Foundry9 Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great small company - get to learn a lot and a lot of hands on work

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

    I have been working at Foundry9

    Pros

    Access to management, deep technological knowledge to bring interesting work to life, proactive workers are highly valued and nice sense of team mostly in one place so its easy to communicate. Has an entrepreneurial speed to things.

    Cons

    So fast growing your career can be overlooked. If you're looking to be mentored this is not necessarily the place for you. Limited clients mostly in the financial sector so culture is also very conservative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Start-up Growing Pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great financial services experience
    - PM's are also client services / account managers, so it's a good opportunity to get client management and relationship management experience
    - On-site technical staff are mostly helpful and collaborative
    - Excellent location in the Flatiron district of Manhattan
    - Nice renovated offices with an open plan and enough conference room space.
    - Dedicated QA team
    - Highly experienced PM, technical, and UX leadership
    - Perks such as drinks and snacks

    Cons

    - Process is broken. It often is an obstacle rather than helpful. Too much time is spent on managing inadequate software, and not enough time solving major problems.
    - Communication is problematic. Leadership micro-manages. There is a culture of secrecy and punishment so employees are scared to communicate problems when they arise as a result. Some key employees don't even read e-mail due to the high volume created by the communication system in place.
    - PM's are used as scapegoats, but are relatively powerless to enact change.
    - Sweatshop environment caused by poor staff planning, broken process, and lack of a problem-solving management approach - all of these issues converge and result in many staff needing to work longer hours than necessary to deliver projects by the client's deadline
    - Lack of willingness to make decisions based on profitability
    - Too heavily reliant on one client
    - High turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Conduct an anonymous employee survey to get honest feedback about the problems in your organization
    - Consider soliciting feedback from your clients as well
    - Make an effort to re-brand and re-structure, and improve the reputation of the company so that it can attract more qualified employees as well as clients
    - Agree with previous reviewer that a third party management consultant would be a good idea

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate PM in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Associate PM in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros about being a PM at Foundry9 is that once you learn the routine, not much will change or break from it, so that adds an air of consistency.

    Cons

    The challenges are definitely the time policy of 10am-6pm daily, almost without bend, which creates strains for any after-work activities. For new graduates, this is not the place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though promotions were generous, they were not worth the monotonous work and overshadowing by senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's a production shop

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Foundry9

    Pros

    It's a production shop for ***** bank. (They aren't supposed to tell) They have a few other clients, but 90% is said bank's boring stuff.

    Cons

    It's a production shop. Very male, very techie, very quiet, 9 to 6, Monday to Friday. No spark, no imagination, no fun. You won't make friends here, you won't do your best work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does it matter? It's a one owner place. The company DNA is set.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Top Heavy, Oppressive Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its basically a marketing technology team for Chase Bank
    9-6 job, free little off hours
    Quiet office

    Cons

    The approach to design & software delivery is 20 years behind the curve. The approach to people is to squash them so that they're obedient.
    There are 3 people "managing" the work for every 1 person doing anything.
    The quality of work is poor.
    Vacation policy is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an executive consultant to teach how to grow the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll end up quitting this job sooner than later

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Foundry9 full-time

    Pros

    Stable job, you wont get fired, even if your terrible at your job.

    Cons

    There is no promotion, ever, there plan is basically for you to work there for 2 years and then leave. There is no thought put into trying to keep employees happy, if you don't like that then you quit, and a lot of people do. Very high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a review structure so you can tell if people are bad at their jobs and give them tools to get better if they are struggling. Have more company events and team building exercises to build a culture. If people have ideas to make things better, listen to them instead of just telling them this is the way it is and there's nothing you can do.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Foundry9

    Pros

    Small company have access to everyone, free exchange of information, Management is open and receptive to discussion, great place to learn.

    Cons

    Hungry small company that requires a lot of dedication and time - can lead to imbalance in work/life style if you're one to take on a lot of work. Due to speed and growth, personal attention to career can be overlooked.

    Recommends

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