Foliage

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Foliage Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
17 Reviews
3.2
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Big Changes, Big Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foliage

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Culture of negative motivation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Foliage full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Run, do not walk away from this company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Foliage full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Better unemployed than work in Foliage

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Foliage full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to broaden your skillset

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

    I have been working at Foliage full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Foliage is a great place to work if you are an experienced engineer with a proven track record, and are looking for a place to broaden your skills, both technical and "domain specific." Over time, you will work in a variety of industries, and gain a fresh appreciation for how much you didn't know - and how much you have yet to learn. Some of the stuff we work on is really cool, and you will get to work with a variety of experienced and talented engineers.

    It is an especially great place to work if you are a software engineer who has previously worked at companies where software was not the primary focus of the business. Foliage provides a variety of engineering services to their customers, but their primary focus is on software intensive projects. I've found it refreshing to work at a company where top management really understands the business of software development.

    Cons

    1. Not every project is great. You may get stuck on a project that is dull or just drags on. Fortunately, it probably won't last too long, and your next project will probably be better.

    2. If you are looking to climb a corporate ladder, you might be better off at a product company. Foliage is best for strong technical people who want to remain technical.

    3. Because of customer confidentiality agreements, you may not be able to tell your friends about the really cool stuff you are working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foliage has grown significantly over the past few years, and recently became part of a much larger corporation, Altran. Please do whatever you can to maintain the small company feeling and unique culture of Foliage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    It's great, if you're in the 'club'

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Foliage full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's nice to work on different projects in a variety of application spaces. Management encourages a lot of learning, both on the clock when on down-time or on your own.

    Cons

    If you're not part of the club you're not long for this place. It seems if you're part of it you can do no wrong, even when you screw up royally. If you're not in the club you have to go out of your way in order to not be considered a poor performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the culture now, especially now that you have an opportunity with new ownership to clean out the problems. Try to start thinking about work-life balance. Nobody wants to be told on Friday afternoon that they need to work 30 hours before Monday. Once an awhile is ok, but 2-3 times a month is out of the question.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company in transistion

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

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

    Pros

    challenging work, many opportunities to advance and learn new skills. ok benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    company was sold last winter. Exec management is turning over, lots of new faces. Becoming a bureaucracy. HR is not honest with new employees. Lots of turnover. Company is going from being a solid tech services company to more of a contractor body-shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good projects, but arrogant senior staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Foliage full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, diverse set of projects, good salaries, lower level developers are good to work with, good place if you like to travel a lot.

    Cons

    Senior technical talent is arrogant and biased against minorities. Office politics is rampant and unchecked. Despite that the HR tells you, there is a high level of turnover. People are let go for minor issues. If you look or talk like a non-white person, you can be assured that you'll be treated differently, and I don't mean in a nice way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone is smart is not a good reason to promote them into senior technical positions. They have to be able to work with juniors effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Perhaps the most difficult experience of my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Foliage full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting business model and some talented people. Some bright people in certain disciplines.

    Cons

    I never thought I'd say this in a public forum! But I feel deeply that Foliage had some very arrogant, and covertly racist individuals who are influential in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of a "just like me" closed minded organizational culture. Diversify is a strength! Don't set up your people for failure

    Doesn't Recommend

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