CGI Co-op Review

3.0
Position title
Developer
Work term type
Co-op
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Markham, Ontario
Work industry
Consulting
Faculty
Computer Science

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?
Was okay
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Moderate
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Moderate
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

What I enjoyed most about my co-op experience was that I was able to improve my communication skills along with my programming/development skills. I mostly had to work with my team to develop a product using my Java knowledge in an agile environment.

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

At rare times there seemed to be endless work, where I stayed in the office decently late to finish up my tasks. But for the more frequent times I wouldn't have as much responsibilities and even when I would ask my boss if there was more work, they wouldn't really have anything for me to do. Overall I would be bored some of the times.

Manager experience

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

Being laid back is great, but the co-ops need to learn more about handling responsibilities and dealing up front with problems.

Social experience

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

My Office for most of the time was quiet, but not extremely quiet, meaning there would be people chatting here and there. But sometimes people would group together around one computer to solve a problem and have a discussion about whatever topic, which would be entertaining and fun.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Company gym Employee discounts/rewards Free coffee Free products and electronics Free prepared meals/snacks Internal company sports teams-events Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Social activities 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?
Occasionally
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Probably
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Recommendation Cultural fit Benefits Obligation
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you want to whomever. You're hear to learn.