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Updated November 1, 2018
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Mavens Founder & Principal PK Kanumury
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Pros
  • "Flexibility: You can work from home" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Employee-first approach: Not just in HR matters (as much PTO as you want, remote working, etc) but also in the work itself" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are not really cons, anyway working from home is not for everybody" (in 3 reviews)

  • "While people may specialize in different skills, nobody works "above" you or "underneath" you" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "10 Years and Counting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mavens full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work is challenging, and your work environment is extremely flexible. The organization is focused on always getting better. We have great people, great customers, and interesting projects. Employee's are recognized for their contributions to the teams and projects in several different ways. Mavens is great for people who are intrinsically motivated to produce high quality work.

    Cons

    Consulting roles are very demanding; they require a lot of different skills to be successful.

    Mavens Response

    Sep 6, 2018 – Mavens Admin

    Well said. We are extremely proud of the quality of people we get to work with every day. 10 years is a big deal. Thank you for all your contributions, over the years, to making this a great company... More


  2. "It does not feel like a job, you do what you love."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mavens full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Coworkers. I work with the most talented people I've ever met. Yes, we are small in numbers, but you will be surprised how much work and creativity you can get from intelligent people. We have a thorough interview process that pays off and it makes you trust your colleague.
    2. Work/Life compromise. Your family is important to Mavens family. You are important. Your hobbies, your kids, your pets, everything is important to Mavens and you feel loved when you need to take time off to spend with your family knowing that your brilliant co-workers are there to lift you up and cover for you.
    3. Work from home. No commute, no red lights, no traffic, no gas. Save the environment, get extra sleep, give a break to your vehicle.
    4. Clients. We refer to our clients as partners and we treat them right. We are honest about our decisions and solutions, keeping the customer in mind and making THEM succeed.
    5. Horizontal management. Statistically, this type of management has the best employee morale and it's proven here.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay true to Mavens values and participate in projects and client work.

    Mavens Response

    Sep 6, 2018 – Mavens Admin

    We really work at living our values day-in and day-out, and we're so glad that comes across. It makes all the difference when you have solid co-workers that have your back - both in work and in life... More

  3. "Excited for the future!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mavens full-time

    Pros

    This team's mission is just as much (maybe more) about creating a great place to work as it is about achieving business goals. People are passionate about the work that we do, but the desire for growth is more about sharing this incredible work experience with as many people as possible. Still the best group of people I've worked with.

    Cons

    Most of us work from home and that can be tough if you aren't used to it or really need that office comaraderie.

    Mavens Response

    Sep 6, 2018 – Mavens Admin

    Couldn't agree more. Success, to us, is just as much made up of taking the time to celebrate each other's marathons, marriages, and mini-Mavens, as it is made up of your typical business growth. We... More


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace culture, awesome co-workers, work from home, unlimited PTO, the opportunity to give my honest opinion in any situation.

    Cons

    Working from home sometimes makes communication seem lagging. There are times where you would like to be in the mix more than a conference call can accomplish.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about those of us who are on the outskirts of civilization. ;-)


  5. "Love what you do and make it matter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mavens full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellence. Integrity. Service. Friendships. These are some words that come to mind but, honestly, they fall flat relative to my experience at Mavens. Working there meant I was challenged to work hard and "be the expert" and given the resources and encouragement to meet this challenge. Rewarding work that matters.

    Some consultancies are about the short-term: do whatever the customer wants as long as you're getting paid, right? If a warm body in a chair will generate revenue, great.

    If you're a Maven, that will never be your role. If you want to coast, look elsewhere. But if you want to work with friends helping each other be the absolute best at providing Salesforce platform solutions for Life Sciences/Pharma, Mavens could be the place for you.

    Mavens values:
    - Make every project personal
    - We before Me
    - Always be a student and a teacher
    - Small things make a difference
    - Pursue excellence and success will follow
    - Bring the fun
    - Embrace change with enthusiasm
    - View every problem with fresh eyes
    - Make the customer the hero

    Cons

    As the company grows it is more of a challenge to maintain the culture of excellence and trust internally but that is normal maturation. If you need to be reminded that "no place is perfect" then...well...

    Advice to Management

    Enclaves will happen but they don't have to be tribal. Encourage and expect each Maven to respect every other Maven.


  6. "An Innovative Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Developer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When hired, each person is given a list of suggested books. If you take the time to read the books it will illuminate the thinking behind the decisions in the company structure, policies and culture. In previous companies I always felt there was a better way for companies to operate, Mavens has found that way and it's evidence based and forward thinking. More than anything else, this is why Mavens is special and why I love Mavens.

