Developer at CGI

Start Date:
2011
Location:
Reading
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
Salary:
£23,000 annually
Review Date:
13th January 2017

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Review Score

5.2/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

5/10

Job Title: Developer Daily Tasks: Coding in Java (Eclipse) Daily Interactions: Team and client meetings Responsibilities: Management of updating software versions Projects: Classified Study One day per week

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

6/10

Qualifications: Level 4 Apprenticeship in IT Systems Internal: Project Management Courses + Online Training Personal Skills: Office behavior, client facing meetings, organisation, team skills, leadership, interpersonal skills, creativity

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

5/10

i have learnt a lot during my degree program. But more importantly i feel i have learnt more inside the office. With the experience that is available to me as a degree student, there are many members i can go to talk about specific subjects. They are also very useful when asking technical questions such as coding.

4. How valued do you feel by CGI?

3/10

Low. As an apprentice we were always seen as cheap labor. Which was fine at the time because we were learning our trade and needed to get experience. However when looking for jobs internally within CGI there were no roles that were advertised for apprentices. We also had to find a role ourselves without any help which was a struggle when you had no prior experience. Since then it has improved and new joiners are given roles on joining.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

4/10

As this is a new course we are doing the structure is okay. We have had a number of assignments changed at the last minute, in order to remove mistakes that have been made whilst organizing the module at the start. This once came withing the final 2 weeks of a term which put additional pressures on the students. However the module handbooks when accurate always allow students to gain a good understanding of what is required.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

8/10

Winchester University are great. They are always available if you need anything and the tutors are always very knowledgeable. They will often go out of their own way to make sure you understand something. This is why the university is rated so highly within CGI and has been going for a number of years within CGI.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

5/10

As an apprentice we received very little if any support from our employer. We were left to look after our apprenticeship by ourselves after the leader of the program left and no one within the business took up his role during this time. Since we have become undergraduates this is much better now and we receive a great deal of support.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

3/10

CGI has taken a long time to readjust its salary package. Its competitors offer a larger salary for the similar role of a member undertaken a sponsored degree. This is one of the main reasons why members leave CGI as they can get a better salary elsewhere. Once finishing the degree CGI looses a number of its graduates to other rival companies. Its has gotten better however but this is only a recent change.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

8/10

Yes. One of the main positives about working for CGI is communities that are available outside of work. For example the sports and social club is very popular as it allows members to meet up outside work and take part in activities. For example there is a weekly football club on a Wednesday.

9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

Lots of opportunities all the work is different and inst repetitive. There are lots of opportunities to travel and work in different locations across the UK and beyond when working at CGI. You get a chance to meet a lot of new people and work in some interesting and exciting offices.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CGI? *

Do some background research on the company, including recent news articles. This is what helped me in my interview as it was an article about Logica which the was the company i joined, being acquired by CGI. News articles show that you have done some detailed research not just gone on Wikipedia.

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