I worked at Metier full-time (More than 3 years)
- Work closely with team members
- Learn a lot about project/software management
- Exposure to a fairly mixed customer base
- Great positions for people starting out in their careers
It's a small company, so if you don't fit with the culture, chances are this won't work well for you. Strongly encourage you to really get a sense of the people you'll be working with before taking an offer.
Advice to Management
Try to plan more events with staff. It would really help the culture to get people face-to-face.
I met some great people who I still keep in touch with.
I learned a great many things about how NOT to run a company.
Management of the company is horrible and routinely lie about various things, play favorites, offer low pay, and all the other things you would expect from bad bosses.
On top of it all, the company is a dead end professionally because the space is commoditized and management is extremely poor at growing business or keeping employees happy. The majority of my colleagues and I all used to talk trash about the company when we had the chance. And I do mean majority.
Overall I have a very bad taste left in my mouth from my time with the company.
Advice to Management
Don't tell your employees to write positive reviews on Glassdoor. I know of at least three people who were told they had to write good things about the company on Glassdoor to cover up all the negative posts written earlier.
As mentioned before Métier is an excellent company to grow your career and really learn to become a true professional. Métier is a company based on smart business values and will teach you to apply those values throughout your career. The company culture at Métier can be easily explained as "work hard, play hard". There is a lot asked of the employees but rewards, benefits and bonuses(raises) are also frequently given out. Remember all rewards, benefits and bonuses (raises) are earned not expected just as in life.
One of the great aspects of Métier and especially the management team is that success is not an option it is a requirement. When there is a big win for the company every employee feels as if he or she contributed. The management team does a great job mentoring and educating the staff that every decision made will affect the business and their career. This does not mean that you will be fired for making a mistake but rather you are encouraged to learn from your mistakes and apply that knowledge in the future.
If you are looking for a career not a job then Métier is a great company to look into.
The only downside I can see from my experience here at Métier is that this is not a simple job it is a career and lifestyle change. If you are looking for a regular 9-5 and do not want to be presented with a challenge everyday this is not the company for you. There is no daily routine at the company, a day can be very dynamic and throw lots of curve balls.
Advice to Management
My advice for management is to keep on doing what they are doing rewarding success, hard work and good business decisions.
A lot of companies talk about strategy but their actions don’t make you confident in their judgment- not at Métier. I can honestly tell you that I have the utmost confidence in our management team and their ability to plan for the future and grow the company successfully. Having this confidence allows me to take their feedback and guidance, knowing that it will propel me in the right direction not only for that specific project but for my career at Métier. Additionally, it is a comfort to know that this same management team picked me to work with and invest in.
A few more pros:
• Accessible management team
• Strategic company growth plan
• Work hard/play hard environment
• Open communication
• Constructive feedback
• Room for professional growth
• Great co-workers
• Friendly office environment
• Fun company events at local wineries, parks, restaurants, etc
Working for Métier gives you the opportunity to advance your career at an accelerated rate, if you are willing to work hard. Not everyone is willing to put in the hard work- this is the difference between what will allow you to succeed or “get in and get out” as another reviewer put it.
This is an environment where there are deadlines and where you are held accountable for your work products. If you don’t thrive under pressure, can’t adapt to new projects or aren’t willing to wear multiple hats, you aren’t going to succeed here. Having a strong understanding of who you are and where your strengths lie is an important part to being successful anywhere. This is especially apparent at Métier because you’ll be asked to perform from day one.
Advice to Management
Management at Métier should continue to offer community/company events. We are establishing ourselves within Santa Rosa and are showing the community that we are here to contribute and grow with Sonoma County. The management team is dedicated to this area and its prosperity and I think they will stay committed and continue to build a solid reputation in this great community.
The A Number 1 reason to work at Metier is to get a lot of experience very quickly. At a company as small and young as this one, you will have an abundance of opportunities to tackle new challenges and take on responsibilities that you may or may not be ready (or qualified) for. If you're a smart go-getter, this will work out well to build you resume, hone your skills, and make valuable connections. Take advantage of these opportunities.
The layout of the office space and somewhat laid back culture of the company also alleviate some of the monotony of coming to work everyday. Being surrounded by other young and social co-workers makes things fun at times as well.
By in large, this isn't an awful place to work IF you have a game plan in mind for what you hope to get out of it and execute on that plan.
The reason I say you need to get in and get out because the longer you are there, the messier things will get. You'll find that credit, recognition, and communication are reserved for those in the "inner circle." Secret meetings abound. Now, I completely understand the need to have closed-door or executive level meetings at times (let's face it, not all information is meant to be shared). However, this company takes that to an extreme that borders on paranoia. The problem is that with a company of young, bright, and outgoing people is that nothing stays a secret for long.
You will also find your ideas for improvements or opportunities are either squashed or stolen. If you are to succeed here, you'll have to get used to the reality that your expectations of the company and leadership (however modest they may be) will fail to be met. Promotions, raises, recognitions, and even commissions are done ad-hoc at best. The best sales leads (regardless of where they came from) will be cherry-picked by the COO (co-owner of the company), and the commissions paid to her. Take pride in your personal accomplishments, use them to build a solid resume and rapport with your client, and promptly plan an exit strategy.
