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Onvia Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Awesome colleagues, good work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, opportunities when you work hard, are innovative and flexible (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management is horrible, it seems like they take no interest in providing current employees any guidance or help (in 6 reviews)

  • New hires are always in training and ready to take over as a tenured employee is departing (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "An amazing place to start!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Onvia provides ease of access to everyone on each team and encourages communication across the hierarchy. They are the leader in their field of SaaS for government bid information - it's nice to work for the top dog! The HR team is very in tune with employee needs and management is consistent with reviews and one-on-ones.

    Cons

    The path for growth is well-earned here, but it's not attractive for many in the sales/account management teams. The bigger the book of business, the more the risk, the easier it is to have very strong months or very devastating months. It is salary and commission at least.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people (mostly). Good location.

    Cons

    New CEO wrecked culture and most want to leave or have already left. Had a record year under SVP in 2016 and SVP was fired after working miracles just because brand new CEO had different vision for company that doesn't fit within company model. Culture is shot, comp plans were cut significantly, quotas doubled and did I mention culture is shot? Onvia used to be a diamond in the rough and now it's just rough. Not a place to be under the current CEO, but hard to believe he'll last long. Product is complicated and high priced.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate how data truly integrates within customer companies and ask yourself if Onvia can truly become an e-commerce-esque solution that can scale like a SaaS company. You are a data company...you're not going to triple or scale. 2016 was a steady look at what success could be, but your biggest mistake was letting the SVP of Sales go. Poor decision. Damage has been done and more will leave. Note: Hank Riner is NO longer CEO (as listed here). The CEO in question is Russ Mann.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Client success manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who I've worked with were great. There is a good team environment there, and if you are out of college it is a good start for a beginning career.

    Cons

    The upper management is horrible, it seems like they take no interest in providing current employees any guidance or help. There is a constant change in the way we approach the same idea. The pay is way below average, and the new CEO is unapproachable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. The only reason people stay is because they like working with each other. Pay them more.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Onvia ----"

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

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

    Pros

    Great for entry level positions/ first job out of college.

    Cons

    Management and non- transparent leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Go to training


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Terrible management or more like mirco-management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome colleagues, good work life balance. If you're looking to gain some experience short term it's not too bad although don't plan on making a career there.

    Cons

    Micromanaging is the norm. They will get rid of anyone who challenges them or heaven forbid have a better idea. If you don't fall line you'll be gone in 3 months.
    I'm pretty certain the main character from "mean girls" works there although she's assumed a different name. She's in a top position so you better get on her good side.
    DO NOT TRUST the HR DEPT! Well, at least one of them. Very cold and malicious. She's not on your side, remember that.

    Poor Benefits, wages aren't as competitive as they should be for the area.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to get some new blood in. Some of the managers have never worked anywhere else and have been there for decades.
    You need to listen to your employees and trust what they say. They talk to clients all day and understand the needs of the market better than anyone else.
    Stop making excuses to the shareholders every year as to why you didn't grow 10-12% - the reason you're not growing is you. You need to get over your fear of being innovative because none of your competitors are. You're always 3-4 years behind the times of releasing something and by then everyone else is already doing it better and cheaper.
    You could dominate the market however as long as the same people are there making the same decisions nothing will change.
    Quit chasing off good talent. I've worked with some of the smartest people there who could have made a real impact but if they don't drink the Kool-Aid they usually don't last.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of change in a good way!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    New CEO is bring renewed energy and excitement. Business is getting a lot more focused and the product is getting more robust and easier to use. The new administration (like him or hate him) is also bringing some new focus on the government spending space, which is great for us! Culture is very open (even the CEO is in a cube!) and people are taking more risks and trying new things, which is good to see after a period of playing it safe. The people are the best part - I actually really enjoy the people I work with along with the work.

    Cons

    Better transportation benefits would make it far easier to get downtown, even though being on the edge of the retail corridor doesn't suck for lunchtime shopping or after hours happy hour.

    Advice to Management

    Stay open and alert to opportunities; invest in your people and they will invest in you. Keep the spirit of transparency and inclusion to build the "trusted connection" you want.


  7. "Structure of a publicly traded company, energy of a startup"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture and team aspects of Onvia are very well established now. Management is transparent and there are weekly 1x1 meetings throughout the entire organization. Client Success especially is in full stride with zero turnover in nearly a year. The problems of the past are gone and the company is set to grow.

    Benefits are strong, compensation is fair, and the perks are great. Growth opportunities within the organization are present.

    Cons

    The coffee game is a little weak (currently Keurig only). Parking downtown can be difficult and the transportation subsidy only covers part of an ORCA card. Lunch options nearby are not inexpensive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the transparency and grow your talent within.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, opportunities when you work hard, are innovative and flexible. A company that understands how to stay relevant while always improving the staff and client experience. CEO inspirational, a true leader, accessible and just a genuinely sincere person. Getting better promoting women to senior/mid level management/leadership positions.

    Cons

    Some of the former cons have been improved dramatically. HR use to be non-existent and over the years new hires in HR have changed the entire culture and relationship between organization and emploees. Executive Managent changes over the years are proving to be key to contributing to increasing growth while fostering a positive, fun culture. Still working on information silos, which is understood given the life cycle of Onvia but most importantly Onvia constantly assesses itself and improves.

    Advice to Management

    Keep engaging and trusting staff. Hire outside specialists (consultants) when needed. Keep it fun.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Potential Market Leader in B2G"

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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

    Pros

    It's a growing organizations, with a much improved executive team compared to 2 years ago. The overall ratings here on Glassdoor reflect Onvia's culture 3-4 years ago, which admittedly was not amazing. Today, is a different story; the company is evolving quickly, and getting better each quarter. Don't overlook Onvia, I believe that would be a mistake.

    Cons

    I would reach out to employees in the department you are looking to work in; ask them. Pros and cons range from department to department, as in any company.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in developing leadership at the employee level, that will earn you loyalty. Recognize, and reward it. Make sure your people are continually improving themselves; why would you expect the company to grow if your people aren't?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CSM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Client Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Onvia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and culture.

    Cons

    Management is terrible! The cliques are so obvious and even though I was warned not to get involved it was impossible. You either fit in with the 'cool crowd' or you will be miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Completely reshape your team structure and start fresh using outside managers.


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