Macquarium Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
7 Reviews
3.2
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    great company. creative. innovative.

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    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    awesome people. some of the brightest minds in the business

    Cons

    small company problems. small company benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding organization with a passion for providing solutions based on the user experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Macquarium full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good bonuses, flexible management, empowered employees, entrepreneurship valued. Very good communication within the organization. Work - life balance!

    Cons

    HQ is in Atlanta, no DC office at the time of this writing, only people in the field within the DC area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Macquarium's on the right track with user experience design, and tremendous respect for what they do on behalf of the client..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a dead-end company that is hanging on by a thread.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Macquarium

    Pros

    Very good quality of life. They will let me go home or take vacation anytime I want. Come and go as you see fit.

    Cons

    Management is absent. The place is a ghost-town. Nobody cares and nobody knows what to care about.

    I see new people coming in after having been told false things about what it's like here, what we do, how we work and how to succeed. It's unfair to these new employees to see them get so disappointed on week two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Drop the veil on all these secretive charades that are being played in the company. Stop acting like a multi-million dollar consulting firm when we're really just a staffing firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Macquarium

    Pros

    Good flex time and some good people. Clients have been pretty good, but not all. Even though there is inconsistent knowledge about it, UX seems to be a good specialty for the firm.

    Cons

    Company lacks vision and ability to execute what many of the employees agree they need. Employees are talented people. Leadership is lost and model is backwards. Ultimately it's a company that lacks style. Just a disappointment all around. Culture is the worst...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Learn about UX. Replace some of the executive team. Work on your brand. The pretty basic stuff is not mastered, yet you have some good people... Culture.. Where do I begin? Most employees are looking for other jobs--in a good economy, you would have no retention..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for developers

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Macquarium

    Pros

    Telecommute Wednesdays, opportunity to work on many different projects for different clients, close to midtown location, diverse employees, several very nice people.

    Cons

    Reputation for being a sweatshop, provide inaccurate estimates to get clients then developers swallow the unestimated hours. I put in a few 80 hour weeks, and management once told the company that they "own our ass" for 50 hours per week. Nah, you don't own anybody slavery ended over 100 years ago. Environment is noisy and distracting. I've also seen a lot of crappy code (while appearing visually stunning) be delivered to the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There ain't no way in hell that you own anybody. You need to have more respect for your developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for people coming right out of college.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Macquarium

    Pros

    Work on big brands, fast learning, excellent people. Good place for people coming right out of college.

    Cons

    Career advancement; shaky environment in a low market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To invest in people. Set clear expectations of career progression and follow up on them objectively. To reward hard work appropriately. Self sacrifice is not a sustainable business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultancy that acts like independent contractor placement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect

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

    Pros

    Salary, time management, lack of management

    Cons

    No opportunity for job growth, lack of management, no salary increase options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaged with all employees; you don't have that many not to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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