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Column Technologies, Inc. Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • you learn a lot technically because you troubleshoot many issues across multiple combinations of environments and versions (in 4 reviews)

  • Very friendly work environment, great learning opportunities (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)

  • There are no cons - the employees are friendly and very knowledgable (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "If you can survive here, you'll thrive elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Remedy Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Remedy Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    BMC provided training! From day one you'll be required to pass and maintain certifications. Column will pay for all of these trainings, as long as you fulfill a two year contract with them. I doubt these trainings cost Column anything since they are BMC's global partner.

    Once you've received your certifications and customers are happy with your work, you'll have no trouble finding better employment and more compensation elsewhere.

    Cons

    Management is psychotic! Team leads and upper management do not lead or manage, they shout, berate and belittle employees on a daily basis. Although your customers will love and appreciate your hard work, Column will attempt to minimize your role and take recognition for your work.

    Once you leave the company you open yourself to a litany of backstabbing and attempts to defile your character. Trust is not a word that is used at Column.

    You'll definitely need antidepressants if you stay with this company too long.

    Advice to Management

    Treat ALL employees as you would like to be treated. The "do as I say, not as I do", management style is in full effect here. Hold all of your employees to the same standard and treat them as equals. Try not hiring your family and friends as management, you're not good at it.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Many responsibility with not enough pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Lombard, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Able to work here with a H-1B. Pay is better than used to.

    Cons

    I work harder than my US colleagues but money is less than they have. No room for promotion. I have been a team lead for years but there is no room for growing. Team lead is just a title to keep us here longer.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees more fair. Pay for consultant should be more than non-consultant at other companies.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer working with Remedy ARS workflow system for clients."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Remedy) in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Remedy) in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great salary, pays market rates comparable to full time employment with non-consulting company.

    Cons

    Lots of travel (3-4 weeks/month) even when told during interviews that travel would be minimal (<25%, one week/month)

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell position as "mostly remote" and then require consultants to travel 3-4 weeks out of the month.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Positive reviews for this company are totally false"

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

    I have been working at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    No good reason to work at Column unless you are currently out of work.

    Cons

    Most of the managers at Column are incompetent and rude. The worst is one upper manager who is a friend of the owner and hated by most of the employees at Column. I was also told the owner of the company was not happy about all the bad reviews on this website and instructed the marketing team to post positive reviews.

    Column Technologies, Inc. Response

    Jun 12, 2015 – Director of Marketing

    As the marketing director for almost 10 years, I disagree with the statement made that the positive reviews for the company are false. A vast majority of employees have tenure averaging 6+ years and ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Lombard, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Nice offices. a few nice people.

    Cons

    Very close knit family business


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible company and disrespectful management"

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

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

    Pros

    No Pros working for this company whatsoever, unless if you have no one else to hire you.

    Cons

    The most disrespectful management I have ever dealt with. No professionalism and the CEO, who has NO IDEA of what goes inside his company treats people like they are his doormat. Zero integrity and these people think we still live in the slave age.

    Advice to Management

    Change career


  8. "Not Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "I had fun working for Colmn."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I meet a lot of interesting people.

    Cons

    The hours were long but the people where great.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any additional advice for the management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Midsize Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Generalist in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Generalist in Lombard, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work to life balance, great leadership, great co-workers, great relationships with vendors and clients.

    Cons

    At the time.. Lack of opportunities for movement for administrative staff. Other than that Column is a great company. You work your butt off but it's work if it was all fun it would be play.

    Advice to Management

    Keep staying in touch with your workers and offices. Keep growing!!


  11. "Good workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst, Remedy Solutions in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst, Remedy Solutions in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment, great learning opportunities

    Cons

    needs better processes following, better grawth plans, lot of travel


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