CRGT Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Architect

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    Current Contractor - Technical Architect in Chantilly, VA
    Current Contractor - Technical Architect in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at CRGT as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Very Good Company to work for. Good teams and well organized company

    Cons

    No Cons; Like the company.

    Advice to Management

    Good job from Management. No Issues


  2. Missing the Good, Old Days

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at CRGT 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

    The Chantilly location used to be a much smaller consulting firm until it was bought out by the current parent company. The people left over from those days (the "JMers") are the ones keeping the Chantilly office (and all the clients) afloat. Those people are the absolute pro about this office. They are smart, hardworking, and beloved by the customers.

    The work/life balance is great. As long as your work is getting done, there is a good deal of flexibility for vacations, appointments, or family commitments. They allow flexible work schedules or creative ways to make up your hours if you have to take some time off.

    There are snacks and sodas always available in the kitchen, and free bagels on Fridays. The very small admin staff tries their best to bolster morale by having holiday-themed treats.

    This might be a pro to some people, and a con to others, but it's really easy to stand out here. There's not a lot of talent or hard-working consultants left, so if you have good ideas or are a technical whiz, you can get a lot of attention very quickly. That doesn't necessarily mean you'll get paid more money, but you will get to do some cool stuff to add to your resume.

    Cons

    Many of the pros to this company also seem to be its cons. Since the acquisition several years ago, upper management seems to have adapted an "everyone is replaceable" mentality. Rather than invest in the employees that helped build this company, there seems to be more emphasis now on hiring quick, cheap labor. (It's astonishing how many family members/friends of management now get hired.) As many of the more talented people have moved on for better pay or more interesting projects, the remaining teams have suffered as they are expected to take on even more work to make up for the new hires. This has also hurt customer relations, as the people they liked/trusted are gone, and they are now left with substandard replacements. The turnover rate is quite high now.

    There is also no clear plans or processes in place for raises or promotions. These days, the only people I hear of who get raises are the ones who obtain an offer letter from another company and threaten to leave. Managers don't really fight for their employees because...everyone is replaceable. Compare that to the old days when managers had no problem standing up to upper management and fighting to get their teams raises and bonuses to reflect their work...it's a different world.

    Much of the work (at least in the Chantilly location) is for one specific client, and the stability with that client doesn't seem to be great. There's no real opportunity to move around or work on new projects or with different clients. There's also no push to use new technologies or learn new processes.

    Also, since the Chantilly office had been bought out, perks like annual bonuses, Christmas parties, or other team-building events have been cut out. Gone are the days when teams would plan happy hours after work or go play laser tag together. Now people barely take time to eat lunch together.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people you have left, and use them to attract the bright, young consultants this company needs to stay alive. Create paths for people to grow, and give them clear ideas of what they need to get there.

    The CEO is a nice enough guy, but I think he's so far above the day-to-day operations that he doesn't realize what's happening. They bought a smart, successful company, changed everything about it, and did away with most of what made that company great.


  3. Architect

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Chantilly, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Can play cricket in lunch hour, company VP also joins, client doesn't know for what CRGT/hp is billing for, lot of Indians, few Americans just for client front.

    Cons

    No good pay for actual working people, management share the profits as bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Don't recruite people based on family and friends references, recruite based on actual talent


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  5. No one cares

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at CRGT full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Management doesn't really care as long as you're billable, so that means there's a lot of flexibility. Come and go as you please. Do whatever you want. No one cares. There is no talent at this company, which means it's very easy to impress. If you want, you can take this freedom, be impressive in comparison to everyone else, and carve your own path. Or use your freedom to spend time with your family.

    Cons

    A higher-up has a family tie to a staffing agency. Hiring is also based on employee referrals because they won't pay the overhead for recruiters... so tons and tons of nepotism later, you have a bunch of employees who are all related to each other and who have no idea what they're doing. (This could be considered a Pro if you are Indian and want to work with Indians, your family members also need jobs, and personal investment in your work isn't important to you). To my knowledge, it's just the Chantilly office that has this specific problem of nepotism.

    No one cares about the quality of work, just that people are billable. This also means there is little to no overhead available for BD, training, or for even basic things like a receptionist and IT. There is no business development team at all, so there is basically just a single client, a handful of legacy projects, and developers taking their own initiative to propose enhancements and keep themselves paid. Want to pitch a project to your client? That's in your free time. CRGT wants to respond to an RFI? Developers are writing it in their free time, or billing clients illegally for that work.

    There is no training in place (at all!), but you can ask, and if you're impressive, they'll probably pay for the training as long as it's not too expensive, you're doing it in your free time and are still billable, and you can prove it'll generate revenue. This is true for any expense.

    If your company is about to be acquired, LEAVE NOW!!! Headquarters acquires companies, cuts costs until they run them into the ground, and laughs all the way to the bank. They are backed by Veritas Capital, which gives them the stability to be able to do this kind of corporate cannibalism. A few years ago, this office used to be called Johnston McLamb, staffed with bright, talented people. Now, the few JM'ers that are left are the only people keeping the lights on.

    Forget about competitive pay, merit-based advancement, or passionate talented teams.

    Advice to Management

    Cut ties with the conflict-of-interest staffing agency. Stop the referral program. Fire the dead weight. Use the money for real recruitment. Hire talented programmers, no matter their years of experience. One good programmer can do the work of 100 people who don't know what they're doing and don't care. Create real career paths based on skill and merit, instead of letting bad developers who have been around for a while bumble their way through bad project management. Stop fudging timecards. Put the talented, passionate people together in a single team and watch as their projects generate enough revenue to replace the whole company with talented, passionate people.


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    Look somewhere else

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chantilly, VA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The paychecks don't bounce. Free drinks/snacks. Admin staff is nice.

    Cons

    Low pay. No communication. No direction. Trust issues. No room for advancement. Hire bodies to bill time without getting anything in return, except headaches. More contractors than full time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and pay talent. Production nightmares might go away. Quit hiring people to just fill spaces. Communicate more.



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