Forum One
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www.forumone.com Alexandria, VA 50 to 149 Employees

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Chris Wolz

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent benefits, friendly staff. Unique culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    ProsLots of healthy and unhealthy snacks, starbucks drip coffee, plenty of tea. Great food options at HQ location neighborhood of Del Ray.

    Clients tend to really believe in what they are doing. You feel like you are working on projects that matter. Google is used for just about everything, which is nicer to work with than Office products. Great benefits. Excellent work-life balance. Competent Project Managers, excellent developers.

    Company is growing. Lots of transparency by senior management regarding the status of the company in terms of revenue, projected growth, upcoming projects etc. HR really seems to care about your happiness. IT department responds lightning fast to any hardware or software need. People seem to feel free to be themselves and not have to put on some sort of dulled-down business/professional personality

    ConsIt can be very quiet in some parts of the office, hear a pin drop type of thing. Limited parking spots at HQ, not really convenient to metro.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep listening to staff and focusing on employee happiness. Happy employees do good work and make others around them happy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Has potential but lacks proper leadership/management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    ProsThe company has a few things going for it:
    -The atmosphere and culture are laidback
    -People are smart and, for the most part, passionate
    -Family-oriented business (good for some, not for others)
    -Company launched an ESOP which shows the owners do care about employees
    -Bonuses are decent
    -Company is very transparent (i.e., earnings, growth, client satisfaction, etc.)
    -Free snacks/drinks and nice location (Del Ray)
    -Company is growing

    ConsThe company also has a lot of things it needs to work on:
    -Lack of standardization and commitment from middle management (i.e., the project directors mostly) to actually change. For example, I would constantly be managing 3-5 projects with 3-5 different directors/upper management who required teams to do things their way and use the tools they're comfortable with.
    -The company was trying to move to an all-agile shop which was a total disaster. It's a matrixed company with limited capacity and rainmakers continually bid on non-agile projects to hit their new business targets.
    -ALWAYS competing for resources and people, ALWAYS.
    -Tech team is completely mismanaged. Project managers are required to micro-manage projects to ensure work was actually gets done. Not that the team was lazy, they were just overworked.
    -360 evaluations were ridiculous. For the record, I got great evaluations but the things I needed to work on were completely subjective and not constructive at all. Profitability and customer satisfaction are key metrics used, but for the most part out of the control of PMs -- most projects are doomed to fail due to next point.
    -IMO, many of the issues with the company begin at the proposal stage. Projects are constantly scoped incorrectly and underbid. Rainmakers are more concerned with winning projects than actually thinking through the actual costs or if projects are worth going after.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Strip some of the autonomy away from project directors and standardize the process. Make standardization a requirement and something that everyone is evaluated on.
    2. Be more SELECTIVE at the proposal stage! If being an all-agile shop is the end goal, don't take on large projects that aren't just to hit quarterly/annual targets. Coordinating a small pool of resources among different types of projects (i.e., waterfall vs. agile) is almost impossible.
    3. Revise the evaluation process. I managed a strategy project with a project director, the project budget was limited so it was suggested that we used a lot of the work I had don't on a previous strategy. I did not feel comfortable with it and that project director went to my career manager and raised concerns that I wasn't fully engaged, which was put on my evaluation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to work and grow!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    ProsYou get to work with great people who are passionate about making the world a better place!

    ConsIt's still a small company so things are a little mingled.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start your career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
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    ProsSignificant responsibilitiy as a new hire / recent graduate.

    ConsNot much room for growth into senior management.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Valuable work, healthy environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat issues, great clients, good staff culture. HR listens to staff and makes concrete changes based on staff input. Senior management cares about building a healthy and worthwhile company as much as just bottom line. Consistent growth has led to good staff opportunities. High competence, low drama.

    ConsClient-facing work can be stressful. Lots of projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, great work-life balance, great people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsReally rewarding work. The employees and agency leadership are truly passionate about what they're doing, experts in their field, and are idealists without taking their eyes off the bottom line. A truly unique and flexible work environment, filled with exceptionally smart people. HR and leadership really, truly listens to employee's complaints and suggestions, takes them to heart, and works to make things better.

    ConsThe only issues with Forum One were taken care of when employees spoke out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on keepin' on. You guys are the best!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great HR, lousy management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe basic "how you treat people" is very good. Work/life expectations are reasonable, though worsening.

    ConsQuite frankly, the management doesn't value project management, nor can they come to a decision and execute on it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you can't follow your own mandates, you shouldn't be surprised when no one takes them seriously.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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