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Taos Reviews

Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014
30 Reviews

3.3
30 Reviews
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Taos CEO Ric Urrutia
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    Challenging Work, Fair Pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    I really love the fact that they work with an overtime system for work past 40 hours at client sites. It encourages clients to treat you with some respect time-wise, and compensates you fairly well if you're needed beyond normal time. This creates a decent work-life balance, though the default vacation package isn't super generous. Lots of perks working here, and everyone is good attitude-wise.

    Cons

    The clients don't hire us because the work is easy - expect total messes at the client site for various reasons, and be ready to be patient, yet work your butt off during the hours you are there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! I feel very much at home at Taos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company that treats it's employees well

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant

    Pros

    Great projects and lots of training and technical exchange opportunities

    Cons

    Possible dry spell with no income 'on the bench' I wasn't able to risk the financial burden.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wasted Talent - Disposable Employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Boise, ID

    Pros

    Decent Benefits
    People I worked with were nice (At least non-managers)
    Broad customer base offers opportunities to learn a lot of different technologies

    Cons

    In the 1 1/2 years I worked as a Help Desk Analyst (Started at the beginning of the Boise office.), I offered my talents as a software engineer, an IT Professional, and a windows system administrator. Not once (even when there were only 4 people on staff) did anyone take advantage of my skills. I even went out of my way to write processes, and develop software to help the service desk be more efficient, and my hard work was pushed aside. I received ZERO recognition for all of that work, and when it came to congratulating everyone for their hard work, I was not even an honorable mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with heart, not like a warm body. Recognize people's achievements. Step up the product offerings to be more than what everyone else offers, instead of just meeting the status quo. People I still talk to in the community at Taos, say it has gotten worse by leaps and bounds. This makes me sad for them that they have not found an escape yet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top Rated Consulting Firm

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very well known consulting firm in the Bay Area. Known for providing high quality super star System and network Admistrator as short term contractors

    Cons

    there are really no downsides to working for taos that i can come up with, i guess the main pain is filling out a weekly time sheet but thats with any contracting firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your contractor employees just a tad more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    inconsistent

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

    Pros

    Taos benefits are good and fair.

    Cons

    no processes in place for most anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire back the VP's that left

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    HR department was good, they did everything quickly that they were supposed to do. Some of the work was interesting.

    Cons

    Abysmal communication with remote employees. Decisions would be made and the information not passed along. Project was managed on a "volunteer" basis, with tasks just tossed out to the group with no individual accountability. The result was an unbalanced mix of slackers/incompetents with overworked/talented people. Encouraged to work overtime without reporting it, without coming with out and saying it. Management didn't listen to the employees who knew what they were doing. Letting complex tasks go until the last minute and thus making it impossible to do a good job in a timely manner, was the norm here. Poor reading comprehension my management; ask 3 detailed questions in an email, receive one vague answer. Management continually bluffed when they did not know the answer to a question, confusing employees and confounding those who know BS when they see it. Avoid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check out some of these surveys and take the arrogance down a notch. You aren't really all that great and good people just use this job as a temporary stopgap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Ability to find projects for their employees
    The way employees are treated

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved to suit the industry standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experiences with some exciting new companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Desktop Support  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Chances to work with some new and exciting companies, Free in house training is a great way to increase your skills.

    Cons

    Being off assignment with no pay is pretty tough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very professional admin team. Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

    Professional, good clientiele, numerous opportunities, Good training, benefits.

    Cons

    Tough negotiators, They go with the bottom of your expected salary range and will not negotiate much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of employees as associates and not commodities for trading. Maintain a decent margin on the rate not try to milk the customer for the consultant on site. Instead reward the consultant with a better rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Treats employees as disposable, no job security

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

    Pros

    If you are a "consultant" billing at a client site and have a hot tech skill you can negotiate a good salary.

    Cons

    As a consultant its rare to get paid "bench" time so you are unpaid between assignments and can be laid off at any moment if they can't sell you.

    As an internal your job security is non existent. If you question something you are laid off. If you do not do exactly as told even if you are uncomfortable with it you are laid off. If you do not keep in with the right exec you are laid off. If the exec team changes "strategy" and then doesn't know how to effectively use your team - your whole team is laid off. With no notice or prior indication there was a problem and no caring that hard working /loyal people who sometimes moved for the company are left without anything but a small unemployment check. The CEO still has his mansion and his Jaguar etc.

    Culture of arrogance right from the top. Example: CEO Ric Urrutia thinks reviews of his company are worth nothing, nobody reads them and they don't affect someone's decision to go work at Taos . Its a typical family owned dictatorship and more reminiscent of a royal court or Washington DC government (aka The West Wing) than a company ran on good business decisions based on facts.

    Avoid, you will be burned out within months with no energy to try and find another job until you lose the one you have at Taos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Taos is getting a bad reputation. Take note of this and stop thinking its not true. Stop the disposable people culture, show some respect for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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