    Companies often speak highly about themselves in the type of terms I just described. When I first talking to various Mavens during my interview process I admittedly thought, "Uh huh... Riiggghhhttt." haha I was skeptical and I'm not surprised if you are too, but I can verify that the Mavens culture, structure and way of thinking is largely as advertised.

    More Pros:
    - I've never experienced micro-management at Mavens like I have at traditional jobs. It's a benefit of having a relatively flat structure.
    - As a whole, Mavens cares about you and your happiness.
    - At a previous jobs, I felt my growth was limited due to being pigeon holed by a narrowly defined role. At Mavens, your growth path is in your own hands. There is a lot of opportunity to try something new and/or different inside and outside of projects. I think as the company grows the variety of opportunities will narrow a little, but I doubt it will never be like a traditional job.
    - The talent is intimidatingly good, you'll find yourself pushing yourself to live up to your peers and those same intimidatingly talented people are very willing to help. This provides an excellent opportunity for you grow your talents.
    - The work is often challenging. I suppose that might not be desirable for everyone, but if you pass through our hiring process then you're probably fine with challenges. haha
    - I found the Mavens meetup sessions, training and book helpful learning experiences.
    - I don't take a ton of vacation, but I appreciate the time off system is very employ-friendly.

    Cons

    These cons are probably more cautions than cons:
    - There is a lot to keep up on. You'll be on challenging projects that eat up your time, you'll be maintaining multiple certifications, likely trying to study to get a new certification and probably fulfilling a role on a non-project team too. Mavens is good about work life balance, but it's demanding and you're responsible for striking that balance.
    - If you work remotely, you need to find time to be plugged in with the happenings around the company. You're not going bump into people at the water cooler to talk about what's happening. As a quiet person who tends to just focus on the task in front of me, I've struggled at times in this regard.
    - Sometimes company policies are a little vague, communicating concerns/questions is necessary.

    Advice to Management

    For the most part, continue doing what you're doing. There are internal growth challenges, but I think as long as we continue to create a safe space to communicate those growth challenges and conquer those challenges in the Mavens-way, then we're good.


  7. "Team is growing with great people!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mavens full-time

    Pros

    The team has grown considerably in the last year, especially in Europe. Still hiring the same amazing people and putting values at the forefront of the interview process.

    Cons

    The challenge during this fast growth will be to organize the team in a way that helps us manage the work of a bigger team without pulling people away from the direct customer contact that makes mavens so special to work with.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A wonderfully unique workplace"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mavens full-time

    Pros

    I've been at Mavens for a few years now and the only constant in my life is change. Granted, this could easily be in the "Cons" column for many people, but at Mavens, change is embraced and pursued with passion and vigor. The company is organized dynamically; there is no formal hierarchical "down-the-chain" decision-making or micromanagement, but there is a structure. We are constantly evaluating marketplace opportunities and introducing refinements to our structure, processes, and approach. So-called "flat" organizational structures have been denigrated in various publications in recent years and it can be difficult to tune out those criticisms. But in my experience, if you have the right culture and hire the right people, this sort of dynamic workplace structure is amazingly liberating and I feel strongly that the best companies of the next generation will be organized in this way. Hire brilliant, creative individuals, then let them think and collaborate and tinker and make decisions and this is what we have at Mavens. Is it perfect? Absolutely not, but what workplace is?

    Cons

    As a small(er) company, we struggle at times to provide the level of benefits that we now see within our (much, much larger) competitors. I know that we constantly review and refine benefits (a rather significant and well-received enhancement to health insurance was rolled out last year), but I'd like to see us continue to explore additional benefits enhancements in other areas: e.g. maternity/paternity leave, 401k match, tuition reimbursement.

    Advice to Management

    > Maintain the extremely high standard for new hires
    > Consider additional benefits enhancements
    > Thank you!


  9. "I love my job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maven in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Maven in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is enjoyable and challenging. I do tons of different things - presentations, negotiation, system design, configuration, data loading, integration architecture, process modeling, custom development, end user and system administrator training, building queries, resolving conflicts, building successful teams, managing expectations, managing projects, etc. I manage my own time and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Because Mavens is a very flat organization in terms of hierarchy, each employee has broad responsibility and it is almost like being an entrepreneur. If you're happy doing one well-defined role, this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    We don't have "Management". Mavens are empowered to make decisions themselves and to help make our team better.

    The owner (PK) actively seeks input from all employees on a regular basis.

    We focus on doing the right things for the right reasons, and encourage people to speak up when they think there is a better way to work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Smithfield, RI
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Smithfield, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been at Mavens since January. Mavens is a very different company than any other company I've worked at before. Many companies say they support their employees, but Mavens walks the walk. They train you, they support you and they make sure you're successful.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at this time.


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