MicroLink, LLC

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MicroLink, LLC Reviews

Updated June 30, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful people

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good reputation for excellence amongst developers.

    Cons

    Executive Leadership often out of touch with grunts in the field.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Willing to play the game?

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Pool table and beer in the office. Company sponsored events such as happy hours and baseball games. Nice people, but then it seems like your in a cult if your part of the "in crowd" and when you try pulling back, you get shunned. Good place to start when graduating college since they are not very particular with the technical knowledge/experience since their work is very niche.

    Cons

    There are many good people with the company, usually the new hires or ones working on client sites because they have not been tainted. False promises during the interviews. After being hired found out the same lie was told to many others on the team for many months. Almost everyone (70% of the technical people I knew) left the company within 1-2 years. Sometimes they place you in positions your skills are not well aligned for. Resume to the client are tailored to the customers needs to get you placed in roles, (kind of illegal). Puts you in an awkward position with the client. If your opinion is different than those of certain management, its best not to say anything for you will be shunned (so much for open door policy). When I submitted my resignation letter, the management did not respond to my emails. You will notice petty and unprofessional behavior if your working in head quarters if your part of the clique, if your not, you will feel like an outcast. Client site work has a different feel and it depends on who is leading the effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Just because you manage someone does not mean that you own them. Be professional by treating everyone with respect and stop the clique oriented culture. Unless you change, the future looks dim, and its not HP acquisition that has put the company in this position, its the core culture and attitude of management which started way before the acquisition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Was Once a Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC

    Pros

    Relaxed environment on Fridays and during the summer.

    Cons

    • Environment was too relaxed. They lost their technical inspiration which they once embraced.
    • Advancement was limited, unless you were one of the chosen friends, and with one’s abilities not a primary factor.
    • Quarterly LEAP Awards were mostly a hoax and was simply a quarterly rotation of the same people (“chosen friends”) winning, except for one or two tokens.
    • The LEAP Awards created a visual division between employees, resulting in resentment from many hard-working employees that did not fall into the “chosen friends” group. Also, many of the serial LEAP Awards individuals were arrogant when dealing with the non-chosen.
    • Focus on profit over long-term growth became the norm after Mr. Whorton left MicroLink. Management blames MicroLink’s mother company HP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Terminate LEAP Awards
    • Refocus MicroLink on technology solutions.
    • Provide training and reinvest in employees.
    • Suggest HP look at MicroLink’s management style and not just their bottom-line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Change who you are to fit in with management and this can be a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Beer in the office, very relaxed atmosphere on Thursdays and Fridays.

    Company sponsored events, baseball games, Happy Hours.

    An opportunity to learn a complex software that not many have a working knowledge of.

    Cons

    Company and groups were run like a clique. Many managers played favorites, and gave opportunities to those they socialized with outside of work.

    Cell phone use and reimbursement were spotty and no one could give a clear answer. The same employees who did after hours socializing got their cell phone plans paid for.

    Employees were left out on an island if out in the field, with little to no help from their managers.

    They will try to sell you on a family atmosphere but if you don’t fit in then you will be singled out and not welcome.

    There is only so high you can climb before they start passing out titles to make people seem more important. They use this as a way to keep employees when it seems like they may want to leave.

    Recruiters constantly search job boards for resumes and if they find one they think is yours, your time will soon come to an end there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to analyze exit interviews to see what employees have to say. Look for a pattern in why people are leaving. Just because people are technically sound does not make them good coworkers or competent managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Small company with good potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at MicroLink, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Room to grow professionally if you work hard

    Cons

    Being billable is the top priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share expectations more often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    very good experience, good comp, good people

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    Former Employee - Sales in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC

    Pros

    MicroLink is very people oriented, they work hard but also understand that a workplace should also be more than just a place to work. They have some interesting technology areas and like to pursue new ideas here and there.

    Cons

    rather small company, recently purchased by Autonomy so some of the 'autonomy' is lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pretty much continue w/ the current approach, fine tuning as you go.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Didn't measure up to the promises made at time of hire.

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    Former Employee - Architect in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Architect in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC

    Pros

    Good mix of new technical people coming in, initially. Small company feel--everybody knows almost everybody else. Relaxed attitude in the office.

    Cons

    Huge turnover problem. Good people turn over quickly, as opportunities get stale and promises are not kept. Average performers move up simply by staying around and showing "loyalty." Incremental compensation increase is below average, despite best "grade" on reviews. Too much emphasis on being billable and putting in personal time beyond normal hours on a regular basis, with no clear incentivization for doing so. "Overtime" bonus plan not applicable unless you are on a time and materials contract for a client. Most projects are fixed at 40 hours a week, so this is effectively a worthless comp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the "do it my way or go elsewhere attitude." It's just another tech staffing company masquerading as a "consulting" company.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not a bad place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC

    Pros

    I felt that MicroLink had one of the best assemblies of technical talent in the region. There defnitely are opportunities to grow technically. I've met good people and made good friends at Microlink.

    Cons

    too much emphasis on being billable, I think. No telling what kind of project you will end up on. Some are good and some aren't so good. Microlink is still a growing company with a family like feel. But because it is a growing company, a full fledged complete SDLC projects are rare as they often work as a sub for bigger companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good luck and thank you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incomptetant liars who run a clique

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroLink, LLC

    Pros

    The people seemed nice, generally. Their company events are fun and entertaining, which alcohol. They have a pool table, guitar hero, putting green, and big screen TV.

    Cons

    They did not give cubicles to some employees, making them sit facing each other at a big conference table every day. It wasn't temporary. The same employees did not get a phone.

    They pulled a "bait and switch" on some people, lying about what they'd be doing once hired.

    Management doesn't know anything about managing people. You are your own manager.

    If you want to get anywhere, you will have to socialize a lot after hours.

    They place emphasis on employees being "billable" and if you're not for whatever reason, that's your fault, not theirs.

    They put employees on projects that they should be on due to qualifications and then get upset when the employees can't perform as expected.

    They want employees to lie to customers, saying something can be done when the employee doesn't know that either way. Then they want you to figure out how it can be done on your own time.

    The recruiters will tell management if they see someone's resume active on job boards and terminate the employee immediately without talking to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are two sides to every story, not just yours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work!

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

    I have been working at MicroLink, LLC

    Pros

    It's a great work atmosphere that rewards hard work and dedication. Career advancement can be swift, compensation is strong, and the culture is very friendly.

    Cons

    The benefits package could be improved but it as it stands, it is a solid plan. They provide a couple of options to help cut down costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your strong communication of the company's success and victories. 2011 was a great year for the company and employees are always encouraged to hear how MicroLink is growing and making a difference.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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