Carahsoft Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Pros
  • You learn a LOT - it will help set you up in the software sales game if that's what you're looking to do (in 4 reviews)

  • Occasional happy hours at the office on Friday afternoons (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Last but not least there is no HR department which is the running joke in the office (in 8 reviews)

  • Unfortunately there is also no HR department (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Account Rep

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carahsoft

    Pros

    Good culture, lots of team outings and year-round tropical trip

    Cons

    low pay to start, does rise with years invested


  2. Not a bad starting place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Government Account Representative in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Government Account Representative in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Carahsoft full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Young work environment with lots of people your age, a lot of the staff is just starting out after college so its easy to fit right in and make yourself known.

    Cons

    Young work environment. Management is often only a few years older than you are which makes meetings and raising personal concerns a challenge. Be prepared to wade through the drama and BS that comes along with it.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be accountability and a more structured promotion scale. Someone who does 10% of the work makes the same as someone who works their butt off.


  3. Great for college grads wanting experience - No need to stay more than two years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Account Lead in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Account Lead in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Carahsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and corporate culture
    Great experience right out of college
    Great responsibility and projects if you prove yourself\
    Fun team outings, company trips, gift card giveaways, free food, happy hours, etc.

    Cons

    Underpaid, overworked
    No HR department
    Disorganized management
    Vacation, raises, and advancement opportunities are not clearly laid out
    Management plays favorites
    Location: not the best for the 22-30 some year olds who want to be where the action is

    Advice to Management

    Clearly set expectations, treat everyone fairly, outsource an HR third party to help clean up some of the disorganization, better pay employees and compensate them for hard work


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  5. They reward on time served so if your a hungry money driven salesman not the place for you.

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

    I have been working at Carahsoft full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    No stress and no one ever gets fired. Besides that there aren't many pros perhaps building some experience and making relationships in the industry.

    Cons

    No commission where is the motivation to excel. They don't reward on numbers or skill level but how long you stay there. People may stay there more if they were compensated for providing results. Smart business plan though, underpay recent college grads, provide alcohol and trips to cancun and hope people don't notice they can be making a lot more doing the same thing elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Reward results with monetary value not just pat on the backs.


  6. Low pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carahsoft

    Pros

    Young environment, relaxed PTO rules

    Cons

    Low pay, no real bonuses


  7. Helpful (2)

    Be very wary

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

    I worked at Carahsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You will receive some decent training, however it really all depends on what team you are placed into. You'll have the opportunity to work on high level projects and if you drink the koolaid, you can advance quickly. There are some fun perks every now and again.

    Cons

    Overall, management runs their own little fiefdoms. The managers of each team will determine if you have a good experience, and too often they are very difficult to work with. The company's entire policy is to keep everything "grey" so that you don't know what you're getting paid, or are able to hold them to their word. And if you're a woman, find a close guy friend or a group of girls. The harassment was extremely graphic and completely inappropriate. No surprise, since they don't have an HR. Who are you going to complain to when your boss is one of the ones harassing you?

    Advice to Management

    Lay out clear guidelines for employee conduct, and direct lines of communication if someone has a problem that are outside of an employee's team. Treat your employees better, rather than leaving everything vague so you can twist things to your own benefit. Don't be vindictive, and actually operate honestly with everyone. It'll improve your reputation throughout the industry. There is potential to be good place to work, but purposefully misleading employees doesn't help anyone.


  8. Account Representative

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

    I have been working at Carahsoft full-time

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Base Salary
    Room for growth
    Incentives

    Cons

    No Commission
    Same work every day
    Long training process
    Long days


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity for recent college grads fighting for an entry-level sales position in the IT industry

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

    I have been working at Carahsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everybody you work with is under 30 and your job security is amazing. You can pretty much do whatever you want and you won't get fired but since there isn't much risk you have to accept the fact that if you want higher compensation it's going to take a few years

    Cons

    Strict processes/infrastructure which doesn't allow for much creativity but that also depends on the vendor team you work for. I can't speak for every vendor team but the one that starts with an A has totally brainwashed management into thinking Carahsoft is the most amazing company ever and that you shouldn't work for anybody else. For that reason, good luck getting a recommendation to go somewhere else no matter how much work you've put into the job. Compensation sucks. You start up in low-middle 30K and biggest jump i've heard about is to 60K after 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Get all of your managers into specialized managerial trainings because most of them make you feel like you're working in a playground. Also please be way more transparent about everything. This has to come down from upper management because new hires mostly speak to lower management and when lower management doesn't know the answer, they will tell you something else without knowing the right answers. Leads to complete lack of transparency and makes employees feel skeptical about staying there for the long-term


  10. Helpful (6)

    As illegal as it gets

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UI Developer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - UI Developer in Reston, VA

    I worked at Carahsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    OCONUS "company trip" yearly so the CEO can use it as a tax write off.

    Cons

    Sexual harassment is an every day thing. No HR department or handbook. Guerrilla scare tactics when employees leave including slanderous discussions with future prospects. Pirated software use. Wildly inappropriate conversations. Explicit drug use condoned. Tax evasions. Fire code violations. Rampant sexism and racism.

    Advice to Management

    Leave this one off your resume like I did. I'm embarrassed to have been a part of this "team"


  11. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Reston, VA

    I worked at Carahsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good enviornemnt and work ethic learning

    Cons

    bad pay and got bored after awhile

    Advice to Management

    pay more to make us want to come back



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