Sogeti

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  1. 1 person 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reality not what they offered

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    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    More Transparency Needed

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

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

    Pros

    - The level of expertise of my fellow consultants
    - Opportunity to work on a wide range of technologies in an even wider range of clients
    - Reimbursement for certification tests

    Cons

    - Inadequate transparency with regards to what clients I will be placed at and when.
    - Completely broken bonus system that benefits only Managing Consultants and above.
    - Insufficient salary for what is expected of a entry consultant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delete the bonus system, and increase the base salary of all A level consultants to fair market value using some of the profits you brag about at all the all hands calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience

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

    I have been working at Sogeti

    Pros

    "Decent benefits (150% 401k match, 12k Tuition Reimbursment, Training Opportunites)"

    Cons

    Bonus Program, Promotion, Senior Management, Work life

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    manager

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

    I have been working at Sogeti

    Pros

    good health insurance, relaxed environment

    Cons

    Comp off policies and sales focused on short term gain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change comp off policy. the comp off should be paid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to work with

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

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, Units are cooperative in work

    Cons

    downward communication from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more investments in practices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee over 3 years in Tampa

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Consultant in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager Consultant in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy working in Tampa. I would not like to work anywhere else. Management is very approachable. Work-life balance is great. They are very flexible regarding when work is done. The benefits are the best I have seen.

    Cons

    There has not been enough autonomy for unit management to control all aspects of their business. Senior management in the company has to approve too many decisions that should be made locally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    College graduate salaries should be higher. Allow the unit management to run their unit as they see fit and measure them on their effectiveness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    After One Year...

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

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

    Pros

    > Decent entry level compensation... after you consider the certificate and continued education reimbursements.
    > Very nice and fun coworkers.
    > Laid back and fun environment.
    > Higher ups treat you with respect and as an equal.
    > Encourage self-betterment. Want you to do things to improve your skill set (and to increase your bill rate).
    > Hardly compensated for working in excess of 40hr/week.

    Cons

    > Healthcare deductible is absolutely terrible for a single employee ($4450, then company covers 90%).
    > More interested in filling positions at clients than finding the right fit; another reviewer uses the analogy "square peg in a round hole." I joined Sogeti hoping to do primarily OOP (Java or C# primarily - as advertised). I've done almost everything besides that at my first and only client. VB.NET, SSIS, MAINFRAME (COBOL, JCL, DB2), and way too much system testing. I'm not talking about the kind of testing that is expected from developers. I'm talking QA, almost UAT, type testing.
    > Extremely subjective bonus system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company if you want to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Sogeti full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are the type that places emphasis on learning and growing and being patient with your salary increases, sogeti is a good company to work for. The benefits are good - 401k match of 100% up to 6% of sal + 5 weeks vacation once u hit 7 years of experience. No insurance premiums to pay, but high deductible. HSA can help cover but deductible exceeds max allowed HSA contribution.

    Cons

    There will be times when you get paid less than your client peers or even direct reports at client. That can be frustrating! You will have to work with management to roadmap your salary adjustments over time. Wont happen in one shot.

    Have to prove yourself by being actively involved in unit activities , proposals and certifications. 9-5 folks will find this extra work annoying and will not grow or get rewarded as much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No bonus program is perfect, but there are instances where for the same person doing the same job with progressively greater responsibilities gets paid less bonus each year because upper management is fiddling around with the job title...this happened 4 years in a row. Similarly the main bonus program doesn't directly tie to things the consultant can control - bill rates(affects profit contribution), otace that make up big parts of the program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great if you want to be a consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Overland Park, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people, good bonus structure - there seem to be many opportunities here if you want to be in a consultant role and work in multiple places.

    Cons

    You are expected to sell yourself to current and potential clients, which can be tough for an IT person

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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