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3.6
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68%
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Bottle Rocket CEO Calvin Carter
Calvin Carter
49 Ratings
Pros
  • "Unlimited vacation and they are very flexible for vacation requests(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great work environment, cool office vibe, smart people, encouraging colleagues, problem solvers(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "(in 3 reviews)

  • "Benefits are ok, but get better every year(in 2 reviews)

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  1. Doesn't get better

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    Current Employee - Strategy in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bottle Rocket full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -Surrounded by super smart, nice, passionate people -Self managed vacation -Never an issue if need to take care of personal matters randomly -Great brands to work with -Invested and passionate C suite

    Cons

    -Reimbursement system is bad. Probably because it's handled by the parent company? Unclear. But continues to be a pain in the butt

    Advice to Management

    Continue to inspire like you do!

  2. I feel good about getting up to go to work in the morning.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I (Mobile) in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bottle Rocket full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I feel like I can be myself in this environment. My director is incredibly supportive. It feels that everyone here wants to have a good time but do some serious work (that they actually enjoy.) I really enjoy the people I work with, PMs, QAs, Devs, everyone wants to work together and perform well. I have opportunities to learn and I have opportunities to teach. I have opportunities to meet and get to know people...

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    Cons

    As a consulting company - it can be a pain to deal with clients sometimes. But that is to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  3. Helpful (4)

    This is not the place I once loved working at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bottle Rocket full-time

    Pros

    -Great place to grow your career -Smart and wonderful coworkers -Schedule flexibility -Unlimited vacation -Fun work events -Focus Fridays

    Cons

    -Unpaid training -Poor raises -No holiday bonus in years -Not everyone in the company gets to enjoy the so-called "culture" benefits -Benefits are ok, but get better every year -Management is not as transparent as they were in previous years -Sketchy layoffs have been happening in secret -Leadership is out to save their own skin -Veteran Rocketeers who have not been laid off are leaving -Morale has fallen and...

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    Advice to Management

    Leadership has a habit of only trusting a select group of people's insight while making big decisions. Instead, listen to your loyal employees. They're good sources of truth. Stop stepping on them and start relying on them.

  4. Good company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bottle Rocket full-time

    Pros

    Company culture, unlimited vacation if you can cut them into fewer weeks, working on latest technology, best for entry level engineers.

    Cons

    Little stressful as we work on cutting edge technologies. No proper career path definition.

  5. Helpful (5)

    Great company for getting started in Dev

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    Former Employee - Android Developer in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bottle Rocket for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Ability to work on a lot of different things and get a ton of exposure and experience Ton's of training and education to help you grow as a dev Great people who love their jobs Relaxed work environment WFH one day a week Unlimited vacation and they are very flexible for vacation requests

    Cons

    Low pay and benefits compared to the market average They've had a rough past year business wise - but appear to be on the rise again Their focus is shifting to a more Strategy oriented business model, devs taking back seat Not a lot of options for career growth internally as far as promotions and pay raises It's all client work, some clients are terrible - but most are good. Just luck of the draw You work on a ton...

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    Advice to Management

    I think the struggle with getting business affected pay, benefits, pay raises, and promotions - but if you want to continue being one of the best places to work in Dallas and get and retain talent then you will need to be more competitive. As I looked around more I found that Bottle Rocket was 30% - 50% below market average for pay / benefits.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great start to career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bottle Rocket full-time

    Pros

    Bottle Rocket hires passionate people who don't have a lot of experience, being one of the rare companies to provide an opportunity to build an impressive portfolio with big-name clients. Laid back and casual, the people here are great.

    Cons

    The overall attitude of the company can get a little "self-important" at times, especially with the management. Also, the pay and benefits aren't great, but that's the compromise of getting hired with no experience.

  7. Excellent firm

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Bottle Rocket full-time

      Pros

      Some of the best talent, some of the best people in DFW

      Cons

      Top Management is a little distant since the sale.

    • Great Experience

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      Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Bottle Rocket full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Loved the team. Good supervisor and manager. Super smart people in my department, and other departments Flexibility working hours. I never worried I was going to get in trouble for coming in early because I needed to leave early Interesting work. The type of work is fascinating Great training ground. I improved my critical thinking skills, project planning.

      Cons

      Health insurance is kind of tough. Limited training opportunities outside of day to day learning. Meeting space is limited at times, and its hard to find a room for a private conversation.

      Advice to Management

      Allow the managers to get us training. It was frustrating because my manager would've sent us to a few training opportunities, but was told no by leadership

    • Helpful (1)

      Best place for a mobile engineer to work in Dallas!

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      Current Employee - IOS Engineer Lead II in Dallas, TX
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Bottle Rocket full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      All engineers openly share knowledge and help each other grow. We are advised to push the limits when possible so if you are tired of just keeping legacy code running at your current job this is the place for you. Since I started there has been a push to outline advancement and now it is very clear what one will need to do to advance. Hackathons throughout the year as well as a yearly major hackathon called Rocket Science...

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      Cons

      The only con I ever here is insurance, but I think that is expected with a company this size. I personally am on my wife's insurance so I can't accurately comment on the coverage. I've worked at smaller companies and corporations and Bottle Rockets insurance seems to fit nicely between a small company and a corporation. I will say that insurance cost and coverage is a priority and has been reviewed and changed every year...

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      Advice to Management

      Please keep pushing all of us to grow and be our best and don't be afraid to pivot from things that aren't working. This has served you great in the past and will continue to serve you in the future.

    • Controller

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Bottle Rocket full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Good culture, flexible work/life balance, great people to work with

      Cons

      No clear path from upper management in hard times.

      Advice to Management

      Stop deceiving staff in times of financial hardship

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