Adastra Group Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Save yourself! Avoid at all costs

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Adastra Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very easy to get a job here, they will accept anyone really, as long as you're willing to work for very little compensation

    Cons

    - Very low compensation/pay and limited benefits
    - Zero growth opportunities
    - HR is passive-aggressive and make it clear that your thoughts and opinion don't matter
    - CEO will talk down to you, if at all acknowledged by him.
    - You are merely a number/resource that they will take advantage of in every way they can
    - Asked to come in after hours without pay. Subtly threaten you if you don't i.e. "You don't have to come to these events, but you SHOULD...let me say again, you SHOULD come in".
    - When you are initially hired, you will be sitting on the "Bench" (waiting for a client) for the first 6 months, wasting your life away

    Adastra is a classic company where they will promise you the world during the interview process prior to signing the contract, though it won't take long for you to realize everything they promised was a lie. Adastra does not value their employees in any way. They will use you to fill any subpar position they have, regardless of what your skills are or what tools you want to learn or work with.

    Over the past 3 months (January 2015 - March 2015), over 20 consultants had left the company due to utter lack of respect/value/opportunities, which should be a great example of how Adastra treats it's employees.

    Unless you absolutely can't find a job anywhere else and are wiling to accept anything, don't waste your time or energy here! You'll be grateful that you avoided Adastra Corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your HR Staff and stop hiring every new consultant from India simply because they are willing to accept your incredibly low pay.

  2. Working with a wide range of reporting and ETL tools is really challenging.

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    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Consultant in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Consultant in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    I have been working at Adastra Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to get acquainted with the a lot of DW technologies, but not the latest ones.
    If you want to work with Big Data or Data mining, do not apply at Adastra.

    Cons

    The management and HR team are not professional and fair.
    Some of the very hard-working emplyees are not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take the employees for idiots!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Unstable, but a lax company with little stress

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    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Adastra Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The lunch time is paid.

    The company culture isn't too highly formal or rigid from being a rather small company, and the upper management won't put too much pressure / stress on you. This I believe makes Adastra a very good place for a starting consultant right out of college to get that first stepping stone in how to work professionally with others, which big companies I've seen do not do quite as well due to the more pressure put on them right off the bat.

    They are also willing to pay for & and bring in people from abroad / other places in Canada and house them near Markham as far as I know.

    Cons

    The lack of a formal structure makes training difficult and without direction. The company often hires consultants without fully confirming a deal with clients.

    While this is a necessary business move, this can also hurt the consultant that just started if a relationship with a business client goes south since the company can only keep so many junior consultants without clients.

    This in turn can mean a number of consultants can be left to hang dry in the company headquarters just "training" without a sense of direction as to what to learn or how to learn it.
    One junior consultant I worked with, for example, was left essentially on his own as to what to learn because the client required specific software that NO ONE in the company knew how to use.

    This wouldn't be a problem with experienced consultants, however.
    The instability can therefore mean working with this company can be a very high risk for layoffs, etc without getting a chance to prove yourself.

    The pay is also very miniscule. A person with similar skills could easily get paid $10K to $20K more than what one would get at Adastra. This makes many, including myself, leave the company after a few.

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  5. great place to start an IT career in data warehousing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Consultant in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Adastra Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -limited experience required
    -learn on the job
    -exposure to large companies
    -great for immigrant wanting to move to Canada (Adastra will help with papers in exchange for low wages)

    Cons

    -limited room for career growth
    -mainly a body shop with a revolving door

    Advice to Management

    if you are happy with being a body show then keep up the good work

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