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Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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Pros
  • 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. "Quorum consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quorum does a good job at giving you an opportunity to take on more responsibility with projects and develop your skills as a programmer and a consultant.

    Cons

    They don't do a very good job with office culture. The weight of deadlines and development hours create an environment where you feel obligated to stay longer and work harder than expected.

    They don't do a good job of encouraging office comaraderie.

    Advice to Management

    Do more promotion of office culture. Encourage happy hours and team building events


  2. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "NA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, some good managers

    Cons

    Poor Mgmt, stressful working condition, unrealistic expectations, no structured training.


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  5. "controller"

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    Former Employee - Controller in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Controller in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    No cons come to mind


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Houston or Dallas is OK
    Great place to start your career or pick up experience
    Strong technical development

    Cons

    Long Long hours with billing at least 45 hours per week
    Lateral moves between offices will slow career growth
    Limited ability to move to delivery term
    Politics

    Advice to Management

    You need a repository for engagement history with each client as well as background info on the client's business. Consultants should be allotted time for specific training rather figuring out how to complete projects in the dark.


  7. Helpful (17)

    "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".


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not sure of direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    decent salary, good technical experience

    Cons

    no work/life balance, demanding, long hours expected

    Advice to Management

    more communication


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Good place to get some experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - The people here are awesome, except for upper management.
    - Good business practices.
    - Ice cream once a month.
    - Free coffee and water.
    - You learn a lot about software and coding.
    - Decent pay for a fresh grad.
    - Monopoly in the market so product is stable.

    Cons

    - You'll get a crash course in the corporate world, starting with how they don't care about what you want to do or what you're good at. In fact they try to make you do things you don't want to do for some weird reason.
    - Everyone does coding and SQL regardless of whether you want to do marketing or whatever. This means you get real technical real quick or get buried alive regardless of whether you have a technical background.
    - Upper management so detached from reality and needs of their verticals you'll never get any real help outside of putting out immediate fires.
    - Mass exodus of talent means nobody knows what they're doing and Q doesn't care about retaining those talents. Just throw more fresh graduates into the grinder and hope some of them learn how to swim.
    - 0 Career opportunities. Use this place to get some industry experience and get out ASAP.
    - Don't get sick or hurt. The health benefits are ridiculously bad ($6000/yr for your deductable???). Obamacare has better benefits for cheaper???
    - If you "only" do 45 hours a week you'll get a bad review. They expect you to live and die for the company and don't care about your work/life balance contrary to what they say during NHOT.
    - The company is a training camp, most people are gone after a year or two. Don't make the mistake of staying for longer because you get comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? They have their heads so high in the clouds they forget there are people working in their company. Might be hard but try listening once in a while without firing the whistleblower.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Company Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge opportunities for people that work hard and want to show off their skills.
    Good compensation and overall benefits packages.

    Cons

    Work is often technology focused and if an employee has an expectation that they won't have to do technical work, it isn't always a good fit.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Do not recommend"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart and kind coworkers
    - Houston office has access to the tunnels
    - Opportunity to gain technical IT skills and to learn about the oil and gas industry
    - You can work from home if you need to

    Cons

    - The benefits are not competitive
    - You are expected to bill AT LEAST 9 hours to clients (This means that you will most likely work more than 9 hours a day)
    - No culture (unless you consider being miserable and stressed out all the time culture?)
    - Performance Reviews are one sided: Your manager(s) can review your performance but you don't get to review theirs (Guess who gets the blame when projects go down the drain?)
    - Tiny/nonexistent bonuses
    - No work-life balance
    - Boring projects
    - The Q thought it was cool to layoff a bunch of people without announcing layoffs were happening
    - Not enough training (If you teach a baby to walk and it can take a couple of steps before it falls flat on its butt, do you think that baby is ready to run a 5k? Probably not. Well, the training you get is equivalent to learning to barely walk, but the actual work that is assigned to you is more like running a 5k.)

    Advice to Management

    - Be real during recruiting about the LONG WORK HOURS and the fact that the job is EXTREMELY TECHNICAL so that people can filter themselves out before they spend 1-2 years being miserable at your company and quitting
    - Consider treating employees like human beings rather than machines


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