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JDM Systems Consulting Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JDM Systems Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Very competitive in salary. I was able to get a 30% increase in pay from former job.

    2. Management who cares. I had issues with the contractor I was working for, JDM helped me find another area of work to get me out of the toxic project I was on.

    3. Very good place for growth. I was a test engineer and was promoted to a higher position after proving my worth.

    4. They take care of their employees, as long as they work hard. They will go to bat for their employees and make sure they are happy.

    The only reason I left was I was offered my perfect job, if not I would have worked at JDM for my whole career.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, the insurance is super expensive.

    The owner is a little hot tempered. If he is upset with you, you are done.


  2. "Not so bad while it lasted!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JDM Systems Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Recruitment process was quick.
    HR is quick to respond to any concerns, but not everything is in employees favor though.

    Cons

    I said goodbye as soon as my contract ended with the client. They have not tried to look to place me in other projects

  3. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing company to work for, really makes you feel like your not working in just another company that needs another body.

    Cons

    Could use a little bigger field for recruitment.


  4. "Big Consulting Mindset in a Small Medium Business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities, wonderful office staff, and the management team really cares about their consultants.

    Cons

    Very focused on auto industry. Business could use some other industries to branch out in, such as health care and finance.


  5. "High Turnover at Ministry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service/Data Entry Specialist in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service/Data Entry Specialist in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JDM Systems Consulting (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautifully designed campus.
    Hours were good.
    Job started out on a very positive note. There were many things to learn about how a large ministry is run.

    Cons

    Interpersonal relationships were such that many people's employment ended over the work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Management is running a business, but to improve morale, listen to the rank and file employees and heed their suggestions.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Proceed with Caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDM Systems Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    JDM seems to be involved in cutting edge projects.

    Cons

    JDM recruited me away from another company and in four week fired me on the phone with no reason. Jeff Magnell, the owner, contacted me, told me that it wasn't working, that he was going to close the books on this and hung up on me. During my four weeks there, you would get different directives from the COO and Jeff, Jeff often changed his mind but forgot what he told you, he has no people skills but is highly intelligent. It is a tense and a very negative environment. When he fired me, he actually gave me a gift.

    Advice to Management

    Jeff Magnell should stay behind the scenes, he has NO people skills.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Culture of fear"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager and Architect in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager and Architect in Arlington Heights, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDM Systems Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most employees were friendly and respectful, especially at leadership levels. The job was as described and clerical staff was very helpful. Salary was fair.

    Cons

    The laptop JDM provided was new, but a 3 year old "basic" model with a slow processor, very little storage and memory. Yet it was the envy of the developers, each of which had even older laptops. Unlike most consulting companies, there was no plan to ever update laptops.

    The boss was extremely intelligent, knowledgeable and (apparently) successful.

    Other than that, he was a poor listener and seemed pained to hear of successes, providing no acknowledgement on most occasions. On one or two instances, he provided the briefest possible.

    He often responded to professionally written, thoroughly researched emails, with "swear words" (mostly the term abbreviated as "BS", only he spelled it out.) This was a surprise, as they were factual, not opinions. He only took a couple seriously.

    He failed to anticipate that inserting a new employee between himself and two team leads would be unpopular with the team leads.

    The team leads refused to work with their new manager, and spent much effort trying to assign tasks to their own manager!

    The boos responded to this initially by having an org chart updated and showing them reporting to their new manager. When that failed, he ignored all subsequent requests for resolution.

    One day he showed up and announced the client had cut his budget. He released me with no notice, even though I was a permanent employee.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need management support and freedom to work.

    Please try to use evidence-based decision making. For example:

    1. Instead of taking pride in never spending more than $500 per consultant laptop, recognize the years of studies that show computer performance is directly proportional to productivity, and IT consultants require fast machines.

    2. There is a well documented 10x range of developer productivity. Financially, it is better to favor 9's and 10's over less expensive 1's and 2's.

    3. Avoid using foul language with your employees. Show them the respect they deserve.

    4. Even long time senior execs seem afraid to do anything that will upset the owner. Eliminate this culture of fear.

  8. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDM Systems Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff in the office.
    Good communication and cooperation with clients.
    Great people in the team.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits may not so competitive.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a good starting place to get decent experience that would ultimately lead to a better and more stable opportunity.

    Cons

    Management is disrespectful to employees and does not appreciate the efforts they make. HR dept is extremely difficult to work with. No performance or salary reviews. No bench time, the company does not work on your behalf to help you transition to next assignment (due to their lack of business opportunities)

    Advice to Management

    Need to value your employees or else you will have a continuous revolving door. Give respect to those doing the work for you. Reward employees for their hard work. Do something about HR!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice company to work with if you are good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Only 5 days paid time off for first year.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to complain.


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