BlueTie Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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    BlueTie Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at BlueTie full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, good office culture.

    Cons

    Upper management (VP or above) was out of touch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Get Started

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at BlueTie

    Pros

    This a good company to get started at. I would recommend this to someone without a degree that needs somewhere to get their foot in the door.

    Cons

    Since it's a good place to get started It can be a bit of a revolving door at times. Retention time differs by department, but overall a revolving door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't differentiate a good idea from a fad. Sweeps good ideas under the rug and hops on fads which end in disaster.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    like the titanic

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at BlueTie

    Pros

    large scalable environment could direct your job experience towards working at a large dot com or a great new startup, always something more to do, large areas to improve, flexible hours, good location. Great core product with amazing uptimes.

    Cons

    always, always chasing after the next fad and always always falling on their faces. The failure rate of their new products is almost 100%. They have a great core product with awesome uptime, but instead of enhancing it, they wander off into unknown territory and blindly hope and pray this next big thing works. You can count the failures over the years and none, not one, has paying customers using it enough to make the investment worth it. No Sales Team. There's one guy. He's a winner, no doubt, a great fellow, but one guy who actually sells product. Run Away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Give the job to someone who has a clue about how technology companies work. Stop chasing after the next product that'll improve the bottom line, because you've failed so many times, you should take the clue and focus on the one product that actually has paying customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad, except for the people at the top

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at BlueTie

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits package. Middle manager are generally good and tends to be very flexible about time off and working form home. There's a pretty good range of technologies around, so there are opportunities to learn. It has a casual, friendly atmosphere and there are a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    The place practically has a revolving door. A lot of smart people come through, but they never stay long - most of the staff has been there less than 3 years. Priorities and business plans change with unsettling frequency. The CEO is snake-oil salesman who is completely out of touch with what's actually happening in the company. Upper management likes to set hard deadlines, either arbitrarily or based on inadequate planning, and then push the staff to work overtime to meet them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not a coincidence that the company has a retention problem. There are very, very serious trust issues between the staff and upper management. The leadership needs to actually acknowledge the concerns of employees and take meaningful steps to address them, not just pay them lip service. Until the people at the top show some willingness to change themselves, employees will continue to get fed up and jump ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    great growing company - still with normal growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at BlueTie

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, free gym and showers, good benefits package, competitive salaries, very good people

    Cons

    intense culture, growing pains, three different businesses split the focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The open "bull pen" is not conducive to a great work environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Best IT organization to work for in Rochester!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at BlueTie

    Pros

    laid back atmosphere, casual work attire, lunch service, once/month lunch purchase, good benefits package, generous PTO, part time work from home, pays better than other local firms for equivalent positions, youthful culture, exciting work, cutting edge technology, 98% open source software environment

    Cons

    still a startup - doesnt yet have the financial security and purchasing power of a Frontier or Paetec, but we're getting there. new location is far for those who live on the East side..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better discern between staff that are good at selling bad ideas, and staff that are bad at selling good ideas..

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run while you can!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I worked at BlueTie

    Pros

    You can dress like a slob and use profanity in meetings. Management is so bad that you can get away with sitting in your cube and serfing the net for hours at a time.

    Cons

    President David K. treats employees like slaves by talking down to them and making them feel like he is the only person in the world with a brain. He pretends to be above everyone but forgets how low budget his products are and the fact that the company doesn't even make enough money to replenish toilet paper in all the bathroom stalls.

    Good luck keeping employees around for long. Within the first six months I witnessed over 25 people leave the company because of terrible pay, unfair treatment, bad organization, limited resources, really bad / unqualified management. The only employees who stay with the company are those with no college degrees who have been there for 5+ years to hold down their low salary because no one else will hire them.

    HR is extremely gossipy and will tell anyone who will listen about your confidential information. Every single person that I worked with felt the same exact way so seriously RUN WHILE YOU CAN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is on a different page and nothing gets done properly. Koretz needs to relax on his serious ego issues and come back to reality. No need to be treated badly because no one even knows who / what BlueTie is anyway. Just walk down to your local grocery store and say where you work or ask your Dr. if they know what BlueTie is while your at your next appt., they won't have a clue- small potatoes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    BlueTie - no free ties.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at BlueTie

    Pros

    Casual work atire, shorts, tshirts, flip flops, free lunches occasionally. Very casual work environment. Your free to decorate your cubicle as you want, no restrictions. Lots of parking, there's a "gym" room with some treadmills (but no shower). Theres a lunch room with vending machines, refrigerators, microwaves, tables. Generally free coffee.

    Cons

    mismanagement, lots of bureaucracy, time reporting requires every little detail of work done for the week, horrible project planning and management, CEO is a snake oil salesman. Frequently you will be tasked to work on a feature, only to be retasked 3 weeks down the road and the feature disapears forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees more recognition for hard work (Raises, promotions, events). Plan your projects ahead of time, and listen to the developers who are building your software!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Ties needed here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at BlueTie

    Pros

    You get to work on good projects, sometimes (as long as it's not the core webmail). You get treated well by management,. Development process is truly Agile - features get built and tested very quickly.

    You also get to wear jeans to work, shorts if you want. Work hours were pretty flexible.

    Cons

    Management shifts priorities with unsettling frequency. It's almost like they don't know what they are doing, and are just chasing after whatever they think will make money. However, they havent' found it yet.

    The leadership team isn't very good at leading, and they don't inspire much confidence. The truth of the matter is they shouldn't have any anyway. They hired a few people and then laid them off a few months later. Clearly, they had no direction and no idea what was going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop chasing what you think are good ideas until you find out that they actually. Find something that will work. Or, find someone to buy the company so you can continue running it, in whatever form is left.

    And, stop hiring people and then releasing them within the year. It's not fair to make people base their career on your amazingly unsettled business and finances.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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