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  • great exposure to the oil and gas industry and business (in 16 reviews)

  • Good starting salary, semi-annual bonuses, learn as much technical information as you like, learn about a specific niche in the oil and gas industry (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities and a good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of resources

    Advice to Management

    Get with it.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Just turn around and run away now."

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

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

    Pros

    It takes a certain type of person to thrive here (comp sci and engineering types), and you can move up if you put in your 50+ a week. It's never monotonous, and you can always find work to do. But you do get to call yourself a Consultant!

    Cons

    Where to start... well, the turnover is very high, probably because the pay isn't worth the sacrifice of your personal happiness. The holiday bonus is comical (it was less than my part time college job). You get weird looks for leaving anywhere near 5pm, and you get called out by your boss in front of the entire team for it. The sheer thought of a work/life balance is hilarious and naive. Also, asking for any time off is like pulling teeth, so just take sick days instead.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the numbers game: Hire 100+ new grads, lose most of them, and do it all over again next year. It's worked so far.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Only if you have NO other options"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair coming straight out of college. They do have a training period if that's what you want to call it.

    Cons

    The company is pitched as a consulting company when you are hired but all in all is a software development sweatshop your first few years. Groups are small and the turnaround is so high that the people you want to learn from aren't around any longer. Question are mainly answered with the phrases "we just figure things out here" or "look in the code". If you do not have coding experience translates to "I do not know either but I don't want to say it out loud".lSince the company hires mostly right out of college there is an excitement level that new hires bring with them but shortly after the company takes its tole and crushes that as well. I have never seen so many people that seem stuck in a job rather than enjoy what they do. There is a small bonus given once a year unless you are upper management, then you are taken care of a little better. They do offer a 401k but the matching is so low it is almost pointless. Don't let them fool you with all the oil and gas talk. When it comes down I it, all of the perks that you hear about when working in O&G do not come with a position at Quorum.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your staff. Spend some actual time talking to them that isn't telling them where they can do better or what they have done wrong in a meeting. If you expect the people that follow you to do something you might want to have some sort of idea of how to do it yourself.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Build some connections and leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with very, bright talented young people and Quorum is a well-known name that will allow you to spring board into the oil & gas industry or another consulting firm.

    Cons

    The majority of what Quorum does, I would not even consider consulting. There is a high chance if you are a junior resource they will pigeon-hole you into a support or development role which will give you little to no insight into the oil & gas industry or client exposure. The only consulting exposure you get will be on the delivery side, which is still limited to the fact that Quorum focuses on their employees to know the software, not specifically the business. The issue behind this is that unless you complain constantly to move to delivery (even if you have prior experience as a Business Analyst/Consultant), they won't move you because they are understaffed. The resources that actually know enough to be an asset get hit at all sides with questions, and are overworked with limited project timelines and unrealistic expectations so they end up leaving. Upper management could care less about this because they keep making money, selling projects, and throwing college hires that know next to nothing about SDLC, oil & gas or anything related to consulting onto projects at the same "blended rate" per hour as a manager who has been doing this job for 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at the bottom line and listen to your employees. This comment does not matter because they don't listen to advice.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Learn a lot but proceed with caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quorum hires extremely intelligent driven people. The company is made up mostly of college hires. Great exposure to the oil and gas industry if you are on delivery.

    Cons

    The leadership by the upper management is extremely weak and they lack respect for employees. Employees are resources rather than people. Work-life balance is extremely hard to manage especially if you are on the delivery side. Training on the product is lacking and there are a limited number of resources you can contact for help. Unfortunately they are buried under work to help.

    Advice to Management

    Retain quality and knowledgeable employees. With the methodology to stretch the experienced resources even thinner than they already, it is going to be difficult to retain quality


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for this company forces you to sharpen your technical skill sets.

    Cons

    Typical Run and Gun consulting firm which visible makes the choice to bill client hours over investing in their own products to correct inefficiencies. Very bad business practices. The leadership team is very disconnected from most employees and has no regard for your work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    There are very few training opportunities. Company culture needs a lot of work.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good salary
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Employees consistently "thrown into the fire" with minimal training and guidance
    - Management doesn't take position and travel requests as seriously as they claim
    - Very poor work/personal life balance
    - Obligated to long hours, and if you don't work long hours you are looked down upon


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good experience, high turnover"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get experience in oil and gas and technology. Responsibilities early on. Training program. Young workplace.

    Cons

    No company culture or work-life balance. Always an abundance of work because of the high turnover and inexperience of workers in the company. Most people leave within 2-4 years at best, the rest of the company has been there 10 plus years.

