Blackstone Technology Group Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Working for the Trellis product was a nightmare of ego-wrangling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The developers on the software team were really good people.

    Cons

    The management of the Trellis product was full of ego. They often committed to get things done for customers just to show off while they took advantage of the team and made them do the impossible amount of work in a very short period of time. The more the developers did, they more they were expected to do. Management announced one day that all developers would need to work at least 50 hours a week with no work from home flexibility. They added that they would not approve vacations for the following 4 months, which happened to be summer time and many of the developers had families.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to understand what really motivates people and makes them want to help you be successful. Give a little back once in a while and don't take advantage of people's work ethic and commitment to their families.

  2. Why I'm here...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been with Blackstone for 3 1/2 years and it has been a rewarding and educational experience to say the least. I have only been with 3 companies in 14 years as an IT recruiter and can say with certainty I made the right choice. I have grown both personally and professionally and continue to evolve life skills, stability and confidence in this environment and company. The investment this company makes in their infrastructure, employees and evolution is second to none. This is an ideal environment for people that are self-motivated, need little hand-holding and want to make a good living. I have worked for the biggest staffing firms out there and would not go back if given the choice. The paid benefits, solid PTO, great people, above average pay, autonomy and various perks don't hurt either.

    Cons

    The reality is that you won't survive here unless you are a true player. Subpar performance is not tolerated and those that aren't relentless in their pursuit of success don't last. Welcome to the "big boys" club of IT staffing. This is an obvious pro for some and a con for others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's working.

  3. I'm well-tenured in corporate and agency staffing settings, and BTG is head and shoulders above the rest...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My "other" family for 3.5 years and I'm as happy now as when I accepted my offer. Given the size of BTG Staffing, while leveraging the consulting practice's stellar reputation, makes for a fantastic destination and limitless opportunity for the experienced recruiter or sales professional. BTG has a tight knit family of people with character, drive, know-how, and success. They manage a great deal of business from a wide-variety of clients and skill requests which always keeps you on your toes, there's rarely a dull day. At BTG, you have a voice, you make an impact, and you are empowered to speak up...the best part is the leadership listens, and quite often, employs your recommendations. BTG has agility and flexibility to work with unique clients and candidates while understanding, intimately, how decisions or changes can impact an entire organization and operational practice. You are included on panels to establish process improvements and have a greater exposure to executive leadership, working with all the moving pieces, including legal, HR, marketing and operations, to name a few. You are recognized and rewarded, regularly, through several programs like 'I Am Interesting" ($ given for my betterment via personal pursuits), Credo Awards, title and pay promotions, and you should shoot for a Diamond Award and President's Club (no small task, but incredibly rewarding). Overall, it's a great place to execute your best know-how where they embrace your approach to staffing services while crafting a unique signature on all you do, a signature you can be proud of.

    Cons

    This is a destination for an experienced and passionate staffing professional. Don't expect a lot of hand-holding or automation to plan your day, you should know how to execute and put up strong numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent and communicative, empower everyone to contribute. Your "approachability" and supportive nature nurtures the exchange of ideas and learning and makes for a fun, positive culture.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    The Financial Services Practice at Blackstone builds team members up

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A majority of project engagements go to market within 9 months allowing for quick project succession. The working environment is extremely fast paced allowing for immediate growth in many roles. You will not be pigeonholed into just one responsibility. Individual and team growth is supported with knowledge sharing meetings and conference attendance.

    Cons

    Due to the fast paced environment, a majority of the time extended hours are needed and expected.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend more team building outings to raise moral during crunch time. I would also recommend additional comp time for billable hours worked over a normal work week.

  6. Good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, if you enjoy working with the same client for a long period of time (ie. over 2 years). Contracts are generally with the Federal Government and tend to be long term. The company promotes for hard work and dedication. Many opportunities to contribute to the growth of the company.

    Cons

    If you prefer new challenges and like to have new opportunities with clients, this may not be the best place to work. As I mentioned, it is mostly Federal work that is more long term.

  7. Helpful (2)

    With Blackstone over 3 years, thoroughly enjoy company culture and opportunities provided as a result of hard work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been with Blackstone for over three years and have thoroughly enjoyed the company culture and opportunities provide as a result of personal hard work. The leadership expects and demands a strong work ethic, ability to expand personal skill-set, an entrepreneurial mind-set, and excellent customer service. Hard work and an agile approach to your skill set results in appreciation and recognition by the executive leadership. There is no place to hide at Blackstone...you are either able to swim or not, which makes the staff talented, hard-working, and tight-knit. I enjoy this type of culture, so it's great to know your hard work is not isolated and your fellow employees are focused and carrying their own weight.

    Cons

    An investment in more collaborative toolsets, network and infrastructure components, and a more streamlined performance evaluation process would have a GREAT impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of the corporate culture and assist in information sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that upgrading old operational systems do not solve core product restrictive issues and lack of integration. In today's market and with leaps in corporate operational technologies, ripping and replacing is necessary. Some of these investments can not be captured in a traditional business case/ROI analysis. Trust and invest in your staff through the tools and capabilities you provide them, and you'll see gains both tangible and intangible that you can not measure.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Ok place to work if you don't have a family.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team building experiences, such as monthly Happy Hours, treats in the office, birthday celebrations, Friday happy hour in the office after 4:30.

    Cons

    Lots of ego's and arrogance in the offices, Sr Management not very friendly. Not very friendly to family life. Expect to be working 10 - 12 hr days.

  9. Helpful (1)

    BTG

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    Healthcare plan was not the greatest, opt out.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Strong Culture, Great People.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have been with Blackstone 4+ years and during that time I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most intelligent, humble and driven people in my career. There are a lot of positive things about this company, not least of which is the work hard / play hard culture that is driven all the way from the top.

    There are many moments throughout the workday when laughter is heard in the hallways and offices, and you can see people genuinely enjoying themselves and the company of their colleagues. Each Friday afternoon everyone in the office grabs a cold beer from the kitchen and spends a few minutes getting to know each other a bit better. All this "play" is balanced with a very focused and deliberate work ethic and consistent desire to be a little bit better than we were the day before, both collectively and as individual professionals.

    The CEO, President are also very approachable and humble. The organization rewards dedication and loyalty, and promotes collaboration by finding creative ways to align incentives accordingly. All in all, if you are willing to work hard, want to be around great people who can provide you with a terrific platform to establish or grow your career and professional network, there are a lot worse places to be than Blackstone.

    Cons

    Some may prefer a big company culture, abundant resources and rigid / established processes. At a company this size, you need to be comfortable with being in the driver's seat for you own career, be prepared to be creative when faced with challenges and roll up your sleeves to become part of the solution, and ultimately feel at ease navigating and building relationships in a fairly flat and open organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - leading by example and emphasizing culture, integrity, honesty, professionalism and a strong work ethic as core common values.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Quick trigger fingers...

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

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time

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

    Pros

    You can (not will) gain insight in the IT industry and gain connections in the field.

    Cons

    There is very little to no communication downwards. Lot's of closed office doors and very little guidance on how to succeed. Company morale is low on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Too quick to pull the trigger on initiatives. Folks are hired when projects come up and once the initiative gets rocky, they management is way too quick to instantly release their new workforce. Put some thought into these ventures prior to hiring people.

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