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits (150% 401k match, 12k Tuition Reimbursment, Training Opportunites) (in 29 reviews)

  • Time-off for work/life balance is one of the best I have seen (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonus program seems to have taken the place of raises (in 18 reviews)

  • It seems that we always talk about Solutioning and practices but end up doing staff augmentation (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing company in which to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Highly collaborative, high value on continuous training, several options on practice participation, no travel required

    Cons

    Pay is a little low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really happy with Sogeti

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

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

    Pros

    Healthcare is high deductible, but there is no premium. Fantastic 401k, just make sure you stay for 3 years. Additionally, they set aside 12k a year (per consultant) for tuition reimbursement - Masters degree, certifications, trainings, etc...

    Salary is competitive. Great job for recent grads especially.

    Cons

    401k takes 3 years to vest. High deductible insurance. Some clients just plain suck. Sometimes there is a lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a consultant is doing staff aug work, and they are unhappy, please work your hardest to find a new role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, poor follow-thru

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Sogeti full-time

    Pros

    Sogeti does a good job hiring talented people. You can definitely set your own career path and achieve your goals. 401K matching is about the best I've ever seen and often employees are given profit sharing through an added bump into our 401K accounts. The clients and projects are interesting and Sogeti works hard to support delivery. There is a strong focus on providing client delight and much talk is given around creating solutions over transactional, staff augmentation work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the great intentions do not always come to fruition in practice. They will take staff augmentation work to keep people billing, but it definitely takes away from the opportunity to do true consulting work. Decisions are made hastily at times and it feels like the kitchen keeps getting rearranged. There are a lot of short sighted decisions being made instead of lasting strategy implementation. The bonus structure is revamped every year, and they are quick to point out how much better it will be for the consultant, then a month or two later the bonus tiers are reset back to what it was originally and this is creating a great deal of frustration among the consultants. It also affects morale, as the bonus is strongly connected to billable rates which the consultant has no control over. The rates are negotiated by the Account Execs who make their money regardless. If you are put on a project that is in trouble, you are punished by working to fix it, because by the time you get there, the project is a financial loser and your bonus suffers. This is a deplorable way to deliver bonuses, and it sends a powerful message to the consultants that I do not think is intended. Further, the messaging around all of this is terrible. Lastly, vacation time is not aligned with career experience. When bringing in new managers/senior managers and higher, they start everyone with the same offering and one must build tenure within. This is a detractor for those that have already achieved more personal time off. It impacts work/life balance as well, as senior leadership is expected to maintain a fulltime set of duties and are also mandated to bill a set amount of hours on top of that. They only give 7 days for holidays and they do not float, so it makes it difficult to follow the client's schedule, and quite honestly, 7 days per year is bad anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your messaging right. Do not make promises or announce changes and then not follow through. Reconsider your time off policies and the way you deliver bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good but not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Health insurance is included, regardless of whether you're single or are married and have 8 kids.

    Decent starting salary coming out of college

    Nice 401k matching (150% of up to 6%)

    Cons

    High deductible health insurance

    Bonus program isn't very good

    3 full years to get any 401k/profit sharing

    May get stuck on a project that doesn't have anything to do with your career goals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company overall but experience varies by location.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Sogeti full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sogeti has smart and talented consultants who really want to satisfy clients' needs. There's decent benefits including a large 401k match and a lenient policy on tuition/training reimbursement. They've had steady growth for a while and hopefully as their brand name becomes more recognizable, they will attract more prominent clients.

    Cons

    Large units like in Ohio probably have great structure and communication, but for years my smaller unit has struggled with this. Organization is lacking and there aren't as many client project opportunities as you'd expect. They will try to shoehorn you into a project if you're on the bench too long, and that's really frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your communication structure in smaller units.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company culture, benefits, and employee support. Sometimes a little "rah-rah," but completely genuine.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    - Growth and learning are encouraged and often provided.
    - Mentoring is fostered by company sponsored program.
    - Local approach to providing solutions with the backing of a global corporation.
    - Good benefits and competitive salary.

