“Bad management and even worse internal procedures. Average salary and benefits for a contracting company. ”
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at GFI Informatique full-time (more than an year)Pros
- average salary and benefits
- good CE (but it couldn't be the case anymore since a few months)
- good language courses in the packageCons
- Very bad experience with holidays and internal procedures: the rules (I unfortunately discovered late) say "90+ days notice for standard leaves, 7+ days notice for RTT days and up to 30 days after the request to get a positive or negative feedback". You can't basically get days off the first year without a "proper justification".
- For a 5 days leave I had to wait 3 weeks for a feedback...
- I also got rejected (after 40 days!) 8 days of unpaid leave for unofficial healthcare reasons, even though I had the approval of the client, I provided a plan of using them in the following 3 months.Advice to ManagementAdvice
- improve day by day communication with employees
- consider relaxing the 90+ days notice constraint for holidays
- consider allowing the use of holidays as soon as they are accumulated, without any sort of "justification"
- consider discussing with employees before rejecting few unpaid leaves if justified and approved by the clientDoesn't RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at GFI Informatique.Interview Details
First, there was an interview with the HR professional who contacted me through LinkedIn, and then the next interview was with two managers with some technical questions and some behavior assessment. Then we had one last interview in which the job condition was presented.
What they are looking for are candidates that are both technically good and equiped with soft skills (stress management, clear career objectives, good communication skills and good team member). Being a developer nowadays means more than just programming in our own corners, so a developer that is both good at hard and soft skills is important, specially when dealing with clients and interacting with other team members.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThe value they offered was better than I expected, and I was happy. :) It's important to know our average market value given our experience before the negotiation, and then try to negotiate and reach a good value for both sides when negotiating, since your salary is part of the value you represent, and then it's important to be satisfied as that is what you'll receive for the next years (it is also its' growth starting point). And of course, other conditions like health insurance are important.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- I was asked to explain the architecture of some of the applications I've worked with and why using EJB. As for behavior assessment I was asked how do I deal with stress and what were the biggest challenges or mistakes I've had or made in my career. View Answer
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GFI Informatique is wired to deliver software and hard data. The IT services company specializes in systems integration, engineering, consulting, software implementation, and maintenance. The company caters to local government agencies, banks, manufacturers, retailers, telecommunications vendors, and transportation enterprises; clients include BNP Paribas, France Telecom, Renault, and Telefónica. Founded in 1970 and relaunched in 1995 after years as a subsidiary of Electronic Data Systems (now HP Enterprise Services), GFI has expanded its consulting services and its...