Valtech
2.3 of 5 75 reviews
www.valtech.com Paris, France 150 to 499 Employees

Valtech Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.3 75 reviews

                             

42% Approve of the CEO

Valtech Président-Directeur Général Sebastian Lombardo

Sebastian Lombardo

(12 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You will have lots of work life balance because there is no work at all"
    in 5 reviews
  • "A great place to learn and grow, or lead if you have the chops for it"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior Management is not very transparent"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Valtech is an IT body shop masquerading as a "hybrid" digital agency--whatever that means"
    in 3 reviews
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    1 person found this helpful  

    Keep pushing to be the best and you will succeed

    Feature Manager (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Prosemployee focused, flexibilily, fun place to work

    Conswrong people placed in positions that are client facing, not enough consultants with years of experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't worry about small issues when larger problems need addressing. Place the right people in the position the 1st time to ensure success and meet client expectations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great infantry, poor generals

    Senior Consultant II (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsValtech pays fairly well. The people you work with on a day-to-day level, the developers, consultants, analysts, leads, etc. are all very talented individuals. I've never worked with any better teams. Fairly good benefits package.

    ConsLack of any leadership that actually knows how to run a business. Bad decision after bad decision with no accountability across the board. No communication as to what is going on, and what you do get usually turns out to be out right lies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the entire leadership team and replace with people who actually know how to grow a successful organization. Nail down operations first and foremost, at times it feels like college projects are run better. Sales needs a complete overhaul. Get smaller and focus on core competencies before trying to achieve exponential growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you can tolerate lies & deceit, this company is for you.

    Principal Consultant (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsThere aren't any; management prior to Nov. 2006 was great, but with the management change (Jonathon Poole/Brad Murphy), the company has really sucked. Communication is non-existent, and upper management out-right lies to employees.

    ConsBesides the lying, lack of communication, and complete lack of respect for any employees? You cannot trust upper management at all; there was no visibility into the business pipeline. At the first "town-hall" meeting after prior management was fired, the new management cherry-picked financial figures to make the finances look at as bad as possible as an excuse to get rid of the old management (i.e., picking the day of the month when credit is most extended --- the day after pay is posted; picking the day when receivables are at their low (billing is done twice a month)). It was done quite dishonestly, and now that things really are bad, they won't say a word about the finances.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive it up and walk away. The only hope for the company is to either let it die, or walk away and allow management that knows what it is doing to step in and really get things done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where are we going?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsValtech still has a lot of great people working there. In fact, with the exception of certain executives/managers, there are almost no "dummies" (for lack of a better word) to be found.

    ConsValtech is in flux. If I had to describe it, they are at step 2 of a 3 step reinvention process and don't know what step 3 is yet. This, combined with customer contracts coming and going, leads to uncertainty and diminished job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management needs to solicit the opinions of their developers and not just passively listen to concerns or ideas they have.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Valtech is not a good place to work for many reasons.

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsPaychecks arrive regularly, so far.

    ConsManagement team is worst I have ever worked with. Accountability is non-existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave and let more competent people take your place. Jonathan Poole is not the US CEO. The US CEO must be replaced with someone who has operational and financial "chops".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unstable company that great people have left.

    Senior Consultant II (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsValtech outsourced-projects are typically good projects with good technologies. The company compensates people fairly and offers good benefits. Valtech has flexible work hours and tries to balance professional and work lives.

    ConsValtech has recently been an unstable company, especially in this economy. There has been a lack of open communication from upper management to employees. Upper Management hired several VPs and lots of employees were hired recently, only to be laid off within a very short time period. The employees that were laid off were given no advanced notice, and without much to any pay. Valtech would be a better place with different upper management and a better economy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest about possible layoffs, and give more time for employees to make plans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Proslearn a new methodology if a person is new for Agile! good communication and strong teams within Projects.
    The employee's are experts in their own field, variety of individuals who help and are a strong foot hold in the project.
    The training program given by Valtech Education Services are very good and highly recommended. The Training staff are very good and pro-active and take a keen interest in every employee's certifications. The training material is very handy and the trainers are very accomplished and certified and good in their work. i would recommend Valtech only for Experienced Individuals and not at the starter level.

    Conslack of direction,
    lack of roles and responsibilities,
    Not a starting place to kick-start your career.
    Management communication is very poor towards the employee's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more Pro-active towards the Project people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    What could have been

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Pros1. Strong respect for work/life blanace
    2. Some very smart people working within the company
    3. Compensated fairly

    Cons1. Senior management out of touch with market realities
    2. Broken business model
    3. Valtech has gone from a consultancy with knowledgeable experts to a body shop no better than an off-shore provider.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValtech USA needs new leadership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Eroding quickly

    Consultant II (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Pros1. Excellent respect for work-life balance
    2. Generally has good insight into properly doing Agile (though clients can sabotage this).
    3. Have some excellent, technically savvy, consultants

    Cons1. Lack of vision; way too reactionary to market trends
    2. Knee-jerk reactions (Hire lots of college grads, then blame them for project failures and fire then all at once; Hire a bunch of Senior VPs and fire them a few months later, then a few reappear again another month later)
    3. Murky requirements for promotions and reluctance to promote
    4. Basically the offshore model on-shore; most projects just maintenance work or small enhancements that could be done in India; not many real consulting projects
    5. Pricing model still in flux, with lack of profits
    6. Lack of projects due to recessionary environment
    7. Projects that could be profitable are not due to questionable personnel decisions and over-staffing
    8. Lack of accountability - laziness and incompetence not quickly confronted and re-mediated

    Advice to Senior ManagementValtech used to be an excellent place to work. It is quickly eroding into a body shop. Value your employees, communicate effectively, nail down your business model.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There's something rotten in Dallas...

    Consultant II (Former Employee)
    College Station, TX

    ProsValtech used to have a lot of really bright technical people. They used to foster an agile environment that was ideal for easily collaborating as a team, and educating junior team members about new technologies. They also had competitive salaries, and good perks (video games in break room, free snacks and coffee, 3 weeks of vacation to start out).

    ConsSenior management has completely decimated the US organization. The business strategy is nebulous and changes from year to year (Doom Loop). Management has always struggled to properly staff projects due to an unpredictable sales pipeline. This has often resulted in projects being understaffed, or some resources being under-utilized/benched for too long. Also, right now Valtech has been laying off all resources they can't staff to cut costs. Also, all bonuses have been indefinitely suspended, and quarterly reviews have been discontinued.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your resumes ready for next Spring, there's going to be some housecleaning.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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