Project Manager at CGI

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Reading
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
Salary:
£18,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

7.2 /10

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

8/10

My role at CGI is a project manager, currently, managing a project giving the client security log monitoring. My average day is organizing resources allowing for the work on the new systems to be built and configured. This involves a mixture of face to face meetings, traveling to different offices as well as phone calls and emails.

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

8/10

Over my time at CGI I have learned a huge range of new skills as well as drastically improving skills I previously would have considered strengths. My time management is one of the key areas of development along with leadership, planning and both client and colleague interactions, this has allowed me to excel at my job.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I enjoy my program to a large extent, after leaving college I decided a degree apprenticeship was the right choice to kick start my career as well as continuing my learning. CGI has given me the support I need to do this and has meant I have been enjoying and will continue to enjoy my program.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

The Degree Apprenticeship program at CGI is organized well with representatives both as CGI and Winchester University available to answer any questions if you are to have any. The week is split into one day of uni followed by four working. This dynamic works well allowing for enough time for a career as well as personal development.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

6/10

For the majority of questions and queries that I have CGI is able to give me the support I need. This is done in the form of assigning a buddy from my project who is an experienced PM, this allows me to have a great point of reference if I'm in need.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

5/10

The help I receive from the university is less than expected. The staff are average at replying to questions over email, often taking days to reply. This is vital due to how often we have contact with them due to the nature of the course. With regards to in class help, some lectures are unable to answer questions about summative work often changing goalposts week to week.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

7/10

Certain aspects of my qualification at Winchester university help with my performance at work. However, due to the nature of my Job, some of the modules so far link less than others. By the end of the qualification, I will have gained more knowledge to help performance from the more relevant modules.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

8/10

Yes, there are multiple extracurricular events for any member at work to partake in, these are organized with certain projects. As well as this CGI has an active sport and social club giving all SSC members the opportunity to partake in a variety of activities from theme park tickets to stage shows.

9a. Would you recommend CGI to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

CGI is an excellent company who take care of all members who work at the company. They provide a multitude of opportunities within the different business units of the company and are supportive in the career progression and development of all members, looking to grow as a company with them.

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

Have a good knowledge of the company, understand how it works and what it does along with the general knowledge such as how many employees, were they operate, etc. Be open about yourself and how you like to work, your career progression, looking at what areas of the company you would like to work in.

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