Open Roads Consulting

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Average tech company going through some growing pains

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chesapeake, VA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chesapeake, VA

I worked at Open Roads Consulting full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Fairly low stress workplace with some nice perks such as free coffee and snacks along with a free employee meal every month during work hours. The building and location is nice with many nearby restaurants and a view of the water.

Reasonable hours and for the most part, friendly staff. Recently increased salaries to be more competitive with the local market.

Company is growing and has some fairly large contracts. It appears to be in healthy financial shape. A large number of new employees is helping change the culture problems mentioned in the Cons section.

Hardware given to each employee has improved significantly. A modern laptop with admin access along with dual monitors are provided to developers.

If you are a more experienced engineer and looking for an average pay, low stress, 40 hour a week job where you can take ownership in a specific product and technology for the company, then this is a good place for you.

Cons

Upper management and senior members are out of touch with today's technology and rely on 7+ year old tech. I would not recommend a job at Open Roads for a relatively new engineer as you will not learn the skills and technologies that are used by more modern tech companies.

There is a clear lack of understanding in how to run a technology company and what keeps engineers happy - expect to use the same (unusual) technology stack for every product and not be given any opportunities for additional learning such as conferences or workshops.

Bonus structure is confusing and many employees feel misled about compensation. Also, compensation is not structured enough. You will find large disparities in pay in relation to skill level among co-workers. You will be expected to sign an agreement stating you won't work in a similar field for up to 2 years after working here - essentially punishing you for working any length of time in the transportation field and preventing you from working for competitors.

Company is family owned and favoritism is given to the family members and friends working in the company. As a new employee, you may feel like an outsider for some time. As mentioned in the Pros section, the large amount of new hires is helping slowly change this problem.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If the company is going to enter the into the web development technology stack with no prior experience, it needs to hire a senior member who has extensive knowledge in web development. It is a considerably different beast than application development and an application developer should not be calling the shots.

Give employees one free (paid) conference or workshop a year to give them a chance to network and learn about new technologies.

Be upfront about expectations and the waiting period for any additional compensations such as bonuses. If an employee accepts a salary less than they were willing due to being promised a high bonus and then doesn't receive it, that breaks the employer/employee trust.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Small company going through growing pains and struggling to find a way to maintain growth.

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

    I worked at Open Roads Consulting

    Pros

    - Small town mentality
    - Work/Life Balance
    - Good team players at lower and mid levels
    - Free food on Fridays (if you work in the Chesapeake office)

    Cons

    - Executive micromanagement, they fail to hand out the necessary authority to get things done.
    - Weak severance packages offered to dislocated employees.
    - Development team hampered by lack of accountability at the top. Lead architect seemingly operates in a self-contained vacuum. Continued over-reliance on open source tools has backed them in a corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relying on your Blackberry as your primary source of information is not an effective communication method. Emotional over-reaction to a snippet of information you've gleaned seldom provides you the opportunity to rationally look at the bigger picture.

    Give the people you hired the ability and authority to perform the tasks you hired them to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
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