- One Technologies, LLC02.Aug 2018
At first the company culture seems like a pretty good place but what they don't tell you is that they have an app that was designed by the owner of the company where once a year every employee has to "grade" every other employee in the company on a scale from A to F. You are required to have a minimum score of a B and all potential raises and promotions are based on that grade. So if you don't have at least a B but you do great in your reviews, you will not be getting a raise or a promotion. They say it's because if you don't score at least a B (but they prefer an A) then you are not fitting in to their culture.
Support from management
If you don't kiss management booty you should not expect to get very far in this company. I was an employee for over 4 years and every time a position opened up on another team or for another project I tried to get on it but every single time I was turned down or just completely ignored. Yet other members of the team I was on had no problems getting on those teams/projects. Often those other members had way less experience than I did.
It depends on the team you are on but for the most part the "regular" people there are really good about working together to get things done.
Freedom to work independently
About the same as other companies. Although upper management is difficult to convince that maybe a new(er) technology should be used for a given situation so if you really want to do something with a different technology you have to do it completely on your own and hope that upper management either never finds out or doesn't get too mad at you.
They have "All Hands" meetings but usually they're only a couple of times a year and the info you get in those is just general information on the company and how it's doing. All other communication from upper management is almost non-existent.
Nothing to report here. All regular employees are treated about the same no matter the gender.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Most regular employees get along great with everyone else.
See my previous comments about the employee grading App. You are only graded once a year and if you do not have a grade of at least a B you can forget any kind of raise or promotion. Also, if you do not kiss upper management booty then you will not have any chances to get on to other teams and advance your career in this company.
Overall compensation for your work
At first I was compensated pretty close to what I felt I should have been making for my experience. I even received a couple of subsequent raises that, although not all that big, were okay. Then I stopped receiving raises and promotions. The problem was that when I asked for a raise I was either ignored or just completely lied to about why I wasn't getting them. Finally they told me it was because I had a grade of a C+ from that App I mentioned earlier where once a year every employee has to grade every other employee in the company. Even though my regular reviews of my job performance were really good, they wouldn't give me a raise or promotion because I did not have a grade of at least a B.
Office / Work Environment
They believe in the "open concept" work environment. It's actually more distracting than they let on when you're interviewing for a job. They used to let us bring Nerf guns and have impromptu Nerf gun fights until someone complained that Nerf darts were all over the place. So upper management said no more of that.
This is about the same as any other company in my experience. Nothing unusual here.
Inclusive / Diverse
They have pretty diverse set of employees.
Suggestions for improvement
- First and foremost, get rid of the employee grading app, or at least stop making it be that you need a grade of at least a B from it to get a raise or promotion. Also, upper management needs have regular one-on-one's with the employees. We had a new IT Manager, he had only been there for about 3 or 4 months before I was let go. In all that time, I had one one-on-one meeting with him and that was only because I requested it. Otherwise he completely ignored me. When I was let go that was one of the things cited as to why I was let go.
What I like about the company
Absolutely nothing anymore. Actually, for the first year I was there I loved the place. By the second year I still liked the place but some of the things I was seeing had started to wear away at my enthusiasm for going in to work every day. By the third year I was staying there just because I kept hoping that I would be allowed to get on to other teams and learn some newer technologies. It never happened.
What I dislike about the company
Everything. I hate the employee grading app. I hate that the grade you get on that app (which grading happens just once a year) determines if you are even going to be considered for a raise or a promotion. I hate that they never came out and told everyone in the company that the grade you get has that effect because when I told other people what I was finally told by a manager they didn't believe me. I hate the "open office" layout. I hate that every few months they for some reason think that the seating arrangements needs to be redone so you end up moving your whole desk to some place completely new and not necessarily even close to the people that are on your team. I hate that you have to be really really nice to upper management if you want to advance your career. I hate that you can do things (for management no less) and then you don't get to call out those things on your reviews (this happened to me on 3 different reviews). I could go on but that would take too much space here.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyOne Technologies, LLC
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee
- PositionNot specified