    Cons

    - Perhaps easy to get "stuck" in a client-role.
    - Though it's nice to have pep-rallies, they sometimes went beyond what was believable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop pushing off-shore so hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    NOT True Consulting - Pure Staff Augmentation

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is well maintained since the work is not challenging as it is with a real consulting firm.

    401K match is great, but you are only vested after 3 years. If you can make it here for 3+ years, kudos to you.

    Working independently with the client allows you to make connections with companies much better than Sogeti.

    Cons

    Sogeti is definitely not the place for anyone in IT, let alone anyone looking to do true consulting. "Consultants" are treated solely as resources to sell to clients and not as solution deliverers (staff augmentation). Sales, sales, sales is the only focus you will hear over and over again, starting at the very top. Bonuses are based purely on business development aka sales and profit contribution aka your billing rate.

    Sogeti will pad their bids with work that no one at the company can actually do just to win it (because the company is driven by profit margin). Once contracts are won, they immediately seek out people who can do the job for cheap and then do a poor job of delivering to the client, which is very transparent.

    Due to the company's poor strategy of just winning any and all contracts, and not truly focusing on delivering quality solutions, the type of work you will be given at any moment is very unstable and quite unsatisfying. As long as you remain billable, no one at the company cares what you are doing, even if it's reading Yahoo News articles all day.

    With that, there is also an extreme lack of career development and mentoring for those who want to move up in their careers and are not okay with being complacent. Senior leadership does not care about developing leaders, retaining talent, and growing people's careers. Being promoted to manager does not mean you will get to manage teams and projects. There is NO logical correlation between your title, your skills, and the type of work you do. Consultants, whether fresh-out-of-college or managers, are merely treated like monopoly pieces in a game of profit.

    The attrition rate is extremely high due to all the aforementioned flaws with the company. Some people have left no more than 2-6 months in after quickly realizing how detrimental being at Sogeti long-term would be to one's career and returning to their former companies. However, the attrition rate is not just from people leaving, but also Sogeti's willingness to easily terminate people if they cannot place them right away.

    Overall, don't waste your time and look elsewhere. Getting a job at Sogeti is easy for a reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CEO and the rest of upper management. Look at the top consulting firms and learn a few things from them and then re-brand the entire company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Seems more like a staff augmentation company than real consulting.

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the benefits are outstanding such as the 401k match. Healthcare is 'free' but the deductible is 12.5k for family each year. Free cell phone server but you have to buy your own phone.

    Salaries depend on your skill set and how well you negotiate the starting salary. Merit increase are poor at best.

    Cons

    Seems the bonus program is used as a substitute to merit increases. However, the bonus program is structured really for a select few. The rank and file folks - i.e. the consultants who do the work have a hard time getting a bonus. If you are lucky enough to have a good bill rate and spend little if no time on the beach, then you will get a bonus. Both factors though are beyond the control of the consultant which add to the frustration level.

    Consultants are not managed per se by local management. The model is 'you are in charge of your own career' sounds nice but what this really translates into is management is sales oriented not technical.

    Free training is available but the content is dated and hardly relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop selling the bonus program as a benefit. It is not. If you want to really retain employees in this very competitive market, then treat the employees better. Pay them, provide real feedback more often than once a year which is typically too late for correction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reality not what they offered

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

    I have been working at Sogeti

    Pros

    Benefit package pays premiums; good bonus program; lots of locations to transfer to.
    Very diverse fields of work, primarily contract staff augmentation, much of it for the State of Florida.
    I saw very little effort at personal growth, most efforts was toward increasing bonus amounts via social and charity involvement - little input from actual work effort of accomplishments.

    Cons

    Highly "encouraged" involvement in charitable and social events, aimed at increasing bonus amounts. Margins were slim, resulting in several years with pay increases - not even COL amounts. While the position was represented as relatively short (6 month) contracts - in, do the job, turn over, and leave; in reality one contract lasted over a year and a half.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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