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Blackstone Technology Group Reviews

Updated June 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Monthly happy hours and various company events (in 12 reviews)

  • But you have to be a self starter, and not afraid of hard work (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • No 401k match, No FSA for health care (in 6 reviews)

  • No 401k matching, but other benefits make up for that (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Blackstone Technology Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time

    Pros

    Great environment with friendly people to work with. Everyone cares about your well being and builds a team environment. The work can be demanding, but people break down your work habits in an effort to improve efficiency. Monthly happy hours. Great benefits and perks. Heart of downtown SF office location.

    Cons

    Computers could be newer and cooler. Some software is slow and laggy. More money never hurt no one.

    Advice to Management

    Can we hang out more? I just want to buy you a drink and pick your brain.


  2. "Trellis Practice: Great Company. Great career opportunity."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company. Been around since mid-90's, with very seasoned upper level management. Open door policy to founders.

    If you are self motivated, willing to step up to the plate you will be rewarded, have good career growth opportunities and positioned to make a change. Definitely a culture that is open to new ideas and innovation.

    Solution offering is state off the art, modern technology, which is above and beyond what the competition is offering. A lot of growth potential here.

    Cons

    Not the most structured environment. This can be a con to someone who is looking for a lot of support and guidance, but a big pro for someone who is an independent, self starter type looking for career growth and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to enhance on-boarding and training programs.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Trellis Practice - good team members, bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team members are nice and helpful

    Cons

    - Bad management. The EVP and the director don't know how to manage projects and people.
    - Fake agile practice. It's more like on-demand methodology. You are asked to implemented features at last minutes.
    - High turn around rate.

    Blackstone Technology Group Response

    Jul 29, 2015 – .

    Thank you for your comment about bad management and Agile, your feedack is important. I review all comments and see how we can be a better company in the Trellis areas you are suggesting. Thank you ... More


  4. "Technical Recruiting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are nice I GUESS (?)

    Cons

    Heaby, heavy, heavy micro managed company!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people YOU HIRED MORE.

    Blackstone Technology Group Response

    Jul 29, 2015 – .

    Thank you for your comment about micro management and trust, your feedack is important. I review all comments and see how we can improve in the areas you suggest. Thank you again for your comments ... More


  5. "Great way to start and accelerate your career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some top talent as well as some really cool projects. Upper management is respectful on many levels. The company culture is great. They understand and respect hard work. People are given a lot of responsibility early on.

    Cons

    This company shares the burden of many others in the Government contracting world. You win some and you lose some. Talent retention is a problem. Great teams can easily created, but can also be easily destroyed. Tech management needs a revamp.

    Advice to Management

    Go out of your way to keep smart people. Work life balance is important. Give harder interviews for technical people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult to review, lots of moving parts to this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - "Open Door Policy" (this really means closed door but the C-levels are often accessible)
    - Strong Senior Leadership
    - company runs lean, so very durable, recession-proof

    Cons

    - Not a great work culture as far as SF goes. Can't speak to DC or Denver
    - Business model lacks cohesiveness; Trellis doesn't really fit
    - Lack of corporate identity; kind of weird collection of niche sources of income
    - Terrible retention rate

    Advice to Management

    It seems like the consulting team in DC is probably generating a lot of revenue, but there's no sense of cohesion between the offices, and the SF office is rather depressing. How does the company define its culture? This doesn't mean throw some bullet-points on your website and have a "word/theme for the year." If you want to retain solid talent in the Bay Area, you have to invest in company culture. This doesn't mean silly team-building activities in the office when everyone wants to be working; this means actually investing in retention. Ultimately, though, the C-level guys are smart and probably making good money. They've managed to stick around for almost twenty years, which is a good testament to solid foundations.

    Blackstone Technology Group Response

    Jul 29, 2015 – .

    Thank you for your comment/advice about open door policy but also about investment in culture. Your feedback is important to me and the entire team. I review all comments and see how we can be a ... More


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Review of being a technical employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a lot and get many things to put on your resume, but all learning will be entirely self-directed. Monthly happy hours

    Cons

    Really can't retain talent. There is very high turnover - when technical employees leave due to poor management they aren't replaced and instead technical resources are just shifted around to take even more on. Once it gets to be unbearable, the most talented and driven people leave and management acts shocked.

    No technical leadership and lack of mentorship for technical employees - learning any new technical skills will have to be on your own so you must be self-motivated and not expect help. Promotion process is also unfair and takes way too long. Lots of layoffs. Bonuses called off for 2 years in a row so consider this if you are negotiating the salary of an offer.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for two way feedback between managers and those who they manage in the review process. Lots of issues with management are never formally addressed.

    Blackstone Technology Group Response

    Jul 29, 2015 – .

    Thank you for your comment about retaining talent - your feedback is important. Culture is something we take seriously and your comments are helpful so we improve and be a better company in the ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    "You can get out of BTG what you put into it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BTG recognizes people for hard work which goes above and beyond normal project duties as long as people are "loud" about it; the company is just barely large enough that you will get lost in the crowd if you don't toot your own horn. BTG is a place where you can prove yourself once, and then be set up to take on new challenges and responsibilities and know that you're trusted and have a safe place to learn and grow. Monthly company-paid happy hours are a great way to get face-time with the leadership and remind them that you exist. This is a great company for people who are willing to play the game just a bit.

    Cons

    I have been really disappointed about how difficult it is to get approval on a budget for training, conferences, or other activities. BTG does not seem invested in keeping employees' skills up-to-date, and attrition shows that this is not appreciated. If you are used to clocking your hours and then leaving work behind when you go home, BTG may not be an ideal place for you. BTG employees are smart and driven people who will outdo you if you don't make an effort to stand out; BTG is not a great place to be if you're in the middle of the pack.

    Advice to Management

    Budget a training allotment for employees. Be transparent about reasons behind leadership decisions. Realize that your almost-entirely-millennial workforce will not stick around if they do not feel appreciated, and that it is so easy to remedy that.


  9. "Great atmosphere and people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Flat hierarchy: you interact with senior executives on a daily basis
    - Great people to work with: lots of young and driven co-workers
    - Professional growth: great exposure to different phases of project
    - Wide range of corporate activities: happy-hour events and sports

    Cons

    If you're a self-starter who takes the initiative to get involved in every opportunity, BTG is the place for you and you will succeed. If you wait for guidelines from senior management, you will not get much project exposure.


  10. "Ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Architect in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blackstone Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Take care of employees, nice perks (happy hour every month, stacked pantry, etc.)

    Cons

    No long term vision. limited growth as its a small company


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