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Pros
  • I am extremely comfortable with the work life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Laptops for all so work from home option as well (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees have gone without salary increases and bonuses as senior management filled their pockets (in 23 reviews)

  • no appraisals, no growth, not a great communication, lacking people in client facing communications (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Some good, some bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, supportive, willing to help.

    Cons

    Company needs to be willing to reward employees for hard work and give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Worker harder to keep, and attract people by offering better pay.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Good starter job, but don't hang around"

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    Former Employee - Web/Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Web/Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience, relaxed setting, flexible hours during slow periods, excellent PTO. People are generally nice and friendly. Some of the PMs on the open source team work well with developers. There are lots of good opportunities to learn new and valuable skills. This would be a great job for someone just out of college looking to add experience to a resume. Two years here will make you an attractive candidate elsewhere. There are even occasional training opportunities for useful technologies that are doled out in limited amounts based on how management feels about you at the time. Some of these opportunities would be very expensive to pursue out of your own pocket and others simply wouldn't be available at all.

    When the workload is slow, there is a general attitude of "just get the work done" and things like working from home are permitted with relatively little pushback. It is common for employees to take very long lunch hours around these times too, over an hour, without anyone seeming to notice or care. During particularly slow times, you will be put on the bench, meaning you have nothing billable but they don't lay you off which is nice. They ask you to pursue training and whatnot, but most people just sit around watching youtube or netflix during this time. As long as you make an effort to ask about helping others once or twice a day, you are pretty much free to do what you want short of breaking any rules or being noisy.

    You can develop good camaraderie with a few of the employees and will make some good friends if you want to. A couple of the most senior developers are excellent sources of information and will make a difference in your approaches to coding if you take their advice to heart.

    Cons

    Where to start? Upper management is dishonest and uninterested in employee happiness. When work loads get heavy, the approach is to intentionally lowball contracts and then expect employees to work 60 to 80 hour weeks and weekends to meet unrealistic deadlines. These hours are not compensated in any way. After a few weeks of it, you might get a comp day if you are lucky. That's it. Developers are seldom asked for their input on timelines and routinely ignored when they express concern. When a personal scheduling conflict arises that prevents you from working until 1 AM, expect to be openly shamed at work the next day for not being a team player. Literally you will be asked to work until 1 or 2 am for days at a time at some point and if you call it a night at 12 one day, you will be called out in front of everyone the next day.

    Many of the PMs on the open source team are difficult to work with. Communication is poor and developers are treated like tools instead of people. Developers are left in the dark a lot and thrown curveballs in terms of work expectations. Management tries to be your friend to earn your trust and then misleads you. A couple of the PMs are liable to throw developers under the bus to make excuses for their own mistakes.

    On the .NET team, the problem is the opposite. Everything is micromanaged to the extreme. The whole team is handcuffed to agile approaches even when they don't make sense; you will spend more time in meetings than actually working. This doesn't change even when deadlines are rapidly approaching. You'll be expected to spend hours in meetings and work late instead of just working during normal hours. Despite being asked to always point out ways you think the work process could be made more efficient, bringing up this point out of concern will get your outright punished for questioning your boss. This despite the fact that end of year evals explicitly list this as a responsibility employees should strive to meet. Some of the PMs are dishonest and very passive aggressive. Lots of politicking goes on behind the scenes. PMs act like they are better than developers and treat them like children. Some of these developers are in the 40's and 50's and having been working longer than some of these PMs have been alive. Serious lack of respect.

    All of the above might be tolerable except for the fact that you also will never get a raise. Not cost of living, not merit based, nothing. You can work at Ciber for 5 years and you will make exactly what you were hired at. As a matter of policy, raises are not given, ostensibly because the company overall can't turn a profit. Once or twice a year someone from way up high in the organization will show up in their expensive suit and blow smoke about Ciber's efforts to change culture and how they will change this policy as soon as the company becomes profitable, but then the next thing you know that person was fired. Promotions aren't much better, you might get another word added to your title if you let them abuse you enough, but it's meaningless and all real senior positions are filled from outside the company. Even promotions don't come with raises, and if you ask for a raise you will simply be refused and given a meager excuse.

