Flatirons Solutions

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Flatirons Solutions Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Small company working to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Flatirons Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    customer loyalty and repeat business

    Cons

    not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on professional development for all levels of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Worst place to work ever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Flatirons Solutions full-time

    Pros

    You can bash them on glassdoor.

    Cons

    Low pay. Micromanaged/disgruntled staff. Incompetent/abusive management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more. Treat them well. Hire qualified managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Heavily micro-managed company with top-heavy leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Rapid growth thru acquisitions, bringing new technologies into the organization.

    Cons

    CEO micro-manages every detail. Many, many VPs, many unqualified for their roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better alignment of qulaified leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Technical Writer

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Flatirons Solutions as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    This position was billed as an opportunity to learn new skills in Aerospace documentation. To that end, it worked. I was able to acquire XML skills fairly rapidly thanks to the training class. To me, it was the only that made sense from the beginning.

    Cons

    Certain department managers are only concerned about their usability rating. The higher the usability rating for the department, the bigger the bonus for the manager. This means that if you are not working on a project, you have nothing to bill for hours. As an hourly employee, this can be devastating financially. During lulls, a 40 hour check could drop to as low as 10 hours. The managers also have a habit of low-balling estimates to impress the customer. A project that should be billed for at 20 hours is billed for 8. It is very easy to run afoul of the profit margins there.

    If you do this too many times, you're gone. If you're a contractor, you may not find out until after your last shift. This is done only to punish individuals and to keep others in line. This causes the tenured writers to more or less hoard work and at times exaggerate the completion status of documents so that they can use all of the project hours to cover shortfalls on their time sheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a hold of your managers. They care more about bonuses that the overall health of their departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    What would otherwise have been good experience was ruined by one self-absorbed PM.

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    Former Employee - Senior Con  in  Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Con in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Flatirons Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Allowed many folks to telecommute when conditions are met.

    Cons

    It was in a shaky financial situation back then. Got laid off due to loss on a contract bid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Flatirons Solutions

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with anywhere. Most are incredibly talented, friendly and driven to succeed. But unlike other highly talented software engineers, they're also the most helpful and approachable when you have a question.

    Cons

    It's consulting, so it's about the billable hours. With that in mind, work/life balance can easily get out of whack between the long hours and travel demands. You need to be flexible schedule-wise, but you also need to remind management that you do have a life outside of work. In reality though, it's no different than in other consulting firms, but to a lesser degree (some consulting firms will grind you to nub with the long hours and much more frequent travel).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain transparency and open doors. It's worked so far. Be mindful of your employees' needs and balance them with the business.

    Recommends
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    Great Colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Flatirons Solutions

    Pros

    Very talented and hard working group of professionals. Very flexible working arrangement. Great pay. Office is right on the metro. Great relationships with colleagues.

    Cons

    Missing strong leadership to run the company. Could be an absolutely amazing company if they pursue the right work in the future.

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