Varen Technologies Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Best company I've ever worked for. The employees are treated with respect and appreciation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Varen Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company goes out of their way to make their employees happy.

    Cons

    There can be communication issues among the various levels of management.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the communication chain runs all the way to the employee. Sometimes information stops at the lower management levels and its frustrating for the employees.

  2. Great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Network Security Consultant in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Network Security Consultant in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Varen Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive benefits (401K, vacation, medical, dental, etc.). The company treats it employees well and provides them with many opportunities to participate in the growth of the company (interviewing potential employees, bid proposals, etc.). Additionally, employees are rewarded (bonuses, pay incentives, raises) for their participation in these events as well as for their extra efforts in client spaces.

    Cons

    The company is expanding and is growing very quickly. As a result, they have lost some of their small company charm. Additionally, managements focus tends to shift away from their employees and towards the pursuit of additional clients/contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should touch base with their employees on a regular basis. There is a fine line between feeling like you are trusted because your management leaves you alone to do your work and feeling abandoned because your management hasn't visited/contacted you in 6 months.

  3. Small is good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Varen Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mgmt works hard to maintain a "one big happy family" atmosphere. I'd forgotten what it was like, being on a first name basis with the CEO. Lack of hidebound processes for dealing with every issue is a BIG plus, after working in a huge firm whose processes made it next to impossible to accomplish anything.

    Cons

    Most of the assignments are with their primary customer, scattered in small groups in multiple remote locations.

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  5. Great company, but your client may not be

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

    I have been working at Varen Technologies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The mid and upper level management are excellent people that are both competent and easy to talk to. Yearly evaluations are generous in terms of not penalizing you heavily for mistakes, but they'll let you know what things got noticed so you can improve. Compensation benefits, and side benefits (food and events) are very strong. You get the general feeling they're trying the best they can to take care of people.

    Cons

    This is a contracting company, so when you're put on a contract, you have to deal with the issues related to that indirect employer you're working for, and yes, some of them can be quite frustrating. The recruiting staff is good but sometimes is not fully aware what contract positions are open : make sure you listen carefully during all stages of the hiring process because your job description may change midway through.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure recruiting has up to date information on the placements available

  6. Good people and great opportunities!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Varen Technologies

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I've been with Varen for a little over a month and I have to say everything has been exactly as they promised (or better) during my several-month transition from a large consulting firm. Although I liked my former employer, Varen is even better! It is fun and exciting to be with a small company that is growing and to be at a place where you can make a real impact.

    Cons

    When I was at "big consulting firm," we had a system or a process for just about everything. Varen is still working on that. On the other hand, there are great opportunities to take some of these projects on--Varen leadership appreciates and rewards those who go above and beyond to help advance the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing exactly what you've done to get this far! Hiring only the best staff and rewarding them for the company's success is a model that is working for Varen and its employees.

  7. Shady Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Varen Technologies

    Pros

    The way they structure their pay and compensation is similar to the Booz Allen Hamilton model since the owner is a former BAH partner. However, unlike BAH, they have a much better competitive pay and time off, as they are a fairly new company (~3 years old).

    Cons

    They give a great sales pitch to come work for them, but if you ever leave, it's like you mean nothing to them. Also, there is not a lot of room for movement from position to position. I consider management to be a bit shady. They were not very upfront with my role and responsibility. Because if they were, I would not have joined. However, management's job is to fill as many positions on contracts as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with people you recruit or else they'll just leave later on.

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