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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foundry9 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong team members, experienced team, consistent hours and good html developers, the design team is very good at production and resizing images.

    Cons

    No company happy hours or anything involving going out with employees that is paid for. Area is not a fun area to go out in.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "High turnover in DE office"

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

    I have been working at Foundry9 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free parking,
    most of the staff is easy to work with,
    casual dress code,
    flexible hours

    Cons

    Constantly hiring fresh-out-of-college ppl means they leave after about a year. There's no room for advancement, no promotions,
    Hiring ppl with experience means they leave within the first several months. They know this isn't how things should run.
    No training - you're expected to know things with very little direction.
    No performance reviews.
    Bonuses are arbitrary & inconsistent.
    Paid once a month can be a problem for some ppl.
    Mgr has favorite employee(s) and it's not hidden/disguised.

    Advice to Management

    Have training for new ppl.
    Have training for existing management.
    Have quantitative performance reviews.
    Tie annual bonus to reviews.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Joke"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only pros are you get to watch tv and listen to music throughout the day

    Cons

    This place is a joke. Management is terrible. No actual training. You sit there for hours a day with nothing to do.

    Advice to Management

    You need to build a better on boarding process for new hires. Give them work. Train them better.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, but has some problems"

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

    I have been working at Foundry9 full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated & talented employees are given opportunity to advance & best projects to work on. If you do good work, you will be rewarded and promoted. Being able to work independently and being proactive are key.
    Hours are 10-6, you rarely have to stay past 6:30. No drama, no crazies. Solid, stable business. Decent bonuses if you work hard and contribute.

    Cons

    They really should invest more time/energy into employee development and growth. Somewhat authoritarian attitude toward rules - more flexibility and care about employee happiness needs to be shown.
    Needs major help with biz dev. - clients are limited mainly to financial services.
    Poor communication about upcoming changes.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to help employees develop new skills. Senior management needs to delegate more. Be less rigid with rules.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Immensely Disappointing/Oppressive Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steady Employment
    Benefits Provided
    Very good work/life balance
    Some very dedicated employees here

    Cons

    You will not do your best work here. Many communication issues. The workloads seemed mismanaged here as some individuals were very busy and some were just coasting. No knowledge share for what seemed like political reasons. Not a typical fast paced agency. No creativity, no hustle, no pitching, not open to minute changes. Felt physically very uncomfortable working here.

    Advice to Management

    HR really needs to swoop in and get a handle on what is and what is not appropriate in the workplace. And when I say HR, I mean LiquidHub HR.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Middle management is incompetent."

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

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close to train station
    Free snacks

    Cons

    Middle management is incompetent and very irritating. So many tired people work here who won't get job anywhere else. They will complain everyday but still keep working. No knowledge transfer, no design discussion, lot of redundant work . Software development process is from 1st generation . No agility , team work concept works here. Everyone is running his own show. this place is only for junior who wants to learn or people who is working for money not for individual who is motivated and wants to work according to industry standard.
    Last but not least you have to manage everything in very small work place- basically on one table .

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen to any advise so no meaning of giving it.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foundry9 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No work tension after 8 hours of your daily job!

    Cons

    Not a good atmosphere for learning new innovations. Repeat the same task in several projects again and again. No Associate is involved in any meetings, so no knowledge sharing. No flexibility for remote working.
    They Hire Senior Associates to work for entry level positions. Work all year at your desk, no extra-curricular activities. No promotions even if you work for several years.

    Advice to Management

    Let Associates grow to Senior level.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Production house, not an agency"

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

    Pros

    In-house developers and QA team

    Cons

    This place is more of a production house than an agency. No emphasis on original creative or ideas. Churn-and-burn mentality. Culture comes from the top, and that's not a good thing in this case. Micromanagement is a huge issue from the top down to middle management, horrible vacation/PTO policy, work/life balance was not encouraged (or accepted). Talking, socializing and team building were discouraged. Extremely high turnover rate due to complete lack of culture and employees not being valued.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Leaving Foundry9 Felt like Having a Jail Sentenced Commuted"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foundry9 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will work regular hours. You'll work 10-6 and rarely be asked to work late.

    Cons

    • One of the most passive aggressive cultures I ever worked for.

    • Last winter, in the New York office, the heat was broken half the winter. Also, there are about 40 men who work for the company and the bathroom has two stalls and two urinals. Ok, so that can't be helped, but one of the urinals was broken for a good 5 months and was never fixed.

    • I think there were/are a lot of nice, good people who worked for Foundry9, but that's not something the ownership cared about, they only cared about how quickly you could get your work done.

    • There is very little talking in the office. If you talk too much you'll be told to be quiet by management. It felt like detention.

    • 2 sick days and 10 vacation days a year. Better hope you don't get sick if you ever want to take a vacation while working there.

    • This place could be a true Foundry... there was every level needed on board — design, dev, UI, Account etc... instead it was just a production house with low end clients with no room to grow.

    • The salary was very meh. In fact... everything about the place was very meh, at best... other than the fact that a lot of the employees were genuine good people, who were just in an oppressive culture. You can blame the employees for allowing that kind of culture to go on, but the truth is that culture is set up from the top down.

    • The CEO seemed clueless to the whole situation, or he didn't care.

    • It's the kind of company where every little thing gets nickle and dimed.... for example, the holiday party happens in January as a cost-cutting measure.

    • There were times where people would be working there one day and not the next and no one was sure if they'd quit or given notice and been fired on the spot.

    • Stepping into work every day literally felt like stepping into a funeral parlor. It was passive-aggressively abusive because when you worked there you knew you didn't matter as a human to the owners, you were just a warm body.

    Advice to Management

    Decide why you want to be in business in the first place. If it's just about money do something else because you're literally hurting the lives of your employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A grueling pressure cooker."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The yearly salary increases
    The yearly bonuses were always generous

    Cons

    The job is from 10-6. If you dared to leave at 6pm you were subjected to hateful stares and ignorant comments from management. The Wilmington office is run by a few who bully other employees and take great pleasure in brow-beating other employees. There were days when I wanted to turn around and not go in because of said employees. They are a protected few and no matter who you report the bullying to (CEO was informed), the harassment continued. In addition one particular boss of a subdivision was racist and only hired employees of her same background. Her behavior was tolerated until she left.

    Advice to Management

    Please be more aware of the tactics being used by management in all of your offices. An onsite HR rep would be a good idea for each office. In addition there is a high turnover rate here because of the grueling 12-16 hour days.



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