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Helpful (3)

Life as a software developer at Critical Mass

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL

I worked at Critical Mass

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

Pros

The people are great and fun.

Cons

Bad project planning and management and employees expected to work their butts off to make up for it. No emphasis on career growth. Favouritism and cliques.

Advice to Management

Evaluate people on more than just hours worked. Plan for the future instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

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  1. Helpful (9)

    A Bad Experience Overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Critical Mass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Critical Mass has an impressive client list and portfolio.

    Cons

    This company likes to exploit younger professionals who are less likely to complain about a work life balance. Long hours and rushed deadlines are the norm. While they provide adequate pay and insurance benefits, salary bonuses and recognition for a job well done are practically non-existent unless you are in the right clique. In addition, the company and its people aren't managed well which has resulted in a downward trend in quality work and employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage them to take a management course to understand how to manage people, because that's not a quality any of them seem to possess.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A balanced scale of pros/cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Critical Mass

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of big interesting clients; relatively flat org structure; really smart and fun people; company is the perfect size; still growing despite hard economic times that have hit our clients hard; fun culture

    Cons

    centralization--doesn't work with all the offices they have and it takes forever for things to get rolling; employee retention--no career pathing, poor middle manager skills; pay--generally lower than competitors; nepotism; lackluster support for internal needs/initiatives; not as creative as they like to think they are; uphill battle for exposure; exec doesn't present a unified front nor communicate well-enough (or regularly enough) down through the ranks

    Advice to Management

    when you see a problem, address it. when you make a decision to do something... actually commit.


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