- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
small enough that you can get recognition and attention
lots of room for growth, opportunities, and learning (It even has a learning hour every week for advancement of my knowledge)
Great pay, and an understanding of work life balance ( the manager took the time to know where I commuted from and is understanding if I needed to leave early or arrive late due to traffic or family dinners)
HR team is understanding and happy to direct me to any information I have questions with
Company is very flexible
Not the right fit if you want a set schedule of things to do everyday
Very project based, so sometimes it's hectic, and other times it's relaxed which can be stressful if you aren't adaptable to that sort of thing.
small company means sometimes manager's attention can come across as micromanaging.
Good Salary and work on Latest Technologies
Work Life Balance is tough
I worked at MAQ Software full-time (More than a year)
They pay you a decent salary but don't let that fool you since you will never have time to spend it since your entire life will be spent in office or while taking calls from home on never ending projects. Also if you do have some spare time, you would most likely be sick due to the never ending stress and work pressure.
You should definitely join this company if
1. You don’t want to have a life outside of work: The company will make you come into office as early as 8 AM for daily stand up meetings (which would be mandated by the CEO but never attended by him ) but would require you to stay really late. If you can leave by 7-8PM consider yourself very lucky. However once you reach home, your troubles are far from over as you would need to take calls from the offshore team which can run as late as 1 in the morning. That said, don't expect your weekends to be free as well. The company expects you to take certifications which have no relevance with the work you do and you would be expected to study for them on your weekends.
2. You love getting yelled at: Sent an email with a small grammatical mistake in a page long email? Well you are in luck since the CEO will take it upon himself to publically humiliate in front of the whole company in pointing out the grammatical mistake and also yell at you in public. The ironic thing would be the response from the CEO would itself contain close to 10-12 grammatical mistakes in the first line but off-course no one will point that out
3. You enjoy having the senior management and administrative staff hit on you: If you are an attractive girl who has just recently joined the work force, you can be sure that you would have at least someone from the administrative or infrastructure staff sitting with you and hitting on you. You could also be really lucky and often be hit on by the senior management who think they are beyond all reproach.
4. If you love being told how your education was a waste : The CEO loves intimidating his employees and will happily tell you that your education was a waste and since you did not do an MBA like him, you will never grow to be successful. However, do not despair since he will give you a copy of his free book which will tell you everything you wanted to know about being a narcissistic tyrant.
5. You enjoy waking up to the knowledge that at the end of the day you might be without a job : While Washington is at will state, nowhere have I felt more insecure as this company where people were laid off or fired for no reason at all. Were late for a meeting by a minute or two, you might be fired, accidently disagreed with the CEO, expect your marching orders by the end of the day, Were asked for your inputs in the weekly meeting, well say goodbye to your last week in the company. The number of people who get fired on a regular basis is staggering and without remorse. Even if you need to take some time off for bereavement, don’t expect to have your job safe when you come back since the CEO and his wife can decide they have no need for you (since you took a couple of days off to grieve ) and fire you
6. You enjoy working on projects with impossible deadlines: The company gets its business mainly by bidding for projects are rock bottom prices with really crazy deadlines which would be impossible even if you had a dedicated large team working on it. That said, you don’t need to worry about sharing the glory of the project with anyone since the dedicated team is just going to be you and mostly one or two other poor souls who are asked to build a product within a month which would normally take 3-4 months with a team size of 10-15 people.
6. You enjoy working for a “family” company where the Husband is the CEO and the wife is the principal consultant. There is no accountability or any board who can keep the company on track or hold them responsible. Also since it’s a “family run” company, expect the children of the power couple aka the CEO and his wife to demand that you do little side tasks for them like design a brochure for them or develop a whole website. Turn them down and expect the whole wrath of the family to descend upon you and make your life a living hell (if it was not already)
Advice to Management
Sorry but the management is the root cause of the problem, the people working in the company are good hard working people and they are the only reason the company has survived so long, however the management aka the CEO and his sadistic wife are the main reason everyone hates this company so much. The narcissistic CEO and his sadistic CEO surrounded by their Yes Men make this company one of the worst places to work in and it’s no surprise that most people don’t last more than 6 months in this caustic work environment.
