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44 English questions out of 44

4 November 2018

What is health insurance like at CGI?

Pros

Gained a wealth of experience, work from home availability

Cons

Constantly talked down to for not residing in Fairfax, horrible management, salary is very low, no availability for advancement, health insurance is basically non-existent, work life balance is nothing since you are expected to work nights all the time

Advice to Management

Learn that others you speak to in remote facilities are actual people too.

Constantly talked down to for not residing in Fairfax, horrible management, salary is very low, no availability for advancement, health insurance is basically non-existent, work life balance is nothing since you are expected to work nights all the time

4 November 2018

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14 August 2018

Does CGI offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

The people are great, I have loved every team and project I have been on. The share purchase plan, tuition assistance and work flexibility are great. You can work on different projects in the same year or every X number of years, so you don't have to feel locked into any one role. There is lots of opportunity for growth if you take control of your career.

Cons

The salary is on the lower side.

The share purchase plan, tuition assistance and work flexibility are great.

14 August 2018

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9 July 2019

Does CGI pay for a gym membership?

Pros

Good allowances Kind of flexible but depends on managers Free dinner

Cons

HR team is the worst, they stopped everything, removed all TV monitors at the pantry and even news won't be shown, recently they removed newspapers in the campus too HR doesn't have any job rather than looking at your clothes, just like a schools headmaster... they even send you home even if the stitching of your trousers are not as per their expectations, they even check the socks which you wear... And as usual everything is formal for woman no matter what they wear. Complains about anything to the HR will result in your bad performance rating with a comment "you know how things work here"... Personal experience No gym, no activities, no parties, no outings. People Managers are maximum backdoor entries with no technical knowledge and no management skills, just hell bent on making employees life pathetic. Permanent night shifts. It is 2019 and the policies of this company haven't changed since 1980s, this company and its management are still living in the bronze age. Hikes are very less. Employee engagement is equal to none, just come, work and go, no fun at work. No Exposure to new technologies, everything is outdated. Strictly formals are only entertained. India Leadership is only concerned about cost cutting and not about employee satisfaction. The above issues are only found to be in India level Leadership, please become mature, you are running a company not a convent school.

Advice to Management

My advice is to India level leadership and management, Learn from other MNCs , you need to go with the time rather than these age old policies, reduce your managers they are just high on cost and low on productivity because of them your are bleeding quality resources, teach your HR what an actual HR's job is, they are not headmasters of a school it is their responsibility to look after the welfare of the employees.

No gym, no activities, no parties, no outings.

9 July 2019

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26 August 2018

Does CGI offer healthcare cash plans?

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.

CGI’s HSA contribution each month might be enough to cover a single prescription.

26 August 2018

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26 August 2018

What is the retirement plan like at CGI?

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 401(k) match is ridiculously low, but the stock purchasing plan is decent.

26 August 2018

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