Metia

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Project Managers/Senior Staff keep information from team members so they can scapegoat subordinates.

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Former Employee - Developer in Kirkland, WA
Former Employee - Developer in Kirkland, WA

I worked at Metia

Pros

Kirkland, WA: The people who work in the cafe nearby are very friendly.
Major Client is Microsoft so there's usually lots of work.

Cons

Middle managers don't share information
Project managers scapegoat team members
Freelancers are overworked
Staff is unfriendly to freelancers
Staff takes credit for freelancers solutions
Sweat shop

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay attention to how your company is being represented to the world by all your employees. Your freelancers do more work than your permanent staff.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Stingy and mediocre

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Metia

    Pros

    The employees are polite, pleasant, quiet, unoffensive. Quiet location, free parking, close to Bellevue. Steady work - even through the bad economy. No layoffs happened. Great vacation - 4 weeks - is handed out every year, no accrual needed. Near Dixie's BBQ.

    Cons

    Like many honest and ambitious folks here, I'm on my way out. I can't move up or on - despite my dedication to the company. Most leave after 2 years, which is a good enough dose. Anyone there for longer than 4 is either a great schmoozer or puts their tail between their legs.

    The company has never kept staff that sees the bigger picture. They hire college kids who've barely been outside the state. Not a family-friendly place. There have been promises of growth and ingenuity for years - but the best people get cornered and kicked out. (These people move on to become highly successful, better paid, and much happier in complex and bigger places.) A Seattle magazine listed Metia as a top place to work - this magazine is known for helping companies self-promote, not for un-biased reviews.

    Work is rushed. Managers, delivery teams refuse to communicate - to each other or the client. Billable hours matter more than anything else. The blame game starts as soon as the client signs on. Sick days are held against you - and teleworking was taken removed because lack of trust.

    Company parties are like middle school mixers - cheap, cliquey, and over early. When clients come to the office, no one knows the wifi key, no one offers a beverage (there isn't any), people are barely introduced. Project and account managers never send follow ups of meetings to teams.

    The projects aren't that interesting - hard to represent to anyone outside of MSFT, and it's the more stale side of MSFT. Credit is stolen by directors and the VP. Whole sides of the office take sides and war against each other - account vs. delivery. HR and Finance only support the VP's interests.

    If you like to schmooze, gossip, and use a fake British accent (no kidding!) - this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to potential and current staff: don't stay and drink the Kool aide. You won't be just disappointed, you'll be poisoned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Metia: amateur and cheap

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Metia

    Pros

    Nice vacation plan - why most stay
    Quiet - if you like to work in a morgue
    Easy commute from the eastside - near Bellevue and Kirkland
    No dress code - no clients come to the office
    No one is forced to party hardy to be "in"
    Nice people overall who like to have fun and have an outside life
    Good connections to MSFT

    Cons

    Home office is in the UK. The Kirkland office feels like a sweatshop so the VPs can rake it in
    Low salaries
    For a small office, people don't know each other. The VP doesn't know his employees and doesn't care
    Main client is Microsoft internal/tech - can be soul-sucking work with no recognition
    Management plays favorites. Performance reviews are a big joke
    Watch who you talk to - a huge circle of gossips who pass info. Includes management and HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the company to get better, trust and respect the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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