Lastly, there are two examples I will provide that should raise a red flag to anyone who considers working here. Red flag #1 - When you receive your offer they will force you to accept within 24hrs. This is so that you do not have time to consider multiple jobs/offers. No reputable company does this, so let that serve as fair warning to you. Red flag #2 - During your exit interview, they will likely ask you "So, who do you feel is the next person to leave the company?". If that isn't a sure sign of executive paranoia, I'm not sure what is. So before taking a job here, you gotta ask yourself...is it really worth it? Think about it!
Advice to Management
My advice to management would be to actually embrace the culture you've put down on paper. Words, strategies, meetings, and random acts of fun do not make a culture. It is the everyday actions of EVERYONE in the company that makes a culture. I think this could be a great company to work for if the fun, open, collaborative culture that is sold to everyone were actually real. But it turns, it's really just a facade whether everyone realizes it or not. Give credit where it's due and don't be afraid to tell people...the truth!
Metier has a unique culture and environment. It's a good place to gain experience in the corporate world and the software industry. The office environment is rather friendly and relaxed, yet professional (at times) and the senior management is always coming up with new ways to push and motivate employees. The new Santa Rosa office is extremely nice and has an excellent downtown location with sweeping views of the city and surrounding hills. The view alone is good for morale.
This company has a cult like culture. They have a very obscure way of interviewing and hiring people and are very particular about who they allow into their inner circle. The management has built a culture and environment where people are homogenous and not encouraged to break the norms or go outside the boundries that they have set. This encourages everyone here to act like a bunch of brainwashed robots.
This is a very young company, the average employee age seems to be around 24 years old. Thus, immaturity is rampant around here. Most of the employees here are either right out of college or have only worked for 1-2 years in their career prior to starting at Métier. There is not a day that goes by where someone does not have an immature outburst or tantrum. It's bad enough having 2-3 young employees working together among older employees, but when you have an entire office of young employees, it gets really bad. Don't even think about working here if you are older than 32, it will drive you crazy!
These young employees are very arrogant and conceided and they think they know everything! However, they definitely have alot to learn. The people who work at this company are of average intelligence. Regardless of what they may think, they are far from the brightest folks in the world.
The management here has a weird approach to running things. They treat their employees like young children and do not pay them well. They encourage a young and inexperienced crowd because they are more impressionable and are not as likely to question the company rhetoric. Young employees are more likely to assume that it is done this way everywhere. They will also work for far less money. So if you have more than 4-5 years work experience, look elsewhere. They intentionally look for a young crowd because they are easier to bring into their "cult" and they are too cheap to pony up any money for real talent.
The management tries to encourage employees to become excited about their work by acting like everything here is "top secret" and that you are working on PPM systems for the CIA, FBI, and NSA. It can get rather childish how they act like everything is confidential and top secret. Even if we really were building PPM systems for these government agencies, nothing about the software would be top secret until the customers actually enter data into the system. When Métier works on the software there is no data (or fake data) so really there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CONFIDENTIAL!
Advice to Management
Management at Métier needs to treat their employees with more respect and stop playing games with them. They need to hire more mature staff to manage some of their juvenile employees and stop turning Métier into such a collegiate environment where they can manipulate young impressionable minds for their own advantage. They need to stop these childish games of making everything confidential and top secret with their closed door meetings. They need to rent cheaper real estate and pay their employees better.
Management also needs to be more honest with their employees and customers. They are inconsistent and frequently make promises that they have no intention of keeping. Ask management the same question repeatedly and they will give different answers on different occasions.
Management should encourage employees to think *outside the box*, but instead here at Métier they encourage you to *reinvent the wheel*. No one is allowed to do anything outside their tight guidelines which lead to general frusteration, low morale, and definitely slows down the process of getting work done.
It's a very small company and you can gain tons of experience and take on a lot of responsibility very quickly. in addition, it's a very fun place to work. The office space is very open, the people are generally friendly, and it's a young/fun atmosphere. You will gain a lot of exposure to both project and portfolio management as well as IT and application development and deployment.
You're either in with the "it" crowd or you're out. Sr. level management is very tight-lipped and not always forthcoming, even about things that are pretty silly and do not need to be confidential. In addition, promotions and recognition are very inconsistent and somewhat ad-hoc, with a disparate amount of both going to the "in" crowd. There's a handful of employees that have been there a long time (see their "about us" page), while the remainder of the company is pretty much a revolving door. Great place to get experience, not a great place to make a career.
Advice to Management
Be more consistent with regards to raises, recognition, and promotions. In addition, do more to break down barriers, instead of putting up new ones, between upper management and everyone else. Include lower level employees in lunches with management, offsite meetings and the like. Embrace the idea of openness and realize that employees in a small company talk. Secret meetings and closed door discussions are bad for morale and should be kept to a minimum. Finally, give credit where credit is due, even when contributions are made by those not in the "it" crowd.
Surrounded by great people that will help you grow. Great tasks that make you feel like you're making an impact.
No cons, great start to a career.
The company offers great training opportunities for growth.
The environment is uncomfortable and management likes to micro-manage. The product/service is sub-par and is not worth the price point. Management will belittle you in front of the team and talk about you behind your back. If you are considering a position at this company, run for the hills.
I worked at Metier full-time
They train you very well
The office is great and they have a start up feel
They treat you well, holiday parties, wine and cheese Fridays, holiday gifts, pay for parking or commute, pay for cell
Big focus on mentoring
You will be micro managed for at least 6 months
The location is not good
working on the weekends is required
Usually expect you to work beyond 40 hours a week
commission pay is not too motivating
Asking for vacation is awkward
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