Turn5 Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

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

    I have been working at Turn5 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Turn5 is an incredibly innovative and dynamic company that continues to grow by more than 25% year over year. You will be given as much responsibility as you want (and can handle). Environment is extremely positive and collaborative led by the influence of the 2 owners/founders (Steve and Andrew Voudouris).

    Cons

    The only real downside of working at Turn5 is keeping up with the growth and momentum of the company. To support this, the company is currently developing and implementing new technologies (both front and back office).

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you do - this place is AMAZING!

  2. Great people, lousy pay

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

    I worked at Turn5 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and fun. The atmosphere is great! Very young company and very family oriented (owners are brothers).

    Dress code is casual (jeans and tshirts) and they really like to show how they appreciate their employees.

    Also they give back to the community each year by donating to charity through their car show (awesome!)

    Cons

    Pay is on the low end and depending on department there isn't much wiggle room

  3. An IT disaster

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

    I worked at Turn5

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for an IT position steer away from here. The manager is smart but rude, unfair, uncaring, his way or the highway. Lots of people have come and gone through the positions here. The manager has been with the company since day one practically and is entrenched in his position. Be forewarned.

    Cons

    It is a youthful company but with that comes petty, childlike issues.

    Advice to Management

    You guys don't listen.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Mostly pretty awesome. A little bit not-so-awesome.

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

    I have been working at Turn5 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at this company are super-talented. It's a very young crew; with 95% of the staff being under 30 years old–including the owners! So, employees come in fresh, not-yet-jaded and with brand new views and ideas to offer the company.

    This is also a group of highly positive and ambitious people. I don't think there's single person who I could pinpoint as being lazy. Despite the enormous growth and unbelievably fast-paced environment, everyone does their job and they seem to be quite enthusiastic about it.

    This is a crazy-positive atmosphere! I've never experienced anything like it at any other company–and, let's just say that I have a rather decent amount of professional experience. You don't ever hear people complaining about their job or their boss. If you're over-stressed, someone is usually willing to help you out. And the most unusual aspect I find is that the level of gossip is so minimal that it blows my mind. I think it's fantastic! Gossip is usually equivalent to oxygen when it comes to employees thriving at any company. People tend to cooperate with one another and have respect for each other – at least to some degree – and I've found they do not "throw one another under the bus" nearly as often as you will find in many other environments. For the most part, people own their mistakes.

    The dress code is very casual. Although some dress very professionally by choice, you will not find anyone wearing a suit or tie at this company. Most wear jeans and a nice shirt, but you see people wearing sneakers and hooded sweatshirts, etc... and it is totally acceptable. Tattoos are very commonplace and they're not looked-down-upon in any way. There's no reason to have to be worried about your tattoo showing here! In fact, people are more likely to strike up an interesting conversation with the person about it, rather than sneer at it and look down upon them for having tattoos.

    There is no crazy, pointless intricately woven web hierarchy of executives at Turn5. It's all pretty straight-forward and there doesn't seem to be any unnecessary C-level nonsense. They're kept to a bare minimum and the structure is clearly outlined. THIS is something I find truly refreshing. You have one boss. One.

    The turnover level is extremely low, at least in most departments. Most of the people working for Turn5 have been there for years, even if it is their very first job. There are new employees starting constantly, but it's due to massive growth and not at all due to people quitting/being fired and being replaced.

    Excellent benefits for single people with no children. Don't expect to get health insurance for your family here. It's cheaper to just get your own and pay 100% if you'll be adding anyone to the plan other than yourself. Again, I attribute this to the age-level of the majority of the team.

    There's a nice 401K contribution plan set up and the company's match to the employee's contribution is one of the best I've ever seen.

    PTO is not the worst I've seen, but also not the best.

    Turn 5 offers a flexible start-time, which is quite unique and very much appreciated by everyone who works for them.

    Cons

    Considering that nearly the entire workforce at Turn5 is under 30 years of age - many as young as 21 or 22 years old, it is not surprising to find that there's a certain level of immaturity. That comes mainly in the form of strong cliques with an unwillingness to be open to the newer employees joining their "crew." This is a problem considering the immense growth of the company and new people starting every week. I have never worked for a company where it was so difficult to get to know your coworkers, even on a very basic level. Unless you'd already been working with the crew for many years, don't expect to be invited to lunch or even included in a simple conversation.

    Although long-term employees are friendly enough to new arrivals, the new employees are certainly not welcomed with open arms and many find it somewhat difficult to meld with their peers. If you are a new employee at Turn5, you may as well wait for other new employees to be hired in order to experience any level of camaraderie, or perhaps, invest in some nice headphones and accept that it simply will not happen and you are technically "the black sheep." I do believe this is all due to the lack of maturity among a group of very young people. Think: high school but with a lot less drama. This even makes its way into the level of respect your work and opinions receive from management.

    Expectations are extremely high while the pay doesn't come anywhere close to matching up. The more you are paid, the more unreasonable the expectations become.

    As mentioned above, the health insurance benefit structure was clearly set up with the youth in mind as they don't offer any remotely reasonable options for those who are married/have children and would like to obtain coverage for their families. This is a tough one as getting insurance through Turn5 for a husband and wife or for a mother and her children is more costly than obtaining it on their own, without any company contribution.

