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Long View Systems Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great People, great atmosphere and great clients (in 15 reviews)

  • CLPs (Career Life Planning meetings) exist to establish appropriate expectations and a roadmap for advancement (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Consequently, work-life balance isn't always easy to achieve or maintain (in 17 reviews)

  • s a boys club and promotions and leadership roles are just filled with random guys who have been there forever (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Long View BC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Long View Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Long View BC branch has grown in people and revenue every year I've worked here.
    The office in Vancouver has a great culture - diverse, open, fun and challenging work
    Really great track records with clients and giving them excellent IT service and delivery from a high quality consulting team

    Cons

    Communication and Leadership from Executive team in Calgary can still be improved
    Consulting teams are highly utilized locally, but learning how to leverage consultants from across Long View better

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving communication and ensure work/life balance stays top of mind for staff

    Long View Systems Response

    Feb 17, 2017 – Team Lead, People Services

    Thanks for stopping in to post this review! We are extremely proud of the growth our Vancouver branch has experienced and agree with you that the level of service provided to our clients is of very ... More


  2. "Operations Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Lead in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Long View Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My favorite employer of all time- they go above and beyond to ensure their employees are well taken care of. They treat you like family and the environment is easy and fun. They way they treat their people is felt in the customer experience and ends up being a plus for delivery

    Cons

    Hours can be long and when it's busy... it's really busy.
    New hire training isn't great but you learn as you go.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure employees get time off. The work because of the environment doesn't feel like work but everyone needs the downtime to come back fresh & strong

    Long View Systems Response

    Mar 1, 2017 – Team Lead, People Services

    Thanks for taking the time to post this review about Long View! It is so great to hear that you feel you’ve been treated like family. Our people are the driver of our success and we dedicate a lot ... More

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not looking out for employees as advertized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MITS Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - MITS Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Long View Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity in growing, established company

    Cons

    This company preaches looking out for employees, but did not live up to that at all. HR was a mess. Career development was poor. Dumped me first chance they had rather than have my salary on bench.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and support employees

    Long View Systems Response

    Mar 17, 2017 – Team Lead, People Services

    Hi there, we appreciate you sharing your feedback about Long View. We’re sorry to hear it wasn’t all positive and would value having a conversation with you so we can learn from your experience. If ... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A fair company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with people of different background and Technical expertise. A chance to learn new things.

    Cons

    Management shows favoritism to certain employees especially during time of slow work. Some managers do not care about the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Place employees that have been with the company first before hiring outside or bringing in new employees. Try getting positions in various industries rather than oil.

    Long View Systems Response

    Dec 28, 2016 – Recruitment Communications Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your time at Long View. It's great that you have a positive outlook on our company's future, approve of our CEO and enjoyed working with the ... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Service desk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Long View Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    pay for certs
    fun work environment
    will work with you if you need to take time off.
    very understanding.

    Cons

    stingy with money. Took me about 6 months to get hired on. full time.
    dragged their feet with the whole process.

    Advice to Management

    The money you pay your employees are their livelihood. consider cost of living. You claim you let employees experience the fullness of life but how can they do that making 15 a hour.

    Long View Systems Response

    Dec 8, 2016 – People Services Manager

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and post your review about Long View. We're happy to hear that you're enjoying your work environment, and that you've experienced the benefits of our ... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "I still believe in this company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Long View Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was employed by Long View for over 4 years from 2012-2016. Don Bialik and the executive team are extremely passionate about the company and a constantly developing a sustainable business strategy aligned with the people it employs.

    When I started, Long View was well below 1000 employees and the Denver branch (my department specifically) were what I consider to be in "startup" mode. This means that they had a fun, lighthearted environment where new ideas were encouraged and the culture was rather informal. This meant that they could make mistakes without a huge amount of consequences but it also meant that they did not have a lot of clout in the market. The work was demanding and we often had personality differences on the team but these are to be expected in a startup atmosphere.