    Bonuses are a joke. Every year you are supposed to get a bonus based on merit. However, your bonus is cut based on other departments' lack of performance. In other words, they take money out of your bonus because people somewhere else in another city underperform. You have no control over this. They go out of their way to tell you how much they were going to pay you and how much they kept instead. Everything else being the same, it seems like it would be smarter to just give you a lower number to start with instead of acting like you were going to get more and then snatching it away at the last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make your employees feel appreciated and to retain talent. In the two years I worked here, only the most senior players stuck around, presumably because they'd worked up to a decent salary before Ciber locked that down. Every new developer worth their salt hung around for a year or two tops and moved on to greener pastures. Turnover rate is massive for anyone not in a senior role.

    Also, work on making the environment more inviting to female developers. There is a subtle air of sexism permeating the whole office in terms of women in development roles.

    Giving raises, even tiny ones, would solve a lot of problems. At least many of the other issues would be somewhat tolerable if as an employee, you felt like you were almost keeping pace with inflation.

    Stop sending suits to talk at everyone about meaningless macrobusiness nonsense. The developers in the trenches don't care how your Board of Directors had a vote to have a vote on how to have votes. The free meal is appreciated, but otherwise it's a giant waste of time that means nothing.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Staff and management is very unsupportive"

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    Former Contractor - Contracted Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Contractor - Contracted Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciber as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Better than average salary, casual dress

    Cons

    No guidance, constant change in direction

    Advice to Management

    The managers and project managers have no consistency for processes and how they want their support team to execute a project. Ensure those interviewing candidates ask the questions appropriate to the position they are hiring for


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid accepting a job with Ciber"

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're just starting career, can be an ok first job- but treat it like that. Don't settle in; continue job search and get out of CIBER as soon as you can.

    Cons

    Horrible corporate culture. Leadership lacks integrity & accountability. Shysters.
    No opportunity for growth.
    Account executives I worked with were clueless and only good for an occasional free lunch.
    Regional manager was inaccessible, out of touch and didn't care about clients or consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Learn and implement the basics of operating a business: contract management, financials, remedial organizational skills for meeting time lines.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company - smart employees"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent co-workers w/ dedication to client support

    Cons

    Lack of corporate communication to field

    Advice to Management

    Need more hands on/face to face interaction


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Whoa Great Pay!"

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    Former Employee - Microsoft Consulting - Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Microsoft Consulting - Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is amazing, top of the market really (.NET developer). I worked at home and that had some perks too! Most of the people you work with are alright, but the interview process is flimsy so you get some paper tigers as well.

    Cons

    I have never worked for such a rude and disconnected organization. My manager was probably the meanest person I have ever worked with, seriously. Everyday we used to refer to our daily work life as "Ciber Survivor", you never really know what is going to happen! Blindsides! Treachery! 16 hour days are common,

    Advice to Management

    Relax, yelling, kicking, and screaming just makes you look like a immature. The amount of ethical breaches at the management level is astounding!


  7. "Great Co-Workers & a Whole Lot of Work Forecasted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ciber full-time

    Pros

    Great people, boatloads of work in the pipeline, relaxed dress code, flex time & work-life balance, good equipment to work on, nice facilities, bench for full-timers.

    Cons

    Salary is 5k less than what I would like, but the bench is a fair trade. In other cases, I would just be unemployed between projects.

    Advice to Management

    You should do quarterly reviews & bonuses instead of annual ones.

    Ciber Response

    Oct 30, 2014 – Director

    Thank you for your review. At Ciber, we recognize the importance of corporate culture. We agree that our colleagues are wonderful and that there is exciting work to be done.

  8. "A staffing organization trying to be a consulting firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The first interview was over skype which was great since I was looking for jobs in a different city. The hiring process was fast and painless.

    Cons

    Since they were going through a reorganization and a shift in focus, they couldn't really pay attention to the consultants. Lack of direction, involvement and motivation from managers

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. You have a very high turnover rate and no clear career paths


  9. Helpful (2)

    "PASS ON THIS COMPANY"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Comprehensive Benefit Package but poor 401K

    Cons

    Strong lack of leadership
    Ineffective Recruiting Directors - Micro-Managers
    No room for growth
    Few pay raises

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people as they are your most vital resource. Treat your employees with respect and dignity.


  10. "Ciber is OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work schedule flexibility and changing requirements

    Cons

    Having to travel to clients and being away from home and the constant restructuring the company was going through at the time


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