3TIER

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6 Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company for altruistic reasons; limited opportunity otherwise.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You'll work with extraordinarily bright people.
    You are helping advance renewable energy.
    Small company - opportunity to have an impact.
    Generous vacation.
    Pretty transparent decision-making
    Great office space

    Cons

    Company is desperately trying to keep up with the competition (it used to be ahead of).
    Management team is a mixed bag. Some are talented and effective, others not.
    It's a pretty flat, small company. You can take on added responsibilities, but they are not going to change your compensation or title.
    Pay is well-below Seattle standard for a tech company. Benefits are second-rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop navel gazing, talk to customers, figure out what they need, and go build it (now, not in 1.5 years).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great coworkers, bad pay, too many managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are fun, the views from the office are great, the hours are flexible, and time off is generous. Renewable energy is also a cool industry to be in. They try really hard to have morale events to make employees happy (like going to whirly ball or having a kegarator in the kitchen).

    Cons

    The pay is low and there is not enough people to do the work. Managers do a poor job communicating and supporting their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    3TIER is a small company with passionate people where you can have a voice

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, good location

    Cons

    Unrealistic revenue expectations, research minded academics

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    3TIER

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    3TIER offered a great work/life balance. 3TIER also offers a tremendous opportunity to learn about the renewable energy industry and work with many of the largest companies in the field. For anyone passionate about renewable energy it can be a great place to work.

    Cons

    You must be a person who is willing to give up pre-conceived notions of what type of salary you are worth. The benefits are pretty standard but are subject to change at any time, as is probably the case with most startups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention should be given to paying attention to the short term goals. Employees at 3TIER often seemed to be sidetracked by different guidance from above.

    Recommends
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    3TIER not ready for prime time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The Renewable Energy industry is a good place to be, lots of growth, lots of room for new ideas, and it is in service to something that is good for the planet. Plenty of smart people working there all very into the mission and cause of supporting Renewable Energy.

    Cons

    There is a distinct anti-business attitude at 3TIER. With 20 PhD's on staff, no one is credible without your own PhD. The principals are all scientists and do not think like business people. They second guess and over-rule the few business people on staff. There is no software development process in place, and management refuses to admit that the company IS a software company, more than anything else. They have never acted on the recommendations of the IT audit from a year ago. You can't write software without functional specs. QA/QC processes are non-existent, resulting in issues with data quality, software quality and an inability meet delivery schedules. The CEO is a terrible leader, does not know how to be a CEO, does not listen well to others, won't allow the company to focus on any one thing to be successful, sets people up to fail, never gives credit and never says thank you, and consistently thinks he is the only person in the company who does anything of value. Revenue projections are created top-down, they are wishes by Senior Management, not based in reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO, President and CFO. Include the Chief Sales Officer on the Senior Management Team. Hire some experienced business people and let them run the company. Stay focused; pick one or two things and be really good at those. Communicate more, with everyone. Insist that managers communicate with their teams. Don't ignore the problems, use senior management effort to dive in and fix the problems. Develop realistic revenue by actually involving the Sales team in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Missed opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    3TIER had a family-friendly culture, good work-life balance, challenging work and wonderful co-workers.

    Cons

    Planning was poor and personality-driven. The company had ambitious goals but squandered the chance to make a difference in exchange for short-term security. The pay was just awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your workforce. They deserve better. Management is way too personality-driven and childish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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