    At that time, LV Denver invested heavily in it's people, offering an abundance of in-house training and certification courses (which I GLADLY took full advantage of), semi-annual employee parties, client/partner events and recreation sports leagues. Mid and High level employees were in the office the majority of the time and it seemed like things were humming along. Overall, spending on the employees was high and the focus was on creating a positive, rewarding employment experience rather than driving profits. Unfortunately this leads me to my cons...

    Cons

    During the course of my employment, LV was heavily impacted by the drop in energy prices, resulting in company-wide layoffs and a evisceration of company culture. Calgary, Edmonton, Denver and Houston's client base was primarily vested in the oil and gas industry, creating substantial leverage when the whole thing tanked. This DEEPLY affected company culture and those still employed started looking elsewhere for fear of their jobs, lack of compensation, lack of support and a dilution of company culture. These were dark times people. Management in the Denver office dwindled from roughly 15 people to 5-6 and those who are still there were spread thin, creating an negative energy among the mid-low level employees.

    Those who carried on did eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel and LV was able to successfully pivot in to new service offerings and diversify their client base. They attracted some good talent in these new departments (cloud, pmo, apps, shared services) and have figured out their new business strategy.

    Advice to Management

    The people who are still at LV are committed and have become the cultural totems for the company. Reward these people for their loyalty and hard work during the pivot and give them the team, opportunities and compensation to thrive within your organization. I still believe LV will be the model of a sustainable and fun IT consulting company if you give mid-management a chance to take risks and lead the company with proper funding and support. Help reestablish the "fun" pillar by getting people together outside of the office, emphasize efficiency by offering work-life balance, and hold them accountable for their productivity. Attract and pay for top talent but make sure they have challenging work to do, utilize them on pre-sales and help them build out their practices (so you can hire MORE top talent). Hiring/promoting more managers to increase their presence would improve morale significantly.

    Long View Systems Response

    Oct 13, 2016 – People Services Manager

    Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion about Long View. We appreciate your perspective, and want to thank you for the level of detail you've provided in the Pros, Cons, and ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It's up to you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Long View Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    opportunity if you are will to take chances

    Cons

    some what unorganized and at times

    Advice to Management

    Maintain structure, eat your own dog food.

    Long View Systems Response

    Aug 5, 2016 – People Services Manager

    Hi there - thanks for taking the time to stop by and post this review! We appreciate that you see the opportunities that exist within Long View; and we are always working to provide more for our ... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Seems to be Struggling"

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

    I worked at Long View Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedules, location in downtown Denver is nice

    Cons

    lack of management support and buy-in from individual teams, Canada company that treats their US employees as not as important, salaries are below industry average in the US

    Advice to Management

    too many changes without any real reasoning communicated to employees

    Long View Systems Response

    Aug 12, 2016 – People Services Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts about Long View! Though our Head Office is located in Canada, all of our branch offices are critical to the overall success of Long View - we are one ... More


  9. "Best Company I've Worked For in Over 40 Years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Long View Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding management and Leadership. Especially from the CEO. They value their people above all else. One of their core pillars is FUN. Lots of company events and perks for employees. More like a family than a business. Open and honest about the business with employees.

    Cons

    Salaries are what they are but it's the nature of the contracting business with margins and not just on this company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work of communicating from the top to everyone. That is a rare and welcomed culture of the company.

    Long View Systems Response

    Jul 11, 2016 – People Services Manager

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post this review; we value your opinion! FUN is absolutely a core pillar at Long View, and it's good to hear you've been able to experience that while working ... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Use this company to get expereince"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Colorado in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Colorado in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Long View Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great contracting work experience. You will learn a lot that is for sure

    Cons

    They under pay and expense reports are a nightmare. They don't want to pay there employees for there business expenses. Few stay longer than 2 years.

    Long View Systems Response

    Mar 29, 2016 – People Services Manager

    Thank you for posting this review and sharing your opinion about Long View. We're happy to hear that you learned a lot during your time with us. We do absolutely want to make sure we pay all ... More


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