Bay Area Tech Workers Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Poor program management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bay Area Tech Workers

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

    Pros

    Gets your foot in the door at Cisco

    Cons

    "Program managers" rarely communicate with you unless it's in front of your blue badge Cisco manager to look professional. Hard to convert to perm. Managers and leads are unprofessional and you will meet a lot of lazy people who lie and try to push work on to you. You will also run across unethical people.

    Advice to Management

    You need to hire better qualified managers who can communicate well and stop pretending to care I front of Cisco managers only.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Bay Area Tech Workers as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Flexible work options, easy work.

    Cons

    No career advancement at all, no challenging work, just warm bodies thrown at a problem.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of incompetent middle managers just playing favorites.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Bad management, unprofessional coworkers but some do get converted to full-time at Cisco

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Bay Area Tech Workers full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are no real pros about working with this company. Your job satisfaction completely depends on who your Cisco manager is and what the type of work is. This company is just a temp-staffing agency with a bunch of unprofessional managers and coworkers. They tend to get their people from local universities that don't find jobs are have something lacking in them (visa status etc). The only pro is you could get a full-time job at Cisco down the line, if you do well.

    Cons

    Low pay Rude, unprofessional coworkers They treat you like high-school kids

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat MBAs like high-school kids. Try and move up the value chain and offer better positions commensurate with degree and experience.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Temporary job at best

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Bay Area Tech Workers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A stable position with regular workflow, given this is a vendor with contract assignments. Ubiquitous presence at a company as large as Cisco and many openings across several departments.

    Cons

    Lack of any career advancement. I've heard the argument that Bay Area Tech is a contracting firm and people should have realistic expectations. But this firm thwarts any moves that an individual takes to advance their own career. There are a lot of employees of Bay Area Tech that are completely unqualified and unprofessional. There is a lot of favoritism and gossiping, like it's high school. I have worked for several contracting firms and for large companies in the Silicon Valley and none were run as bad as Bay Area Tech.

    Advice to Management

    Bay Area Tech needs to do a lot better job of screening candidates and of maintaining competent staff. They once sent a candidate that didn't know the difference between Access and Excel. There are also so called "Program Managers" and "Team Leads" that are only concerned with hiring and advancing their friends and family members.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very flexible but no growth and too much like high school

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Bay Area Tech Workers as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Definitely a great place to start your career as they have a lot of young contractors working for Cisco Systems. They are pretty flexible with appointments, kids, and sick days. You can pretty much work from home if you are not feeling well.

    Cons

    No secret is safe for the Bay Area Tech Workers (BATW) Cisco workers. There are always rumors that tend to be true. Makes me think some of these "managers" gossip to some of their subordinates. Good employees pretty much get treated the same as bad employees and the only way to get opportunities is to brown nose. The work is not even close to even. Some people doing the same role are overworked while others have no work at all. There are some really lazy employees who do not deserve the role. Younger workforce for the BATW which means less maturity. Probably the lowest paying contracting company at Cisco Systems. I pretty much agree with the other review on BATW. Management has been known for terrible communication tactics and people just end up becoming bitter.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better and get to know all your employees instead of judging them by who brown noses better.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good place to start off your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Support Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Bay Area Tech Workers

    Pros

    Team is consisted of recent college grads to some people with few years work experience. If you are young, you have the opportunity to have some cool co-workers who make the most out of the situation. Good job to start off a career if you don't have a lot of work experience and want to build up a resume as a contractor at a major tech company. Sales support position enabled me to work with inside sales reps and account managers who would provide nice bonus' once in a while.

    Cons

    The management within Bay Area Tech Workers have very bad communication tactics which causes a lot of negativity and rumors to float around. Some of the sr. managers as well as some leads may not have the best technical skills on the job but got their promotion by being favorites and being brown-nosers. This causes negative energy as some of the analysts may have better skills and can learn leadership skills if true, hard work was being recognized. Compensation is fairly low for the amount of work that has to be done at times.

    Advice to Management

    Need to recognize of those who are good, hard workers vs. the good 'communicators' as it seems like the good 'communicators' always don't become the best leads. More transparency between management and team would be nice.



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