Plan B Technologies
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I worked at Plan B Technologies full-time for more than 3 yearsPros
They are willing give just about anybody a shot at being an engineer. I was underqualified when i was hired, and with hard work and some help from my peers, I'm 10x the engineer I was. Usually the company is good about on the job training and shadowing. Salaries are competitive. Company has multiple company sponsored annual events to foster team building. Above average medical coverage. Publicly, company adheres to their value and family oriented claims.
Bottom line, its a good place to build experience. However, be cautions of the non-compete. They will sue you and demand training dollars be reimbursed.Cons
During my tenure, the first three month quit/termination rate hovered around 40%. Basically, half of the hires are gone for one reason or another within 90 days. This really kills the morale. It's been said that good managers are defined by the ability to hire outstanding talent, or by being pro-active at replacing talent. Plan B is not the former.
Plan B has no concept of modern workplace operations and telepresence. Legacy policies dictate all personnel will be either onsite with a customer, or in the Bowie office squeezed into a small room with all the other cattle.
There is also a complete lack or organizational transparency. Operated in typical military fashion, the 'grunts' don't need to know how the company is doing financially, or what the company's direction/vision is. Also be wary of the bonus structure. Dont expect much here, or to get an explanation of how its paid. After hours work is rarely paid out.
The non-CEO founding partners are rarely around, and out of touch. They have titles and salaries, but they are just investors. When I did see them, they were talking about racing cars and flying planes. I think the CEO only learned my name the day I quit. Senior management should probably update their attitudes on gender equality and social issues. Wildly inappropriate jokes and workplace comments.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Update your attitudes on workplace telecommuting, organizational transparency, good-ol' boy network sales techniques. Time is precious, and we work in IT! Allowing employees to work from home instead of driving to "corral" of desks in the middle of nowhere will go a long way to improving employee morale. If you don't trust your employees, that's a talent issue. The other reviewer here hit the nail on the head about Plan B's relationship based selling. Not a lot of focus on actual expertise of the company's engineers with customers, just a lot of (at times shady) good ol' boy transactions.
And yeah, lose the obviously fake glassdoor reviews.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO