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Updated 8 December 2018
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CGI President and Chief Executive Officer George D. Schindler
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Systems Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Lexington Park, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Lexington Park, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits: TA, SPP, and other standard benefits, Excellent work environment

    Cons

    No christmas bonus. Small contracts have no personnel advancement opportunities.


  2. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Member in North Sydney
    Current Employee - Member in North Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great team of dedicated professionals. The Australian team are making great progress and are supportive and inclusive.
    Great company benefits. Generous share scheme. Great social club

    Cons

    Some global internal processes are laborious

  3. Helpful (1)

    "cgi australia"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CGI full-time

    Pros

    share purchase plan is really good

    Cons

    career advancement is nowhere as training is not provided


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing career move"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some engaging projects and good customers. One star for that and another for pay.

    Cons

    Toxic culture, poor HR, diabolically poor management. Even after successful delivery of a project and happy customers, management and HR only chose to dwell on trivial negatives. Limited management and peer collaboration and support.
    No plans or opportunities from HoD's or management moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Check yourselves out asap and the business may have a chance


  5. "Decent company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good intent. Wonderful staff mostly

    Cons

    Management instability is an issue to overcome

    Advice to Management

    Focus on technology


  6. Helpful (1)

    "unpleasant environment to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CGI full-time

    Pros

    hardly any, some of the people where nice

    Cons

    management, pay, no opportunity to move forward

    Advice to Management

    retire


  7. "A comfortable place to work, though not great for building industry skills and experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Every person I've worked with has been helpful, kind and laidback. The biggest reason why I like working at this company.
    + Generally more concerned with what you get done, rather than face time at the office - so they're flexible with working at home or coming late as long as it doesn't impact the job.
    + A share purchase plan where you can buy company shares up to 3% of your salary which is matched by the company.

    Cons

    - Although it's the nature of a consultancy, you have little options in what you end up working on.
    - I don't feel it's a very technology centric company - a lot of their skills, tools and practices are old and we generally play catch-up once it starts getting embarrassing that we aren't competent in established industry trend (for example, we only just started to transition out of Waterfall and we don't properly practice Agile). Best practice such as TDD is unheard of.
    - A lot of unease because of recent layoffs.
    - Stress over weekly "billable utilization" on employees, when it should be management dealing with it.
    - Because the focus is always on billing clients for your time, there's little incentive to experiment or learn and minimal appetite for risk.
    - The internal systems used for timesheets, knowledge sharing, admin stuff, etc are awful.

    Advice to Management

    - Simplify your company values into something more meaningful rather than its current form - corporate jargon that elicits an eyeroll.
    - Be a more technologically savvy company: be willing to adapt to new processes and tools, encourage employees to learn and adopt best practice during work. This can't be done right now as the focus is always on budget. Innovation, technical skill and creativity cannot be encouraged in the current culture.

  8. "Great colleagues but management not so strong"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Attracts some talented people.
    Varied, interesting and dynamic work.

    Cons

    Communication between different levels of the business was poor.
    Lacking in diversity.
    Very limited opportunities to progress career.
    High staff attrition rate.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Body shop"

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my colleagues. Reasonably good compensation.

    Cons

    Company is setup to on-sell people to their clients. Toxic environment, too much politics, lack of culture. Higher management is out of their mind most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  10. "Member Corporate Services Consulting"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CGI full-time

    Pros

    - Flexible
    - Smart Employees
    - Enjoyable Environment
    - Generous Benefits

    Cons

    - Scale
    - Quite Reactive
    - Needs Focus
    - Alignment to Global CGI Practices

    Advice to Management

    Focus providing a strong strategic roadmap that is visible and understood by all