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Updated November 27, 2017
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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. "Company Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical SME in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical SME in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Company, Good Salary, Work from home policy

    Cons

    More focused on utilization (Billing) instead of individual goals

    Advice to Management

    Focus on individual goals


  2. "Growing company that provides opportunities to succeed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lombard, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company in the Consulting field the provides world class service and puts the customer first.

    Cons

    Not a micromanaged environment so you need to be. Asked starter

    Advice to Management

    Keeping pushing

  3. "Great company with even better people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Column Technologies, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    - No micromanagement
    - Flat hierarchy; everyone is very approachable
    - Flexible work environment (various client sites, home)
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Demanding clients
    - Travel
    - No set path for moving up/promoted


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WHen they on board you star and moon will be shown and the groth path will be billion $ company within a year

    Cons

    They hire people on the basis of expectaion and then fire it within weeks if nothing turns out . mIcro management prevails at every level. no clear growth path

    Advice to Management

    you should have clearly defined growth plan


  5. "If you work hard you will succeed"

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    • 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 Column Technologies, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good life/work balance. No micromanagement. Ability to be creative and work from home. Very much a family environment. Your coworkers are your friends. If you don't work hard though this is not for you. They only hire top notch candidates that want to succeed.

    Cons

    Sometimes stressful because clients are hard on deadlines and sometimes unreasonable but we try to make them happy.

    Advice to Management

    There is always a good balance between making clients happy and pushing back.


  6. "Nice Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice working environment and friendly management.

    Cons

    Contractual position lasted shorter than initially promised.


  7. Helpful (3)

    ""Software Engineer""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Remedy) in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Remedy) in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits. Nice office environment.

    Cons

    No real software development, mostly setting up remedy. Alot of traveling. No room for movement in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be forward about the traveling, light travel doesn't entail being out of the state 3 weeks of the month.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Make an informed decision"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented engineers, very nice project staff, high tech and up to speed with technology. Nice family culture. Good work life balance depending on work load.

    Cons

    Disjointed management, very stressful politics, the project management lead has very little credible experience and learned mostly on the job. Very high school and emotionally driven. Work environment is more like the blame game.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support to your staff. Scout experienced managers that can make decisions based off strategy and not emotions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carol Stream, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carol Stream, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn a lot! You will get great exposure to working with extremely talented people and large organizations. You will make great contacts. Benefits are good and there is a great work life balance.

    Cons

    Need stronger communication between teams and management.


  10. Helpful (9)

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

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    • 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.


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