Solium Capital Reviews

Updated March 18, 2014
Updated March 18, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Cost Equity Comp Management System Provider

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solium Capital

    Pros

    Good technology and has potential for big growth. Stock of late has gone up and up and they seem to have swallowed 4 recent acquisitions relatively successfully.

    Cons

    Low cost is their motto and that means low salary, low benefits, and minimal resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be pound wise and penny foolish.

  2.  

    Terrible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Administrator  in  Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Client Administrator in Shelton, CT

    I have been working at Solium Capital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My colleagues were very nice, and the work space culture was friendly and collegial. I saw negative comments about this in other reviews, but I wholeheartedly disagree.

    Cons

    Management's appreciation of employees was very poor, and upward mobility was highly limited. If you weren't one of management's chosen few, your life was miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to all of your employees, and pay people better or scale back the workload to be in line with compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The treadmill

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

    I have been working at Solium Capital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The customers are really terrific and appreciative of our time, the company offers lots of internal training and the benefits are pretty standard fare. Location and offices are decent.

    Cons

    The workload is very heavy, management underestimates volume and is slow to hire. The pay is pretty low and management is top heavy and consistently unappreciative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to hear a thank you every now and then.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    They do not respect or value their American employees/collegues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Relationship  in  Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Client Relationship in Shelton, CT

    I have been working at Solium Capital full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Shelton CT employees are top notch

    Cons

    Lack of respect/rude management. Very "clicky"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Impressive company, but not a fun development experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

    I worked at Solium Capital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are a ton of smart and friendly people working there and the company is growing pretty impressively right now.

    They've made some acquisitions in the last year and have been good at recognizing the talent there.

    The Calgary office is a fun and relaxed workspace (at least on the development floor).

    The problems you are faced with as a developer are challenging. You definitely won't be bored.

    Cons

    I was not there very long (my choice), so take this with a grain of salt.

    Their product is absolutely massive from a software engineering standpoint. If your mission in life is to work on large scale enterprise software, this is the place for you. If it isn't, then you may notice a lot of room for improvement. There's constant friction in working in the environment, making changes, and building. And since the platform being used is pretty old, there's a lot of boilerplate that's not necessary in more modern systems. It feels slow in a way that other software engineering jobs I've had didn't. They also have a fairly lackluster ramp-up process, which definitely doesn't help.

    The broader development process has issues, too. You need to become a near subject matter expert to be a really effective developer. That's not only because of the software's complexity, but because their requirements process involves developers writing specs and blasting the whole company with them for evaluation. It's a workable system, but it's not enjoyable.

    They've also had difficulties getting remote developers productive, but that's something that they're working on improving.

    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    US team

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

    I worked at Solium Capital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good growth path because their recent acquisitions makes them a major player in the US but client satisfaction and communications is horrible

    Cons

    - No idea of US market or how to penetrate it.
    - Extremely "click-ish" senior management team. If you are not one of the "good old boys" don't expect to move ahead in the company.
    - Does not listen to employee feedback to gain market share
    - Employees are spread to thin and have no idea what they are doing
    - The way they treat their customers is a joke

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    To suceed, have to know stock options plans. Not a place to work if you do not know the stock options plan business.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT

    I have been working at Solium Capital full-time

    Pros

    Very casual clothing policy in CT office in US.

    Cons

    Shelton, CT location. One has to question professional attitudes here towards clients. They are referred to as if the enemy rather than a partner.
    Office politics rampart.
    Some getting bloated ego about their supremacy in the market, in for rude awakening when a smaller, nibble company out codes the application one day.
    Canadian office rules, Shelton ,CT office given second thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink purpose of American based software product. If going all out financial services enterprise, sell off the software before a smart, small and nimble startup codes around you a slick and effective web app and wipes your market away.
    You are NOT the only stock options plans solution in town for long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company in Niche Industry

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solium Capital full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Awards for the Fastest 500, 100, Top 10 Corporate Cultures, Entrepreneur of the Year
    Some very smart people and top talent in the company
    Company has been on rapid growth for 8+ years
    Global offices with ability for transfers for those who are bright and ambitious but you need to be SME on equity compensation
    Lots of flexibility and room for personal growth
    Great place if you embrace change and high volume output (not for the faint at heart)

    Cons

    Rapid growth has its challenges and sometimes looks like there is a lack of direction
    Workloads are high and expectations are high
    If not self directed people struggle to keep up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to appreciate from the bottom up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solium Capital

    Pros

    No restrictions on what you can do. The view is nice and located conveniently by the trains. Lots of good food around the area.

    Cons

    No organization or direction. Managers blame when things go wrong. They don't take ownership of problems or stand behind their team. Ready to throw even their subordinates under the bus to save their butts. Unprofessional and extremely cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage and support your team. Stop scolding or embarrassing them when your direction and expectations were not clear to begin with.

  11.  

    Fantastic place to work with a lot of growth potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Solium Capital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging, exciting and rewarding work

    Cons

    Can't think of anything at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the fantastic work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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