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  1. "Great Shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial IT Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial IT Recruiter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia Technology Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a whole bunch and are given great opportunities to make money. Hard work pays off here.

    Cons

    Smaller office than last but still a great environment and great co-workers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible way to start your recruiting career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Technology Corp full-time

    Pros

    It's in the financial district, which is pretty impressive when you tell people that's where you work. Clients are big banks. Other than that, I honestly could not think of any useful pros for working here.

    Cons

    As mentioned in previous real posts (real, as in not the obviously fake ones done by the owner where it claims it's the best company in the world), it's a micro-managing hole in a wall agency. You would think with such a small team you would realize that yelling all day to everyone won't help retain your employees. Even if you work incredibly hard for him, work day and night and get on his good side, he will still claim your placement if you make one and throw you under the bus any chance he gets. Despite him being rude, immature, an obvious liar and a slight sociopath, he keeps managing to replace recruiters with new ones, usually kids fresh out of college who get paid peanuts to cold call for hours and scrap Dice.com for crappy resumes. Don't make that mistake, if you want a promising career in recruiting, do not start here.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the recruiting business already. You will never make the money you desperately want with the way you treat human beings now. Be a normal, honest human being that doesn't put cameras on all of your employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult to work with owner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Technology Corp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some decent banking clients. All fulltime

    Cons

    Much of the work is micromanaged by the owner/ceo. He is obsessive about minor details. There is no trust in the organization due to all the cameras above every desk. All your calls, emails and personal space is monitored. Owner has occasionally followed people into the bathroom to finish speaking. Limited career opportunity. Limited earning potential since All clients are "known" to him and are his. limited earning potential due to limited positions not from VMS portal. Conducts daily "progress" meetings in which he berates employees.

    Advice to Management

    Teach, grow and forgive. Instead of creating hostility, fear, and malice in a small 3 person operation.


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  5. "Learned a lot, loved the manager who let you do things and support you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small yet supportive environment. Most tools needed for doing my job (recruiting) were provided. Tricks and tips on how to recruit were invaluable, provided by the CEO/president. Supply of available jobs from top clients to work with had never run out. This was simply amazing. My success was up to me and I felt that I was in control of my career.

    Cons

    The market relied heavily on the market condition. Hiring someone was not easy and it took a long time. As long as you are patient enough, you would do well. Working here is like running a business of my own with some cushion. I feel working here has much more pressure than working as a regular salary man.

    Advice to Management

    technology coaching is much needed. Technology changes all the time and fast, especially today.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away from this company!!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vitiello is run a sham of a company. He claims to do business for over 17 years but he runs the company as a husband and wife operation with a couple of interns. He promises you have a great future when in fact is a trap that sucks the soul out of you.I often wonder about him speciallyduring his vacant stares and lapses of memory. This is a high pressure no money trap
    that all of you you stay away from.He has a few people that are cool and his wife is nice but the man is out of control screaming and yelling all the time. His company is now moved to a hole in the way.. more like a boiler room operation. Terrible place...

    Cons

    Nice interns and wife but the environment is terrible. Stay away if you want to be sane~~and remember no money no future here~~~~

    Advice to Management

    Stop the carrot and the stick routine... its old and useless....CLOSE SHOP!!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Technology Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Started working here straight out of school and I've been given the opportunity to learn everything about staffing. The owner of the company and managers entrust their recruiters with a lot of responsibility and give them a lot of freedom to speak to candidates and find their own strengths. Company has a long list of clients, tons of roles to work on, and no restrictions on who can work on which positions. Hard work and commitment are definitely rewarded.

    Cons

    The environment can be high pressure and fast paced at times, but I never thought of this is a con.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  8. "Great Opportunity, Learning a Lot"

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

    Pros

    A great chance to learn a lot about technical recruiting from the ground up as well as learn about investment banking. I enjoy being part of the tight-knit team of recruiters and felt very welcomed from the minute I walked in. David is a great mentor and so are the other recruiters.

    The opportunity here is phenomenal as well simply because of all the groundwork put in previously. The company has a great relationship with nearly every major investment bank in NYC area so there's never any shortage of roles to recruit for.

    Cons

    It's a challenging environment to get into, but if you keep it up the rewards are absolutely worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow and build. It's a great office and a great career opportunity.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Learned a lot, couldn't be happier to leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Technology Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of employees that displayed an incredible amount of patience with the owner. Pretty good client list. Office has an awesome view and luckily the owner couldn't hire enough people to fill more than 20% of the desks so it was very spacious!

    Cons

    Daily "You Suck Meetings" where the owner let's us know how much we suck as recruiters.
    Owner monitors personal communications of employees, i.e. reads your gmail account if you open it on your work computer. He has one security camera per employee to keep tabs while sitting at home until 11:30 AM daily. Maintains a personal and vigorous vendetta against any and every employee that leaves. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Advice to Management

    Don't even know where to start...


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice co-workers and thats all!!

    Cons

    Horrible boss!!! David Vitiello is the president who micro manages your every minute. He will lie and say anything to get his way, but will never follow through on his promises. The company focuses only in the finance area and doesnt have any relationships with them. He will sabotage your career, so beware!

    Advice to Management

    Not much hope for the company as long as the president makes all the calls!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "The Worst Place To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Technology Corp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Those people you meet will end up quitting within a couple months like
    the rest of them.

    Cons

    The CEO (David Vitiello) is grossly inappropriate, unprofessional, a
    liar, and potentially autistic. You will not be provided with anything
    they offer you in the interview including normal professional
    amenities and rights. The CEO is overly paranoid that his recruiters
    will turn on him (has over 5 cameras watching you at all times) and
    thus he voids them of any professional development, investment, and
    financial means, while consistently threatening their jobs. The CEO is
    also childish and too hands-on, he has favorites and depends on his
    female employees to counsel him through his fits.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to your clients. Stop mistreating your employees (stop
    reading their personal emails). Stop pushing out poor quality resumes.
    And get LinkedIn Recruiter already.



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