Systems Analyst at CGI

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Sponsored Degree Programme
£20,500 annually
Review Date:
24th January 2017

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


I have been with CGI for 3 years and over this time I have held a number of varied roles within the company.

Currently I work within a Java defect team and the role utilises a lot of different skills and disciplines that i have learnt during my time at CGI. Primarily I work with the Java and Oracle database code, fixing bugs and issues that arise with the systems.#

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


Where do I start on this one.... I came into the company with next to no rel event skills and have learnt (over a 2 year apprenticeship and now a sponsored degree all of the skills that I use daily on my project)- Java Coding, C# Coding, database management, SQL, JSON, XML, HTML, CSS, JavaStcript, UML. I have also learnt how to analyse risks and requirements for projects and basic project management skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Very much, I am thoroughly enjoying my time on the sponsored degree. i do not feel that I managed my time too well during the first semester but, I have started stronger in Semester 2 and plan to keep it this way. The lectures are useful and the workshops relevant to my job the assignments are also varied and give me a good taste of all areas within consultancy

4. How valued do you feel by CGI?


I have chosen to stay with CGI because I truly believe that they wish to support my development and grow me out of the 'foundation' level. I have found a lot of enjoyment and have been offered a lot of extra activities to take on within the company. These are not forced but, are more of a choice. I do feel that CGI can be a bit jarring for new members as I was quite negative when I first joined. However, after I realised that I would be needing to make the effort. My outlook has changed drastically.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


There was a bit of a mix up at the beginning as my entry route is a little different to most people, I joined as an apprentice and used my 2 years apprenticeship skill set to begin the sponsored degree in year 2. Once we had sorted everything out and the semester got underway, I feel these issues were alleviated

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


I feel that I can call on the lecturers and on the university staff if any issues arise and that these will be solved. I have not yet have to leverage this yet and cannot properly comment

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


CGI has been very good with supporting it's foundation members through various programmes. I know who i can call on for various issues and do not have an issue with this. I have asked CGI a number of times for assistance and each time I have been helped. CGI also has a rich internal catalogue of training provided online and through QA, I can get access to this and find it very helpful if there are areas in which i am struggling (either at university or at work)

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


Personally for me, I feel that my salary is good. I moved to Reading for the job and CGI covered me with a relocation package. I do know that apprentice wage is quite low especially if you are expected to re-locate but, I feel that the wage given to sponsored degree members in suitable and meets my monthly outgoings. Expenses away from my base office are covered, so I am able to travel / stay over when required.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


The social side of CGI is quite lacking, due to the nature of the business it is hard for people to be put together and so the foundation members are quite split around the various offices and the UK. this is not too much the fault of CGI though. for our sponsored degree we had the facilities of the university shown to us but, we all live much too far away to make use of these!

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


9b. Why? *

CGI has been and still is a fantastic journey for me. I have referred two friends to the programmes at CGI and hope that they are accepted. I feel that the support and the freedom that you can be given within the company is perfect and that anyone looking to get started in constancy should conciser CGI.

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

You may be thrown a number of curve balls or faced with unexpected twists. this could be in the form of your base office not being where you expect or having to move. Be tenacious and allow yourself to mould with the job, the nature of consultancy is the internal job market I did not realise this when I joined and did not like it. However now, I have learnt to embrace this and am having much better time because of it.

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