New West Technologies - Colorado

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If you are unemployed and have no other job offers then this is an okay place to work.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Junior Employee (Non-management) in Landover, MD
Current Employee - Junior Employee (Non-management) in Landover, MD

I have been working at New West Technologies - Colorado

Pros

Many different projects/clients it is rare to have the same day-to-day routine for more than a year. You get to learn about new technologies and environmental issues but rarely get involved in anything that makes a difference. Very flexible hours, people come into the office between 7am and 10am (but still work 8 hours). Nice office and physical environment with snacks and beverages in the break room. Calm, friendly and low stress work environment.

Cons

New West claims to be a "consulting company" when most employees are just "warm bodies" to be placed on site at clients. We claim to be a technical and IT company but it is not reflected in the work place.

There is a very unclear direction in the company and the only thing we are good at is wining new contracts. The company is very dynamic (not in a good way) trying to figure out what the management structure or mix of clients would look like in 2 or 3 years is near impossible. There is a very high employee turnover, approximatley10% a year, this has been going on for 2 or more years. When these people leave and their "knowledge" goes with them it is not replaced and the company simply moves in a different direction.

New West is only what it's current mix of employees offer and there is no core to the company.

 I do not disagree with any of the other reviews.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Figure out what you want New West to be and make sure to tell all employees. Figure out what the company should be good at and invest in it to the point where if people leave the company the competency remains.

Hire GOOD employees, if someone is not working out DO NOT move them around to different positions to see if it will work. Also, make sure the individuals know what they will be doing and make sure it is something they want to be doing. Many new employees take weeks to figure out what their job is.

People quit the company for a reason, take a few minutes to figure out why.

Management acts like they know what they are doing because they are "management" and attempt to dictate to lower level employees. It would serve the company well to treat everyone as a professionals and discuss matters openly.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    One word - RUN!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at New West Technologies - Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This place has ZERO pros in terms of personal growth, compensation, or perks. The Company's sustainability plan pretty much means eliminating any types of office snacks or drinks to reduce the company's carbon footprint. Want to reduce carbon footprint? Eliminate offices that are unnecessary. Allow more employees to work remotely. Work a 9/80 schedule. Have more offices closer to an urban center. This company does not care about growing from within nor do they care about training their employees to see them succeed. Been with the company way too long to know that any thoughts about effecting change DOES NOT HAPPEN.

    Cons

    The company supposedly gives you an "incentive" for not taking a sick day. They give you one extra vacation day for every quarter that you do not use any sick days. How is an extra 4 vacation days versus 7 sick days supposed to be an incentive for its employees??? Unless you decide to rack up the 3 "extra" vacation days and then use all 7 of your sick days the last quarter--there really is no "incentive" here. Do the math folks!!!

    The last time I put in over 100 hours during a pay period, I had to fight my way through management to get comp time. Management's response? Comp time is discretionary and provided in the bonuses you receive (BONUS? THE SMALL PORTION OF WHAT YOU BILLED THE CLIENT FOR WHEN I WORKED THOSE EXTRA 30 HOURS?) Slavedrivers. This is the kind of company we're talking about here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management--management that truly cares about its employees and trains them to succeed instead of management that likes to take credit for all the work that their employees do (i.e. project managers that get credit for putting proposals/budgets/hours that employees put together, or that take patents away from their employees, etc.). Then you have other management personnel who have no expertise in the field they're managing but who think can manage projects, staff hours, rates, etc. Also, your current COO does not know how to treat employees with respect or dignity and micromanages what she should not be spending her expensive time managing. If you want to keep talented folks around and stop hemorrhaging all your good employees, I recommend getting rid of or changing up your current management tree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a place to stay long-term, but you can pick up some clean energy experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New West Technologies - Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Getting a paycheck is better than being unemployed.
    - Working to help promote cleaner energy technologies is a worthy endeavor.
    - Forty-hour workweeks enable a decent work/life balance.
    - The pay is pretty decent, and the benefits are par for the companies working in this government support contracting space.

    Cons

    - No attention is given to personal growth. If an employee is billable at the highest rate on one particular project, they will be kept on that project as long as the contract is in place, regardless of the employee's stated interest in participating in other projects or proposal-writing activities.
    - There are very real pitfalls to being a contractor working at the client site. In my experience, New West management did not manage the relationship with the client well and enabled the client to repeatedly scapegoat the contractor.
    - A lot of experienced people who had built up the company's core areas of expertise either resigned or were let go.
    - Taking initiative did not seem to be welcomed unless you were already part of the inner circle. My repeated offers to pitch in to help with business proposals or gain experience on other projects fell on deaf ears.
    - Nepotism. It really helps to be related to the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees can tell the difference between a company that mostly values revenue and external awards for growth versus a company that actually cares about them. When key people who have gained employees' loyalty over many years choose to leave, employees infer that maybe this company isn't a place for them, either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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