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Matrix Design Group Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Either there have been many changes or the other reviewers just had a bad experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Land Survey Party Chief in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Land Survey Party Chief in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Matrix Design Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Matrix was very good to me during my 3 years there. The management is trained to acknowledge lower level employee achievement and reward it with praise as well as (sometimes) financial bonuses. Most of the coworkers are great normal people who are easy to work with and share the common goals of the company. The company is very family oriented and understands that family comes first. The CEO goes out of his way to make the employees feel appreciated and to give little perks like free soft drinks in the break room, catered lunches about once a month or so, multiple company events each year that families are invited to join, and things of that nature.

    The company has REALLY good benefit plans that honestly rival or beat government agencies. 401k (small company match if any most years), but the ESOP program is where the company retirement contributions really come into play.

    Overall I had a very positive experience working there and would never rule out going back to work there in the future.

    Cons

    Can be long hours. It is the construction industry so there are weeks where you will put in 50 hours for office personnel and 55-60 hours for field crews throughout the summer time.

    Sometimes there is bad communication or follow through when different departments are working together and that can cause some stressful situations but this is becoming a rare occurrence with newer and better personnel.


  2. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Matrix Design Group full-time

    Pros

    Company offers a great platform for creativity.

    Cons

    There are none worth mentioning.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Dissapointing to watch egos triumph over opportunity."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Exposure to some talented individuals in the industry
    Networking within local govenments and professionals

    Cons

    You will be underpaid
    Advancement is unlikely as this is a "hire/fire firm" according to market trends for services offered
    Politics limit overall company growth


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Too many chiefs, not enough indians..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Great location
    Really trying to do some great things for the employees

    Cons

    Many individuals considered "upper management", all with opposing views on how things should be done.

    Advice to Management

    Try to have personnel report to only one person. It sends a less convoluted message and allows people to do their job more efficiently.


  5. "Company Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Matrix Design Group (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefit Package, Great co-worker, interesting projects, family oriented, open door policy.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Improve company wide communication.


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great spot to work and great projects

    Cons

    Communication can be challenging with higher ups


  7. Helpful (3)

    "An Honest Review. Keep in mind, people go out of their way to give bad reviews on the internet..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think what you see here is your typical internet reviews. People who had a bad experience going out of their way to anonymously be hurtful and mean. Matrix has pros and cons alike, and I will try to highlight them as fairly as possible.

    I'll say this. Matrix is a company that acts as a vehicle for the employee to get out what they put in. While this may not necessarily be what you expect from a company, it rewards those willing to put in effort towards achieving their goals and succeeding as a professional. If you approach Matrix with the mindset that you will get hired, work your 40-hrs, and skate through to your retirement, then there is a good chance you will end up wanting to leave reviews like some of the ones found below. However, if you approach Matrix with a mindset of humility and work ethic, I believe you will be surprised at what you can accomplish professionally.

    Matrix rewards those willing to adapt, learn, and grow while still respecting the integrity of the individual employees. They don't lie when stating they believe in a work-life balance, and management is willing to work with you to help you accomplish your career goals.

    The ESOP is a great retirement vehicle they offer. It is well underway and I believe it will be a successful tool for years to come. The office personality was very professional, yet fun at the same time. Going to work was an enjoyable experience every day and I never felt like I was not appreciated. Insurance benefits were awesome. There were also small financial bonuses on a discretionary basis throughout the year for jobs well done and going above and beyond to accomplish project goals and deadlines.

    Cons

    Being the company that rewards hard work, you will find yourself working more than 40-hrs a week. It is what it is, and it's tough sometimes. The big con about that is the fact full time employees are salaried. If you go over 40, you're not going to get paid for it on a regular basis. Add that on top of lower than average salaries, and it makes working there a tough sell on the money front. The other downside was the occasional lack of communication between senior level and entry level employees. This was only occasional, but it would lead to stressful times if something didn't get done that was supposed to, or on the flip side, wasn't done the way the PM had in their head. In summary, if you're in it for the money, this may not be the place for you, but if you want to work hard and have a rewarding job, it's worth your time.

    Advice to Management

    Look into better organizational methods for project team communication. I would look into using new technology such as Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 (They go hand in hand) as well. Secondly, raising salaries a few percent would be a major benefit given the lack of overtime pay.

  8. "Matrix review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great support staff in place

    Cons

    Lack of work after project finish


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Matrix Design Group"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The staff worked together on all projects. I felt respected even as an intern.

    Cons

    Some staff members were hard to work with when working in a team project.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working on next level software. This will allow for continued corning of the market.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "The Red Pill- the Employees Reality in work hell. The Blue Pill - Upper Management is Delusional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Matrix Design Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects. If you can stick it out for a year, you can build a decent project list for your resume. (This is the only benefit.)

    Cons

    Beyond LONG Hours. Directors do not direct. Directors do not plan/manage/lead projects. Directors are only for marketing. (So who manages the project then?) Poor communication throughout company. Processes are not in place. HIGH turn-over. If you go on vacation, be prepared to work on vacation and be available on your cell phone. Average to below average pay despite CEO claiming wanting to attract the "best and the brightest". No work/life balance ("The Matrix" IS your family.) Insurance is subpar.

    Advice to Management

    Need to shed some poor performing Directors -- the root of your problem but you all took the blue pill. Time to take the red pill and look at reality. Look at your operations and how you plan projects and resources. Really need to get directors who took business/project management courses and who can listen, comprehend, strategize, present a solution and communicate.


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