Very diverse and engaging environment

5.0
Position title
Project Control Officer
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Business
Faculty

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Good/Useful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Challenging
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

The environment at CGI is very diverse; there are a lot of different people coming from different countries and cultures. The work environment is very comfortable; the members are supportive and want to help other members to succeed. There really are no questions I felt too afraid to ask, and I never felt the need to hesitate before asking for help. I worked on the RBC project, I found that my team was incredibly hard-working but also had formed great relationships with one another. As a project control officer, my work was mostly administrative. One of my main focuses was creating financial reports, these help to keep budget on track as well as track member hours. Other tasks I took care of were creating defect tickets, as well as assigning members to certain project codes, inserting missing billing rates etc. I also arranged team meetings, as well as helped to compile PowerPoints for team meetings. In some cases, I organized offsite meetings; this included choosing a venue for the meeting, ordering food and choosing an appropriate date. I was fortunate enough to be given some well-rounded projects that breached from my average PCO work into something more like a QA would do. This work truly gave me a great sense of experience, and always kept me on my toes doing work. This internship has also helped me to grow on my communication skills; interacting with clients and other members at CGI has created a professional communicative skill I now see in myself more than ever. I highly recommend anyone that is interested in the Business-Tech industry, and any other industry related (banking etc) to consider an internship/co-op at CGI. It truly is a great internship that helps to broaden your work experience, as well as is a great life experience that will help you to grow into a successful employee.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

The start-up can be quite slow, and the transition can be confusing if it is your first time at CGI (which it was for myself), however I found that my managers and fellow co-workers helped smooth this transition.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Regularly
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Regularly
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

One way that I believe would help improve this program is incorporating some more information on the works of CGI immediately, it can be confusing at times trying to figure out the greater scheme of things for co-ops.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

Incredibly diverse environment at CGI, a big sense of community throughout the office and a great support system.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Free coffee Free products and electronics Internal company sports teams-events Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Subsided gym membership Tickets to entertainment events Volunteering day Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Probably
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Recommendation Cultural fit Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Don't be afraid to ask questions and ask for help, everyone at CGI wants to help you to succeed :)