Bluewolf

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Bluewolf Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
137 Reviews
3.8
137 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company rewards hard work and initiative while encouraging all to do their best for customers every day (in 8 reviews)

  • Work life balance- I have the ability to work from home as needed (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance gets more difficult the higher up in the company you are (in 9 reviews)

  • Bluewolf is a rapidly growing company and with that there are some growing pains (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    The only place where "a kick in the teeth" is the preferred option

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can get paid a decent amount by doing very little. That's it.

    Cons

    I can only speak to the ABE Program for brand new hires, but I hope my review can help deter some new grads from wasting their time and energy on quite possibly the worst “development” program to have ever existed.

    Rotation 1: You will make cold calls with almost zero direction. You will not understand Bluewolf’s products or value proposition and, surprise!, you’ll learn no one else at Bluewolf does either. You will be measured on loosely defined, ever-changing metrics while your manager is interrogated about your “soft skills” by the leaders of the next rotation. It is guaranteed that your colleague with the most amount of skepticism will be fired by the end of Rotation 1, by the leaders of the program whom they have rarely or never met, based solely on “soft skills” alone.

    Rotation 2: You are shipped off to Long Island where you will learn and practice Salesforce configuration and project management “soft skills”. Expect a poorly constructed curriculum, changing deadlines, and punishment resembling either psychoanalysis or timeout. Any questions will be considered a threat to management. The last time this rotation was held, literally 50% of the program was fired. Trust no one and realize that everyone is either related by blood and/or a snitch and anything you say will get back to your program managers.

    Rotation 3: What Rotation 3? You are staffed on projects, usually across the country, a few days before your flight. You serve as a non-billable resource, given as a “courtesy” to the client. You’ll spend an unacceptable amount of hours completing tasks a toddler could accomplish and you’ll soon learn that your only purpose is to give the client free hours of work since so many of Bluewolf’s projects go “red” and Bluewolf runs out of budget (and client trust) almost as soon as they begin. (I suppose this is the part where I tell anyone considering hiring Bluewolf to run away as fast as they can. Your sensitive data will be mishandled and your budget will be gone before any progress has been made.) This rotation ends once the company has found enough poor souls to fill your shoes and/or scrapes up the cash to give you the raise you were already promised months ago.

    If you just couldn’t secure another job or are planning on quitting as soon as something better comes along, go for it. If you are looking for a place where you can learn and grow, run away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take anyone of value to you and start your own company. This is a lost cause

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are few environments where you can learn more, faster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The People here make this place special

    Cons

    Consulting is extremely rewarding but not for the faint of heart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fast growing companies need to continuously over communicate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time

    Pros

    Bluewolf prides itself on its unique and exciting culture-- and rightfully so. The employees here are vibrant and the strong sense of community makes it feel like a second home. Many employees here are extremely talented and could get a job at any company they wanted However, Bluewolf sets itself apart. You can feel how close-knit the group is as soon as you walk in the door.

    Cons

    Bluewolf has an awesome vacation policy. You can take time off whenever you need it. However, this also means that it can be difficult for the busier employees to find that time to take off. Work life balance gets more difficult the higher up in the company you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 11 people found this helpful  

    Don't get comfortable here and ignore the blatantly fake 5 star reviews...

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

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -work/life balance is awesome
    -culture within each class/rank is good
    -open environment so you can learn quite a lot about the Salesforce ecosystem
    -very transparent (sometimes too much)
    -world class marketing team

    Cons

    -culture across the ranks pretty much nonexistent, can even be condescending sometimes
    -benefits are sub par even for a non-tech company
    -many here still don't even know what Salesforce's strategy is, so why did we even hire such people? they clearly don't care enough about what we do.
    -international strategy isn't very clear and it seems like we've only acquired companies to show that we're "international."
    -some people are worked projects after projects while some people coast through without much experience. I happen to be the former and I surely knew a guy who was smarter and asked for projects that basically wasn't assigned anything. The person left not too long after this went on for months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than spending effort trying to sell/market culture internally, make it worth talking about already. A lot of feedback loops have been initiated without any measurement of success and it has become more of a process getting in our way of consulting projects. Also, don't tell your employees to write good reviews on glassdoor to try and boost ratings. It should be an accurate reflection of the company and not a way to manipulate people into joining the company.

    Let disruptive employees take charge in leading projects to bring success. The hierarchy in place is rigid and the so called "create your own path" comes with a condition: "wait until it's your turn."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Bluewolf Response

    Jul 1, 2014Head of Recruiting

    Thank you for taking the time to review Bluewolf. We have never asked employees to write positive reviews, only honest ones like the one you shared. We do not advertise ourselves to be the perfect ... More

  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good culture, terrible pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Bluewolf full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture, relaxed work environment, work-life balance, everyone gets to go on a week long off-site (this year was St. Thomas).