    Advice to Management

    Give something back to your employees


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Bare Minimum Consulting, 95% Software Mending"

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

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

    Pros

    -Pay comparable to market for duties/responsibilities, though on the low side for solid engineering/CS majors
    -Young, smart, talented coworkers who are largely friendly, though not very social
    -Opportunities for advancement, if you are willing to work the hours (10+/day) and, most importantly, actually want to be doing the extremely technical software work
    -You can sometimes schedule sick days like vacation (necessary, because vacation days are few)
    -Growing tech company who has a fairly dominant market share
    -Job security (the retention rate is low, so they need to keep as many employees as possible)
    -Recently acquired by Silver Lake (PE firm) and they have a strong track record of growing tech companies
    -A majority of the directors/executives have varied industry/regulatory experience, allowing them to have a finger on the pulse of the energy industry, companies, and regulatory environment
    -There is a month long training upon starting as a Consultant, where you learn the basics of SQL, Crystal Reports, and C++ (this should be an indication of the work you will be doing all day)

    Cons

    CULTURE
    Put simply, there is no culture. People come in, sit down at their computers, and work for 9+ hours. It is not uncommon for people to exchange no more than 20 sentences over the course of a day. There are very few (~2/year) corporate events, including community involvement. The apparent attempt to compensate for this is to have 'team' happy hours every 3/4 months (the enjoyment attained from this is heavily dependent on your team composition). If you enjoy a minimal degree of camaraderie or vibrancy or social interaction, you will likely find this company rather depressing.

    WORK
    Unless you are an extremely technical person (generally engineering or CS majors), you will almost definitely not enjoy the work. A rough estimate would show that 75% of people outside those majors leave with a year or two, at most (and scramble to positions that utilize their interests and abilities). When you are expected to bill a minimum of 9 hours a day (in an atmosphere of minimal social interactions), enjoying your work is imperative. There are three possible roles for a Consultant when they come out of training (you are assigned and your preferences generally do not matter because they put you wherever they need a body, regardless of your interests or proficiency). This latter point is important because there is virtually no training beyond the first month, resulting in most new Consultants struggling to keep their head above water for 6+ months. The Development teams do the more intense code fixes (generally CS majors, unless you have an extreme interest in being in code all day). The Support teams are the majority of the new hires. They are given an endless stream of issues in the software, which they spend all day querying databases, scrolling through code, and emailing more knowledgable resources trying to fix. The Delivery teams go to client sites (projects can take from one month to over two years), sit in a conference room, and try to set up the clients data in the software. Regardless of the position, you will be spending 9+ hours every day in the code, the software applications, or the databases.

    RETENTION
    Quorum struggles to keep employees. Of a recent group of six new hires, all were gone in slightly over a year. This is especially important because it takes about six months for a new Consultant to be able to do his job with any degree of proficiency. The learning curve is very steep, resulting in an employee of four years being as valuable in terms of productivity as about 5-10 employees of one year. Recently, there has been a fairly large exodus of employees with 4-8 years of experience. Quorum's solution has been to move unprepared Consultants onto teams that have too much work with extremely unrealistic deadlines, resulting in frustration and exit from both employees and clients.

    MISC
    -No emphasis whatsoever on work-life balance
    -Commitment is shown by hours worked, not productivity
    -Internal structure is weak, so internal processes are either overly burdensome or nonexistent
    -Constant attempts to take on new projects (ex: moving to web-based applications), without taking the time to seriously fix the structural issues is the code
        - Resulting in a patchwork of coverups and little consistency in the application's processes or GUI

    Advice to Management

    -Create a culture that people want to be a part of (maybe Silver Lake can help here)
    -Do not attempt to recruit business/liberal arts majors without being excruciatingly clear on the day-to-day work of employees (maybe change the job title from Consultant to something that better matches the duties)
    -Give your more senior employees (anyone with 3+ years of experience) whatever they want (money, vacation, competent assistance) to stop them from leaving
    -Fix the code before you try to add fancier features
    -Do not be so distant from your employees; regularly go to the offices and talk with the employees and actually get a feel for the sentiments permeating the workplace
        - Address the concerns!

    If these issues aren't resolved, Quorum will continue to lose people (even more), the teams will be overloaded with work (even more), the products will suffer (even more), clients will leave (even more), and the company will fail.

    The future could be bright for Quorum, but not if these longstanding issues continue to be ignored.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "-"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn, grow, and then leave is a common trend here.

    Cons

    High burn out rate, poor working hours, high expectations, and low morale


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