5280 Solutions Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Opportunity for growth!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Leader in Denver, CO

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions

    Pros

    They offer great training almost as if it were free business school. If you show your strengths and effort you will get noticed and you will grow. Yes it's a lot of hard work. But hard work pays off if you are willing to set your preconceived notions on the shelf and open up a little, You never know what you can learn but also what you can teach others and be valued.

    Cons

    Hours are intense. Lot's of time on your feet. Pay starts out small, but one you get it - pay is much better. This is not a 9-5 job, and no job is right for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really keep up with valuing and building people, and cultivating opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good place to work as leadership improves

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I worked at 5280 Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company is very employee focused and offers good benefits including a great Wellness program, free Keurig coffee, great time off, and a pleasant work environment. Overall, the employees there are passionate about what they do and they were investing more in developing the leadership team when I left.

    Cons

    Many of the leaders are young and were promoted up from technical positions, so there is room for growth in mature decision making. Like many IT organizations, the pace is fast and can appear chaotic at times, but survey feedback is helping to improve that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing strong leaders who truly care about their teams and the costly investment the company has made in acquiring them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. A Good Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid Industry, a company that provides good customer service and is seeking to build upon their successes. The people who run this company understand what it's like to be in the trenches with the geeks and value their people. Work life balance is getting better. Many weeks are only 40 hours. Time off compensation is great!

    Cons

    Behind on technology, and are only now finally warming up to Agile methodologies. Sometimes you do have projects that take longer hours. And the major business season is from July through September, so you need to plan your summer vacations accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the focus on a single process and using technology to make that process possible. Make newer technology for developed products a priority and look to expand into new avenues of business with the financial systems you offer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5280 Solutions is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A true performance based company. Great if you are a performer.
    Most managers are leaders, not managers.
    Always looking to the future and new ideas.
    Majority of employees have 5+ years.
    Fun, relaxed environment to work.

    Cons

    A lot of complaints about salaries being low, but offset by over 22 days off/year to start and other Pros listed.
    Medical benefits could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider the benefits. The high deductible might keep premiums down, but some of us would consider a higher premium for a PPO like plan with no or smaller deductible. I do appreciate the quarterly challenges to earn money to help offset the deductible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Overall great environment and employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I worked at 5280 Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good corporate culture but has changed as company size has grown. OK benefits

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Typically slightly lower than average market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management - Keep up the great job leading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. I'd Reccommend This Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Contract IT Developer
    Current Contractor - Contract IT Developer

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work. They treat people very well.

    Cons

    No real complaints so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. A company that is willing to listen to it's employees and invest in change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infrastructure in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Infrastructure in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions

    Pros

    Get to work with state of the art technology. Get to influence technology decisions and a place where top performers are recognized and rewarded. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Missing a lot of process with too many decisions being made in silos. Large communication gap between development and infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the void between infrastructure and development. Implement a true Enterprise Architecture group that is responsible for steering all software and infrastructure development.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. Relaxed, interesting, performance based environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions

    Pros

    Rewarded for performance.
    Rewarded for being healthy.
    Not afraid of new technologies.
    Relaxed athmosphere.
    Clear communication about company wide issues.

    Cons

    Low salaries and raises.
    Lots of good talk but hardly any walk.
    Very restricted IT environment.
    Communication barrier to Senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by allowing the departments not in direct contact with the Department of Education to perform at their full ability by removing the un-necessary security restrictions. Catching up to the latest salary trends and paying the employees what they deserve would also help.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. An IT company that does not outsource

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions

    Pros

    Rapidly growing company that does not outsource. Good corporate events. Great senior management. Nice office not located in the congested Tech Center

    Cons

    Health and life insurance could be better.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place over the years. Going through some changes again.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at 5280 Solutions

    Pros

    The people and the management really care about you. Good leadership team. Fair. Other reviews look like they are from people that have left or been let go. I believe the current employees mostly like the organization although continual change leaves people guessing about what is next.

    Cons

    Going through some changes. Integration with Nelnet NDS is not easy. Some of the focus of the smaller 5280 Solutions is being lost in the larger Nelnet organization. Worried about autonomy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep caring. Protect the culture that has been built over the years.

    Recommends

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