Column Technologies, Inc.

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Column Technologies, Inc. Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
37 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I was hired in April 2013 and lost my job in July 2013 due to lack of training for products I was supposed to support.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Remedy Software Developer in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Remedy Software Developer in Lombard, IL

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The position was close to home making the commute very easy

    Cons

    Management does little to educate the employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue about how to properly train your employees

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

    A Growing Company with Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Administration in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Administration in Lombard, IL

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Room for growth. After 11 years with this organization, I have been part of a HUGE growth and there is so much room for personal/professional growth within the company. People are friendly, the partners are always accessible to not only top-level staff, but for all staff. Great benefits and friendly environment

    Cons

    for me, I'd like to travel more within my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the voices of your employees and continue to strive for ways to keep the corporation profitable. You've brought this company a long way, from 20 employees in the US, to over 350 employees nationwide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent place to start, but don't plan on staying long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    On the technical side, Column works closely with product manufacturers to make sure that personnel get the training they need. Note - I said product manufacturers. Don't expect to get much in the way of internal training.

    Cons

    Management is inconsistent at best and manic at worst. Senior management makes decisions based on their emotions and lacks any sort of long term strategy. Loyalty is non-existent, and you are judged more on your appearance and your ability to cater to the whims of the owners than your actual abilities. Senior management would rather put blinders on than face the issues in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your mid level managers and hire people who know what it's like to run a company of this size. The owners should get out of day-to-day decisions and either learn how to develop company wide strategies or hire someone who can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great People - Inconsistent Policies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The people at Column are some of the best in the industry. There are also some truly innovative ideas within the organization.

    Cons

    The company does not always follow policies, but rather the whims of of upper-management. This includes the bonus policy, that does not appear consistent in its timing nor the methods it's calculated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with abusive managers (even if upper-management) in a consistent manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Anonymous victim of the Column Culture what a waste of time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Training and useful tools for sucess

    Cons

    No consistent processes, High Turnover, Poor leadership and mangement especially in Downers Grove.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a waste of time and money to train people that you know that you are going to keep and you know that your managers may get rid of just because they are the flavor of the month. Skilled invdividuals should be given an opportunity to perform sucessfully. Unforntunately, if your mangers are taking relationships personal and only catering to those that buy lunch that could interfere greatly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    On and Off Work, nickel-and-diming for expenses

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional, responsive management. Fantastic technical and professional experience.

    Cons

    In a misguided attempt to appear to be looking out for the customer's bottom line, traveling employees are required to save their meal receipts and keep booze off them entirely, instead of just using the standard GSA per diem rates.

    As a retention measure, employees who leave the company of their own volition are required to repay the required training they received.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Switch to per diem, drop the training repayment structure, or at least soften it in light of the fact that billable time will cover it in no time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place if you enjoy working for a sociopath

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    Current Employee - Survivor in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Survivor in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc.

    Pros

    If you can survive a year at Column, you can survive ten years in a normal organization.

    Cons

    There is a senior manger who fits the clinical definition of a workplace sociopath. His employees so hate him that open hostility in his departments in rampant. As a long-time friend of the owner, his boorish, crude, and hostile behavior is tolerated. He berates coworkers in front of others and blames everyone but himself for his failings on a regular basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire this senior manager and hire competent upper management, rather than family and friends into critical positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A-OK place to work at

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, hardworking, and dedicated co-workers. People who work here genuinely enjoy their occupations.

    Cons

    [lack of] 1-on-1Training
    Small office/employee count

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Paced

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc.

    Pros

    The atmosphere at Column is fast paced and requires a great deal of self-sufficiency but this also means employees have independence in their work so long as they can produce results. The senior management is also friendly and open to new ideas, although they expect their employees to perform very well. The fact that the company is relatively small and places a large amount of responsibility in the hands of their employees allowed me to see the fruits of my labor, which was fulfilling and gave me a sense of accomplishment.

    Cons

    Column was stressful and erratic at times simply because the company is growing so quickly, however this allowed for creativity and problem solving abilities to thrive in this environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Incredible opportunities for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc.

    Pros

    In my opinion, Column has one of the widest career growth opportunities. The principals of the company have an "open door" policy, which allow for an aggressive management style and a "whatever it takes" approach. HR posts all jobs internally before putting them out on external job boards. Even though Column is considered a small company, there are opportunities to transfer to other offices globally. Since I've been here I've seen people go from customer support to consulting and have also seen consultants take on various management roles.

    Cons

    Since the company is growing very fast, outdated processes and manual systems sometimes create stressful situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster and spread your entrepreneurial spirit to the entire company to maintain vision and pace ourselves for decades to come.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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