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Column Technologies, Inc. Reviews

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Pros
  • Ability to be creative and work from home (in 6 reviews)

  • you learn a lot technically because you troubleshoot many issues across multiple combinations of environments and versions (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management is small, tight group of old friends and family who have no business being in management and would not survive at a public corporation (in 4 reviews)

  • Very high school and emotionally driven (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good experience, but limited growth opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours, friendly people, and good benefits

    Cons

    poor decision making in managment, angry bosses


  2. "Not Bad"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, flexible on where you live, work from home, travel, great co-workers. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership not clear on how well the company is doing - which has been bad for some time. Unexpected lay offs due to this, and then sudden hiring over the past 1-2 years. Travel is usually very last minute and not well planned out. Company tends to be too nice to clients and is unwilling to show leadership or draw a line.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify business offerings more. ITSM is a one trick pony and seems to be hurting in the long term. Focus on new business for smaller teams since there are tons of opportunity there.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Learn a lot, but rough on work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good company if you really want to learn the product. Plenty of opportunities to expand on your own knowledge.

    Cons

    Advancement is difficult, be prepared to work non-stop, travel is on your own time. Management is very disorganized - the inmates run the asylum.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to lead - not micromanage or make decisions without having all the facts.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great People - Inconsistent Policies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The people at Column are some of the best in the industry. There are also some truly innovative ideas within the organization.

    Cons

    The company does not always follow policies, but rather the whims of of upper-management. This includes the bonus policy, that does not appear consistent in its timing nor the methods it's calculated.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with abusive managers (even if upper-management) in a consistent manner.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "On and Off Work, nickel-and-diming for expenses"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional, responsive management. Fantastic technical and professional experience.

    Cons

    In a misguided attempt to appear to be looking out for the customer's bottom line, traveling employees are required to save their meal receipts and keep booze off them entirely, instead of just using the standard GSA per diem rates.

    As a retention measure, employees who leave the company of their own volition are required to repay the required training they received.

    Advice to Management

    Switch to per diem, drop the training repayment structure, or at least soften it in light of the fact that billable time will cover it in no time.


  6. "A-OK place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, hardworking, and dedicated co-workers. People who work here genuinely enjoy their occupations.

    Cons

    [lack of] 1-on-1Training
    Small office/employee count


  7. "Good Company to work, but involves lots of travelling"

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    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1: You get paid well
    2: Exposure to different technology.
    3: Lots of Client Interaction.

    Cons

    1: No proper office infrastructure
    2: Lots of Travelling across length and breadth of the country, Good for Bachelors
    3 : No Onsite opportunity

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good Opportunity to learn..but 2 Years BOND to work for the company"

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    Current Employee - Remedy Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Remedy Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As employee's keep working for different clients, you will come across various kinds of requirements/works which inturn improve your knowledge.

    Will strike good work life balance with gaps from project to project(until u get next project).

    Small and Growing company - dont expect benefits or perks.

    Cons

    Works like Consultancy..A lot to catch up with MNC's in terms of process and culture.

    Employees keeps roaming to client locations to finish projects which lasts few months. If constant travelling is not your thing..you are screwed. Stay Away.

    You will sign a bond to work for 2 Years with company otherwise you will not get your experience certificate. Bonds are against India constitutional laws but still..Indian Companies know how to screw you.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Watch out for the fine print and unusual terms in the offer letter"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company's relationship with vendors allows easy access to documentation and Knowledge Articles.

    Cons

    Column includes a 120 day "probation" period in their offer letter. As part of this, no vacation time is accrued until after the probation period is elapsed. If you need to take unpaid time off during the period, it starts to raise a red flag.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are not your enemy. Stop binding employees with draconian contracts and punative rules.


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