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I have been working at MAQ Software (More than 5 years)
You get a lot of things to learn
You get a lot of responsibilities
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work. Also try to retain your employees.
Based on my experience over the last 15 years, I found that A players choose to stay with the company for the following reasons.
-Substantial responsibilities at an early stage of the career
- Exposure to all aspects of delivery lifecycle and project management
- Continuous learning
Type of work
- Exciting and challenging work
- Exposure to the latest and varied technologies
- Company culture (environment/culture/mindset)
Transparency, lack of bureaucracy
- Ownership and accountability
- Autonomy (with seniority)
- Peers with strong technical background
- Supportive managers with technical know-how
- There is never a dull moment (fast paced work)
All of my coworkers with project management responsibilities hold Agile Certified Practitioner certification from Project Management Institute which requires study and exams. The company pays for technical certifications from PMI, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.
The company organizes Learning Hour every week. Employees attend annual Open House, local sporting events (mainly Soccer), Cirque du Soleil when they visit Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA. There is annual River Rafting trip at River Wenatchee in May.
As with any other employer in the consulting industry, there is pressure on engineers to stay current and learn new technologies every year. Customers expect a lot from us. Given the Agile and Lean practices, poor performers do not feel comfortable. Some of them leave on their own and others are moved out. The company believes in Work + Life + Self + Community integration. The company does not have workers that are blue collar that cannot take work home or bring home to work (idea behind work life balance).
Advice to Management
Since most employees join the company at the entry level after their engineering or MBA program, many are not aware of the workplace. The management should require new hires to review industry blogs and books on latest engineering techniques. I found that many new hires also benefited from "What I Did Not Learn at IIT" book by Rajeev Agarwal. That should be a required reading for all employees of the company so that they are aware of the industry and company practices.
It is easier for a junior to get into the company
The salary is low and expect to have calls to India during week nights
I worked at MAQ Software full-time
None. None. NONE! NONE! NONE!
Work like a dog/donkey. No praise, no perks, nothing for you. Everything that can go wrong, is wrong with this company. They don't consider employees as humans. NEVER EVER join here if you love your life!!
Advice to Management
Consider your employees as humans. We ain't getting paid coz of you, but coz of the work we do. So remember that! If a work is done good/great, do acknowledge that. Stop playing around with your employees with bad politics.
I worked at MAQ Software full-time (Less than a year)
Hmmm... hmmmmm... you get a free copy of the CEO's book? Can be used as kindling in the winter months. Spoiler alert: it burns well.
Everything. The CEO is a narcissistic tyrant, no work of any consequence gets done, you'll grow to hate your life, you'll grow to loathe Microsoft because they keep this fetid corpse of a company alive, and you'll regret not watching your children grow up and watching your spouse become a stranger because of the soul-sucking nature of this company. All to feed Rajeev's ego and bottom line.
Advice to Management
Nothing; it's not like you'll listen to anything not in Harvard Business Review anyway.
I worked at MAQ Software full-time (More than 3 years)
MAQ Software helps its employees find relevant positions in leading companies in the Seattle and Eastside areas. It consistently checks in and makes sure employees are happy and satisfied in their positions, as well as being challenged.
Most of the positions are contract based so there is not a lot of opportunity for FTE positions.
Advice to Management
It would be nice to have a little more contact with management during periods between contracts.
I have been working at MAQ Software full-time (More than a year)
Provide 401K and health benefits
Decent tech support for equipment consultants use
Willing to negotiate better rates for workers
Willing to provide compensation for workshops and training related to job
Not sure they will survive the Microsoft change in vendor rules as they have not communicated any action or intention to their employees
Require a timecard even for project based work
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