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Director Installation Management

Gridpoint Roanoke, VA

Duties revolve around design and operational support of GridPoint's EMS system. GridPoint's EMS is currently deployed in several Fortune… TheLadders.com


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Todd M. Raba
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    Some good people, but systemic business dysfunctions = Not going anywhere fast.

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    I worked at GridPoint full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some great people in the company. The location is awesome if you live in Arlington, or take the metro. The HR group was organized, professional, and helpful. There is a relatively new CEO is who is far better than the last one. You may get stock options. Work/life balance is pretty good for most people, with reasonable hours. Not a terrible place to work, but it can be a frustrating place to work. It's a risky bet but as long as you know that, it could be for you.

    Cons

    The company is top-heavy with senior management who seem more focused on controlling their area of expertise than on making the company succesful. The company has some systemic dysfunctions reminiscent of the saying about someone who can't get out of their own way. There is a lot of politics for such as small company. People will say one thing in a public meeting, then go behind the scenes and lobby something else. It is not a very open working environment. Some of the best and brightest "doers" have been leaving the company. The best ones who stay appear to be holding onto the hope that the company will eventually be bought and their stock options will be worth something. But having burned through over $300M in investor dollars since 2003, the stock is highly diluted. Salaries undercompetitive. Lack of growth opportunity. No 401k.

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    Perhaps the biggest problem is that the company no longer has a "visionary" with the passion and genius to inspire people. The company is stale at the executive level, and it needs shaking up. Look at every senior executive and ask the following questions: What is this person doing to help us win business or keep current customers happy? Is this person personally driven to make the company a success? Is this person actually dependent on their salary , or is GridPoint just a pastime for them? I was surprised by the lack of urgency at the senior level regarding the need for revenue and profitability. Mr. Raba might want to network with some other CEO's to gain insight...starting with Dan Yates or Alex Laskey down the street at Opower.

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