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Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. Houston Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Pros
  • great exposure to the oil and gas industry and business (in 19 reviews)

  • Great place to learn a lot about the oil and gas business and technology (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is unheard of outside of higher managements (in 20 reviews)

  • Inconsistent guidance from upper management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great pay but upper management doesn't care about you"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay!
    You'll get a raise about every 6months
    Other colleagues and middle management were great friends outside of work!

    Cons

    They don't train you. You pretty much have to pick up the business and skills as you go. It's pretty much, sink or swim.

    The company is a "as need" basis. They will put under-qualified people in roles they are not prepared for nor will they train you on them. They'll throw you to their clients and clients expect you to be knowledgeable and help answer questions but you really have to know Q employees who have been here awhile to help answer questions.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are greedy and don't care about your clients or those below you. You guys play puppetmaster and just move pawns to get slaughtered by clients when they know nothing about the software nor oil & gas business.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience - difficult corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn so much, and have many opportunities for professional development in very little time. Excellent introduction to an interesting niche.

    Cons

    Some have differing opportunities, depending on what project you work on. Some folks spend years working on the same client, which can definitely make growth opportunities challenging. Conversely, if you have the opportunity to work on many projects and perform well, you will get stretched thin. Very thin.

    Compensation was complicated because of the downturn in the energy industry. Although once the company turned around the increase in work was not well represented in compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more transparent with communication and company direction. Many lower-level people view Management goals as dictum from high above with little basis in everyday realities of the work.

  3. Helpful (21)

    "Not long term career friendly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training and collaborative work environment that will rapidly get new employees comfortable debugging, writing, and designing computer code. As others had said, regardless of the position you are hired into, you will be working full time on software. Considering the size of the company, Quorum's software is well structured and maintained entirely in house. This makes it a very strong platform for people looking to build a foundation in software development.

    The object oriented software front end with an Oracle or SQL Server back end is a very very common and in demand software structure. Skills developed at Q are highly transferable.

    Cons

    First, long hours. The Q treats all work on a by the hour basis, and they expect all employees to clock 9 hours a day. 9 billable hours (time spent at work truly working) is extremely demanding when you're paid a fixed salary. Combine 9 hours with a commute to downtown, lunch break, stepping out of the office to make a personal call, etc, and you can kiss your free time good bye.

    Second, unreasonable project management. Quorum sells news features to clients based on an "estimate", which is a rough project outline, and number of hours that the project will take to finish. While I understand that having a way to record what fraction of your time was spent on different tasks is important for estimating schedules and billing clients, having a fixed number of hours in which to do software development is terrible. Computer code is a complex logic puzzle, and any additions to that puzzle requires both logic and creativity. There are many ways to solve a problem, and sometimes those solutions manifest quickly and organically, and sometimes they're a long slog of ideas that didn't pan out. Putting a hard timer over such work is effectively setting employees up to fail.

    Third, inconsistent management. Due to the long hours, and often unreasonable projects, employee turn over is high. The result is that the management team is not always the best leaders and most skilled developers, but often whoever's survived the longest. Large differences in management styles is common, and can cause "office space" like moments where I had 3 different "bosses" on a given project, all telling me slightly different things.

    My time at Q was heavily marred by projects with unrealistic timelines and expectations. Despite scoring "greatly exceeds expectations" on my year end reviews, I was ultimately laid off, and was told the decision was due to "performance issues". I'm not sure how to rectify those two facts.

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the 9 billable hours policy, it just leads to employee burn out. Provide management with team building training to create better and more consistent leadership. Allow development work to be done more free form, with an emphasis placed on the quality of the result, and not on the time spent.

    After being let go from Quorum, I'm now being paid more money and working less hours, while working with the same technologies. I feel more comfortable in the work place and have more satisfaction in my work. Being forced to leave Quorum has improved both my career and life as a whole. You do not live up to the claim of being a "first class place for first class people".


  4. Helpful (3)

    "It is what you put into it"

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Great place to start a career in energy and technology
    - Learn client's business through building and maintaining the software that runs it
    - Opportunities to move ahead quickly and take on new responsibility as you earn it
    - Most roles interact directly with customers and allow you to build people and technology skills quickly.
    - New products and next generation products are moving to the web and mobil platform. Exciting product direction

    Cons

    - Not a great place to be if you do not have a motor
    - Will require everyone to become a programmer and have at least basic technology skills to succeed
    - Demanding situations and roles can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on culture and team building are critical as the company grows and gets younger. New user centered product direction and dedicated software teams are a good start in more clearly focusing on product quality to make everyone's work more satisfying.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "ONLY for the New College Graduate"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Jobs at "the Q" are ONLY for dewy-eyed new college graduates, with NO other work experience.

