The Kemtah Group
3.0 of 5 12 reviews
www.kemtah.com Albuquerque, NM 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    Functional but far from perfect

    Computer HelpDesk (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsCompetitive pay and flexible schedules for everyone

    ConsNo pride in making things better, ok with meeting the bare minimum

    Advice to Senior ManagementEffort! Don't take too many coffee breaks and long lunches!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low pay and toxic politics, but room for advancement.

    Project Technician (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsThe Kemtah Group is a good place to start a career as they have flexible positions that allow a non-experienced job candidate to prove their worth in a professional environment. After one gets a position in the company, a combination of good job performance and assertiveness can allow a person to advance to higher positions according to their ambitions.

    ConsThe pay scale at all levels of employment at this company is well below industry standards. Also, as a contractor, they tend to develop toxic political relationships with their clients, making it difficult to get work done while collaborating with the client's employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise client prices for services with the assurance of higher quality work, and then pass part of that profit on to employees at all levels. This will ensure better performance from employees and, in turn, better client relations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    better than flipping burgers

    Phones (Current Employee)
    Rancho Cordova, CA

    ProsIts a job. They have no problem plugging people into positions(the correct people for the position is another story). The paychecks are always on time. Im really reaching for something good to say, other than its a job.

    ConsEverything else, aside from being employed.

    Upward mobility: Is as fictitious as elves that bake cookies all day. The company will promise you chances, yet in reality there really aren’t any chances. Even for the people that do get to move around, they don’t progress at all, they just have a different place to sit.

    Raises? Since the two managers that take care of Rancho Cordova area are more elusive than those cookie baking elves, it’s hard to get an answer about getting a raise.

    Managers: They ignore emails, refuse to give the 90 day review as planned when first brought on, they don’t care enough about the people that work for them to learn their names(even after 6 months of employment, a friend was called by the wrong name for 2 days by Reeves).

    Rate of Pay: They are accurate with the fact that they pay "competitive wages". When you compare what a person makes when flipping burgers, this place wins hands down. I think the big problem is that the home office of this company is in NM, so they go off of what is a decent wage there. Never taking into account the fact that cost of living here in CA is quite a bit higher than in NM. $17.50 for level 2 help desk is hardly competitive, while in Sacramento.

    Let’s put a cherry on top of this ranting. Just last week, rather than have the managers pay attention to their workers to see who is a good fit, and who is not. They forced everyone to reapply for their jobs, then let over a half dozen of these people go, less than a week before Christmas. That right there shows what level of care they have for their employees, ZERO!

    Beware of this contractor, sure it’s better than nothing, but only use this company as a fail-safe. The moment a different door opens for me, I will happily walk away from this company with my middle fingers held high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHAHA.. You are management, should you really be looking here for advice on how to do your jobs? Huh... sorry for laughing, on second thought, maybe you should be reading this. You both need all the help you can get.

    learn your employees names
    at least try to act like you care
    how can you manage people that you dont have contact with?
    why should employees have to track you two down to get help with something? when someone asks their managers for help, it generally means they need assistance with something. Most of us can stay at home and get ignored by our kids or significant other, if thats what we wanted.

    save 7% by changing the pay periods around? how about handing some of those savings down, to the people that are affected by the change?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Team Lead (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsThey treat employees well, great pay

    ConsNone, really great place to work

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for!!

    Management (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunities in great environment. Always challenging project ahead in complex environments. Positive environment. In a small, nimble company you can make a big impact and your role is vital to continuing success no matter what it is. Huge opportunities with the amount of growth achieved in the last year and the amount of potential on the horizon.

    ConsYou are a vendor so your stability is only as solid as the contract you are on. If you are not versatile, you will not last with Kemtah. Benefits could be better. Corporate office is not always responsive to requests.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHuge growth over the last year, so all indications are Kemtah is on the right path. Keep pushing for measured growth and don't drop the ball.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    huge disappointment

    Desktop Technician (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    Prossteady work was there for around 2 years

    Consterrible management
    HR department does little to nothing to help employees
    politics get really bad during contract negotiations
    blindly hire anyone with or without experience
    bowed to pressure from contracted companies often at the expense of its own employees
    employee morale was often crushed
    micro management
    patronizing
    senior management at Sandia was absolutely dreadful in every way
    disrespectful
    literally people sleeping at there desk's.... I mean management sleeping at there desks.
    discrimination- if you are a contractor you blatantly get treated a different way from regular employees.
    no recognition
    does not give people opportunities to advance there career
    high turnover in desktop support field
    no matter how good you are at your job they will not keep you around if you get another offer

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees who have "boots on the ground" experience at your contract companies. try and keep pace with the modern world in making decisions. Less management meetings and overall micro management. stop destroying morale and thinking it is going to be ok.. treat contractors and FTE's the same way and offering them the same benefits, anything less could be considered discrimination. Hire intelligent and good people keep them around. dont let good employees free into the workforce because of ego or budget.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for!

    Lead Desktop Support Technician (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsVery team oriented, very supportive. Very committed to helping their employees succeed!

    Consexpectations were sometimes vague, but management was always available for questions.

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue to listen to both the employees, and customers needs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A roller Coaster of greed and failure

    Contractor (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsThe Kemtah group is a fantastic place to work if you happen to be lucky enough to be on their government contract with Sandia National Labs. Your pay is set, your hours are flexible, management for the contract is fair, experienced, and capable.

    ConsOn the other hand if you work on any of their other, and dare I say "lesser", contracts then you receive a questionable experience. In my time with this company I have worked in many place and learned a lot. Yet somehow this company refuses to pay it's employees a wage that is reasonable for the work done always stating "budget" problems. If they are really having these budget issues that companies such as Robert Half and TekSystems are so capable of avoiding then they are either under bidding their contracts by a great degree or they are not being full forthright about their "budget." Employees in this field make $2-3 dollars an hour less than they would in the same role elsewhere. Higher paying positions that are left vacant are often eliminated instead of used to advance employees due to these "budget" issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage your finances better and get managers who know the field. A food industries manager is not the appropriate hire for a Computer Services contract.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Volatile contract position

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, WA

    ProsFlexible hours. Easy commute, no management breathing over your shoulder. As long as the job gets done you never hear from anyone.

    ConsLow pay, and a communications disconnect between employee and management. You can do some great work, but would never get recognized for it. And that is if they even know (or remember) who you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to start treating people like they are actually employees of there company. Regular reviews? News about new opportunities? information on the company's direction in the marketplace?

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    Just a number to the company

    Technical Lead (Former Employee)

    ProsAbility to work with a fortune 500 company through a contract

    ConsPay is horrible. Corporate people have no right having any jobs. Always screwed up our paychecks. Any change in benefits or any other importmant company information never provided. Leadership was very weak within company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about your employees more and not just the numbers. Get rid of everyone in corp and start fresh. they are in there own little world at corp.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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