1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a tester so I run test scripts and test bug fixes, this involves conferring with others on the best testing approach
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot of testing techniques and also had to develop my communication skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
There is a lot to do so it keeps me busy and mostly the work is interesting to complete
4. How valued do you feel by CGI?
I have been given extra responsibilities on several occasions and am trusted to get work done to a good standard with little oversight
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The training has not been organised as well as it could have been as we are told dates and changes very late making for difficult conversations with managers about having time off, especially during busy periods
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There isn't a lot of contact between us and the training provider other than informing us of upcoming training and occasional deadlines
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
CGI are quite facilitating with giving us time to do coursework which is helpful but balancing work between the two is still difficult
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The cost of living in this area is very high and even house sharing with 3 other people I still spend over half my salary on rent alone. My travel costs are manageable with car sharing but alone they would start to add up
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The are lots of social events that are open to everyone and lots of activities during lunch hours aswell
9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its an okay place to start
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *
You have to fight for things you might not expect to need to fight for, especially fair pay rises
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