Foundry9 Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, but has some problems

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

    I have been working at Foundry9 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated & talented employees are given opportunity to advance & best projects to work on. If you do good work, you will be rewarded and promoted. Being able to work independently and being proactive are key. Hours are 10-6, you rarely have to stay past 6:30. No drama, no crazies. Solid, stable business. Decent bonuses if you work hard and contribute.

    Cons

    They really should invest more time/energy into employee development and growth. Somewhat authoritarian attitude toward rules - more flexibility and care about employee happiness needs to be shown. Needs major help with biz dev. - clients are limited mainly to financial services. Poor communication about upcoming changes.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to help employees develop new skills. Senior management needs to delegate more. Be less rigid with rules.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Immensely Disappointing/Oppressive Environment

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

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Steady Employment Benefits Provided Very good work/life balance Some very dedicated employees here

    Cons

    You will not do your best work here. Many communication issues. The workloads seemed mismanaged here as some individuals were very busy and some were just coasting. No knowledge share for what seemed like political reasons. Not a typical fast paced agency. No creativity, no hustle, no pitching, not open to minute changes. Felt physically very uncomfortable working here.

    Advice to Management

    HR really needs to swoop in and get a handle on what is and what is not appropriate in the workplace. And when I say HR, I mean LiquidHub HR.


  3. Middle management is incompetent.

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

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Close to train station Free snacks

    Cons

    Middle management is incompetent and very irritating. So many tired people work here who won't get job anywhere else. They will complain everyday but still keep working. No knowledge transfer, no design discussion, lot of redundant work . Software development process is from 1st generation . No agility , team work concept works here. Everyone is running his own show. this place is only for junior who wants to learn or people who is working for money not for individual who is motivated and wants to work according to industry standard. Last but not least you have to manage everything in very small work place- basically on one table .

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen to any advise so no meaning of giving it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Associate

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

    I have been working at Foundry9 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    No work tension after 8 hours of your daily job!

    Cons

    Not a good atmosphere for learning new innovations. Repeat the same task in several projects again and again. No Associate is involved in any meetings, so no knowledge sharing. No flexibility for remote working. They Hire Senior Associates to work for entry level positions. Work all year at your desk, no extra-curricular activities. No promotions even if you work for several years.

    Advice to Management

    Let Associates grow to Senior level.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Production house, not an agency

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

    I worked at Foundry9

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In-house developers and QA team

    Cons

    This place is more of a production house than an agency. No emphasis on original creative or ideas. Churn-and-burn mentality. Culture comes from the top, and that's not a good thing in this case. Micromanagement is a huge issue from the top down to middle management, horrible vacation/PTO policy, work/life balance was not encouraged (or accepted). Talking, socializing and team building were discouraged. Extremely high turnover rate due to complete lack of culture and employees not being valued.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Leaving Foundry9 Felt like Having a Jail Sentenced Commuted

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

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You will work regular hours. You'll work 10-6 and rarely be asked to work late.

    Cons

    • One of the most passive aggressive cultures I ever worked for. • Last winter, in the New York office, the heat was broken half the winter. Also, there are about 40 men who work for the company and the bathroom has two stalls and two urinals. Ok, so that can't be helped, but one of the urinals was broken for a good 5 months and was never fixed. • I think there were/are a lot of nice, good people who worked for Foundry9, but that's not something the ownership cared about, they only cared about how quickly you could get your work done. • There is very little talking in the office. If you talk too much you'll be told to be quiet by management. It felt like detention. • 2 sick days and 10 vacation days a year. Better hope you don't get sick if you ever want to take a vacation while working there. • This place could be a true Foundry... there was every level needed on board — design, dev, UI, Account etc... instead it was just a production house with low end clients with no room to grow. • The salary was very meh. In fact... everything about the place was very meh, at best... other than the fact that a lot of the employees were genuine good people, who were just in an oppressive culture. You can blame the employees for allowing that kind of culture to go on, but the truth is that culture is set up from the top down. • The CEO seemed clueless to the whole situation, or he didn't care. • It's the kind of company where every little thing gets nickle and dimed.... for example, the holiday party happens in January as a cost-cutting measure. • There were times where people would be working there one day and not the next and no one was sure if they'd quit or given notice and been fired on the spot. • Stepping into work every day literally felt like stepping into a funeral parlor. It was passive-aggressively abusive because when you worked there you knew you didn't matter as a human to the owners, you were just a warm body.

    Advice to Management

    Decide why you want to be in business in the first place. If it's just about money do something else because you're literally hurting the lives of your employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A grueling pressure cooker.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foundry9

    Pros

    The yearly salary increases The yearly bonuses were always generous

    Cons

    The job is from 10-6. If you dared to leave at 6pm you were subjected to hateful stares and ignorant comments from management. The Wilmington office is run by a few who bully other employees and take great pleasure in brow-beating other employees. There were days when I wanted to turn around and not go in because of said employees. They are a protected few and no matter who you report the bullying to (CEO was informed), the harassment continued. In addition one particular boss of a subdivision was racist and only hired employees of her same background. Her behavior was tolerated until she left.

    Advice to Management

    Please be more aware of the tactics being used by management in all of your offices. An onsite HR rep would be a good idea for each office. In addition there is a high turnover rate here because of the grueling 12-16 hour days.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Start-up Growing Pains

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

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    - 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

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

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    It's a production shop

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

    I worked at Foundry9

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

    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 Management

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



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