MAQ Software

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MAQ Software Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
128 Reviews
2.9
128 Reviews
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MAQ Software Founder & Managing Consultant Rajeev Agarwal
Rajeev Agarwal
63 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to work on latest technologies (in 29 reviews)

  • Get to work on latest technologies, Given very higher responsibilities at very start of career (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Long working hours, inappropriate salary, No work culture (in 22 reviews)

  • None as such but the work life balance should be maintained (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is a great company to work for because the company advocates for its employees and is a supportive environment.

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Web Producer in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at MAQ Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MAQ Software helps its employees find relevant positions in leading companies in the Seattle and Eastside areas. It consistently checks in and makes sure employees are happy and satisfied in their positions, as well as being challenged.

    Cons

    Most of the positions are contract based so there is not a lot of opportunity for FTE positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have a little more contact with management during periods between contracts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fair, consistent

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at MAQ Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Provide 401K and health benefits
    Decent tech support for equipment consultants use
    Willing to negotiate better rates for workers
    Willing to provide compensation for workshops and training related to job

    Cons

    Not sure they will survive the Microsoft change in vendor rules as they have not communicated any action or intention to their employees
    Require a timecard even for project based work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MAQ Software

    Pros

    Constantly learning place. Opportunity to work on latest technologies.

    Cons

    No cons as such. Sometimes they have long working hours

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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Good team with OK middle management with narcissistic tyrant at the top

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at MAQ Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues and decent middle management
    Opportunity to expand responsibilities quickly
    Strong training system for technical skills, access to Microsoft related knowledge
    Flat org structure
    Good 401k

    Cons

    Extremely rude, unprofessional CEO prone to micromanagement. Creates arbitrary and hostile work environment. Results in half his company being staffed with competent but beaten down H1Bs (they can't leave). Vicious cycle. His wife: far more effective and probably main reason the company functions effectively to any extent.
    Time zone differences create chaos in personal schedules.
    Monthly payroll can cause issues early on, no big deal.
    Long hours accompanied by low morale.
    High turnover damages project continuity.
    Lower pay than competition.
    Poor office facilities in Redmond (although with free parking and good proximity to Microsoft)
    Health benefits are so-so (very high deductible on medical, but good dental/vision).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    General rudeness and verbal abuse not constructive.
    Dispensing good advice and then not following it makes you look hypocritical.
    Yelling at people for being 1 minute late to a meeting, then constantly showing up 5-10 minutes late yourself at other times, also hypocritical.
    Calling your employees "idiots" or more profane expletives to their faces for minor infractions is not appropriate, especially in public.
    Gratuitous power-tripping and constantly referring to yourself as the "boss" to lord over others is not the way of the effective CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Well, that's time I'm not getting back.

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    Current Employee - Developer/Manager/I'm not even sure in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Developer/Manager/I'm not even sure in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at MAQ Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free coffee. You don't really have to do much work during the day (of course, they make up for it at night, and you still have to be at work during the day...) Ample parking. Next to a Trader Joe's so you can easily buy wine to drown your sorrows at night. 401(k) match. There's air conditioning.

    Cons

    Oh, where to start; the CEO, for one. The place is the opposite of a meritocracy, with the CEO hiring his friends and giving them roles for which they are thoroughly not qualified. And since they're not qualified, it means they have no way of actually helping their customers (but that's okay, they don't really care anyway). Conversely, the CEO will randomly fire people, usually in December in India but occasionally throughout the year in Redmond as well (whenever he thirsts for blood). There's only a mini-fridge for an office of 45-50 people, with management being too cheap to pony up for a full-size refrigerator.

    Paid time off is a measly 2 weeks off per year, with no sick days and no personal days. There's no paternity leave and I doubt there's any maternity leave either, although it doesn't matter since it's not like there's any work-life balance for you to see your kids or spouse anyway.

    They have a Ping-Pong table and massage chair, but you get looked down upon if you use them at any time besides lunch hour or after 5:00 PM on a Friday.

    You're expected to attend pointless things like learning hour, where you discuss something of limited import to most of the company, and is at 4 PM on Fridays and specifically designed to impede anyone from leaving early on Friday.

    There is no independent technical direction in the company, rather it is purely in the shadow of Microsoft. Using any non-Microsoft technology is unheard of, and the India teams will balk at the idea. Speaking of the India teams, they are treated like they work in a garment sweatshop, with an 8:45 AM arrival time strictly mandated and often required to work Saturdays and public holidays, because certain managers overpromised and underdelivered.

    Also, for a technology company, the technology was decidedly subpar. The internet was slow and unreliable, and the laptops were achingly slow and included 5400 RPM hard drives in 2014(!)

    Finally, education and independent thought are definitely not valued. You are told your education is obsolete the minute you join the company, and that learning about CS concepts pales in comparison to taking Microsoft exams and learning the feature list of SharePoint 2013. Essentially, everyone is treated like children and micromanaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you would stop running your company like a sweatshop and actually care about your employees and customers, you might get better results. Hiring employees right out of college because you know we will work long hours for mediocre pay is morally bankrupt--you should be teaching us to improve ourselves, and not bury our heads in the sand.

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

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MAQ Software as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Hectic work schedules. no work from home option

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MAQ Software full-time

    Pros

    Some great people are in the same boat as you in misery. The benefits are OK. The Microsoft side is amusing.

    Cons

    There is no joy or pride. The CEO gets on a soapbox whenever he can and consistently fails to practice what he preaches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open the books and get a board.

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

    If you like extreme hours, this is your place.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    MS work was pretty fun, the other people you work with are in the same boat you are. The location is pretty convenient as well.

    Cons

    The hours are absolutely insane. Working with an offshore team, while talented, doesn't mean I should have to work 16 hour days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice here actually. The owner knows that he can demand that you work...or quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at MAQ Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of learning, MS certifications and multiple projects

    Cons

    lot of work, personal biases, no or little personal life

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Good company to start with.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MAQ Software

    Pros

    A Good company to start with.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Not a great organization for experienced employees.

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