ComFrame Reviews

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    ComFrame Software Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at ComFrame

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great People, The economy downturn afftected all services companies and ComFrame was not different.

    Cons

    Layoffs during the downturn afftected the moral of the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication open.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Its a "body shop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at ComFrame

    Pros

    Pay was decent for the area.

    Cons

    If you have a family. Forget it. Your projects are always expected to come first. You have to bill an insane percentage of time directly (100%) so any company meetings, "fun" company events, etc...are coming directly out of your free time.

    Don't believe the "feel good" "we are a family" talk from the senior management. Comframe is a typical "body shop" style software consulting firm. They don't really care about the best interests of their clients and will require you to tell bald faced lies to the people who are (in reality) paying your salary. They operate in a manner of many off-shore software dev shops...1. Present the "A-list" team to the client to win the business and secure a contract. 2. Keep those bodies on for a month or two to start, then 3. Start switching them out with B, C and D list people.

    The whole time, they keep 1 A-lister dev on the project soley as "the face". In reality, that person has no control over what is going on, overseeing the team, or anything. They are just there to "keep continuity". Its too much of a scam.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like the people and valuable resources they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Review of ComFrame

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    Former Employee - Chief Architect  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Chief Architect in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at ComFrame

    Pros

    The company has reasonably good benefits.

    Cons

    The company is extremely disorganized; with little or no coordination or communication from management. They go as the wind blows with no corporate vision or direction. They are known for putting all their eggs into one basket. If a major account fails, the entire company suffers. Early in their history they saw themselves as having a "mystique", vaguely defined by its strength of IT resources and overall talent pool, along with a focus on Java as a leading-edge technology. Now, even internally they recognize they have lost their mystique. The reasons for this are primarily due to a short-term vision, a body-shop mentality, an addiction to short life-cycle, minimal-resource Microsoft Sharepoint gigs, and a total loss of community recognition as a player in longer-term, mission critical projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to develop a strategic vision for itself so that its sales force, hiring practices, and management as a whole are uniformly directed toward a common goal. It should stop focusing on small engagements and promote itself as a provider of mission-critical solutions. It should settle on a common technology that is more focused and directed to its mission. The company is extremely top-heavy in management, with several managers in key positions who seem to be protected from any and all adverse job performance, while any true talent is often overlooked and under-appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Once on the Edge, Now on the Ledge

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ComFrame

    Pros

    In its time ComFrame was one of THE best consulting firms in the Southeastern US. I would rate any of its architects in the late 90's on a par with Martin Fowler and his contemporaries. Software development knowledge, especially Java development, innovation, and pride of workmanship made it a wonderful place to work. It had a real sense of purpose and that giddy start-up feel. Some of the people who gave it that feel, very few, are still there. Being able to work with them can be a tremendous reward. The good news is that the recession all but gutted the organization, which means if they can get back on their feet, there may be abundant opportunity for a self-starter.

    Cons

    All of the things that made ComFrame a great place to work all but vanished in the run up to the "great recession". The company's hiring practices and overall strategy had little or no apparent discipline. As a result, many costly initiatives, both personnel and project-based (poorly managed product development initiatives, thin-veneer frameworks that were really just "thud" and "vapor" ware), did not pay off. A litany of upper management changes, revolving doors, and recycling of talent created a directionless environment full of fiefdoms. Positions were created and titles distributed, stupid acronyms, buzz words, and false starts in just about every imaginable technical direction abounded. The culture shifted from one of technical innovation based on high margin quality delivery engagements to cash-strapped technical trick turning. Given an environment in which their projects would be sold at cut rates to impossible deadlines in order to simply keep the company afloat, the organization's talent began to seek alternatives. The vacuum of qualified delivery personnel had the effect of creating dissatisfied clients which in turn has led to even more financial difficulties for the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read any of John Maxwell's or Ken Blanchard's books and then put them into action. Stop hiring idiot marketing types until you have actual peopleware worth marketing, which means you will have to invest in actual people capable of delivering quality software and in real leaders who know how to manage them. Quit rewarding and promoting people you think are "connected" to the industry and focus on delivering quality. You know, the thing your clients want. The thing they pay money for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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