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Olenick Chicago Reviews

Updated December 22, 2016
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Thomas F. Olenick
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  1. "Excellent Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Good home/work life schedule and a dedicated team that at least tries to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Some of the leadership team seems to be in the fog.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your consultants and your people and you'll nail it ..


  2. "High potential once goals are realized."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company does have a few interesting and large clients in their portfolio. They are continuing to expand and do have very professional employees. Positive learning experience.

    Cons

    Company culture, placement, lack of training, and turnover did not promote company morale. Though growth was consistent, the best talent did not seem to stay or promote confidence. Work/life balance was not entirely reasonable. Poor communication throughout the company often led to a constant rumor mill surrounding company direction.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a higher level of visibility and structure related to company goals and motivation. Once this is clarified, the brand will self promote at a much faster rate.


  3. "Lead Senior Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Small company with many talented IT individuals. Friendly environment and Tom Olenick seems to care about employees.

    Cons

    Some of the management staff can be a little standoffish with employees at times. If you are not a direct friend of theirs they tend to ignore you. But at least they will address any issues you bring to them.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "You can do better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Olenick (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Made a couple friends there and now work for an OA client, like many former OA Consultants do.

    Cons

    Beware of a bait and switch. Hired in for this, at this location - only to be doing something else in another state. Sloppy leadership, lack of internal HR and poor operational management make for an uncomfortable and unorganized work environment. Not a place to make an impact or feel valued and advance your career.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage and lead teams. Your competition with each other is palatable - try collaborating, you might get something done.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Olenick & Associates"

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

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

    Pros

    Small Business that cares about its employees.

    Cons

    On boarding can be confusing and a bit disorganized

    Advice to Management

    More structure for teams should be put in place.


  7. "Consultant 1"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is provided for those who are new to the industry, and management is willing to work with/around issues and concerns Consultants may have

    Cons

    Some projects are smaller where you are placed by yourself which can be a bit overwhelming at first, but that is part of the "Consulting" life.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "WARNING--Steer Clear of this Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    free coffee, easy to get an offer of employment

    Cons

    incompetent management, very few opportunities to advance your IT career, rigid hierarchy and clear separation between the company and consultants, a shell of a training program/mentorship program, company does not invest in its employees education/training, benefits are horrendous, extremely high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Before you try leading people you should model yourselves so that people want to follow you


  9. Helpful (10)

    "A Pit Stop on the Way to Better Things"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    For a somewhat recent grad, salary was pretty good. If you are billing continuously and doing what's asked of you, you can get a nice raise (think $5000+) each year. A few Associates actually care about your career aspirations and will help you in achieving them.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth, very minimal time off, terrible projects, they do not seem to care to invest in their employees, manual testing

    Advice to Management

    When you are on the bench, they will give you admin work or internal projects that are below your skill level. They really should allow you to conduct independent study on whatever programming language, software or skill you want to learn. Lunch and learns would be useful - they call them "knowledge sessions" but all the ones I've been to have been disappointing. You also have to be with the company for a year before they will CONSIDER paying for you to take any type of course or certification.

    Also, if you enter the company through Talent Academy - it's a complete joke. At least my session was. There was one session of 5-6 new hires who actually built an app that was available in the marketplace but they stupidly ditched this curriculum. And they wonder why so many young people leave...

    There are some clients that are absolutely HORRIBLE to work for. And most of them happen to be the larger clients. Project duration could get extended multiple times, making it more difficult for you to escape.

    Pay-wise is pretty decent especially for a recent grad. If you recommend people to the company and they are hired you can get a bonus, and doing any kind of Business Development can result in higher compensation.

    Overall, I would not recommend working for Olenick. If you must, treat it like a pit stop. Show up and do whatever they ask you to do no matter how boring and terrible it is. But bust your butt in the evenings and weekends to find a better position where you will learn and grow because they do not care about that. If you don't, you might end up feeling like you have "golden handcuffs" and in a worse position (not financially but otherwise) than when you started at the company. Job is pretty stable though as long as you bill, bill, bill!

    In the end, I felt like I gained nothing except a paycheck. When I started I was so eager and motivated to soak up all the knowledge about IT and consulting. I would have pulled 10 hour days, worked weekends, did whatever it took. How quickly this place kills that drive in you. At the end, I was a miserable wreck and the only time I smiled was when I handed in my resignation letter. Don't let this be you; don't work at Olenick.


  10. "Company Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT VMS Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IT VMS Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Olenick (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Company....Treats employees very well ! Very good work / life balance.

    Cons

    Career opportunities could be better


  11. Helpful (1)

    "It's OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Olenick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work for a variety of businesses.

    Cons

    Low pay, high insurance cost, very little PTO or work/life balance, no promotions

    Advice to Management

    None


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