    Other assets:
    1. Parents in executive or otherwise influential positions at customers (or potential customers)
    2. Collegiate fraternity or sorority association

    Cons

    For anyone with actual work experience, the cons vastly outweigh any pros. As a matter of fact, there are nothing but cons for anyone with actual work experience, despite the obviously fake and likely coerced positive reviews you see posted on Glassdoor.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at the man or woman in the mirror.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "QBS review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    wide variety of work, good salary, most of the people are nice, potential to grow within the company, good time off

    Cons

    poor health benefits, poor bonus, poor management


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quorum has Good Pay.
    Friendly Employees.

    Cons

    Travel can be extensive.
    Downtown so you have to pay for parking.
    Good performers still don't get raises or bonuses at times.

    Advice to Management

    There is a disconnect between Management and the Executives.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Okay place to start, but no one stays. Massive layoffs."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Quorum is an okay place to start for a new college graduate. The pay is good and you learn a LOT of programming skills. The people there are talented and generally nice.

    Cons

    There is no work/life balance. The company expects you to put in 45-50 hours a week on a slow week. They then bill the client for that time, but there is no additional compensation for the employees. The upper management leaves at 4-4:30 and the lower employees are expected to stay until 6 or 7.

    They pull young graduates in with expectations of a fun place to work with lots of opportunities. That may be true, if you stay long enough. Most people leave before 2 years have passed. If you don't, the company finds a good reason to let you go.

    They thrive on inexperienced employees who demand less pay. This affects the products. The software is riddled with bugs and major issues, that whenever they are discovered the company rigorously tries to bill the client for them. Most of the day is spent fixing issues that someone introduced quite a while back.

    In recruiting, the company brags that all employees are given a mentor who they can consult at any time. This may have been the case years ago, but is inaccurate now. You have a 'mentor', but they have their own work too, and very little time to help others. The company expects brand new employees to do a task in the same amount of time that it would take an experienced employee. The expectations are unrealistic and very stressful.

    In recent months, there have been layoffs of over 50% in some groups. The company continues to hire new graduates while continuously laying off experienced employees. As a result of this, the atmosphere is one of fear and resentment. This affects the company culture as well as productivity.

    Overall, this company is not a good one. If you have another opportunity, take it.

    Benefits: 401K matching is frightfully low compared to the rest of the professional world. Health insurance is fairly expensive and without many options. Vision and dental are good.

    Advice to Management

    If you want loyal employees be loyal to them first. No one should have to go to work fearing that they will be laid off on any given day. Layoffs are understandable, but do them all at once and be straight forward about it. Don't keep employees in the dark for months before announcing lay offs.

    Be truthful in recruiting and interviews.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "only interested in the bottom line"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -good starting salary
    -good training

    Cons

    -thrust you into a position even if it does not fit skill set (software development)
    -not clear about the goals they expect from employees
    -have a few "favorites" and everyone else is dispensable
    -no cohesiveness or inclusiveness within the company, all software groups work independently and have not communication

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees better, try to find a fit before thrusting someone into a position


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Honest Opinion"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Right off the bat, the job is 99% technical (coding skills). Quorum's applications are based off of code that you need to learn to be able to help clients in any capacity. You're given 3 weeks to learn SQL and C# and Crystal Reports and then you get placed in your role after giving a final presentation. Like everyone says, if you're just starting out, this isn't a bad place to be. Unlike other more traditional consulting roles, you actually pick up the hard skill of learning how to code. In addition, you get the people and time management skills that you would get at another consulting company. You also get tremendous autonomy as you gain experience. The flip side to that is, that once you gain that experience, you'll find yourself at a place where you can learn little else.

    Cons

    Honestly, the bottom line seems to mean more than anything. You have to be billable, and unfortunately if you find an opportunity to create something of value for a client, you can't just work on it, you have to be able to charge it to the client. From the other posts, you can see that there is inherently no company culture, which is 100% true. Also, there are no get togethers. I constaltly saw pictures and videos of my friends during work days go to St. Arnold's and going to Minute Maid Park, but there is absolutely none of that here. Maybe you can go to Flying Saucer (on your dime) with a group.

    Advice to Management

    None. These posts and employees have all mentioned the same thing repeatedly, and it still isn't being followed. Keep doing what you're doing.


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