CGI Group
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Although this is a Canadian company, during the last merger, the complete incompetent management team from the company that CGI took over in the UK, remained in their positions and basically managing this company now very poorly. Middle management is poor, not many true leaders and top management evasive and financially focussed ONLY.
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no freebies here that is for sure
Cons
knowledge is NOT shared at all levels and that is truly sad, staff have to re-invent the wheel all the time
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Good working environment - High profile Business/Corporate and fast paced customer and client facing environment however good for improvement and development of career
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Well Organised
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Long Hours
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Steer clear! Absolutely terrible place to work in the UK. More staff death’s and health issues than any other place I’ve worked. UK business model is simple ‘undercut the competition to the detriment of the service, to win the bid & pass the pain down to the staff doing the work’. If you think you’ll receive management support, think again, you’re just another number! Department managers are poor at best, with Victorian management styles having built their dept empires and final salary pensions a long time ago. Career progression is limited for those that do stay (which tend to be people living close to an office by) steer clear!
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Reasonable share save scheme and pension, if you live to see it!
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Poor work life balance, rewards and work culture. Senior management very poor.
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Some excellent people driving the success at CGI (now Pyroguard). Difficult production environment to compete against the bigger companies which often doesn’t sit well with production staff. There’s a balance to be struck. Pyroguard has some market leading products lead by an advanced R&D team.
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Great products
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Acrimonious production staff
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My experience of CGI UK IT has been fantastic, from interview to being tasked with clients and management. They are people focused and look after their staff well and would personally recommend them to anyone.
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People management
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Would recommend, and hope they prosper going forward. Work was intense at times, and I needed to be flexible, but enjoyed their work from home ethic
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My time at CGI was awful and literally not the most amazing memory for me. If you are looking for an entry level job then look no better than CGI but do no make this as a long term job. CGI has a motive towards having high turn over of staff, not protecting staff enough from bullying in the workplace and if you don't have any management looking after you then you will be eyed upon by management who will continue to berate you for the way you perform and also nit pick at every little thing that you do. My memory was filled with a lot of bullying, being picked on despite deliverance of projects, they never once looked after my mental health and instead decided that the best way for me to suffer was to be shouted at. The only downside for me was not to report it to the right individuals who I may say do exist but its sad that the atmosphere there is that unless you know people, then you do not have a long term future there.
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- Certain people will make you feel part of the team.
Cons
Management approach to bullying staff members
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Been with CGI 15+ years, would love to join back if i find something interesting. Have learned a lot from CGI and have grown as well, all these years i have seen wonderful people working with me as a team member and all my Line Managers were really supportive. Thank you CGI.
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I wish management puts more effort to encourage members and give them every chance they need to achieve growth and development. It could have been better if they see the real potential of a member based on skills, knowledge, and quality of work and not just only the production.
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CGI place themselves very much as an employee biased organisation, always using the 'Family' analogy and referring to the staff as members. To a greater extent this is true, and is probably one of the stand-out aspects of CGI that set them apart. Your working experience at CGI can depend very much on the line manager that you have, although this could be said of any organisation. I was extremely fortunate in my later time there in that I had an exceptional manager. Less so in the earlier years. Working at CGI is not ideal for somebody looking for an easy ride. The work can be challenging, but as CGI work at the leading edge of some of their technologies this is to be expected. Again, the team experience can be variable, but I worked in a team that operated properly as a team of equals. The senior management team are working hard to ensure this is the norm, rather than the exception. Training is also a huge part of the CGI ethos, and there are plenty of opportunities to extend and upskill. The most difficult part of the job can be the travel. CGI essentially operate two models, an Outsourcing model, where the (say) IT work is undertaken for a large organisation, and the roles are recruited locally, and a project based model where specialists travel to client sites to perform the project work, sometimes for extended periods. Mon - Fri, 250 miles from home for a 6 - 12 month project doesn't suit everyone, so be aware of what you are undertaking. For me, this wasn't an issue. At a higher level, members are expected to be mobile (i.e. travel, not relocate).  - more...
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Bridgend Offices - VERY Poor Management, Lack of Support from managers. Very Stressful workplace, due work load. Lack of job opportunities to move internal. High Turn over for Staff. Poor Salary compared to other jobs/companies in the area.
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You are really left on your own! Management is not clear and a bit all over the place. Despite the numerous emails from central telling you what an asset you, at a local level your are just fodder - something to be billed out to the highest bidder. A lot of management talk, not so good at the walk.
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Excellent flexible benefits including shares in the company. Good training oppurtunities and the chance to move around and gain new skills. Members are consultants and as such expected to travel
Pros
Flexible benefits
Cons
Sometimes communication between teams
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Good Place to work. I would work for this company again if I find something in a different project. I worked on two contracts since 2011. Have always enjoyed working here.
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It was a very demanding job as it was taking calls directly from customers. You learn a lot very quickly though and all the people on the team were great to work with.
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CGI provides great opportunity's to get you foot in the door even if you have zero IT knowledge, All training is given on the job so you don't have to worry about not knowing things, when you first apply.
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Joined with a background in Service Desk and other experience which allowed me to progress after about 12 months on the CGI service desk. The Service desk is very busy and your options for a breather between calls are very limited. The majority of teams have felt short staffed in the past due to turnover, although this has drain has slowed down since the wage scale was reviewed and increased to a realistic wage for the skillset and knowledge of the people working there. Yes there are training opportunities, but these will largely be self learning opportunities in your free time across all areas and levels of employment. The good news is there's a free learning library at your fingertips which is very detailed and covers all technologies you can think of. There will sometimes be courses required for you to become proficient in your role and you may have training at a venue on those occasions, but those are infrequent. A lot of your training is conducted on the job by learning from experienced members already in the role. It's a friendly place to work and if you put in the learning and hard work you can progress into other roles, but, it won't happen immediately. Everything takes time. Away from the service desk things are generally much less stressful even though your individual responsibilities may have increased. Yes there can always seem to be favourites, but this is no different to anywhere else you could work. You won't have to stay in that environment forever though, this is a fast paced working environment and people progress and excel everywhere - more...
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Great learning environment, exposure to lots of technologies and skills, always opportunities to progress, always try to fill roles internally
Cons
Service Desk is very busy, very strict on Service Desk staff time at desk
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Lots of projects to work on and multiple project participation. The management is excellent with focus on people as well as targets. Plenty of training at hand with mentor systems in place and training available via company website. 3 monthly update sessions to monitor performance and hit self given targets.
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Excelent choice of projects to work on, Excelent management participation concentrating on people and skills, A core set of company values which everyone adheres to.
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Specification and Development of PowerShell deployment scripts and Visual Studio solutions. Application pages and web-parts to deploy and provision highly customised site collections in a secure environment.
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I am very happy to work with cgi ,it's good team work. Multi-cultured environment.Scope to learn new things like new technologies and scope to work different type of projects.
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It was a few years ago but had a controlling and authoritarian management and culture, poor communcations, you were responsible for finding your own work or put on jobs you didn't want to do
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Working away from home almost constantly
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