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"When it comes down to it its all smoke and mirrors"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

With the quality of some of the employees the company has the ability to really be one of the best in the industry.

A small group of the employees really care about putting out a quality product.

Most of the employees get along really well.

Cons

Product quality is abysmal at times and nobody who should know does. Those that do know don't care.

Promises at the beginning of the job are amazing. "As people below you get promoted, you get promoted, lots of opportunity for growth, free snacks and beverages, you get your birthday off with pay, and more!" Then, the people below you don't get "promoted", they either get laid off (something the company swore it would never do), or they get laterally transferred to another job position, which isn't considered a promotion, thus you are entitled to nothing.

Free snacks? There were, until the office manager insisted we were eating too much and started rationing. Oh, and the rationing applies to coffee as well. Employees are actually told how much coffee they can consume. The rest of the coffee is kept locked up and doled out each day. There are several offices though, and I don't know that all of the offices are treated the same way.

Another review here mentioned company outings. These are now "dutch treat" and you pay your own way. It doesn't really feel like a company outing if I have to pay. Plus, the employees never get any input on what the outings are going to be.

Bottom line, if you weren't one of the first ones hired (their buddies) or you aren't one of the "special" people they went out and courted, you are unlikely to go anywhere.

Advice to Management

BIA should complete an independent audit of the processes and the product that all of its departments produce. You will be very surprised.

Just because you didn't go to law school with someone, or you aren't related to them, doesn't mean they don't have something great to offer.

Find the employees who think putting out the greatest product is most important than anything else and put them in charge. The profit will follow.

Business Intelligence Associates Response

Aug 8, 2013 – President

Well, the title of the post clearly isn't something to be proud of, is it? But, we can handle criticism here at BIA. Even though this particular employee was laid off from the document review team ... More

Other Employee Reviews for Business Intelligence Associates

  1. "Poor leadership, great product"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Systems in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Systems in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Business Intelligence Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small, agile, startup atmosphere, although the start-up thing is a worn button now

    Cons

    No, distinct leadership. I did not feel they were their for the employees they invest in. Managers micromanage and little respect is given for trying and doing.

    Advice to Management

    Shred the pork in your leadership and start placing management in the hands of your workers and not the micro managing control freaks you have enlisted in your ranks.

    Business Intelligence Associates Response

    Aug 8, 2013 – President

    Unfortunately, some equate the need to closely monitor underperforming employees as micro-management. Contrary to this post, BIA's management team strives to find team members who have the skill ... More


  2. "Company needs to mature"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small company with no political overhead.
    Ability to have an major impact on the product.
    Flexible work schedule.
    Interesting problems

    Cons

    Disorganized executive leadership
    Processes need to mature
    Poor communication

    Advice to Management

    It's great to be agile, but a better process for decision-making and executing against those decisions would help drive a more solid product to market faster.

    Business Intelligence Associates Response

    Aug 8, 2013 – President

    As always, we strive to keep a very open door policy and wish that more employees felt comfortable sharing their thoughts while they were still here. Every management team could do better, and we're ... More

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