Equator Business Solutions

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Equator Business Solutions Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
37 Reviews
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Equator Business Solutions CEO Christopher L Saitta
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  1.  

    OK company to work for, nothing great to talk about

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Equator Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Free snacks, game room, some talented people to work along with, opportunity to work for a financial company that services some of nations largest banks.

    Cons

    Tons of work, no work life balance, expected to put in long hours on many occasions, also have to provide after hours support after you have put in 9 hours of regular work so you practically end up putting in close to 13-15 hours or sometimes even more on several occasions. The expectations set are completely unrealistic and needs to be done tonight or tomorrow thing. There is lot of dirty politics played around. Miscommunication exist between teams. The bonuses paid are not even mentioning and it is not a part of your offer so yes they can stop it any moment. The monthly medical premium is high. Also worthwhile mentioning few years ago it used to be a place that resembled like an army base, but that has changed a little and it is casual environment now. Lot of folks have quit in the recent past or some were fired. This is not the company if you are looking for some great benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and make the office environment more friendly and casual. Provide career advancement opportunities to your employees who give their blood to your company. Provide some more benefits to make the employees happy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    GREAT place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Net Ops  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Net Ops in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Equator Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good management staff, healthy team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Driving the 405 to get there. Sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. You guys are successful because you have a good sense of what's essential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place ever, mgmt should be ashamed of themselves

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Equator Business Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free snacks, nice break room, great , smart, friendly engineers (although most quit or got laid off already)

    Cons

    Everything. Underpay and overwork employees. Expect zero work life balance. Micro managing and clueless management. Sets unrealistic goals and expect employees to do it or get threatened with layoff. No sense of vision or direction. Blame game all the time on anything that goes wrong is always on the workers, not management. No training, everyone is replaceable. Monthly out of the blue layoffs. No raises or bonuses despite promises.

    In last few months, all the smart wonderful people have quit. They continue to layoff random people as well. It's basically a skeleton crew now of people who are looking for other jobs or are anticipating the next layoff cycle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter what advise you give them, you are wrong they are right.

    Oh and stop posting fake reviews, we know it's you guys giving yourselves 5 stars

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is the worse place to work in Los Angeles

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Equator Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Low level employees are friendly and as supportive as they can be while still being able to deal with crushing blows from middle and upper management
    - They pay decently (but not really once you consider how much personal time you have to sacrifice)

    Cons

    Everything - the culture is terrible - it's an us versus them mentality between middle/upper management and everyone else. The upper management is totally out of touch with reality and expect their employees to give up impossible amounts of personal time for little to no reward. There is not much opportunity to move up and lots of nepotism when the opportunity does come up. Working at this company was literally the worse year of my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To really take all of these negative reviews to heart and make some changes (this will never ever happen though as long as long as their CEO (Chris Siatta) is in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly Political Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Equator Business Solutions as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good company for newbie or who has less than 5 years of experience.
    - Flexible working hours.
    - Free food.
    - Using few good technologies in projects.
    - If you are politically sound then this is the company for you where you can grow rapidly in minimum time.

    Cons

    - Politically high working environment. If some reason you are not going along with seniors( who are working with equator for long time, doesn't matter how good they are or how many years of experience they have or how good they are in technologies/domain) and managers then you will struggle all the time. This is at every level (Developers to higher management).
    - People gets recognized by 'how good they have contacts' not by the skill sets or how strong you are technically.
    - There are groups within teams and they support each other very well, so if you are not part of a group then you will have tough time.
    - Husband/Wife, Brother/Sister, Friend/Friend are working in same team/group/project.
    - If you have more than 10 years of experience then this company is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They know what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work. I enjoyed my time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Equator Business Solutions as a contractor

    Pros

    Salary was good, very motivating

    Cons

    None, it was overally ok no complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Horrible Work Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Equator Business Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None to think of. The people who work here are friendly and eager to learn, but no training.

    Cons

    No career advancement
    No work life balance
    All top positions taken by friends and family of management team, but no skills or experience
    So they get their own dept. this makes no sense.
    Office opened in new locations, such as Seattle to find new employees who have not heard the bad reviews for this place. Offended LA Tech community by firing so many that there are no more here in LA to hire. so constantly opening new offices. It is not an expansion of this co. The constant firing of employees and contractors leaves no one to work on the projects.
    All employees are treated as replaceable, faceless people.
    100% turn over rate, forced employees to participle in some survey. Most did not participate. After the survey, management team wanted to know who wrote the negative comments. Total witch hunt. Management team kept suspecting innocent employees.
    Whole co. Is micro managed
    Dept. heads would monitor personal conversations and use things in personal vendettas.
    The people who run my dept. are like high school mean girls, used politically incorrect jokes, made false accusations about random employees, used meetings to gossip and whine about their personal lives. Tired of hearing about their bad marriages and rotten kids.
    Work is depressing, weird, upsetting... Expecting to be Punked at any moment by Aston Kutcher.
    Management likes to yell at meetings and hallways. And blame their own incompetence on the lower level employees that do all the work. Most management have no college degree or formal training...the blind leading the blind. No tech experience necessary to run tech co.
    Employees afraid and come to work in bad moods, expecting to be fired next.
    Sr. Management spent all day at hotel for their meetings every few months to make changes and nothing changes.
    For a tech co., nothing is automated. All programs and computers are so old. It's like the Fred Flintstone of Tech Co.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Driven by Greed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Equator Business Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The creative and talented people who work there. These people actually do the work.

    Cons

    Just chaotic, Sr. Management doesn't knows what they are doing. They are all motivated by greed and public image. Their secret strategy is to do the work for any company for free, then ask them to pay later, well...that back fired, when the client racked up millions of dollars and just won't pay. Then they decided to cut the bill in half and then the client still would not pay. It's funny, but then you think of all the hard working people who work there.

    Also, they are so cheap. They decided not to subsidize the increasing medical premiums, they could just change the medical co, instead...a Sr. Management staff decided to keep the over priced medical because his friend would not make a commission if the company change the medical insurance company. So now the employees are stuck paying the high priced premiums.

    This place is a nightmare and at every turn the people who own this company will stick it to their own employees. Then wonder why the turn over rate is so high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shame on you, you are so greedy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Could be better with some reasonable changes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Equator Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great potential to move forward in the market. Some really good people, that just need opportunity to get outside the box.

    Cons

    Long hours, short deadlines, mismanaged projects, the usual stuff that negatively impacts projects. Lack of communication and employee engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in creating a culture that will make this a nice place to work. This is not a career shop, it is just a paycheck until we get burned out or something better comes along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of training and communication

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Equator Business Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Break Room full of treats, ping pong and air hockey.

    Cons

    Unquantified team leaders and managers
    HR department useless
    Poor management skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ethic training classes for your team leaders and manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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