This is a deceptively large and spread out company. They have consultants spread between North America and Europe, and most of the guys and gals I met have been with them for several years. Very friendly and very laid back is how I would describe their culture. The operations staff is on point and very helpful.
Support from management
I love this part. I needed a laptop, two days later I had it. I needed a large monitor, next day their Ops Manager came and dropped a brand new monitor on my desk, and they have never been late on any payments.
I had a team of 5 when I worked there. Three project managers, one project coordinator and one business analyst, although the business analyst was only half time. They use Microsoft Office365 and Project Online, with Skype for Business and Planner, so I would say Teamwork was great, as we were all spread between 4 different time zones and 3 geographies.
Freedom to work independently
I had a lot of freedom on the big portfolio I was managing. I was allowed to make decisions and bring teams on or move them around. The direction I was given was to make sure that I stick to what our agreement is on the engagement. The VP of operations spent a good four hours with me initially making sure I understand the boundaries.
They do a weekly newsletter on all the Projects that are being managed in different regions for different clients. Sometimes the communication is a bit vague because of the nature of the projects. They do some high security projects and cannot provide too many details.
Yes see my review on Inclusiveness.
I joined as a project manager and they helped me go up to a program manager level and also paid for my PgMP.
Overall compensation for your work
I was getting what I asked for and got three raises over the years. I just wish they had a better health care plan
Office / Work Environment
This one is tough, as almost all of us are in the field all the time or working from home, we were at client site. The office itself for operations staff was very nice, and we had several conferences and trainings there.
As I mentioned above we used to have a weekly newsletter and almost every month some kind of a company sponsored event. We loved going to their Arizona HQ and they would arrange for a Lake day or a hike.
So here I am rating them 3 star, as originally I did think it would be great work life balance, but after getting involved more I realized how much more of my time was getting extracted. I don't think they can do anything about it either as they have some very demanding customers
They are a bit under the radar and can really do some marketing for themselves. I can tell you this much, that their clients absolutely love them and they get a lot of repeat business from them
I stayed with them over five years on two big portfolios which had 17 different projects. I was actually approached by one of their clients, and Cohesive Synergy's management had no issues for me to join them, even though the contract says otherwise. We are still really good friends
Their office had clearly marked and available Handicapped parking spots and also Handicapped equipped entry to the building and the restrooms.
I never felt any issues with security either when I was their office or at their client space
Inclusive / Diverse
This was like a mini UN, and on several of their get togethers and happy hours, when I saw the mix of crowd, in both gender and ethnic diversity it put a smile on my face
Suggestions for improvement
- I would suggest to them to market themselves more
What I like about the company
I like that they were always available, all the way up to the CEO for any issues I had or any direction I needed. I could just pick up the phone or send a message through internal cloud and someone from their operations team was available.
Their IT support services was also next to none. I know they had it outsourced, but they were able to solve issues remarkably fast
What I dislike about the company
In the beginning I didn't like how much training was involved before I was given a project. I felt at times they were going through some most basic stuff which didn't need to be over explained.