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20 September 2019

Does CGI offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Willing to hire and work with new college graduates with little to no experience Company has a social club that hosts all kinds of fun events (movies, dinners, game nights, bowling, etc) Profit sharing plan where the company matches 3% in stock shares PTO policies are good. 3 weeks of vacation with 10 holidays a year and unlimited sick days. There are also flex / comp time programs to help with work-life balance.

Cons

Pay considerably below industry averages for the area especially for more experienced employees. Toxic leadership with minimal investment in its employees. You are a number that fills a seat to charge billable hours to clients. Meetings where people yell at each other, point fingers, and leave people hanging out to dry. Minimal to no training opportunities or investments in its own employees. Hiring standards are pretty low. If you are an above average developer, you will get frustrated with the level of work your peers and sometimes even seniors output. This combined with the low pay can make for a very frustrating work environment. The company advertises internal opportunities to work on other projects in high demand but management will hold you back from the move. They also stipulate that should you have to relocate for the position, they will offer no relocation assistance.

They also stipulate that should you have to relocate for the position, they will offer no relocation assistance.

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26 August 2018

Does CGI offer dental insurance?

Pros

The salary is decent at CGI, although it doesn't take into account the cost of healthcare. No one micromanages at CGI, which is nice. Until recently, employees were allowed to telecommute at least part of the time.

Cons

If you’re young, single, in good health, and don’t know any better, you might enjoy the CGI experience. If you’ve ever worked for a company that cares about its employees, you probably won’t be happy here. It may take more than a month to get a written employment offer after you’ve accepted a verbal offer. You may think it’s a stalling tactic, but they really are that slow. As of 2018, CGI offers only high deductible plans. The deductible for a family is astronomical; another reviewer was right to call it Bankruptcy Insurance. CGI’s HSA contribution each month might be enough to cover a single prescription. Maybe. The dental plan reimbursement rates are so low that most dentists in my area won’t accept it. You will probably be told that high deductible plan premiums are more affordable, but CGI’s benefits cost MORE than my insurance at my last employer, where everything was covered at 100%. The vision insurance is average. The 401(k) match is ridiculously low, but the stock purchasing plan is decent. At most companies, employees can contact HR and get a response. At CGI, you must open a ticket and wait at least 2 business days for a response, even when the fault lies with the company, and even when it’s an emergency. Expect your ID badge to contain total gibberish, instead of your name. Hopefully, it will at least be funny gibberish. Mine was hysterical. Don’t be surprised if your manager was grandfathered into CGI as part of an acquisition. He or she may have no management experience and little product knowledge. Expect to be given completely implausible project time tables and no team support. There is no such thing as an internal project at CGI. Everything is billed to a client. Keep that fact in mind if you are told during interviews that you’ll only be working on internal projects with no travel required. It is entirely normal to be sent across the country to work on long-term projects with very little notice. Be forewarned, you MUST have a CGI corporate credit card to cover travel expenses. This credit card is billed to your home address and affects your personal credit score while you wait around for reimbursement. If you’re looking for advancement, don’t look for it here. There are three job titles below the C-suite: Consultant, Senior Consultant, and Director. You may be given a management role, but don’t expect more money or a better title. BTW, they’re getting rid of the telecommute option in the US and Canada for most employees. The CEO thinks everyone needs to come into the office, and the offices are open concept. Bring your earplugs.

Advice to Management

1. Offer at least one full-coverage health insurance plan, even if it costs more. In the US, healthcare is expensive, and employees with families need better coverage. 2. Let employees continue to telecommute. No one likes open offices, especially when a customer service rep is seated next to a business analyst. You send employees to client locations with little warning; letting them work from home is the only thing that makes it bearable.

The dental plan reimbursement rates are so low that most dentists in my area won’t accept it.

26 August 2018

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8 September 2018

Does CGI have a pension plan?

Pros

Good pension benefits, met some nice people, good grad scheme

Cons

Bad pay for the amount of work, quite often you have to work on weekends/overtime in the evenings. They used Bell Curve Method of Performance which means many of your colleagues treat you like an enemy. There's no team spirit. The company uses really old methodology/waterfall development. There's a lack of senior software engineers/people with medium amount of experience. Most people are either really junior or senior manager/architect level. The company is also very hierarchical. Talking to the boss of your boss is frowned upon. Finally, since it's an IT consultancy you can be sent to a city you don't want to live in unless you can find a role in your area, you can also be forced to do a job you don't want.

Advice to Management

Scarp the Bell Curve Method of Performance. Be more humble and approachable, be less hierarchical. Hire some people in the middle (and yes you have to pay higher salaries). Introduce Agile methodologies not just in name.

Good pension benefits, met some nice people, good grad scheme

8 September 2018

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14 December 2020

Does CGI offer parental leave?

Pros

compensation benefits are good. maternity benefits are good

Cons

salary hike not satisfied. No much cons

maternity benefits are good

14 December 2020

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3 June 2019

Does CGI offer employee discounts?

Pros

They take in lots of graduates and young people so there's a chance for you to meet other people of similar age Lots of social events if you make the effort to go (company-wide, not team) Great benefits and discount scheme

Cons

Dependent on which team/project you get put in Some projects have more younger people, bit more flexible, some have stricter people, however can quite easily move around if you ask your manager Can be quite boring/lack of work at times They advertised as a graduate scheme, but it was just a full time job instead Very basic snacks/drinks provided

Advice to Management

More emphasis on teaching/helping graduates Maybe run an actual scheme instead of just advertising it as one?

Great benefits and discount scheme

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