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Collaborative Solutions Reviews

Updated August 30, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance and bonus structure is pretty good as well" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Also, unlimited PTO and a good work/life balance" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance only exists if it is convenient for the customer and employee's schedules are not taken into account" (in 8 reviews)

  • "I have no real cons at this time" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "It's A Home, Not A Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collaborative Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative Solutions is a great company....this is home! Executive management is in-touch with employees and clients, and each "Collabie" is truly interested in helping others grow within the company. The culture here is tangible...it's ingrained in everyday communications and is something everyone embraces.

    Every day is a good day!

    Cons

    I have no real cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 8, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for this review! We strive to provide a workplace where every Collabie feels connected to executive management, bonded with coworkers, and fulfilled culturally, so we really appreciate you... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Internal Team Member"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Team Member in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Internal Team Member in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collaborative Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been on one of the internal teams (Finance, IT, Marketing, or People Services) at Collaborative for over 3 years so can only speak to this, and not working as a consultant or on the delivery side. After 3 years I can honestly say working here feels like home, not a job! The people are friendly, supportive, and only want to help each other. Whether you're on an internal or delivery team, you'll probably be working over 40 hours many weeks, but with that comes the flexibility of being able to work from home and good benefits- fair salary, good health and dental insurance (for singles at least), and fun get-togethers if you're located near one of the offices. Management is very open and transparent with employees, and continues to get feedback from employees on how to make improvements.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but you absolutely have to be a self-starter to work on one of the internal teams at Collaborative- the company is growing fast and with that comes growing pains and more processes that need to be put in place. Unless you're on the consulting side, you might not have formal training in your role and will probably need to teach yourself a lot. If you're motivated to make a difference in a company, you'll succeed. Sometimes the way people are hired or let go on internal teams seems strange- there's not much clear communication on why it happened. There's also no defined career paths for the internal teams, but management seems to be aware and is working on this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for feedback from employees on how to improve, including the internal teams!

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 13, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for the review! It is thoughtful Collabies like yourself that transform the workplace into a home, and we are so grateful for that. We appreciate you taking the time to share about your... More

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Pros/Cons"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management truly does have your back as long as you speak up.
    Always opportunities to get a new certification if you’d like.
    They will monitor to see who hasn’t taken PTO in awhile and encourage you to do so.

    Cons

    Projects are continuously sold with underscoped hours and unrealistic timelines. This in turn only allows consultants to provide customers with the bare minimum of support. It also results in consultants juggling 4-5 projects at a time which makes forecasting almost impossible.
    Most Engagement managers are not properly trained, and rely on consultants to do their work.
    ‘Non single’ benefits are extremely expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and careful consideration when selling/scoping work. Think about the consultants that have to deliver the work you are over-promising and under selling.
    Get all practices on the same page/training.
    Better dependent benefits and family leave.

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Director, People Services

    Thank you for the review. We are happy to hear your experience with management has been so great, and that you value the growth and development opportunities at Collaborative. We also appreciate your... More


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Overall disappointment with my decision to move to Collaborative. I think the internal politics have ruined them."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall on boarding process was straight forward but once out on the project it went south fast

    Cons

    Internal politics and get projects completed fast, not good is the standard operating procedure.

    Advice to Management

    You need a management refresh

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Director, People Services

    It saddens us to receive this review from a current Collabie and encourage you to share this feedback with your manager or People Services, so we can turn your experience around. We strive to create... More


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Mixed Emotions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Collaborative Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Preferred Provider of Consulting Services to Workday

    Cons

    Requirements for working, specifically certification, even if not in your job description to do configuration
    Unequal treatment of employees at same level, specifically certification requirement
    If you do leave, it will be abrupt. No exit interview. No opportunity to say goodbye.

    Advice to Management

    There are other firms who can - and do - this work.

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 8, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your mixed emotions during your short tenure at Collaborative Solutions. It is unfortunate your experience was so different than most employees, and... More


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Not impressed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Collaborative Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues, culture, and industry focus

    Cons

    Upfront promises not kept, recruiter messed up

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 8, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    We are glad to hear there are several aspects of Collaborative Solutions you are enjoying. We agree that our industry, people, and culture really make the company unique. At Collaborative, our... More


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Decent Company but a few pitfalls"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Collaborative Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Work from Home
    Lots of Projects
    Good Projects and People to work with

    Cons

    Unlimited PTO is not true- (2 weeks in a year is considered too much)
    No consideration if a major family event happens like a death (no acknowledgment not even an email)
    Forecasting is a issue. Not enough allotted time to give clients the best level of dedication.
    Benefits-Dependent coverage is really expensive

    Advice to Management

    Do not call PTO unlimited if there are true restrictions like (2 weeks)

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 8, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to review Collaborative Solutions. We appreciate you sharing the great things about our company, like opportunity to work from home, good projects, and most importantly... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collaborative Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Market opportunity is incredibly strong and Collaborative is reaping the benefits. Well positioned to continue capitalizing on growth in this space. Management is very solid and seems to truly care about culture. On-boarding was excellent.

    Cons

    Typical challenges of a company experiencing significant growth, e.g,. keeping up with hiring. Much better than the alternative!

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 8, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for this review! We appreciate you offering your insight as a current employee at Collaborative and are so pleased to hear you have had a great experience joining our team. We wish you... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior pri in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior pri in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collaborative Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growth, Challenge, opportunities to learn and share what you've learned, flexibility

    Cons

    Workload can be feast or famine, often little recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Invest more in internal tools & processes.

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 8, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for this review! As a current employee of more than five years, we are happy to see you feel Collaborative is a great place to work and still feel there are plenty of opportunities to learn... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best Company I’ve Ever Worked For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -fantastic culture
    -easy to talk to Leadership
    -great pay
    -growth and development opportunities
    -work life balance

    Cons

    -would really like better family leave policies

    Collaborative Solutions Response

    Aug 8, 2018 – Internal Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for this review! We are pleased to hear your experience as a Collabie has been so great! As you highlighted, rich culture, open communication with leadership, growth and development... More


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