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  1. Good employer to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Redpoint Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Get to learn new technologies because of nature of the job Management treats their employees pretty well (senior mgmt knows every person by name) Good Compensation Decent time off Decent benefits

    Cons

    As with any services company where you work may not be in one place for a long time (thats why I gave little bit low points for work-life balance)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Redpoint values and culture


  2. confluence of very bright minds

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - some of the best talents work here

    Cons

    - Not very connected group

    Advice to Management

    Make room for more team activities.


  3. Extremely rare assemblage of gifted and talented individuals in one company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Redpoint Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As consulting companies go, Redpoint is unique in its "purity" of talent - there is no dead weight, and the consultants there tend to be very enthusiastic about their work and willing to share their knowledge. As a result, Redpoint projects are largely successful, and there is great opportunity for personal growth. Most work is local (primarily Chicago, with some suburban clients); very little hop-on-a-plane type travel is required. Management goes out of its way to funnel travel-oriented engagements to employees who enjoy (or can at least tolerate) that arrangement. Camaraderie is pretty good for a consulting firm where people tend to be scattered among many clients. People get together for brown bag lunches (informal talks), show-and-tell nights, geeky board game nights, etc.

    Cons

    Consulting assignments are a mix of true project work and staff augmentation. On staff aug assignments, Redpoint consultants often work with client staff and "low-priced consultants" from other firms - and are expected to deliver many times what their teammates do (because of the great reputation built on past successes).

    Advice to Management

    Create even more opportunities for consultants to get together, informally, to share ideas and learn from one another.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great people, skilled professionals, not enough projects and growth opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment. Highly skilled IT professionals. Fair and open management. Good compensation. Opportunity to learn new technologies. Nobody gets laid off even during recession. Overall it's much better than an average consulting experience, but could be somewhat worse than a good full-time work.

    Cons

    The company is centered around handful of bigger clients. It results in a lack of interesting project opportunities and potential instability. Absolutely no career growth opportunity as all people are essentially consultants, who simply do what client requires on a project. While compensation is above average, its growth is way below average. Management rarely pushes back when it comes to unreasonable client requirements putting all the burden on consultants. Not enough interaction between company employees due to rare gatherings.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs more clients for stability. It's also good to tighten connections between employees by organizing more gatherings during work hours at company's expense. Better compensation growth and ability to shuffle people between projects are the keys to keeping good people for a long time. Despite all the negatives it's a good company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Problem abound

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Redpoint hires good quality consultants and offers above average pay. They encourage employees to explore new technologies and adopt Agile methods.

    Cons

    Parent company SPR poorly handles benefits especially insurance plan information (it took weeks to get the details straight and many inaccurate facts were published.) Health insurance options offer a poor network with very poor benefits. Dental coverages maxes out around $1100 per year. Management has ego issues and is less than competent. Communication is abysmal. This company is fine for junior folks but experienced people will find it very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Get the staff on board with Agile. Some senior management have no idea what Agile is. Improve communication. Trust your lead folks to do their job. Senior management does not have to pretend they know everything. Return to Agile best practices. Add salespeople, one salesman is not enough to grow. Manage customers better to allow consultants to move around instead of telling consultants they are stuck at their current client for years to come. DO NOT HIDE client feedback from the consulting staff. Admit mistakes and improve. Don't play the blame game. Get appropriate feedback from your staff before jumping to conclusions. Budget for a small bench at all times. Keep the bench engaged with internal projects or R&D that benefits the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great local boutique consulting firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Redpoint Technologies full-time

    Pros

    They hire really good people, so you get to learn a lot working with your peers. Also offer a way to pick up new skills like iOS development, Ruby on Rails, and latest agile stuff like BDD and Cucumber.

    Cons

    Typical consulting stuff - unpredictable commute, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Try to provide more opportunities to bring consultants together



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