Foliage Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Best place I've ever been

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Foliage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Product development on new technology and being able to work with a variety of client groups.

    Cons

    Nothing compared to some of the other companies I worked for.


  2. Better Unemployed then Work for this Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer

    I worked at Foliage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    Cheap, and no investment in their people. They don't pay well at all.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Diverse software engineering opportunities

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

    I worked at Foliage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * diversity of projects and technologies: one can work on medical devices, avionics, industrial controls, AND video games.

    Cons

    * no product ownership and little long term (longer than a single project, 6-18 mos.) team identity. Once the project is delivered to the client, you're done and off to the next thing or "on the bench" waiting for the next thing, which may well be with a completely different set of inidviduals.
    * as a salaried employee, work/life balance can suffer under pressure to deliver more billable hours than the nominal 40 hour work week can accommodate.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to let the engineering talent know you value them as unique individuals, and do that, consistently.


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  5. Most backwards run company to work for, keep your sanity and look for a job elsewhere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foliage full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free beverages, they order lunch for practically any reason. Near burlington mall

    Cons

    Arrogant leadership, shuns outsiders, not willing to change processes regardless of what is best for the business. Reluctant to listen to experienced employees suggestions and needs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and know which ones are going to be a key in success for the company. Ultimately employees are the best assets and when you work to push them out of the door, your business will not thrive like it could


  6. Excellent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Foliage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunities to work with different types of domains and product development. It has always been a good way to learn new technology.

    Cons

    Nothing overly negative. Changes can happen quickly which can be good for some people and maybe not good for others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on bringing the new projects in and communicate updates more real time to the staff.


  7. Big Changes, Big Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Foliage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lost of incredibly talented engineers, lots of opportunities. Strong focus on success will result in a lot of opportunity, but lack of engagement won't lead to success. They recognize talent quickly.

    Cons

    Challenging environment for marginally talented. People that leave are usually asked to leave for a reason.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the needs of the people that do the work. We work hard and appreciate the feedback (and the bonuses).


  8. Culture of negative motivation

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

    I worked at Foliage full-time

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

    Pros

    Company does have good intentions towards employee well being. Provides free beverages and breads and games in break room.

    Cons

    Tends to promote managers with demeaning interaction styles.Culture of disregard for timeliness and keeping commitments begins with management and shows up in projects.

    Advice to Management

    Watch more carefully who you elevate into management and how they use their authority.


  9. Run, do not walk away from this company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Foliage full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The food. Free bread, fruit and bagels. If you're willing to take ownership, spend long hours at work or at learning new things on your own time, then you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    To improve "professionalism", each employee is encouraged to 'tattle' each other.

    Advice to Management

    It's hypocritical to be all righteous indignation when someone who's had enough posts their resume on a job site. Be honest with your employees. If you really care about your employees, as you say then blindsiding them is not caring.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Foliage has been one of the best jobs I have had in a long career.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foliage

    Pros

    It is exciting to have this variety of project experiences available while still employed at one stable firm. The sense of teamwork is excellent. People really care about our customers and earning their repeat business. The level of technical excellence is very high.

    Cons

    As with any business, we do the work that comes and it is not always exciting. You have to have a real spirit of teamwork. There is a small core group of founders and owners who are easy to get along with, but you really have to do so. Foliage signs NDA agreements with every client so you have to be able to keep secrets.

    Advice to Management

    Try to develop the same sense of loyalty and family with hires from after your first ten years as the people who helped you found the firm.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Better unemployed than work in Foliage

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

    I worked at Foliage full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of projects. Can learn a lot with different clients and technologies.

    Cons

    good if you are part of the "club" else everything you do is wrong. No work / life balance.
    Easily the worst place to work. lots of "high" ranking people nobody to do any real work.
    Incompetent Management .

    Advice to Management

    Knowing the "family" does not mean being competent. Should know how to hire the right people who foster a health work environment.



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