    You don't start "accumulating" PTO and are ineligible for health insurance benefits until after 90 days of employment with the company. This is a somewhat lengthy period of time compared to any other company with whom I have worked. And that is when you BEGIN to accumulate PTO over time. You aren't automatically assigned your PTO days. You have to earn them over time. So, you may only have a total of three fully paid days of vacation, sick and personal time by the end of your first year with the company. After you've accumulated days it improves, but getting there is very difficult.

    **This point, for many of Turn5's employees, is by far one of the biggest drawbacks of working for the company. Unfortunately, many of them, being so green, don't know enough about the real world and what it's like to work for any other company, since this is usually their first job, to see through this: There is a common misconception throughout the company that there is an excellent "work/life balance." This is one of their main selling points and I have to disagree with that wholeheartedly. Expect to work very long hours and expect to be constantly getting things done while you're at home so you'll be prepared for the following day or at least spending that time planning for the next step.

    Like I said earlier, expectations are extremely high and come nowhere close to fitting within a standard 40-hours-per-week time frame. **Although you will constantly be told by higher-ups that the work-life balance at Turn5 is fantastic, I can assure you that it is not. You WILL work your butt off for this company and you can expect sleep to become a much higher priority in your personal life than any social time.

    This is a huge drawback since their misconception about the work/life balance at their own company make it so that hard work and dedication not only go completely unrecognized and unappreciated, rather this is looked-down-upon and makes the hard-working & dedicated employee appear as though they're just "being" inept and slow. This is a major drawback and a factor that needs to be reevaluated by the higher-ups. Working hard is a'ok and a challenging environment is fantastic, but not when it reflects negatively on the very-hard-working employees.

    It is a strange anomaly and something I find particularly difficult to wrap my head around–given that I have worked for several other companies and maintain an awareness of how things of this nature usually work.

    Advice to Management

    The atmosphere overall is awesome. It's a great place to work for so many reasons!! With that said, I would suggest reevaluating how you view the once-relevant "excellent work/life balance" image that seems to be so very important to the company to maintain. Instead of grasping onto that message so tightly and wishing it were true, accept that it is not, and that is perfectly fine! Turn5 is a rapidly expanding, highly-successful business and with that comes an increase in workload - that's a good thing! However, employees who are super-dedicated, working very hard and putting in overtime in order to help Turn5 thrive and continue to expand and succeed should not be viewed negatively and berated for putting in extra effort simply because they alter that once-accurate image that no longer exists. They should be rewarded and appreciated for their dedication, hard work and given the opportunity to try new methods and processes. Who knows? They might just have some awesome improvements to offer. Keep in mind: they're in this with you!

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great Ever Expanding Company

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

    I have been working at Turn5 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Flexibility with scheduling. Decent benefits with employee matching 401k. Close to the city. Cool company events. The company the ability to keep on growing for years to come. Super laid back company with a laid back dress code.

    Cons

    Internal structure could be better. There is a lack of communication between departments. No one is ever on the same page, but they are trying to work through this. Little to no room for career advancement since they are a very flat company in terms of hierarchy. Some people take the laid back dress code way to far.

  7. Helpful (1)

    The best company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Turn V Office in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Turn V Office in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Turn5 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow within the company. Almost every member of the team is extremely nice and willing to help with anything.

    Cons

    The pay is Fair, Literally the only Con.

    Advice to Management

    For the amount of work the employees do there should be a little better pay scales for different departments, otherwise fantastic company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Rapidly growing company filled with lively young professionals

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

    I have been working at Turn5 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment consists of younger experienced and driven professionals. Overall there is a casual dress & atmosphere to make employees comfortable and thrive. This company values technology and works to give employees all of the tools needed to be efficient and effective. I know many success stories in advancement within the company for thriving professionals.

    Cons

    As in any company, communication among departments could be strengthened. Efforts are being made, which is necessary as the company continues to grow.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Growing Company - Great Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management Department in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Product Management Department in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Turn5 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Hard work is recognized by not only direct supervisors but also at the director and executive level
    - Upbeat work environment
    - Flexible schedule
    - Growing company which creates advancement opportunities; company seems to look within for promotion before looking outside
    - 401k employer match up to 3% salary

    Cons

    - Health benefits are available but on the expensive end
    - Bonus structure is rigid in nature (that being said, many employers don't offer bonuses at all as a matter of course)

    Advice to Management

    Management seems to be doing everything it can to create a positive work environment. I have no generic advice.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company, Great Place to Work!!

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

    I have been working at Turn5 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture and values of the company are outstanding
    Good benefit package
    Friendly and laid back Atmosphere
    Personal growth
    Opportunity to grow
    Wonderful people and challenges every day.
    Company really does a great job taking care of all the employees with some really cool perks
    Organized, Team oriented, and fun.
    Excellent company, Great Place to Work

    Cons

    Cannot honestly think of any!

  11. Helpful (2)

    If you are a driven individual there is opportunity for growth.

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

    I have been working at Turn5 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Performance based work environment. Opportunity to learn from others. Hard work is recognized.

    Cons

    Communication among departments is inconsistent and can be problematic.

    Advice to Management

    Aggressive growth leads to stressful scenarios. Better long-term planning is needed to pace work and create balance.

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