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The Octo culture

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

I have been working at Octo Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

Pros

- Octo provides a collaborative work environment where you have the chance to work with everyone from executives to new hires. The company focuses on internal and external networking and ways for employees to share ideas.
- The company offers opportunities to grow professionally by taking part in new business pursuits, $5K per year in tuition reimbursement for educational growth, and the ability to participate on teams to coordinate social events and activities.
- Competive pay/raises and a very good benefits package.
- Management team that has been able to grow the business without sacrificing the company's core culture (balance of working hard, having fun, and growing).
- The stability of a larger company with a smaller company feel.

Cons

- Implementing a number of internal processes (painful as company grows)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Continue communicating regularly with employees about the direction of the company and growth plans. It keeps employees feeling like they are key part of the company and its plans.

- Try to maintain the culture as the company grows.

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    Inexperienced Leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at Octo Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Coffee, snacks, some nice employees

    Cons

    Inexperienced Management Team
    Executive Partner Model resulting in decisions by committee
    Lack of singular leadership in the company
    Lack of upward mobility and opening of new quality positions
    Management Team called "Partners" but are not real shareholders
    A history of not paying out commission to sales executives (known among sales industry)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some consultants to provide executive coaching

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    In Need of A Lot of Work

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    Former Employee - Developer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Developer in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at Octo Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Snacks in the break room.

    Cons

    They have no software development experience.
    No idea how to manage developers or a development project.
    They want their developers to become salesmen or businessmen.
    They also hire developers based solely on their resume and if they have a clearance. They do not vet their applicants.
    Salaries are not competitive.
    Employees are not merited based on their job performance on a project or how happy a customer is, but on how much extra internal work they do. They are expected to work extra hours/nights/weekends on internal Octo tasks in addition to their overtime spent on client work.
    They have a motto that I can't remember, it went something like:
    Total Control
    Total Commitment
    ...(couple other totals)
    Equals Zero Excuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how other companies manage developers and development projects.
    Take the advice of your good developers.
    Do not force employees to become businessmen.
    Do not try to win business by agreeing to impossible to meet goals/deadlines.
    Understand that employees have personal lives, families and friends they like to spend time with. Hire additional employees or contractors to do the internal Octo work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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