    Cons

    Beyond has painfully high turnover. People were expecting raises and promotions that never materialized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the best employees, you need to pay for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Smart People, Poor Pay, Broken Promises

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

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time

    Pros

    Work with some incredibly bright individuals and are exposed to situation through which you can learn a lot

    Cons

    Uncompetitive pay, lots of talent lost to top tier, poor accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation so as to ensure talent isn't lost to top tier firms

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    obvious fake glassdoor postings won't help your reputation (multiple 5 stars postings on same days by current employees)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    super young culture & people
    fun late nights
    socially available single professionals
    good ole boys club
    have rode salesforce's coattails to mediocrity

    Cons

    young & underpaid professionals + inexperienced & over-stretched technical know-how X uninspired leadership = lackluster & amateurish customer experience

    you are a drone for latest immediate direction of your boss, the initiatives change every week and so do the people

    the pay sucks (not for the managing directors, they make a killing with this model)

    bill $300 per hour per resource regardless of experience level (project managers, architects, business analysts, developers all bill at same rate to client)

    management promotes shark tank environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you are completely inept. there is nothing anyone can say to help because most of you are sociopaths who hide behind children in an effort to insulate yourselves from repeated project failures. all the pack profiles and summits won't help deliver real, tangible results for your clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Be a rock and you may find some gems in the process

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

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of great opportunities that you can be apart of in this company. With a lot of great experts to learn and pull from, there is great potential to be awesome and become more awesome at what you do. Their client roster is pretty impressive, and you can always expect to work on some really good visible projects and utilizing Salesforce in ways that you may not have expected initially.

    That said, personal growth happens indirectly as you learn to adapt to a very sales-driven culture. The founder wrote a book called Iterate or Die, and it seems to be the way the culture is as well. You have to find out exactly where you fit (if you do), and if all works well, you will praised publicly, gain respect, and possibly feel privileged to work for such a visible global company.

    Cons

    On the other hand, the cons outweigh the pros some days. For the same reasons that count towards the pros, it can also become a con very easily. Because it is such a sales-driven organization, it makes it easy to lose site of the team (people) and pay more attention to numbers. When you are given more responsibility, you are also expected to do an insane amount of work and validation with very little support with no promise or hope for a raise, respect to new ideas, and lower "util" (what helps the company determine how and if they are going to profit). Because of this, their retention rate seems to be decreasing rapidly because you can easily start to feel undervalued and always hitting roadblocks and because of this it results in overwork and exhaustion that doesn't seem to be addressed.

    This company has a lot of potential to be the "team" that they say that they are, but it seems like a popularity contest and you can only move further in your career if you participate in the politics, ignore attacks while focusing on the big picture. There is room for improvement in onboarding (they throw you into the fire and pride off of that but then get upset when you aren't aware of the process that should have been taught in the beginning), training (which doesn't really seem to exist for everyone in the company), and bonuses (which people can stay stagnant even if they are killing themselves to do amazing work).

    I am constantly in fear that I'm going to lose my job or my mind because of the pressure, and I'm considering this a learning experience until something comes together makes sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen. I think if management would just listen to their team and actually be open to new ideas and not just look for numbers, it could make a huge difference.

    Bonuses - give them instead of looking for certain markers and then making the employee prove every number when clients are even praising them for good work.

    Training - actually reimburse for those that will help those in their career.

    Respect - it's the number one thing, and without that or a sincere emotional IQ, you are only causing a toxic environment in which people are actually priding themselves for "surviving" a chaotic environment rather than being apart of a caring company.

    Empathy - 5-7 minutes is not enough for a meeting in order to actually "hear" someone's concerns. When you have happy employees, it automatically creates a workspace that is conducive to a great organization. Put yourself in your subordinate's shoes who actually try hard to impress YOU and don't overlook their efforts as if they have no value to bring to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have never learned so much in such a short period of time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At Bluewolf you work with some of the most selfless and gifted people around. We have one of the best recruiting teams around. I have found myself working with new hires who are absolutely brilliant. You don't deal with many egos and people are always willing to help you out. Depending on where you work, travel is not nearly as bad as other consulting firms.

    Cons

    The "No Vacation Policy" sometimes feels like No Vacation, Policy. You get so entrenched in your projects you forget to take time off in between and you find yourself neck deep in a new one. You need to be proactive in taking time off or you will never get a break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We talk a lot about growth but can't help but feel, sometimes we are leaving some people behind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to grow your career as an Enterprise Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager

    I have been working at Bluewolf full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazingly bright, collaborative and talented people. This environment is a constant learning environment. You are learning from your colleagues, your customers and changes driven from Salesforce.com.

    The culture is one of independent thinking. You need to be able to drive the next tasks on your own. Nobody is going to be watching over your shoulder and telling you what to do. It is a goal driven environment. You need to be entrepreneurial and build your own work situation and drive to your targets. You need to be moving fast as everything in this technology space moves quickly. Doing so gives you a lot of independence.

    The benefits have been tremendously improved this year. They are now comparable to a lot of major companies.

    One tremendous benefit is the annual off-site workshop. This year was in the Virgin Islands. There are very few companies that invest in bringing the entire company together to share the culture, share the strategic plans, and ensure that all employees get to know one another. It shows a large focus on continuing the culture and ensuring that the employees are engaged and feel part of the organization.

    This year the company put an emphasis on employee growth, engagement and career path. This is a major positive change.

    The company has large goals and being on board for this growth at this time provides great opportunities for the employee who is looking to grow a career.

    Cons

    Since you are responsible for your own work, you need to maintain your own work-life balance. The company will continue to add responsibilities and tasks on you, until you stay stop.

    Another issue is the lack of a bench of resources. This is due to the unbelievable growth. I know that the hiring is going on daily, but it always seems to be behind and it is taking longer to staff projects. This has lead to more travel than was expected because there are not enough people in one region or another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue work on employee programs. Build more structure in the operations. Hire more staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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