Productive workplace with a break room and free coffee
Business Analyst (Former Employee) – Troy, AL – February 9, 2016
A typical work day depends on the project you are working on. For the project I was working on, I had to perform regression testing. The management wasn't located in the office I was working in so we had weekly meetings to discuss items related to our project. My teammates on the project were very friendly. The hardest part of the job is performing regression testing in areas of an application you have little to no experience in. The most enjoyable part of my job was updating documentation to include the new enhancements added to an application.
Director (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – January 15, 2016
I have worked at CGI for over ten years, as have several of my colleagues. I don't know of many other consulting firms that foster a similar culture of people building long-term careers in the company.
I have had opportunities to work in multiple offices, to travel and to work locally based on the company's and my personal needs.
I have been put in roles of progressive growth throughout my career and believe the process of reward through compensation and advancement is fair. You have to prove you can operate in a role to receive this reward.
The primary reason I choose to continue to build my career at CGI is the incredibly smart and hard-working people I have the opportunity to work with every day.
People, Flexible hours when project schedules permit
Technical Consultant (Current Employee) – Fairfax, VA – February 22, 2016
I absolutely love CGI. I would work here forever if I could. I love my job, the people I work with, and the flexibility I have. I work from home and can pretty much set my own hours- as long as everything that is needed of me is done within a reasonable amount of time. Taking time off is easy and encouraged.
When I first started work at CGI, the pay was lowest tier of what I expected leaving college. The benefits were amazing though and I was excited to have a job lined up before I even graduated. Gradually benefits have begun to dry up. We do have a good Stock program and retirement, but healthcare has gone down immensely- to where I feel I am paying everything out of pocket.
Also, while I get about $1000 dollar raise a year, since I started so low salary-wise, I make pitifully little for having over 6 years devoted to a company. I could easily be making double my current pay in another company. The company does little to offset these complaints, and people leave for better opportunities regularly. On the upside, it is a very steady job. I have never had fear of being laid off or fired, and have heard very few cases of it happening at my time here.
Senior Developer/Analyst (Current Employee) – Lebanon, VA – January 25, 2016
This job is good for short term but if your looking to move up or prove yourself then this is not the job for you. They are more interested in getting the fresh out of the college hires and saying how much things are growing.When in reality the only numbers show they are always hiring so many but that's because the seasoned employee was either getting laid off or finding work somewhere else.
Consultant (Current Employee) – Fairfax, VA – November 16, 2015
CGI Federal is a great place to work for a starting career. It is a typical desk job where you spend most of your time behind a computer with little interaction with others aside from those on your team. There are some great benefits such as working from home multiple days during the week and being very flexible with a home and work life balance. The managers are very helpful to help develop your skills. Most people there are either really young and this is their first job out of college, or they have been with the company for 20 years. There is not much in between that.
Work from home, flexible hours, work life balance
Not greatly compensated, raises are not significant.
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) – Fairfax, VA – January 27, 2016
I worked for CGI for 10 years and I have been on some great projects and some not so great ones. It really depends on the project you are on.
I do say that it is a big company and if you are on client site it feels like each project is a different company. Also, CGI isn't that competitive salary wise with other companies in the DC area which leads to a high turnover.
The profit sharing and the CGI stock options are very nice perks.
Working for CGI was a great experience. The colleagues are friendly, the stock benefits were great as well as the management. I worked as a network engineer for AT&T providiing Network Implementation services to new, remodeling and relocating GAP franchise stores.
Employees get squeezed between offshore and onshore profit model. Employees coming to US from India on long terms have to go through a grueling process and fight for their own salaries. Indian management officials assume that they pay employees salaries out of their own pockets. No standard rules and benchmark for salary figures. Random figures of salary.
Until one is in India, possible growth
Company where higher management is ruled by India and Indian politics.
Nice place to work. High turnover rate due to nature of work.
Passport Processing Associate (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 14, 2016
I enjoy working for CGI. The benefits package is good and they offer profit sharing as well as a 401k with a 5% matching employer contribution. There is a high turnover rate due to the nature of the work, in that it is very repetitive. There is opportunity for advancement. The reason I gave them only 2 stars for work/life balance is they do not have flexible scheduling, due to the terms of the government contract. However, this rule is applied inconsistently to different members which I found to be unfair. Although they give bonuses at Christmas, they do not give annual raises due to the contract currently being in a state of limbo.
the work is easy
no flex time available, policies not applied consistently to all members
Passport Support Associate I (Current Employee) – North Charleston, SC – September 13, 2016
Training is FAST and incomplete. Some duties/tasks are practiced and performed same day within minutes of training. Others training is given weeks in advance of actually performing work. Every day begins with mass confusion. Managers run around not knowing where or how to begin the day or how many workers each needs in their area. Hours later still confused but much better. Workers are required to come prepared for reading managers minds and knowing where they are needed to work each day.
Benefits: though crummy, still we get benefits
Low pay under extremely large work loads and even more STRESS
Good Salary, benefits, and organizational structure
Training Specialist (Former Employee) – Lawton, OK – July 28, 2015
I worked for CGI for 3 and a half years before the company lost the rebid on the Fires contract. CGI was a great place to work. The salary and benefits were the best I have seen in the business. There were flexible schedules available and the company really seemed to care for its employees. The only negative that I can think of was the lack of opportunity for advancement. I would have liked to see a mentor program or career progression mapping to develop professionals in the field of contracting. Overall, I was very happy working for CGI and hope that they win the next contract bidding.
flexible schedules, good pay, great benefits, and caring management
Horrible health benefits but decent place to grow your skills
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) – Fairfax, VA – August 6, 2015
Fairly young support staff and long tenure with a broad group of individuals that have the salary to support the self funded health plan. Training is plenty and the commute depends on the position, location as they have opportunities across the DC Metro area.
During an interview, ask a lot of questions and then ask to speak to the manager's manager. Do not rely on having one or two levels of persons you speak to. The culture you will experience is really based upon the management you work under. In the Fairfax office, the diversity is about 85% white, 10% Indian/Arabic and 5% other.
It can be a steady job
Sometimes too big to pay attention to what is important, you.
Lead Database Administrator (Current Employee) – kuwait – November 6, 2015
With ITT employees don't equally enjoy the benefits and opportunities for advancement. However, management was always ready to assist with any issue that involves an employee and stay with it until completed to the satisfaction of the customer.
Great environment to learn a lot. Poor work/life balance.
Business Analyst (Former Employee) – Fairfax, VA – September 12, 2016
I learned a great deal working at CGI Federal regarding IT and the nuances of government consulting in this industry. My co-workers and management were very helpful in mentoring me. However the project required being on-call on a 24/7 basis as opposed to standard working hours which provided the team with poor work/life balance.
Trusted with lots of responsibility and allowed to work somewhat autonomously
Poor Work/Life balance. 24/7 On- Call Support Required
Systems Administrator (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – June 28, 2016
While the job duties are simple and the clients you interact with are usually pleasant, management can be very unspecific on what they desire. A typical work day can consist of deploying machines, installing patches, and resolving 2-3 variable client issues (i.e. printer setups, email setups, data recovery, etc...). There occasionally seems to be a lack of communication between what management says in person versus what they state in emails. It can be frustrating attempting to figure out what they want at times.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Troy, AL – July 14, 2016
unless you are part of the management staffs inner circle you can't get promoted. there is no room for advancement for certain positions. long hours and constant hounding by supervisors. you are told no cell phones on the call center floor yet the supervisors are walking around with their phone out texting each other and their friends, non work related. if you are out sick and can't afford a doctor they will fire you even if they know that you are sick because you came in coughing and hacking. I do not recommend working there.