OneSource Building Technologies

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at OneSource Building Technologies

Pros

- Great coffee machine and continutally replenished stock of free sodas in the fridge to keep you caffeinated during the long work days.
- Plenty of parking spaces in parking lot.
- Located in NW suburban area (great for employees with children).
- Great to get some entry-level project management experience in the IT and telecom industry but move on from this place after 6 to 12 months.

Cons

- Management does not communicate well to staff at all. Senior management is constantly making rash and impulsive decisions, changing operations on a near-daily basis and never fully explaining the reasoning behind such decisions to its staff. Employees are often asked to move from one cubicle/office to another without any explanation. New staff roles and employee flowcharts will be passed around but never implemented because it changes monthly, weekly, even daily. There is absolutely no stability in this environment.
- Overtime is strongly discouraged yet employees are given workoads that cannot possibly be completed by one person in an 8 hour work day. Lunch break is not in the vocabulary in this office environment. Reluctantly working undocumented overtime is the norm.
- Management is untrusting of staff. Employees are given laptops and blackberries to monitor their projects at all times yet are not trusted or given the option to telecommute. Also, again, overtime is strongly discouraged.
- At the time of this review, due to the state of the economy, the company is on a salary freeze. However, management and sales staff are constantly boasting record profit earnings (i.e. their commission) and spending company dollars on "corporate retreats." This does not go unnoticed and further bruises employee morale.
- Employees are rarely, if ever, praised or recognized for their good work. There is no positive reinforcement system, you will only hear feedback if you made a mistake. Management frequently uses scare tactics and threatening behavior to "encourage" employees to see a project through.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ease up on the micro-managing and start actively recognizging the worth of your human capital. Your employees should be seen and treated as valuable assets, not incompentent slaves. Instead of threatening employees to work harder and on more projects or be fired, try positive reinforcements and ways to motivate the staff. There needs to be a more effective balance between what Sales Management is offering the client and what Operations can feasibly deliver. Operations Management needs to be trained on how to tactfully get employees to deliver profitable results, but there need to be realistic expectations set. Invest in your human capital by hiring a qualified efficiency expert or Industrial/Organizational Psychologist to fix the problems stated in this review or there is no hope.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

13 Other Employee Reviews for OneSource Building Technologies (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Good Company to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - CMS Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - CMS Technician in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at OneSource Building Technologies as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work. They try their best to give you competivive benefits and good pay. Management does their best to keep the employees happy. Great 401K program, competivive wages,

    Cons

    They need to do more for those technicians that work outside of Houston. They are going thru growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to provide training to employees to keep up with the demands of the workplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to start. Very unstable job environment. Low pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at OneSource Building Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Can't think of one but only good for starters. that's it.

    Cons

    I could write several pages of realities here and you will agree with me.

    - Work environment. They force you to dress professionally when one of the partners shows up in Adidas sport wear (???). Management always talk about football and not focused on the work. every year people is relocated from one cubicle to another for no reason. Partners don't care about what are you doing or how much you are making. They will interrupt you at anytime without professionalism even if you are with the customer so you have to apologize for that. You can have lunch because is the law but count the time because the partner (again??) is watching you. They use the company email distribution list to send jokes or to blame everybody because somebody did not clean the kitchen. So you work life is unsafe because you can get fire at anytime for no reason even if you are working hard and making money for the company. there is a small group that gets all the benefits and job security, if you are not inside it you are nobody no matter if you have been working for years. The main decisions are made based on the mood of the owners/partners (again???) so every time they talk everybody fells afraid of what is going to happen.

    - Benefits: You will get your 401k and health but those are expensive. Every year the company is making more money but charging the employees (most of them) more in health which does not make any sense. No bonuses even if you make millions. Salary raises is a myth. Nobody (outside the privileged group) gets a raise so don't expect that. Promotions? just for the privileged group. You will get a laptop and they could pay part of your phone bills in order to use it. You have access via VPN but don't expect to work from home because that is not a option (even if the position can do it). Field techs gets good pay but sometimes they cut the hours without an advise. Usually Project Coordinators get half of the pay of the field techs and the Call center even less so I don't know how these people lives with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Owners, Partners and CEO please be on that position and let the managers do the job. More motivation like bonuses and better work environment. Please be more professional and organized if you want to grow up. this is a company not a home based business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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