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3.9
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Arcadia.io CEO Sean Carroll
Sean Carroll
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Amazing workplace flexibility to work from home, unlimited time off (as much as you can negotiate with your manager)(in 5 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance, on the edge of the exciting field of pop health(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Career paths not extremely clear(in 5 reviews)

  • "Most generalists at entry level have neither a tech nor healthcare background and learn on the customer's dime(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Apathy need not apply"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Arcadia.io full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People here are brilliant and know what they're doing. This isn't a company that teaches you how to be an employee - this is a company that expects you to come in knowing your stuff. This is not an entry-level company. People are committed to getting a job done and doing it better than anyone else in the industry. You'll hit the ground running and you won't stop, and if you're a competent person, you'll like it.... This place is perfect for me.

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    Cons

    Sometimes management is TOO hands off. People who are not properly managed will take advantage of the laid back atmosphere. For those that are dedicated, it's can be a challenge to seek direction or structure. Too much structure is miserable, too little is risky.

    Advice to Management

    Make it clear what an employee will be doing when working at Arcadia. The company culture and office is great, but if you're spending most of your time at a client, you're going to have to deal with the client work environment more-so than Arcadia's/

    Arcadia.io2016-04-25
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Very mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadia.io full-time

    Pros

    You will be given the opportunity to learn a ton in a growing field, if you step up to the plate. Work can be challenging and rewarding. This is a great opportunity to combine interests in client-facing consulting, data analysis, and software development.

    Cons

    I want to address prospective and new entry-level employees with this. You have three paths, and you do not necessarily choose what path you will be placed on: 1) Set up for success: There's a well-defined project, goal, and team. If you are a self-starter, you will be able to tackle new ideas, new skills, and new responsibilities. You will grow into the team and take on more responsibilities. 2) Set up for... boredom: Even if you are a self-starter, you may be underutilized and given few responsibilities on a team project. You won't be trained adequately, as the more experienced members of your team will be stretched very thin. 3) Set up for failure: You have no team, are given too many responsibilities too soon, yet raising flags will do no good. Your inexperience may end up pulling in resources from other departments, such as Engineering. Management will not assign resources to help you when it's appropriate, even if they are on the bench, if it means a thinner margin. Get ready for no sleep. I've seen all three going on simultaneously among newer employees (1 year experience and less). I've had a taste of all three experiences, but feel sorry for those who are currently pigeonholed into that final category. Clients and employees get a pretty raw deal. Failure by design. If you have another, comparable offer, take it.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't burn out employees for a short-term goal.

    Arcadia.io2014-04-05
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Underresourced"

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    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadia.io full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the company climate, your team, and your project, your hours and how you work them can have some flexibility. The engineering department has had “work from home” Tuesdays which improve productivity for many, especially people who would otherwise get questions from managers and the less-experienced. The office space is really pleasant in the sense that we have team spaces as opposed to cubicles. Lots... of natural light in the office. Depending on your position, you can employ a wide variety of tools, even for single projects. I’ve seen many people with little to no software experience come to Arcadia and grow significantly as SQL or ruby developers, writing production ready code within a year or less.

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    Cons

    Came up very short on revenue targets in 2013, and due to this (as well as the reactions to this by management and other staff), it has encouraged a very stressful environment. Most every project has had issues with staffing and scope. Some very complex and important projects in delivery have been staffed with entry-level or inexperienced individuals who do not necessarily have the expertise, experience, or... guidance to meet all expectations set forth by management. These kids learn a lot going through the process and work very hard, and many of them already have a good knowledge base, but are set up to struggle because of inadequate scoping and lack of technical resources. This definitely puts a strain on engineering and other resources who then have to clean up any mess they make. Many projects in engineering have not had enough time to proper work, as in having sufficient time to explore design or even document your work. As a result, knowledge is compartmentalized and specific individuals possess significant knowledge of specific subsystems within the whole systems without being able to properly understand how their piece ties into the larger product. Project and Account managers are spread thin, and often have to oversee multiple projects which all require significant portions of time (60+ hrs. a week). Many individuals do not handle this well and become very stressed, unreceptive or forgetful the needs of their teammates, and consequently hard to work with. Many of these individuals are not receptive to resolving conflicts mutually with other team members and are inclined to arbitrate even if it is not their responsibility to. Tech. staff are generally not paid competitive wages. Tech staff does a lot of database and ruby development, and salaries hover in the 60’s for many of these young yet and capable developers. Morale is low, many people have left the past half year, and more people within the office are actively looking.

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    Advice to Management

    Current projects will succeed, but it is important to slow down and internalize what the staff is saying. True leadership requires patience with coworkers, and a willingness to listen, and many forms of success (both internal and external) will come with this.

    Arcadia.io2014-03-25
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Reality check"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arcadia.io

    Pros

    There are some superstars and diamonds in the rough mostly confined to those who have deep clinical experience or technical ability, and not the commodity business consultants or project managers.

    Cons

    At lower ranks, most people are treated as warm bodies to be billed out as much as possible even if they do not have the relevant tech or healthcare experience to justify their price. Most generalists at entry level have neither a tech nor healthcare background and learn on the customer's dime. Upper management could be much much better.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Treat your technical and clinical people better, especially those at the senior consultant level or equivalent.

    Arcadia.io2013-01-30
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Opportunities for young techies"

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    • Senior Management
    Senior Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Arcadia.io

    Pros

    + Very bright, motivated co-workers + Ability to advance to management roles quickly by going "above & beyond" entry level roles + Interesting technology work

    Cons

    - Entry levels start at a potentially competitive salary, but salary increases are capped and insufficient - Mentoring program, once strong, seems to have fallen by the wayside, and it's up to employees to seek out mentors. - Business/strategy consulting projects are few and far between; the focus is on technology implementations

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating a culture of openness, transparency, and interaction. Don't take the decision making process into a back room and inform the company after the fact; seek out opinions and promote discussions throughout the process.

    Arcadia.io2010-02-27
  6. Helpful (1)

    "A growing company, a changing company"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Arcadia.io

    Pros

    Working at Arcadia provides a great deal of opportunity. Entry level consultants come from great schools and backgrounds, and much of the leadership team has been with the company since it's inception. There are very few deterrents to career growth, and aggressive new hires can find themselves with a great deal of responsibility quickly if they choose to take it on. The culture is young and open, and many of the... consultants are friends outside of work.

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    Cons

    Like many consulting firms, the side of Arcadia seen can vary from project to project. Depending on who your client partner or project manager is, you could have a even work life balance, or none at all. The openness of the culture permits much visibility into the executive level and affects the moral of the entire firm. When leadership is uncertain, the feeling pervades the entire company, as everyone quickly... becomes aware of their uncertainty, from entry level on up. Finally, Arcadia is loosely structured; career paths are fairly non-existent. If you know where you want to go with your career, you may be able to get there, but those without a clear career path in mind won't advance.

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    Advice to Management

    Management is good at realizing their mistakes and taking steps to correct them. There was a period when political struggles were apparent and caused a great deal of lost focus, but that appears to be past. Company Leadership should take steps to normalize culture and expectations across all project teams.

    Arcadia.io2010-01-24
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