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Updated January 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "This place needs HR"

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

    I worked at OHO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Fun location in Davis Square.
    -Catered lunch once a week and snacks
    -Beer Fridays
    -Mostly nice people
    -Good work life balance

    Cons

    This place needs HR. Gossip runs rampant and the leadership team particpates. The president spouts his politics and religious beliefs to employees. They rarely pay out annual bonuses they promise when you're hired, even if the company has done well. They create a hostile work environment for employees they decide they want to leave but don't want to fire.

    Leadership claims to be transparent with employees but they don’t communicate decisions that affect employees until they are called out on it.

    There is no direction or strategy. No one at the top can explain why the company is better than other agencies or what their business plan is.

    They don't promote people. Despite what the recent review says, there are not opportunities for innovating or learning. The work is boring and stale. They don't have the latest technology to test websites on. There is 1 iPad and it's locked up.

    In the couple years I was there, there was 100% turnover. There are way too many better places to work with more talented people doing way cooler projects for better pay.

    Advice to Management

    Try addressing the problems here. You will never get talented people to come work there if you keep doing the same tired, old websites. Try innovating. Try promoting people and give them a raise when you do. Stop micromanaging and backstabbing and start listening. Your culture is toxic and it starts with you. Stop acting like clients are the enemy. Pick a strategy and stick with it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Developers, Not so good Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Web Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Web Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OHO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Got to work on some great projects.
    - Friday lunches.
    - Great office location.
    - A few good developers.

    Cons

    - The management discourages the community contribution, which is a big negative point as the agency works exclusively on the open source CMS Drupal.
    - Developers are usually booked for 40+ hours/week, no time for professional development outside of the work.
    - Project budgets are almost always on the lower end that puts employees under a lot of pressure.
    - The management does not value their employees, as a result more than 50% of the developers left during the first few months of 2016.

    Advice to Management

    Start getting more involved in the drupal community. Don't overbook your employees and give them some time every week to learn new things.


  3. "Great Place to Work and Learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 OHO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management listens to staff and wants to hear about any ideas for process improvement. They even build in time for people to use for professional development, improving processes, etc. While the work is project driven, people are given autonomy to figure out what works best for them. Communication in general is really great, we're a strong team. And we genuinely have fun together!

    Benefits are good. There are two health insurance plans to choose from, both competitive. Three weeks of vacation to start with an increase each year, and your birthday off! Flexible hours as well.

    Cons

    Your time at OHO is what you make of it. If you want to attend an event or learn something new, you will need to communicate that with your manager. As I said under Pros, communication is great here, but you still need to initiate the conversation. The great thing is that no one here is scary and they WILL hear you out!

    Advice to Management

    Management has been taking steps toward improving workflow and employee satisfaction with great success. I'd just say to keep doing what they're doing!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior UI Developer in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Senior UI Developer in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OHO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, great development manager, learning opportunities, opportunities for growth.

    In the passed ~6 months I've seen a noticeable switch in the attitude of upper management. It seems they are working towards being transparent with their employees and genuinely acting in the interest of everyone. They believe they have talented employees and they are taking noticeable steps towards enabling them to help create a process that is always evolving to follow with new trends in user experience and content strategy. This dictates more opportunities for development to create a compelling content entry process such as multi sites, and multi site eco systems.

    Cons

    Their niche market is website rebuilds in the higher education space. Current trends and technologies are used on the development side, but the clients generally prefer a more reserved approach with design.

    If you are introverted, it can sometimes be difficult to have your voice heard or share your ideas.

    * Though there are being steps taken to evaluate employee personalities to better understand the diverse personalities that are present at OHO

    Advice to Management

    Find a creative director that is very articulate and has good ideas. I think there is a disconnect between design and the client currently where there is no one to push the client to maybe adopt new design trends.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Super Amazing Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Pros

    Good Leadership
    Good colleagues.
    Great work environment

    Cons

    Commute to Harvard Square can be cumbersome sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing the great job.


  7. "you can do better"

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

    Pros

    Nice people, casual office setting, beer.

    Cons

    Not many processes in place, limited growth potential. There are many better digital agencies in Boston.

    Advice to Management

    Boston is a competitive market. Finding and retaining the best talent is not easy.


  8. "A great learning experience, a great portfolio-builder."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OHO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Respectful, honest culture. Fulfilling project work, often in non-profit or education/philanthropy/religious groups. Flexible environment to make your own path.

    Cons

    If you're looking for hard-core, cutting-edge tech pizzazz, maybe not the best fit--though OHO is always ready to absorb and integrate excellent talent, so you might move them that direction!


  9. "Fun environment with lots of opportunities to learn the latest technologies."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at OHO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff with a fun atmosphere.
    Relaxed environment and deadlines.
    Continuously expanding technical portfolio which allows employees to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth in a given position.


  10. "Developer Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OHO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, decent culture although that was starting to crumble. The strength of this organization is with it's employees. Some very talented developers and IA folks combined with a real desire to innovate.

    Cons

    Upper management, favoritism, lack of direction and leadership. Deadline driven with an emphasis on turn and churn projects rather than quality work.

    Heavily represented design and IA interests with no measurable representation for the development side of the house. Very low compensation compared to similar opportunities in the Boston area.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CTO to represent the developers interests.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "great staff that do great work, not so great senior management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    the best reasons are the quality of work produced for clients, all the people who work on projects, the culture, and free friday lunches

    Cons

    the downsides include senior management's lack of focus, direction, and listening, the high turnover and little that is done to correct it, and the lack of recognition for a job well done

    Advice to Management

    listen to the employees when you ask for their opinion, or even when its unsolicited. don't be as desperate on every project.



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