I have been working at Contata Solutions full-time (More than a year)
Most of my coworkers and I are described positively as “Jack of all trades, masters of none”.
Most of Contata's employees receive calls from the CEO evenings and weekends.There is also an expectation to work after leaving the office and every weekend. Unfortunately, there are no flexible working hours, no work from home days, salary is lower compared to other SaaS organizations in the Twin Cities, there are no sick days, fun or excitement in the office is not promoted, there are no floating holidays nor time off for volunteering. Current salaried employees get 10 PTO days and 6 national holidays off and free coffee and soda in the office. Micromanagement occurs often (even with senior team members), and new hires are subjected to a condescending attitude until 'proving' themselves. Contata does not increase pay per years with the organization but gives raises through counter offers once employees quit. At a cosmetic level, the office does not have task chairs, no standing desks nor natural light.
Advice to Management
Change is hard, but necessary. Free up opportunities for your employees to grow by enabling them to learn more by doing their own research, their own work and not holding them back. Demote the “management” team. Find ways to impress the team - increase PTO to 15 to 20 days, allow sick days with a doctor's note (at least), create an optional work from home day, consider commuter reimbursement, schedule office activities, team building exercises and out-of-office engagement. Provide a competitive salary. Give employees goals, timelines and transparency to decisions. Stop cost cutting with the employees’ happiness.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Contata Solutions (Minneapolis, MN) in October 2013.
I applied to the position posted online and received an email with a time to expect a phone call. The call was almost 2 hours late. I spent about 45 minutes on the phone with the CEO and was then invited to do an in-person interview. The interview consisted of additional generic questions, and I did a demo of two web applications toward the end. I received an offer a few days later.
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